Do You Have a Muse That Inspires You?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Muse: def., a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

Jamie MacDonald, for example, found his muse to be Mother Nature. For me it was a person, in this case a model named Tia Stoneman. I photographed her for many years through various changes in her life including motherhood and she was always a source of inspiration when working in almost every genre of portraiture that she and I pursued. You’ve seen her on this blog many times and while I enjoyed photographing her, she has retired from modeling to concentrate on raising her children.

If you know of any models, aspiring models or just women who would like to become a muse, please have them Contact me about a test shoot to see how they might enjoy being a muse.

The above image is how some infrared images look coming right off the chip (SOOC) so not all IR images have a magenta cast, sometimes they look blue like this one. And some people might prefer it this way. To see what it looks like as a traditional black & white infrared image, I processed the below photograph using Silver Efex Pro. Which one do you like best? I can’t make up my mind.

Here’s a special offer for this blog’s readers: If you want to save $50 on a Priority Processing Upgrade when converting your camera to infrared, use the coupon code “MarkToal2017” at LifePixel.

IR.bookMy book,The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography,is out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon at affordable prices. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $6 and used copies at a giveaway—less than a buck— price