Matt Spike’s tips for better fetish photography

Photo by Matt Spike

#2 Professional lighting?

Light can be used in any way you like. Even a tungsten bulb! It’s about knowing what kind of image you want to make. If your imagination is in a dark place, sunlight is no use. But shadows would work. Sometimes we cannot be in control of the lighting and that is where chance comes into play…

#3 Background

Anything will do. Just never any Ikea furniture. That’s never gonna work!

#4 Outdoors?

Avoid children’s playgrounds! Daytime shooting is very hard work in sunlight. Cloudier days are better, but add flash. Mix flash with sunlight too for some good effects. Personally? Night-time is best. Neon signs and general street lighting from shops work well.

#7 What other ‘no-no’s’?

Don’t ever over plan. Leave some room for late ideas to come. It creates a wonderful hustle and, whilst it’s stressful, it allows for spontaneity which is important.


Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.


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