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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know?
I’d like to work with you on a project, what should I do?
Where do you find your talent?
Do you shoot nudes? Do I have to be nude?
What do you do with the pictures you take?
Will you assign copyright to another party, allow me to copyright, or share copyright(s) with me?

What do I need to know?

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Must have a valid, government-issued ID.
  • You must be legally able to sign a Model Release and/or Property Release.
  • For contracts, you must be legally able to sign a contract.
  • If you have tattoos AND they cannot be covered, I will not be able to do any stock photo or video work with you because many stock agencies require a property release from the tattoo artist. Tattoos have no impact on my other photography.
  • I’m seeking photos from all walks of life. I’m seeking those who are willing to try new things and get creative.
  • I’m open to pretty much anything.
  • What’s your schedule like? I’m a Monday-Friday kinda guy, but I realize not everyone has time mid-week so weekends are open. Shoots take 2-3 hours or more plus prep, makeup, hair, etc. so plan accordingly.
  • I’ll need your measurements. If you have a range of sizes, I can work with it (there’s little consistency in womens’ clothing sizes). Usually: dress, shoe, waist, hips, bust as available – sometimes hats. Inseam/waist sizes for men.
  • Let me know if you need pay or if you can work TF. For a first timer, I strongly suggest TFP/TFD.
  • If you have any ideas or concepts to develop, let’s bash ’em out via email or in-person as needed.


I’d like to work with you on a project, what should I do?

  • Thank you for your interest! I am happy you want to consider me.
  • Try to describe the concept briefly. Few, but important, details. Focus on the look and feel of it.
  • Include sketches, concept art, or other visual work that’s been done.
  • Send links to any online samples.
  • Tell me what you are expecting from the photos. As in number of photos, style, look, feel, etc.
  • What will you do with the photos when completed?
  • Do you want monetary or TFP/TFD compensation?
  • Set up a Model Mayhem account if you don’t already have one.


Where do you find your talent?

  • Model Mayhem (click to go to my portfolio on MM). MM is a great resource to find real, professional talent, and get started as a newbie and connect quickly with professionals.
  • This website. Feel free to email me at technoobscura@gmail.com.
  • Facebook – not as often, but occasionally. Send me your page or port and let’s talk.
  • Other social media.
  • My personal contacts.


Do you shoot weddings, Quinceañeras, or other events, happenings, etc.?

  • Nope.
  • I know there are lots of these events around town nearly all the time, but I have found that type of work does suit me well.
  • I’m happy to refer you to any photographer(s) I know who do this type of work quite well.


Do you shoot nudes? Do I have to be nude?

  • You do not have to be nude to work with me. I shoot clothed so you can pose
  • I do shoot and have shot nudes. I do not shoot nudes, exclusively, though.
  • It is totally up you.
  • I will assume you do not wish to be nude unless otherwise mentioned to me.
  • If you want to shoot nude, please let me know. It can be quite surprising if you don’t tell me.
  • I’m not going to convince you to be nude.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: You MUST BE 18 YEARS of AGE or OLDER to pose nude. No exceptions. It’s Federal Law.
  • In the some instances, I shoot nudes for stock and you must be 21 years of age or older due to international laws. A valid, government-issued ID is always required.


What do you do with the pictures you take?

  • Most get archived. The photos are generally good, but may have minor issues like poor focus, motion blur, bad depth-of-field, poor composition, odd expressions, bad lighting, or a range of basic reasons. Since I know I have shot better images over the course of a shoot, I safely move on.
  • After I have a small set (usually 20-25% of the whole), I refocus on those images and identify the ones with the best technical merits (usually no more than 5% of the whole). Then, I begin focusing on just the ones that seem particularly promising (about 2-3%).
  • I will now begin making basic corrections to edit the shoot around my or my client’s needs. Finished images can take a week or two, though I try to have solid, usable portfolio-quality images available in less then a week for TFD work. These may be slated for further work, too.
  • I also submit images to stock photo agencies I work with. They are available for license after a brief approval period which can be days or weeks, depending on the stock agency. For stock photo or video work, I pay or otherwise compensate talent.
  • Some images become fodder for my photo-manipulation projects. These are creative art projects using numerous photos and other elements to create something totally new and different.
  • I am currently researching new sales avenues making images available for sale individually or as collections of images in packages. They will be a combination of different types of images.
  • I try to copyright my work at least on a semi-regular basis. If I’m not producing copyrightable work, I do not register.


Will you assign copyright to another party, allow me to copyright, or share copyright(s) with me?

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