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Hittwerk Photography

Written on August 9, 2015 Categories: Photographer showcase and Interviews


Hittwerk Photography, an interview with John

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Today is the first time in the 8 year history of Oni Studio that I have finally been able to interview another boudoir photographer and showcase their work on my blog. All the photos you see in this entry are Hittwerk Photography’s, not Oni Studio. I hope you enjoy the interview with John of Hittwerk Photography!

Q. How did you get interested in photography?   

A. I needed an Art101 class in college back in 1973.  Mary Brandon was the beautiful young teacher so Photography was a natural choice!

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Q. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name of your studio, “Hittwerk Photography”?

A. Kraftwerk was a very popular band back when I was in college, therefore HITT and WERK tied together my German heritage and one of my eventual businesses

Q. What was the first camera you owned?

A. I bought a Minolta SRT101…and still have it!

Q. What kind of camera do you shoot with now?

A. I use three different ones for specific types of work. I use the Olympus E3, E5 and most recently, the Olympus OM-D E-M1

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Q. What advice would you give a person just starting out shooting boudoir photography?

A. Be absolutely sure you are doing this for artistic reasons, only. I say this being a man, working with young attractive women.  If you have a different agenda, get out of the business before you ruin the rest of our reputations.

Q. You create a very sexy atmosphere when you shoot, or so it appears that way, have you ever had a client come on to you?

Yes….

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Q. What types of music do you play when you shoot?

A. I allow the models / client to choose their own music. I don’t allow dreadfully depressing country music.  Most often they want me the pick some music and so far they all love the newest Pink Floyd album and David Gilmore’s  Live at Gdansk.

Q. What is the least favorite aspect of your shoots?

A. Wow… I’d say it’s the fact that all good things must come to an end.  Once my clients really become comfortable with themselves and me and my team, the images and emotions just keep getting better and better.

Q. What bothers you most about your clients?

A. I’m very selective with whom I work with, so I never have any issues with my clients.

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Q. If someone gave you $357,000 but you could only buy photo related equipment, what would you buy?

A. Since I’m blessed to have pretty much have everything I need, I’d likely visit my alma mater, the University of Alabama, and we would go shopping together!

Q. If you could shoot with anyone in the world, from any time period, who would you choose. By the way, you can’t choose Marilyn Monroe!

A. Wow… that’s tough. As I look at my bucket list of models I’ve planned to work with, there is still one elusive model still there, Rubia Stri, from Belgium..   I think she is stunning and I know we could get some amazing images together!   I never give up…   it will happen someday!  She and I chat every morning discussing our creative work and brainstorming for new ideas.

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Q. Who are some other photographers that inspire you?

A. Clarence John Laughlin, now deceased, was a huge influence on me in college. I own some of his original images and have photos of him signing my images in his New Orlean’s home.   I do a lot of ballet work and Gene Schiavone is my dance mentor.   I also invested in some of his work.  Jim Bauer in Dallas is by far to most talented glamour photographer I’ve ever known.  Jen Rozenbaum is my boudoir mentor.  She and my wife were my biggest influences to try out boudoir work.

Q. What type of lighting equipment do you use?

A. I prefer natural light and a reflector for my boudoir work, but I often use a fluorescent, color balanced ring light and Buff Einsteins fitted with various modifiers as necessary. I recently added some of Edward Tang’s Cheetah strobes and modifiers for my on location work.  They are amazing!

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Q.  Do you think social media helps with acquiring clients?

A. Certainly!  I never pay for advertising.  I don’t need it.

Q.  What’s your approach to SEO?

A. I’ve been around a long time and have significant name recognition in the field.  I don’t worry about Search Engine Optimization.  I turn away more business than I accept.

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Q. What’s your wildest/sexiest photography story?

A. A few years ago I had a return client book a shoot at a home in north Dallas. It started out with her just being playfully flirtatious.  Very soon it was obvious to the whole crew that she was dead serious and very assertive!  She was 20 years old and I was almost 60!  Haha!!!   We stopped the shoot right then and talked privately.   We ended up getting a great shoot in the books and she called a few days ago to book another shoot!

Q. Are you married? If so, what does your spouse think about your career?

  A. I’ve been married to the same creative, tolerant women for over 40 years!   She is the one who encouraged me to take my work to an edgier level and it took off like a rocket!

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Q. What is (in your opinion) the best shot you have ever taken?

A. I can’t answer that… I love too many of them!!

Q. When you are shooting outdoors what mode do you shoot in and why? (Aperture priority, shutter priority, etc.)

A. I rarely venture outside since I’m located in west Texas, a very harsh, unforgiving environment. When I do go outside, I’m almost always using Aperture priority.

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Q. What type of editing software do you recommend?

