•December 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment
This is from the mens fashion photoshoot I did in LA recently. The location we used on this shoot was pure magic… not to mention the wardrobe, styling, lighting and some post production tricks.
Please visit my website to view more of my men’s fashion photography.
Men’s Fashion Photoshoot – copyright Mark Stout no free use allowed
•November 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Anyone working as a professional photographer these days knows the assault the industry has been under. Every subterfuge in the book has been used to devalue our work for the benefit of those who depend on it. But in all unethical schemes where one seeks to profit at the expense of another, it eventually comes back on the perpetrator.
As this downward pressure has increased, I have seen many excellent pro photographers shut their doors, and many more turn to other sources of income to get by.
When content creators can no longer earn enough to fund their work and pay their bills, there will be no more content. At least not any of a professional level.
The French newspaper Liberation decided to show us just what the world will be like when that day arrives. In support of professional photographers and the value of what they contribute to the world, they published the current issue with NO photos.
Read about it on the British Photography Journal and get a taste of the world to come if we don’t begin to respect the rights of creators.
•November 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Here is another shot from the men’s fashion photoshoot I did in Los Angeles recently. I’m loving this shot, the richness of the color, the moody light, and the new post production techniques I used on it. I’m always pushing the creative envelope, looking for, and experimenting with new photography and photoshop techniques every week.
Again, a shout out to John Strand, the model in this shoot. It is always a pleasure to work with him. Talented, laid back and completely professional at all times.
Please visit my men’s fashion photographer gallery.
Men’s fashion photoshoot in LA – copyright Mark Stout. No free use allowed
•November 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I’m always pushing my limits, trying new techniques, seeing what can be done. This photo is an example of that. It was originally shot on a plain white background and I wanted to bring in elements of color that went with the color of the makeup and clothes that would also fit the mood. Quite a number of elements and techniques went into the creation of the image. It wasn’t a matter of just dropping in the background. I would work on it, then put it aside and come back to it for a fresh look. Many different directions presented themselves as I worked.
This is the final image. Don’t forget to give someone you love a fine art portrait for the holidays!
Experimental fashion portrait, copyright Mark Stout
•October 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment
One of the things I love about fashion is there are really no rules. You can bend and twist reality as long as you keep it beautiful.
When I shot this image, the natural light in the location was so beautiful I decided to use it instead of my strobes. But it was also quite low and I had to bump up the ISO considerably to get the shots. It put a little too much noise in the photos for my liking. I still loved the photos shot in this area, but knew inside something more was needed to take them where I wanted them to be. We shot in several areas, with several different looks on the same shoot and already had the images we needed, so this sat on my hard drive for a while.
While watching a show on Creative Live with Sue Bryce and Lara Jade, an idea hit me. I dug up an old photo I shot of the car wash brush hitting my windshield taken while in LA on a magazine shoot a couple years ago and did some manipulation and blending on it until I had what I wanted. Then I overlaid it onto this photo.
What it did was bring the beautiful highlighting into the model’s suit, and selectively across the image. With some more blending, I had what I wanted and the noise that I originally objected became part of the beauty of the photo. It is amazing to me that decades into my career and my love affair with the camera I can still manage to learn a new trick each week if I keep my eyes and ears open, and in tune with the creativity that dwells inside me.
Thank you Sue and Lara. for a wonderful seminar and teaching an old dog some new tricks. And to John Strand for always being such a great model. Please take a moment to visit my fashion photographer website.
Mens Fashion Photoshoot – copyright Mark Stout Photography,
•October 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I’m loving this photo. It was taken during a men’s fashion photoshoot in LA and I got the opportunity to try out some new techniques on this one. Now I can’t wait to do another one so I can see just how far I can pus the creative envelope.
Be sure to check out my Men’s Fashion Photographer gallery on my site. I have just done some updates to it with some new creative work.
Men’s Fashion Photoshoot – copyright Mark Stout, no free use allowed