Patreon vs Tumblr For The Soul Of The Art Nude Photographer

Patreon! Tumblr! Where can or should an artist who photographs nudes share their work? Is censored images on instagram or Facebook good enough? How does one honor the actual work? I do what I can to address the considerations of the art nude/ fashion nude photographer in these 5 brief minutes!

Help support the creative work of our studio at http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller and check out our photography tutorials at http//www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller

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“Jiangshi” – new fashion/ music /art video

“Jiangshi” is a new track I created this summer in a spurt of music making- basically I got really into the Chinese folk instruments and normal orchestral bits on my iPhone’s Garageband and went to town.  About a dozen tracks were made, and the cream I put together as an EP, “The Haunting of Three Gorges”.  
“Jiangshi”, specifically, has Alina Lee vocals as a few of the instruments, and is an industrial trip hop stomper with a lot of melodic Eastern orchestral bits.  I’m super proud of the song and the video which used Alana Schoen and Sky K Blue and features makeup fx by Crissy Stardust.  
The $7 EP, containing 8 songs and 2 remixes, is available here now! 
This video is actually a very short edit of the actual “Jiangshi” which clocks in at around 4:30.  Just enough to give a sense of the full song- videos like these are equal parts fashion/ beauty, art, and music video, and I love when it all dovetails in this way!

Phoenix Resists

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Trump came to Phoenix and I went down to the protest. People with signs, people cosplaying, these are not things I like to photograph or film, so I didn’t make too much of anything, and I wasn’t involved in the actual chaos that happened after the rally. The truly depressing thing was not seeing the Trump supporters in the flesh but how protestors and MAGA-ers just yell at each other as if that does any good. They don’t even speak the same language. A Trump supporter, at this point, is either completely blind to him being a racist/ why racism is bad, or they fully embrace and endorse being a racist and facist. The Trump protestor largely expressed that he is a racist and facist and it goes into the void between these two camps.
I wonder if MAGA types could be swayed by focusing on collusion with Russia – it is, you know, treason in the actual literal sense.
Life has taught me, though, that if someone supports someone, politically or otherwise, it’s never really about reason, it’s about emotion, and underlying strong beliefs that have no rationale behind them.
A Trump supporter genuinely believes white male dominance trumps any treason, law breaking, gangsterism, decline in cultural values or standing in the world, etc.
It’s how evangelicals still support a person so clearly unreligious, unspiritual, how poor rural people support a man who is the biggest rich city slicker of all.
How someone could claim to be a patriot and still defend the Confederacy and treason with foreign hostile nations.
What does screaming back and forth do to change any of that?

Documentary Portraits, 20 Years Later

Hello out there! This time I’m showing you some of my earliest work- portraits I took while working in developmentally disabled group homes circa 1998-1999. It was my early college years and I was full of social crusading juice. These were all shot with the blessing of the clients and their families, and I describe what I’ve learned in years since about what makes a good documentary portrait project. I also show you some of my recent work with my daughter Magdalena.

Help support the Primordial Creative studio via Patreon and check out our photography tutorials on our Skillshare channel!

Primordial Creative is now on Patreon!

The last 2 months I’ve been doing a lot of my posting on Patreon.  For those unfamiliar, Patreon is where fans of creators subscribe at various reward tiers for exclusive content.  I have found it’s a good compromise for my 18+ work since Tumblr has essentially ceased functioning as an arts site and Facebook/ Instagram only allows censored material.

To give you an idea of what is actually over there, in the past month I’ve released photo sets with Cacia Zoo, Alina Lee/ Thumbelina, and a bunch of people from my previous LA trips.

 

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Currently I’m doing 2 PG sets and 2 18+ sets a month, and any previous 18+ videos shot with models are only available through Patreon.  My tutorials on Skillshare and Udemy will also be available for subscribers.

Though Primordial Creative works in a variety of genres, I’ve built this Patreon around the photos and videos I’ve done with some of the best models around for the last 7 years including brand new work.  The reward tiers include:

-photosets and video art pieces, PG + uncensored, with accompanying explainer videos where I tell you how it was all made

-my tutorials that I create for teaching pay sites Skillshare and Udemy, covering the Adobe Creative Suite, video editing, animation, sound design and more.

-mailed one-of-a-kind instax and limited edition printed zines

-name in the credits of video art pieces

-PDF copies of my e-books “Capturing The Face” and “Secretly”

There’s a lot of exclusive stuff there so anyone interested in helping support the Primordial Creative cause I highly encourage you to check you my Patreon page!

Learning Lightroom – A Skillshare Class Series

I’ve taught photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for many years in person, and put small, specialized lessons online, but I recently had the drive and time to put together a comprehensive series of Lightroom lessons.  In this Skillshare series “Learning Lightroom” we tackle the modules one by one, breaking down all the features and explaining how they may be relevant to any photographer.

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This particular lesson focuses on the Library module, an amazing organizational tool with its own development features and special capabilities.  At the end I show you how an experienced Lightroom user would utilize all the components in a real world scenario.

Sign up for the first part of the series, “Learning Lightroom: The Library Module”, is here!

Maggie without a plan

Over the years my photography has gotten more and more focused around a plan – booking studio time, working with booked models or paying clients, even basing my own family photography around trips to exotic locations in the Southwest or Alaska or Hawaii or Mexico. It has been a long time where I just went out with the camera and shot stuff without a plan.

Tonight, on a routine trip to McDonald's with the kids, the sun hit just right and my daughter Maggie's hair was just the right combination of wild and fashionable.

I feel like to get good at a creative medium, or keep up one's chops, it's important to work at it during "off" time- like an illustrator who sketches while watching tv. Shot with the Fuji X-T2 and 35mm 1.4 lens.