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The Pod Bay Door Show

Join Jamey and his Co-Host Carla this week for an in-depth and frank discussion on being a Las Vegas Entertainer.  Topics include getting started as a showgirl, the pitfalls of being in the entertainment industry and how being topless on stage really feels.  Also covered is what it is like to be an talent agent, the strange things people ask you to do and horror stories of the Biz…as well as good and bad clients.  Included on this episode is a Special Report from Adam & Sam at the LVL Up Expo – The Ultimate Gaming and Animae conference.  Special topics will include strippers and strip clubs, monorails and Jet Skiing in the Bellagio Fountains…with, of course, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

 

Episode #13 – Rundown

 

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(Jamey) This is Jamey…and my beautiful co-host today is Carla Marerro…Welcome Carla!

I am very excited to speak with Carla today as she is a former Las Vegas Entertainer and who is now an agent and talent representative for Las Vegas and the whole Southwestern region including now Kansas, MO. I am going to get the inside information on what it’s like to perform in Las Vegas and what the entertainment and event atmosphere is now.

 

Also in today’s episode, we are going to hear from Adam and Sam at the LVL Up conference here in Las Vegas. They are on location and on site at the conference and will give us all of the highlights from this premiere gamers gathering.

 

…but first

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to our new listeners in North Dakota and North Carolina…we really appreciate you guys – keep listening!!

 

 

 

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all – As they have been so popular we are going to continue the Las Vegas questions that we hear so often:

 

– Can I get a stripper to come to my room? What are the best strip clubs?

– Will the monorail drop us off at every hotel?

– I heard you can jet ski in the Bellagio Fountains? Bruno Mars? Special deck for dining.

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

        -DayDream at Mandalay Bay and Marquee Dayclub

        -NYE Sightings

        -The Topless Show

 

  1. (Jamey) Carla Marerro-Entertainer

– When did you begin your career in Las Vegas?  What did you do?  Did you do any topless work?

– What are the hardest things about being a Vegas Showgirl?  Do you recommend the life?

– What is the strangest thing you were asked to do as an entertainer?

 

  1. (Jamey) Carla Marerro – Agent

– Who do you represent? What is the hustle like?

– Is talent as difficult as they are depicted? Horror stories?

– Upcoming events-Show plug – Shameless plugs

  1. (Jamey) – Adam & Sam – LVL Up

 

Now we are going to hand it over to Adam & Sam for a field report from LVL Up-The ultimate Vegas Gaming and Anime Convention.

 

Hi Adam…

 

 

 

  1. Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

– Paid parking in Las Vegas – Are you kidding me?

– Texting while you are…doing anything!!!

 

 

 

  1. Area 52 (Jamey)

– Astronomer Carl Sagan, Martin Sheen & Kris Kristopherson have all been arrested in Las Vegas – Nuclear Protest

Along with Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson, Adam “Pacman” Jones, Bruno Mars, Vince Neil, Suge Knight, Floyd Mayweather and Flavor Flav.

– The urinals of the Main Street Station Hotel & Casino were mounted, in part, on a portion of the Berlin Wall.

– Las Vegas is popularly known as the Ninth Island of Hawaii.

 

 

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As an aspiring photographer, there are aspects of the job that can be overlooked when trying to teach the basics. Here’s an article I found on white balance and how it affects your photographs.
http://www.howtophotography.org/understanding-white-balance/

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Understanding White Balance

Perhaps one of the most important camera settings that beginning digital photographers don’t understand is white balance. In this article, we’ll introduce the basic concept of white balance as well as a few photography tips for managing the white balance within your images.

What is white balance?

Put simply, white balance is the color of the lighting in your images. It might seem like a strange concept at first to think that light has color, but various types of light produce different hues which are reflected in your photograph. For example, indoor fluorescent lighting commonly produces a bluish hue, filtered or indirect natural sunlight produces a cool blue tone, and other natural forms of light like a fire produce a very warm tone within the image.

While these variations may not be visible to the human eye since our eyes adapt to compensate for them, in a digital images they can be very noticeable and can produce vastly different temperatures within your photograph. Therefore controlling for and adjusting the white balance in your images can change the feel of a photo completely.

