3 tips on getting a signed model release

They quite often approach me with funky TfP contracts and weird releases. Models rightfully want to base their work on a solid legal foundation. So do I. That’s why I rather decline a photo shoot than doing it without my standard Getty Model Release. Thankfully pretty much every model agrees to it. That’s why today I share my 3 tips on getting a signed model release.


Getty Image Releases

Easy Release iOS

Easy Release Android

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Earning money shooting for magazines

There are a number of magazines that accept photo submissions from photographers, who would like to see their work published. But how to drive it up to the next level and start getting paid for magazine work?


Free Magazine Photography Pricing Guide

Good Light! Magazine Submissions


Ed fills in all gaps – for free!

I was nervous as hell because it was one of my very first photos. Back in 2006 I had just started with photography. Even though I used a simple one light setup I was not in full control. The studio flash in the strip light was too bright and instead of bringing it down to a quarter power, I actually closed down my aperture to f/20. The spectacular woman posing in front of my camera was Miss Universe Shape. Lyen Wong must have noticed that I was way out of my comfort zone. But then again, it was nothing new for her to see me struggling. She had been my  fitness coach for quite some time and in the gym she had forced me again and again to do exercises that my body was simply not made for.


Camera in hand I concentrated on one single basic thing: no blown out highlights. Or as I would have said in 2006: No blinking pixels on my LCD. Arriving there by stopping down instead of lowering the flash power was probably unprofessional but it was good enough. I just focused on the basics instead of trying to do everything perfect, which by that time would have been impossible for me anyway. As a result, I made a couple of photos that Lyen and myself really liked.


In the early days I learned lighting from the awesome Ed Verosky.  He’s always making things simple. Again and again he is hammering home basics. It’s great if you know a bunch of nice photo tricks, but by the end of the day it’s about being on top of the basics. If you have ANY gaps in your photography basics, anything from DSLR Shooting Modes to Exposure Adjustments with EC and FEC, then treat yourself with Ed’s latest blogpost. He is covering all the basics. Completely. I still can’t believe that this is just a blogpost - totally free and no opt-in required. Enjoy!


DSLR Complete Guide (free)

Adjust your screen or fly blind

Does your screen show you the white perls in the white veil on the white background?

Is your screen clipping some highlights or shaddows, so other people might see photoshop mistakes in your photos that you simply can't see on your screen? I'd like to touch on calibration devices like the Spyder and why you may or may not need one depending on what you do with your photos.



The Calibration Wallpaper
The Spyder I use for color calibration


Playmate Evlin Aubert
​Do you see the white perls in the white veil on the white background?

3 ways to find open-minded nude models

How do I find nude and glamour models for the fun and experimental shoots that you see me doing in my videos so often? I'll share the ways that work best for me. Let me know in the comments which ways of finding models work best for you.



Photo: Noemi Kappel at the lake for Good Light! Magazine


Please play with the White Balance

Unless you are shooting for a fashion catalog, it's usually not about getting "the correct" white balance but purely about setting the white balance so that your photo looks awesome. But anyway, you have to know that tweaking white balance does not only mean you adjust the color temperature, but it also means you care about tint. 



Here's the video regarding using WB creatively

Are Canon Cameras superior?

Let’s dive into the questions why I have chosen Canon as my camera system and whether or not you could possibly achieve the same results if you are shooting with Nikon. A lot of new photographers are stressing out about choosing one system over the other and finally they make a decision for all the wrong reasons.


My camera bodies:

Canon 5D MK III

Fujifilm X-E2

One year Minds Unveiled

My little nude art project is celebrating it's first birthday. A great moment to look back and thank all the awesome models, who were kind enough to pose in front of my camera for this project. They are true role models and show how we can be proud of our bodies and free of inhibitions.

Thank you all!

As a birthday post, I blogged the contribution of Playboy Playmate Olga Kaminska, who is also on the cover of the birthday issue of Good Light! Magazine.

Olga Kaminska on Minds Unveiled

Better lighting with a good boom

The quality of gear really matters in photography. I realized it yet anther time. Recently I swapped out my old, clumsy, awkward boom stand that I never used, with a new, awesome boom arm. Suddenly I find myself using a boom quite a lot in my setups, exploring new options in lighting.

My new boom arm: Phottix Light Stand Boom Arm 160cm (63”) 



Affordable, awesome speedlights

Nowadays I expect my speedlights to have a whole bunch of awesome features. They enable me to shoot all kinds of situations without running short on flashlight. I need a zoom reflector, high speed sync, a battery level indicator and I actually also don't want to miss a build in radio transceiver. The awesome speedlight of my choice is the

Phottix Mitros+

It gives me more options than the high-end Canon speedlite while being much more affordable.

However, for most of my photos I don't need TTL. In these cases I can as well use my manual speedlight:

Cactus RF60

It got all the bells and whistles that I need for manual mode, radio transceiver, HSS and all, it's working beautifully and reliably and I get it from Amazon for less than $150 - a bargain!

Photo: Bridal Boudoir with Maria Ki
One light setup with the Cactus RF60