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I was just lacing up my shoes today and it gave me a moment to pause and create this category.  This one’s for those moments in life you just wonder, “What the f?”  Anyway, I was getting dressed this morning, and I was lacing up my sneakers…and they had a knot in them.  It just made me think…I can craft ties like this…

What an INTENSE armbind on Sasha Fae!!

…but I can’t even keep a knot from forming in my shoelaces?!  😉

Figured I’d go REALLY behind the scenes with all of you and show you what the “set” (meaning, my apartment…lol) for TucsonTied looks like when I’m not shooting.   How did I set up my lighting…what kind of camera do I use…what other kind of tech do I use…where do I edit my pics…all this and more will be soon answered!!

Let’s begin with:

My Living room…

My Living Room.  Many a model has sat bound and gagged on that couch…and many a model has slept over on the bed that’s inside that couch (it’s a sleeper sofa), most notably Vivian Ireene Pierce (remind me to tell you all that story sometime…lol).  That’s how I keep the place when I’m not shooting.  Another view…

More of the Living Room…

That case in the center of the shot leaves the premises when I put the place into “shoot mode”…y’all don’t need to see my geeky “Heroclix” collection  (http://www.wizkidsgames.com/heroclix/  go here to learn more about my hobby…).

Now, you might wonder how I light the place when I shoot.  I’ll bet you think I’m using expensive lighting set-ups that costs thousands of buckage…nah.

Just simple “shop” lighting…

See that…hanging from the ceiling?  No? Here’s another look…

Better View…

That’s just simple “shop lighting” that I bought at WAL-MART, kids…for about $9.99 a pop.  I have 4 of them placed at strategic spots along the room…the above is the first one, here’s the rest…

#2…

#2 is just outside my kitchen; #3:

#3

#3 is right outside the bathroom.  The three of them together light the main room of the apartment perfectly.  #4:

#4…

#4 is on the wall just to the right of my couch.  The 4 of these all working together make the apartment perfect for shooting.  How did I find this out?  TRIAL & ERROR, BIG-TIME…lol.  I worked at this for MONTHS until I finally found a set-up which makes the pics shine.  Oooooo…check this out:

Pic Wall of Fame!!

I keep up some of my favorite non-bondage shots in between shoots…top left we have a b&w Nikki Sebastian;  top center, Kimberly Marvel; top right, TucsonTied model Angel; bottom row, Kobe Lee.  And yuppers, you saw that right…

Auto-GRAPHED, biotches!! (lol)

I did have Kimberly sign that shot the last time I saw her.  I honestly think that’s my all-time fave non-bondage shot…

Now, let’s see the “nerve center” of TucsonTied…

The TucsonTied “Nerve Center”

My bedroom, where all the post-processing of all the material happens.  I rarely shoot in here anymore…too much of a bother trying to find proper angles, create good composition and such.  That’s my current computer set-up…from there, I edit my stuff using Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (and yes, I know version 7 is out…I usually upgrade my version of Elements every other release…I’ll get the new one when they make version 8).  Videos get edited on my laptop…

My sweet laptop…

(Sorry for the lighting flash…no lighting set-up in the bedroom, so I was using flash photography for the bedroom shots…)  That’s my sweet Toshiba lappy.  She was cutting edge when I bought her…in 2006, so it’s likely a piece of crap now (lol); but it does everything I need.   My cameras and stuff…

Camera’s and such…

In the center of the pic are my two Sony CyberShot cameras and my Sony Hi-8 vidcam.  Also all 2 years old…but still doing amazingly in the making of the pics and vids.

Laptop editing center…

That’s a look at my laptop editing center…it’s just off to the right of my desktop computer.  I can have a still pic update going on my desktop and do editing on my laptop all at the same time and just a chair’s short ride (meaning, less than a foot) away from each other.  Very cool!  Finally…

Bag o’ GOODIES…damsels watch out!!!

My ropebag and the brown rope I’ve been using on so many of my latest shoots.  That rope looks lonely…I need to find a damsel to use it all on.  Maybe Stacie Snow can help…???   🙂

That’s all for now…hope you enjoyed this little walkthru of the TucsonTied “Set”.  I hope to one day do a tie for you step-by-step and show you the “TucsonTied way” to tie a damsel…

Later, gang!

