not a shibari harness – but a cool idea

Here is a behind the scenes  video showing how this group of friends used a conventional climbing harness to create a cool picture.  They wanted to create a picture that made it look like someone was being abducted by aliens.  I think they did a great job.

This video was submitted in the recent Fstoppers Behind The Scenes contest.


basic light placements for portraits …

Here is another video by Jay P. Morgan, where he describes basic light placements that have been developed over the years for portrait photography.   You can use these lighting techniques to help understand how beautiful images were created by other photographers, and in your own shoots.  These light placements can be used with hot studio lights or strobes. Enjoy.

Suspension Lighting Ideas from Patrick Hall …

Patrick Hall, one of the co-founders of Fstoppers, wanted to produce non-typical images of wake boarders. To do that, he suspended wake boarders in a studio, threw water on them, and used a variety of lighting techniques to produce attractive and unusual images. While he did not have shibari suspensions, he faced the same kinds of lighting problems we face when trying to photograph our shibari suspended models in the studio.

Together with his co-founder, Lee Morris, they produced a video describing their goals, behind the scene activities of their photoshoots, and showing the resulting images. This is a long 12 minute video. The suspension lighting techniques begin around 4:22 into the video. The entire blog post on Fstoppers is here.

Fstoppers takes you behind the scenes with photographer Patrick Hall as he explains photographing wakeboardering behind a boat as well as a completely unique studio photoshoot. View the Full Article at

Features Patrick explaining the Ewa-Marine DSLR Housing: , shooting on an inner-tube, designing a studio shoot, and studio lighting. For more of Patrick Hall’s work goto

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Suspension Lighting Ideas from Jay P. Morgan …

When we light our suspension models, most of the time, it is not possible to position our lights as close to the model as shown in typical studio lighting BTS videos and tutorials. Here is a BTS video by Jay P. Morgan showing a commercial shoot where he lighted a suspended model.

Although this was not a shibari suspension, he had the same problems we do when we light a shibari suspension. And, while the lights he used are much more sophisticated (expensive) than the lights I, and probably most of us, use in our hobby, I was interested in where and how he built up his lighting setup for this shoot.

Visual Fetish …

“Of all the fetishes, the first one is the one of Sight. It is primarily a fetish of men. It is also one to which, with eagerness, women lend themselves to. The story of the eye summarizes everything.”

I came across this quote on Frederic Fontenoy’s site on Fetlife (Art-Fred).

Then, I started looking at his work. I like it, … particularly what he does with mirrors.

You can see more of his work on his  website.

His larger than life pictures have inspired me to load my Nikon film camera with some fresh Kodak Portra, and take it to my photoshoots.  I don’t expect to print anything as large as he does, but, I am thinking about making some relatively large prints.  You can get an idea of how he works in this behind the scenes video and a blog post by Violet Blue.