juushika: A black and white photo of an ink pen. (Writing)
Let's pretend to clean up my notes and sundry document and post:

Things I have learned from my crash-course in black cat photography

Never ever use flash. It makes for an obviously artificial shiny white highlights on black fur, as well as squinty eyes of death.

Everything auto must go. Well, not everything—my camera has miserable manual focus, and yours might too—but throw auto light balance right out. Open up the aperture and aim for somewhere between -1 and -2 exposure to get black on black instead of washed-out grays and blown out backgrounds.

Use a tripod, or lean the camera against something—exposure will probably be 1/20 to 4 seconds. Open up the blinds and invite natural light—you can't fake it with artificial light when your subject is so dark.

Find a sweet spot for auto focus. You want the eyes in focus, but shining the focus light in the eyes causes squinty eyes of death. Ideally, you want something on the same plane as the eyes, with sharp delineation that the autofocus can grab onto with both hands; the thin hair on between brow and ears often works well, because white skin showing through dark fur provides adequate contrast.

Take a billion pictures. This is a good rule with all animal photography, especially indoor animal photography where long exposure times easily lead to blur. Lock in your focus, steady your hands, and take six shots instead of one—and maybe one of the six will be between tremors, blinks, and strong breezes.

Play with angles. This is also a good rule for all animal photography. The cute cuddly angle you see from above may look like squinty eyes of death from below; conversely, an animal-level shot can be surprisingly intimate.

With few exceptions, only post one picture from each pose, even if you do manage to get multiple clear shots. As with all photography: take plenty, find the best, post few. No one likes repetition.
juushika: Drawing of a sleeping orange cat. (Default)
According to the responses to this meme, some of you (mostly the new and new-ish people) don't know what I look like. I find this ironic, as I'm a self-portrait photographer (currently on a sort of hiatus) and my face and, well, the rest of me is no stranger to the internet. I promised pictures to correct this deficit, and so I present: a picspam all about me.

I am female, 20 years of age, five foot almost one inch, heavier than I would like to be, hourglass shape, with red hair, blue eyes, and very fair freckled skin (and where there aren't freckles, there are birth marks and moles). In my self-portraits, I'm somewhat known for my curves: large breasts, a tiny tiny waist, and, um, "child-bearing" hips, though they shall bear no children. I have a severe sway back, but I've learned to correct it to a large degree through posture. I stand very straight and have a long torso, which helps make up for my intense shortness. (It's in my genes; plus I was anemic during my would-be growth spurt.) I carry a bit of extra weight, and I hate my legs passionately and rarely photograph anything below the waist. I'm of Scottish, Russian, and Dutch decent, and I have a Jew noise (not huge, but very well-defined), an oval face, and classic Scottish red hair and fair, freckled skin. I have very long hair: it's currently just below waist length and still growing. I take incredibly good care of it, and it has a wonderful color and sheen. By fair skin I mean well and truly pale: my veins are visible visible in my hands, arms, breasts, legs, and under eyes. I have dark under eye circles. I am an ever-recovering self-harmer, and my left arm and both thighs have a number of fading scars. Both my knees are covered in scars from two accidents, one running and one biking, when I was a kid. My eyes are blue (I always wished they were green) and I'm nearsighted, so I wear glasses when I'm out and about but take them off when studying, at the computer, or (often) taking pictures (in that case, because flash catches the glass).

But all of this is better explained in pictures, wouldn't you agree?

The face behind the journal )

As stated way up there, I am an amateur self-portrait photographer. (I take portraits as well, but generally lack models.) After deviantART fired its founders I left the community and about the same time stopped taking photos, but I do want to go back some day (soon?). My galleries are still online, however, and you can feel free to check them out. Juushika is my safe account, with some artsy photos, self-portrait and otherwise, and a poem or two. Possession is my far more popular erotic gallery, and does contain BDSM, nudity, erotic photos, and other things that may or may not make you uncomfortable. I still sell prints there. I am very proud of this work despite the immaturity of some of it, and hope to add to this gallery some day. My website is TitleHere.Net and contains much of the content from the Juushika account as well as some older photos and more of my (old, immature) writing. None of these sites have been updated in some time.

And that, my friends, is me. Physically, at least.


juushika: Drawing of a sleeping orange cat. (Default)

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