Tolstoy

Me, working with Pantera Noelle

I frikking LOVE this shot!!  Me, photographing the model (Pantera), and her image on the screen of my camera!  TOO COOL!!

Look for this category to give you pics of the “Behind The Scenes” stuff here at TucsonTied…me with the models, the tech involved in making the site happen…stuff like that.  For now, tho, here’s a link to a site that reviewed my camera…informative reading:  http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/sony/dsc_h5-review/

This cheerleader could no longer cheer…with that tight brown rope holding her tight and that white bandanna in her mouth… Kimberly Marvel

Kimberly Marvel made for a fan-frikkin-tastic cheerleader, realizing one of the best known bondage fantasies out there.  She and I always create bondage magic (she truly brings out the best in me),  have a look at the site… (Entry Page To TucsonTied.com)

This is the latest set up at Tucson Tied…

Ah, Magenta…TucsonTied’s first true “local star”.  Native to Tucson, Magenta answered my ad in a local paper to pose for bondage shots for me.  When her shots hit the net, I had photographers all OVER the country asking if they could work with her…  Her limited budget kept her from traveling, so she wound up working only with yours truly.  She’s fully retired from the bondage biz now…I miss that gal.

One of my better writings from another place…seems relevant to be placed here; enjoy!

Piracy

You see the forum board and are amazed….files of bondage pics from a site you love and it’s all there for the grabbing. All you have to do is go to RapidShare and download the pics…there’s no harm in doing this right? Victimless crime…nobody gets hurt.

Bullshit.

Who gets hurt? Mainly the models and producers who’s pics your essentially stealing.

When folks like me put together a paysite…well, it’s called a “paysite” for a reason…ever wonder what you’re paying for? Well, the site needs a “home”…somewhere on the net where they won’t bother you about the content you’re puting up. There’s a lot of costs there as well…the posting of the pics, web design, bandwith…you name it. Promotion is involved with that as well…sure, you could have the slamminest bondage website out there, but if no one knows about it, you’re not gonna sell a dang thing. OK, then there’s the legal aspects of it…you need somebody to take care of your paperwork in case the Goverment comes knocking on your door needing clarification about the new model you just put up on the site.

I could go into a lot more costs on my end, but let’s focus in on just one…the models. Ever wonder about those lovely ladies you see all bound and gagged up on my site and others like it…why they do it and all? One reason is the pay…it pays well to be a bondage model…and incidentally, they are the most professional people I’ve ever worked with…they EARN every red cent I pay them. Now mind you, I’m not slamming anyone about pay or rates and…all the models I’ve worked with have charged me FAIRLY…the rate I pay is good, but still doesn’t come close to defraying their expenses (travel, accomadations, rental cars, food…and that barely scratches the surface), but it is a lot of money. How then do I make that money to pay them with? When people go to my site, become a member, and pay that monthly entrance fee…that money goes DIRECTLY back into the site and allows me to hire models and work with them…or maybe get a new lighting set up to make the pics clearer…or maybe get a slammin’ pair of shoes that’d make the model’s legs/feet look so hot…;-)  You get the point.

It works something like this:

Producer hires Model and they have a photoshoot
Model gets paid
Producer puts pics on his site
Members join the site, buying in
Site costs are defrayed
Producer gets paid what’s left over
Producer takes money, hires Model and they have a photoshoot.

When Piracy becomes involved, the cycle changes a bit…

Producer hires Model and they have a photoshoot
Model gets paid
Producer puts pics on his site
Pirated pics show up on the net for free, and people don’t join website
No revenue goes into the site, so none comes out
Producer doesn’t get paid, so he can’t afford to hire Models
Models go unpaid and find work elsewhere
SITE SHUTS DOWN

A bit over-simplified and with the “terror” aspect amped up a little (lol), but you get the idea.

Let me say this, fans…

PIRACY SUCKS…JUST DON’T DO IT.

‘Nuff said.