A. I’m old school… I recently switched from Photoshop CS5 to CC.

Q. If you answered photoshop, what type of plug-ins do you recommend?

A. I use Nik and Topaz plug-ins quite a bit.

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Q. What type of computer do you recommend for the type of work you do?

A. I’ve always used Dell’s and have never had any issues. Every 5 years of so I’ll work with Dell and my IT guru and we decide on a custom set up.  A week later I’m grinning from ear to ear.

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Q. What type of photography were you doing when you first started out?

A.  At Alabama, my professor was also a sculpture professor. The University of Alabama and the surrounded areas are ripe with important and exciting Indian and Civil War history.  Most of my work captured the historical sites and landmarks in a very abstract, non-objective image.

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Q. How did you get interested burlesque/boudoir photography?

A. As for burlesque, I had an awesome young assistant who was studying to be an actress. Joni asked to try a burlesque shoot one day and soon she and her mom came to the studio and Joni and I had a blast.  Her mom was so encouraging!   Now as for boudoir, I got contacted via FB by a little shy college kid who was attending a very strict religion backed university.  Her fiancé had joined the Marines and had just shipped off to boot camp.  She had a part time job at Victoria’s Secret and got the nerve to buy a few sexy pieces for herself.  My wife and I got her into the studio and gently urged her to accept her body and who she was and soon she was having a blast, savoring every moment.   She came back again for more shoots and her fiancé loved the pics she would surprise him with.  Alyssa eventually joined my team and was a huge asset in bringing in new talent!

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Q. What types of lenses do you recommend?

A. Keep I mind that Olympus is a 4/3 system so the lens sized are virtually doubled.  For example, a 25mm lens on an Olympus acts like a 50mm.  I love my 25mm f1.4 Leica for natural light boudoir.  I also use an Oly 50mm 2.0, an Oly 14 – 54mm 1:2.8 – 3.5 Zoom and my trusty Oly 35-100mm 1:2.0.

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Q. What type of training or education would you recommend for an amateur photographer?

A. READ, READ, READ!!   Look up anything Jen Rozenbaum does and learn from it. 

Q. Anything further to add?  

A. I tell all young photographers in training to learn another trade!  Haha!!   I see too many young photographers starve to death and finally give up because they can’t make enough money with their camera.   With another trade, they can still eat and pay their bills and hopefully have a little money left over to invest in themselves and still pursue their photography.   It is much easier to do shoots when your rent doesn’t depend on it.   Do the photography as a side job and learn from every shoot. You’ll learn a very little practical skills in a college classroom.

I meet so many jealous new guys with cameras who can’t seem to find many models, yet they see us “old” guys with all the girls.   I assure them that at one time I was in the same predicament.  I’ve treated all my clients and models like princesses and have always gone out of my way to maintain a great reputation and maintain a strong public presence.  I do a lot of charity work and have done so for decades.  I’ve served for years for booster organizations.  I’ve been on the board of directors for various non-profits.   Over the years I’ve enjoyed meeting people, getting to know their families and their lives.  Later I watched their kids grow up and we were all friends.  As a result, now the kids are older, attending universities, planning weddings and are wanting me to work with them, be it portraiture, weddings and of course, boudoir.  Boudoir Books are in big demand and we have so much fun letting them feel sexy and free, even if it’s just for a few hours.  I’ve never had a bad review and have an approximate 90% return rate.  Normally the only ones who haven’t returned were the ones who moved away.   I have a 19 year old coming in tomorrow.  She booked me months ago and has been saving her money.   We will likely just do a cute glamour session for her.  I worked with her a few months ago in a mild pin-up shoot and her dad, a pro photographer, was there.  She decided, with his approval, that she would work with me to expand her portfolio to a sexier, but professional level.   Day after tomorrow I have a professional Russian model flying here for a return shoot (boudoir) before she flies home to Moscow the next morning.  My life is a blessing and I try to be a blessing to others.

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Voodoo Glamour Girl

Written on June 16, 2015 Categories: San Diego Boudoir


Voodoo Glamour Girl

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This shoot showcases a technique I had not tried in a long while. Its called “high key” . I had not attempted this technique in quite sometime as I didn’t have the required equipment. This type of shoot requires a lot of light, and an all white background. After ordering the background and getting in my giant softbox from Paul C. Buff I decided to try it out. The first thing I did was go on Pinterest, which is my go to spot these days for photographic inspiration. After awhile I happened on a photo that would serve as a spring board for this shoot. The photo below is NOT my photograph, but the photo I found on Pinterest.

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This photo is gorgeous right?!  It was taken by a Russian photographer Vladimir Sagadeev. I thought I would be able to recreate this photo almost exactly. I promptly put out a notice on Facebook looking for a model. Once I got her in the studio and started to experiment with this photo concept I started to run into challenges I hadn’t anticipated. The photo below with the model Desi Diver was the first attempt.

