Fauxtog Studio

A rare glimpse into a true Fauxtog’s “pro studio”… What a treat!

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  1. Everything is way way to close….. Tisk Tisk on a folded backdrop!!!!

  2. FalconGTHO

    Foreign, again. Not a shock so who cares?

  3. Timothy

    You want to see something, check out this one! http://home.earthlink.net/~ttravia/tonypaul/ Don’t forget to check out his “bar” that is available for sessions, too!

    • Family portraits and nudes all on one page!?! How fauxtogily appropriate.

    • Incredulous

      I’m sure that family just LOVES that their family portrait is on a page with scantily clad and nude women.

    • OMG. “Hi Jax…how’s it hangin’?”

    • Timothy

      If you right click on the photos, you can see them bigger and see his metadata, too. Lot’s of them are shoot with a P&S.

    • Wsroadrunner

      Yeah, I notice if you click on the picture of ‘Tina’ you can get to a sight where one girl is rubbing one off. REAL professional. LMAO

      • Timothy

        You would be referring to his page on Model Mayhem; totally disgusting! That is not modeling, it’s porn at that point.

    • oh my … what a horrible site! Not only do they need advice from a website designer … the photos they choose to share are almost disgusting in nature. IMO … a pervert that disguises as a fauxtog.

    • I love this on his thoughts on nude photography:
      “All M/F Body Parts serve a purpose in life *weather* it my be an arm, leg, genitals, etc. “

  4. Mama Llama

    Other than the disgustingly wrinkled backdrop, I’m pretty OK with this. Some people choose to shoot in their homes instead of a retail space to reduce their overhead.

    • Agreed. The only problem I see here is that the lights are clearly too close to the backdrop. But for all we know when the picture-taking magic happens things are opened out.

  5. Whitney

    My backdrops are never folded like that but my studio is in my garage. I’ve been taking pictures for 4 years now and just started buying equipment after much research. Unfortunately that’s how some of us have to start out. I would like to see an ACTUAL PICTURE this person has taken.

    • I actually converted my 6×13 sunroom into a micro studio for babies and small children. My husband built a 5×6 platform 1 foot off the ground so it would be level with the picture window for great natural light and I wouldn’t have to have the children on the cold floor and moms or dads can sit right there next to them for safety. Unfortunately because of this setup, I don’t have room for my rollers, so I roll my backdrops onto large dowels that sit in the corner. I unroll them and hang them from small hooks on the wall. It’s about perfect for what I need and I have absolutely no overheard for my business unless I buy new equipment!

    • @Whitney – I was thinking the exact same thing. We need to see the end result. I’ve done some of my best work using unconventional methods.

  6. Brent Schmidt

    While I love this site, sometimes the webmaster needs to get off his high horse every now and then…

    • FalconGTHO

      This site was originally started by two chicks, actually.

    • I agree with Brent…the backdrop is wrinkled….but other than that this setup could work easily. I’m not about to judge anyone’s methods till I see the results.

    • Part of me wonders if they actually understand some of what goes into photography…

  7. Believe it or not, today I was shown a Glamorshots photo with a background wrinkled like this!!!

  8. Helen Megginson

    I work as a stagehand, and all backdrops we hang are folded. Maybe this photog is hanging all the wrinkles out. A pipe in the bottom hem will pull the unsightly wrinkles out. Then it will be ready for photos.

    • good point. but from what I can tell of the fabric choice, I think an iron would work much better in this situation. most backdrops are made on more wrinkle free material, or are much too large to take an iron to it. haha.

  9. jessica

    Having a studio in home isn’t what the problem.is……I think.its fair to say most pros started somewhere similar. The Problem is.how the rest of the space is.exhibited. clean up, make ypur living space reflect your business intent. Or dedicate.a.space, like a garage…keep home and work.completely seperate…..and yea..the backdrop looks like shit, but the nice thing about those fabric backdrops is.they are easy to steam or toss in the dryer

  10. The backdrop is AWFUL! And whether you can afford a real one or not, or use your garage as a studio or not, this is AWFUL!!! Clean the room, steam the backdrop… or better yet BURN IT!

  11. I dont think his studio setup means a thing. This person could be producing amazing high end images in his little “hole”. A true photographer never NEEDS a high end studio or high end equipment to produce results. Show us what comes out of this equipment then we can decide if he is faux or not.

    Were you running low on bad images or something and had to find an alternative?

  12. Plenty of photogs have small studios for portraits and stuff. It’s just about how you make it work, in this situation it doesn’t look like it’s working so well….

  13. Timothy

    The last muslin I bought (I much prefer canvas) took me almost 4 hours to steam all the creases out of. Now it just has nice wrinkles.

    • I’ve found the best way to get the stubborn wrinkles out is to put the backdrop in the dryer with a damp towel to give it an all-over steam. You just have to remember to take it out immediately.

    • Wsroadrunner

      Weight the bottom when you steam it… it takes a third of the time.

      • Timothy

        The backdrop is 20, long, only a ten foot ceiling where I was working on it.

  14. At least they have studio lights…

    • Timothy

      Having and knowing how to use are not the same thing, however. Of course, we have no idea what this persons work looks like.

  15. Wsroadrunner

    Gee, and to think, I am wasting so much money by having a regular studio downtown when I could just use my garage or basement…. then I wouldn’t need my own lab, I could just put it all on a disk for 25 bucks. ..NOT

    • Not everyone has the money to rent a studio. In some locations, they rent for a suitable space can far outweigh the profits you generate when trying to build up a portfolio. I am not sure why so many are piling on to this photo, without seeing some actual work by this person. I know there is far worse stuff out there (I have submitted about 100 shots that I have come across, and they never make it to this site) to draw a good laugh, this is completely unnecessary. I have a studio in a great location, as well, but I have seen some wonderful work by people that only use natural backgrounds, and never use a studio of any sort. Meh, I am non-plussed by this one.

    • wsroadrunner – I’d love to see your work.

  16. Ha! … I’ve seen worse!

  17. mom’s basement?

  18. NicCole

    I don’t get why this one is on here? It looks like a home studio, packed up for the night. You can’t tell what comes out of it, or if that backdrop is even being used, short of that it’s hung. I’ll hang mine for a night before steaming/ironing too, generally with some weight on the bottom. Cuts down time. There’s not really anything to rip into here?

  19. I actually don’t see MUCH fault here… I don’t use lights and I use homemade setups and I am an actual professional earning a decent living. I live in a country not my own and have no desire to get my own real studio. Where we live homes and apartments are small so it is what it is.. I think seeing someone’s setup should not speak for the quality of their photos. I have shown some pullbacks of my setups to a few people and all are shocked that I do this from my living room. I prefer to work outdoors but sometimes you have to stay inside. I’ve also done ghetto setups like this at clients’ homes and no one has ever implied it was a bad thing.

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