How to manage white balance

Most digital SLR cameras come pre-programmed with a range of white balance settings. These commonly include:

Auto: This setting will work well for many settings as the camera will automatically adjust for the appropriate lighting.

Fluorescent: Useful when shooting indoors under fluorescent lights to compensate for high levels of blue.

Shade: Again, this setting will warm up cool, dark hues in shaded areas by adjusting accordingly.

Cloudy: This is a very useful setting for warming up an image on cloudy days where the dark skies might produce elevated levels of blue.

Sunny: This setting may go by different names according to the camera manufacturer, but in essence it makes very minor adjustments on most models to adjust for direct outdoor sunlight.

Tungsten: Programmed for shooting indoors under incandescent lighting, this will adjust for the high levels of yellow produce by most indoor light bulbs.

Flash: This setting will adjust the white balance to mitigate against the harsh lighting of a flash.

Most DSLR cameras will also have manual white balance setting which we will discuss in more detail in a follow-up article. This process involves “teaching” your camera what you want the lighting to look like in an image, so we’ll discuss this setting alone. However, most of the settings listed above will allow you to capture great images making only one setting adjustment.

With these white balance photography tips, you’ll be able to capture the lighting you want for your photograph regardless of where you’re shooting.

Its that time of the year again, when the ghouls and goblins come out to play. Here in Vegas there are plenty of scary attractions to attend. The Viewfinders will be at The Mirage‘s Halloween bash, while you may want to don your sexiest referee costume and check out the Fetish and Fantasy Ball. Or put on some tights and fly over to the Superheros and Villains Costume Party at Insert Coins. When else can you dress to truly match your style? Any day in Vegas but Halloween is when you can get away with leather, gags, body paint, and everything your twisted little mind can think of. Have fun and be safe!

Some might remember when a photographer had to load there non-digital cameras with stuff called “film” and then after the shoot, that film would be taken into a “dark room” and processed into photographs. Now that technology has made that process obsolete, the current day photographer has different tasks they need to follow, one that includes data management and social networks. Creating an effective workflow from the beginning of the shoot to the delivery of the goods, is essential to putting out a great photograph or design.

A basic and thorough workflow can consist of the following steps:

  1. Shooting images
  2. Downloading images to the computer
  3. Backing up raw (untouched/unedited) images
  4. Importing photos into image-management software
  5. Organizing images into an image library, with keywords and virtual photo albums
  6. Processing/retouching images to get a desired look
  7. Outputting images for clients, printing, or Web sites
  8. Backing up processed images and the image library
  9. Archiving images for permanent (offline or online) storage

Breaking it down into a series of steps helps to simplify workflow and keep it consistent, which increases the likelihood that you’ll get through all the steps efficiently and quickly. (http://blog.photoshelter.com/2009/09/an-effective-workflow-for-phot/)

 

Las Vegas Hot ChicksWith the end of Summer fast approaching, we here at Alter Ego Studio and The Viewfinders realized we had not paid proper homage to our Bikini clad finer gender.  Las Vegas, of late, has enjoyed a resurgence of Summer Pool goers.  Ladies and gentleman from across the nation flock to the cathedrals of decadence to soak in the rays and bask in the glow of the of the LasVegas pools.

The V Crew here at Alter Ego Studio has the pleasure, throughout the season, to have unfettered access to the pool areas for a variety of shoots.  We know how lucky we are to see the sights and sounds that we do.  That is why we wanted to reserve just a small space on our Blog to say thank you to the beautiful ladies and celebrity skin that graces the front of our lenses.

 

Las Vegas Summer

So…from Kim Kardashian to our tan and tone ladies visiting from across the globe…We Salute you!!!

 

Las Vegas = Alter Ego Studio

I know… a shameless plug for our studio.  but, The Viewfinders having just returned from New York and having worked there during the prep week for Fashion Week, we had to give a nod to one of the most exciting and visually stimulating events of the our industries year.

Fashion Models - Runway

The Viewfinders and Fashion Week

The models wafted across the runway this year with a marked confidence placed there seemingly by the designers themselves.  With a slightly strengthening economy, the veil of decadence was indeed again in place.  The heavy-weights of the industry were again awash with ideas and colors were again welcomed into their idea sets.  The interesting dichotomy however, was the appearance of the runway models themselves.  It was noticed that the presentation of the new fashions was marked often by the covering of the models with bold and transforming make up…often illuminating on them what could be their Alter Ego.