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I loved the photo the way it came out, but as you can see its a bit different than what I set out to do. My biggest complaint was on the quality of the fabric, and that it was a bit wrinkled, something I didn’t notice until after I was in the edit process.

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The entire studio portion was a basic three light set up. The key light was a large Paul C. Buff soft box, with two other alienbee strobes pointed directly at the background.

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 The model for this evening is Desi Diver. She’s a simple girl. Prone to being a stage kitten at burlesque dancing events and bouts of cannibalism.

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Unlike some of the models I’ve met here in San Diego, Desi was down to earth, funny, and had not an ounce of annoying divaness.

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Desi also brought along her poor man to torture while on the shoot.

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Beyond the fact that Desi loves hairless sphinx cats, she was a sadly, a mystery.

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Just when you thought it was all serious, Desi takes it to another level.

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Desi in her own words:

Her skin is white cloth
And she’s all sewn apart
And she has many colored pins
Sticking out of her heart.She has a beautiful set
Of hypno-disk eyes,
The ones that she uses
To hypnotize guys.
She has many different zombies
Who are deeply in her trance.
She even has a zombie
Who was originally from France.
But she knows she has a curse on her,
A curse she cannot win.
For if someone gets Too close to her, The pins stick farther in.
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Crossfit cutey

Written on February 28, 2015 Categories: San Diego Boudoir


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This weeks entry stars a brand new model. Her name is Amber, and if you are a photographer in the San Diego area you need to shoot with her.

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Yes, you heard me right, Amber has never done a professional photoshoot before. Shooting with a new model has its advantages and disadvantages. I love shooting with new models because many times they havent yet reached that diva stage where the ego takes over and the art aspect of the shoot is still foremost in their minds. On the other hand, many new models are still unsure of themselves in front of the camera and haven’t yet learned to free flow pose. You take the good with the bad and work with what you got.

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Amber had her poses pretty much down and five minutes after arriving on set, she was ready to go.

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Besides getting to practice lighting techniques, my favorite aspect of shoot is getting to talk with new people. Amber brought up a very cool subject. Obviously she’s into fitness, but not just any old fitness, she’s into crossfit!

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Now I have never done crossfit, but I have plenty of friends that do. Without exception they all look like they just walked off the set of 300. This style of fitness also has its critics, but I dont know why anyone would get angry over people trying to improve their bodies, regardless of the manner of doing it. Well except for steroid users!

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Amber and I have a very similar diet as well. Except she probably cheats a lot less than I do. But basically eat lean, eat several small meals a day, plenty of water, and stay away from bread Simple!

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For the studio lighting I went with an alienbee beauty dish, lit the background with an Einstein E640 with a red gel, and filled in the shadow with a photoflex strip.

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Alienbees Boudoir

Written on January 12, 2015 Categories: San Diego Boudoir


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Recently I had a friend who got interested in photography. I had seen her post some work before, mostly nature and shots of her kids. When Christmas came her husband went out and bought her an entire studio set.

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They got right to work and set up the studio and wasted no time in getting a model in for a shoot. They had caught my attention so I always looked at every update they posted. Most of the pics they posted included the studio lighting equipment. Their was so much of it, flashheads, modifiers, syncs, and so on.

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The reason my friends new purchases got my attention is because it reminded me of exactly what I did when I first became interested in studio photography. I had no idea what to buy. I had no idea what company was gonna be worth the money. I believe the first set of studio lights I ever had was from a company called Square Perfect. Now square perfect lighting did work for me. However, you could definitely tell it wasn’t the top of the line quality.

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Over time, I must have wasted close to a thousand dollars on studio equipment I didn’t need. Finally I got smart and started asking successful photographers what equipment they used. Most of the photographers I wrote to didn’t answer. However one of them finally did. What did they tell me to buy? Alienbees! Now Alienbees arent cheap. But then again they are not ungodly expensive either. Now Alienbees have been around for quite awhile. They have excellent customer service, and they stand by thier products. Also, NO, I dont get any money or any benefits for writing about them. In fact I doubt the company will ever read this entry.

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If you’re starting a studio and want a invest your money in studio lighting, Alienbees is one of the best investments you can make.  Now its not the only good photo equipment company out there. Personally i’m not a huge fan of the light stands from Alienbees, and much prefer Manfrotto, Avenger or photoflex brands.

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One of these days I really am gonna get off my ass and write some educational entries on the art of boudoir and studio photography. Trouble is I dont think too many people read what I write.

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The sexy model you’re seeing in the photos is Michele “Miss Hell” Monique. We’ve  had a few photoshoots. In case you missed them you can see them here, and here.

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