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All posts for the day May 30th, 2009

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/