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Monthly Archives: April 2010

I’ve created a web gallery of images of Stephanie at

These photos were created with the Olympus E-P2 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.

Images are NSFW btw.

Attended a really cool meetup last night. For those of you aren’t familiar with the meetup concept, it’s one of those things that wouldn’t be possible without the affordances of the internet. Meetups give people of similar interests a way to connect with each other coordinate activities. There are many meetup groups on the web (check out to see what’s in your area).

Last night I joined up with an established meetup organizer, Kat and her Fortress of Solitude studio in Northern Philadelphia. I was one of about a dozen photographers working with four models and some helpers to create painting with light and ghosting images. If you’re not familiar with these techniques, stay tuned. I’ll described the process in another post later today or tomorrow (Easter get together with the family may serve as a distraction). I’ll also be bouncing back and forth between blogs since many of the shots we made last night are NSFW and I’m trying to keep my MFT blog SFW at least in part because I’m using it as a teaching tool as well as a blog.

Photo information: (Left) L Lawless, Panasonic DMC-GF1, f16, 12 seconds, 100ISO, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42 lens at 42mm, helpers standing behind waving rope lights, model also illuminated from the front via a studio strobe. (Model: L Lawless,

(Right) Stephanie Beattie, Olympus E-P2, Panasonic 20mm 1.7, f16, 15 seconds, 200ISO, camera mounted on tripod, model illuminated by a low power video light (for video camera) and painted with a flashlight. (Model: Stephanie Beattie:

Getting out for my first shoot in a while tomorrow. This one’s through a meetup group in Philadelphia. the subject is painting with light and ghosting and I’ll be shooting a mix of nude and non-nude images. The key theme will be long exposures and models who are carefully illuminated via carefully controlled lighting.

Meetup groups offer a nice option for photo enthusiasts because they bring together people of common interests for events of mutual interest. In this case, the meetup organizer has lots of experience running these events and so takes care of a lot of the details (setting up the space, finding models, etc.) making it much easier for the participants to concentrate on what they want to do.

I’m playing with some ideas right now, including having a model toss a flash unit up in the air during the exposure while I fire the light remotely. We can experiment with colored gels on the flash unit too.

Check back in a couple of days and I’ll post some images from the shoot.