Model in Red

Model in Red

Model in Red

Fashion runway

Thank you to the designers, models, MUA’s, stylists and all who produce fashion week.  The colors, the tones, the geometry and brashness of the event make artists like The Viewfinders realize we are definitely not alone.

Bryan Peterson has written a book titled Understanding Exposure which is a highly recommended read if you’re wanting to venture out of the Auto mode on your digital camera and experiment with it’s manual settings.

In it Bryan illustrates the three main elements that need to be considered when playing around with exposure by calling them ‘the exposure triangle’.

 

Each of the three aspects of the triangle relate to light and how it enters and interacts with the camera.

The three elements are:

  1. ISO – the measure of a digital camera sensor’s sensitivity to light
  2. Aperture – the size of the opening in the lens when a picture is taken
  3. Shutter Speed – the amount of time that the shutter is open

It is at the intersection of these three elements that an image’s exposure is worked out.

Most importantly – a change in one of the elements will impact the others. This means that you can never really isolate just one of the elements alone but always need to have the others in the back of your mind.

Many people describe the relationship between ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed using different metaphors to help us get our heads around it. Let me share three. A quick word of warning first though – like most metaphors – these are far from perfect and are just for illustrative purposes:

 

The Window

Imagine your camera is like a window with shutters that open and close.

Aperture is the size of the window. If it’s bigger more light gets through and the room is brighter.

Shutter Speed is the amount of time that the shutters of the window are open. The longer you leave them open the more that comes in.

Now imagine that you’re inside the room and are wearing sunglasses (hopefully this isn’t too much of a stretch). Your eyes become desensitized to the light that comes in (it’s like a low ISO).

There are a number of ways of increasing the amount of light in the room (or at least how much it seems that there is. You could increase the time that the shutters are open (decrease shutter speed), you could increase the size of the window (increase aperture) or you could take off your sunglasses (make the ISO larger).

http://youtu.be/MqfwI1TvCBE

We at Alter Ego Studio always support the new, the outspoken and those on the edge.  Too often we in the artist community become complacent with our art and the enjoyment of others creativity.  Artists also forget to give the nod to those who put themselves in the limelight to be judged by the thousands and possibly millions who will see their work within the social networking arenas. 

All of us at Alter Ego love to see envelopes pushed and boundries crossed, if even by only inches.  As you can see from the video above of the Fashion Show presented by www.metacafe.com.  Clothing boundries have been crossed and, if you will pardon the pun, removed.  It shows how fashion truly centers on the design and even with a minimalist design the fashion still shines through.

We also applaud artists like Sophia Vergara.  When are artists goes against the mainstream and places herself squarely on the opposite side of what is accepted in Hollywood they get our biggest salute.  Not only is Sophia a truly stunning woman, superb comedic actress but also one who wears her badge of individuality with pride.

Sophia, fashionsitas and artists alike…who all stand tall in their worlds…We salute you!!

Sophia Vergara

When a boy comes of age at 13-years-old he has become a “bar mitzvah” and is recognized by Jewish tradition as having the same rights as a full grown man. A boy who has become a Bar Mitzvah is now morally and ethically responsible for his decisions and actions. The term “bar mitzvah” also refers to the religious ceremony that accompanies a boy becoming a Bar Mitzvah. Often a celebratory party will follow the ceremony and that party is also called a bar mitzvah.

The Viewfinders had the pleasure of covering Louis Shulman’s Bar Mitzvah. After the ceremony, fun and games and celebrity appearances… and adulthood, awaited. The link here is to the highlight video of his coming of age party.

Born in Beijing, Chenman is a young Chinese photographer who is known for her own photographic style. Not only does she use vibrant colors, models with unique make-up and hair but her use of 3D technology, her photos are one of a kind. Take a look at the pictures below.

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Seen as a high fashion photographer in China, Chenman also has been featured in high fashion US magazines as well such as Vision, Vouge, Bazaar, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and Modern Weekly. Becoming a huge name for fashion photography in China, Chenman is becoming the most promising inspiration of her generation. Her innovative style, and within 10 years of work, she has proclaimed herself as one of China’s most successful commercial photographers.