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Pixel-Magic Photography

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Chicago, Illinois, US
D. S. Tong Photo Albums

Mayhem #140708
Photographer


MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/PixelMagicPhotography123

About me
BACKGROUND

My photography is all about versatility. I have a very well equipped Attic studio and for outdoor shooting I'm conveniently close to various parks, and Lake Michigan. Like many, but not all photographers, I do my own retouching and in addition I use 3D graphics for some projects.

WHY I JOINED
The usual reasons -networking to find easy to work with models, as well as  talented  makeup people, stylists who want to create great photos. I like all kinds of photography -just about everything from still life, kids, pets, portrait, fashion, to fine-art. I've made some wonderful friends at MM.

JUST ASK
The work speaks for itself. Ask me for my very affordable rates -you will be pleasantly surprised. At this point, TF projects are very, very limited and only for very special projects.

HOW I WORK
I'm very fond of the Golden Rule -treat others the way you want to be treated, and I hope, that you also subscribe to this approach. Because, I view working with people as a collaboration, I will be asking you lots of questions. This means that before we do any work together, I want to discuss what kind & styles of photos you especially admire, what  special talents & interest you have (that might have a bearing on the work) and we go on from there to plan our photo-shoot.

STATEMENT
Photographers often claim that they have a special, unique view of their subjects. Is this real? I invite you to check out my photos of MM models with their portfolios which show how other photographers see them.

CREDIT
If you are too lazy to fill out the CREDIT under each photo in your portfolio then you're not the type of person I want to work with. Giving credit to all of the people who work on a shoot is part of showing respect and appreciation for their contribution.
Having an MM link makes it easy and convenient for the viewer to find their portfolio. If the model or other collaborator is not an MM member -simply fill in their name as part of the title. That's what I do.

PIRACY PROBLEMS
A quick word about the large obtrusive watermarks/signatures on my MM photo samples.  Rather than posting smaller, low resolution photos, I prefer to post large high quality samples and therefore to discourage (reduce the likelihood)  stealing and showing up on some one's website as their work I put these obtrusive marks on the photos. Models also appreciate not having their stolen images appearing on the net.

**Friend requests will not be granted if I don't know you (I have not looked at your work, or we have not talked, and  or you have not bothered to look at and comment on my work).

Published Work
Washington Post
Smithsonian Magazine

EXTERNAL SAMPLES OF SOME WORK

Kerri in tall grass:
http://images14.fotki.com/v335/photos/7/738800/3775688/5D7020009July06ColorProc5908MM-vi.jpg

Kerri in the Fountain:
http://images14.fotki.com/v335/photos/7/738800/3775688/AKWShop5D7020009July065927BMM-1-vi.jpg

RachelJ relaxing
http://images.jazz2010.multiply.com/image/4/photos/2/orig/77/Rachel%20J%205D%2009sep06%20%20VPbwBlnd%20MM%206274-rp.jpg?et=fEIx5hzRSQ3hPf4FIEnoew

Selection of  the Nadya Clothes from several Fashion Shoots:

The Incomparable Julia wearing Nadya's Incredible Limited Edition Clothing 2006 (made in Bali).

http://images16.fotki.com/v350/photos/7/738800/4102680/iainPark5D01oct067501rpCLandMM-vi.jpg?1159846149
Indian Boundary Park -makeup by MakeupEnvy

http://images17.fotki.com/v349/photos/7/738800/4102680/Nadya5DJulia30sep067235B-vi.jpg?1159845254

Amanda Nature Girl
http://images41.fotki.com/v1343/photos/7/738800/5939976/mandaFantasyDesignwWingsAngled-vi.jpg

Amanda Flower Child
http://images40.fotki.com/v1337/photos/7/738800/5939976/5D22jul08_4155_OrigSunFlowerMM-vi.jpg


Amy Beers
http://images50.fotki.com/v1512/photos/7/738800/5939973/r09_1275NPrtNrCrop1EdgeShadeMM-vi.jpg

Credits
Stock photos at (search for _04)
http://www.reallatinoimages.com

Model -Letitia (MM#159071) June 10, 2006
Stylist, MUA -the amazing Letitia Winn, clothing provided by AKIRA, Chicago

Model -Michelle (MM#139809), June 25, 2006
MUA -MakeupEnvy (MM#139071)

Model -Gosia (MM##39601) July 09, 2006

Model -Danielle Jo (MM#38676) July 09, 2006

Model -Kerri (not on MM) July 09, 2006

Model -RachelJ (MM#178099) Sept 09, 2006

Model -JuliaL (Madcitychel MM#92811) Sept 17, 2006
Special thanks to Sebastian Garavaglia for assisting

Model -JuliaL (Madcitychel MM#92811) Sept 30, 2006; Oct 1, 2006, clothing by Nadya

MUA for Oct 1 shoot only by MaekupEnvy MM#139071 Special thanks to Mark Whitfield for assisting at playground

Model -Angela (Angela Crystal McAdrian MM#150171) Sept 30, 2006 clothing by Nadya

Model - Teresa (rain on tin MM#197168) Oct 6, 2006 at the Seneca Hotel, Chicago, clothes by Nadya,.
Incredible Clothing provided by the Nadya Collection Limited Edition Clothing 2006  www.nadya.com

Models - Kerri Carnahan (MM#171910)  and Monica Komperda (MM#371818) April 7, 2007 at Pixel-Magic Photography Studio. Makeup and clothing by the models.

Model - Amanda Leigh (MM#531421) July 22, 2008

Model - Amy Beers (MM#756887)  April 26, 2009
Makeup by Starry Eyes_SparklyLips (MM#1023945)


Here are some of my forum threads I encourage you to visit:

Post your Mother & Child Photo
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=74780

Post your "Black is Beautiful Photos"
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?th … 117&page=1

Single Light White Background Technique
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=71820

Art of Cropping -links to 2 very instructive articles w examples
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=120844

Canon 5D MarkII 30pfs stills
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=460142

Want some laughs, and a chance to exercise your funny (humerus) bone?
Go to the thread called Request a Title Service
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=57033

HEALTH ALERT:
New research points to the importance of Vitamin D. Virtually none of us have enough vitamin D.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=86435

Impression of MyPublisher book format photo album:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/p.php?thread … 351&page=1

World Press Photo -Winners Gallery
http://www.worldpressphoto.com/index.ph … width=high

Archival factors of CDR, DVD-R media? A report written for Librarians and Archivist by the National Institute of Standards & Technology.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=128740

Micro Payment Agencies - Some Alternatives
http://www.modelmayhem.com/posts.php?thread_id=139391

A wonderful perceptual illusion (moviing color afterimages)
includes a detailed explanation.

http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/col_lilacChaser/index.html

What is information? A brilliant essay for the curious

http://www.howtoknow.com/content.html

Very useful links for newer photographers:

Shooting w white backgrounds (1 stop lower than subject)

http://www.zarias.com/?p=77

A highly recommended backdrop support system. It is relatively inexpensive and allows for rapid changing of backdrops.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … ost6943560

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