Welcome!

With nearly 20k followers on Twitter, and over 3000 subs on various blogs and music sites, it is impossible for me to welcome each¬†person individually. Of course, I wish I could. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories! Until I find a way of cloning myself a few hundred times, this will have to do. ūüôā

A brief summary about myself. I have been writing since I was 12. I love the horror genre and that is what I read and write mostly.I also write fantasy and mystery.You can learn more about my writing just by surfing this site, if you so desire. I have been singing and playing guitar since I was 15. All of my music is FREE. (who actually sells music these days?) The music I create embodies Rock, Blues, Chill, EDM, and Downtempo. Give it a listen if you like.

I have only recently started doing photography, but I studied the craft very carefully before beginning, and spent the money required, to do it justice. I am unhealthy and trying to build a legacy, before I die from all of the health problems I have. Everything I create is with that in mind.

I currently live in a new RV in Texas, with my wife and a majikal cat named appropriately, Jinxy. If you want to learn more about me, or just seek something to discover, here is a complete list of all my website-

http://jb-thomas.pixels.com-My main photos site. You can buy prints, cards, iPhone cases, tote bags, towels, shower curtains, and much more with my best photos on them.

http://licensing.pixels.com/profiles/jb-thomas.html– If you would like to license my photos for books, online ads, TV, or many other things, go here.

https://www.facebook.com/jbthomasphotography– I will be making all future photo related posts here. Come join us!

axewielderx.wordpress.com -Main blog with jokes, funny pics and music.

authorjbthomas.wordpress.com– This is where ALL of my writings are. Poetry, prose, short stories, Novel chapters, and more.

amazon.com/author/jbthomas– My amazon author page where you can buy both e-book and paperback versions of my books. There are more book links, in the My Books” section of this site.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5251326.J_B_Thomas-My Goodreads profile.

http://www.reverbnation.com/lucidchaos– My reverbnation website. All music here is in mp3 format only.

http://lucidchaos.bandcamp.com– Any format, lossless or mp3, is here. For those who like the best sound!:)

http://soundcloud.com/lucid-chaos– I only put sneak peeks of music WIPs here. I don’t care for soundcloud’s limitations.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Axewielderx– Various videos ranging from music videos to gaming casts.

http://www.facebook.com/authorjbthomas– My FB author page. This is strickly for the fans. I hate FB and self iced my personal account there.

http://axewielderx.tumblr.com/-Tumblr– It catches most of my posts from nearly every blog.

https://twitter.com/JB_Thomas– My twitter account where I do most of my daily posting.

I want to thank¬†each and¬†every¬†person who has followed, subbed, or become a fan. I hope you enjoy the ride you just climbed aboard, and tell your friends, before the train has left the station for good. Take care and feel free to contact me anytime. I will answer as time allows.¬†ūüė鬆¬†If you would like to connect on any of these sites, just send me your info via the contact page.

Axe

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Wealthy homes with Awesome Christmas lights!!!

I completely took these pictures for unselfish reasons. I was going to share them on my social media websites, because I thought it would be a thoughtful and nice thing to do. How can trying to share the Christmas spirit with others ever be seen as anything but kind?

However, it is Christmas time, so let’s not bother with ethics, morals, or other such non-issues and let just focus on the good things, like these photos. I will admit that night photography is not my strength. But, I believe my first attempt at it was not bad. 80% of the pictures turned out clear and it would have been 100% if I have not bothered trying the handheld night scene mode on my DSLR camera.

These pictures that were taken were of award winning wealthy homes in my area. I never do anything half-ass. So sit back, enjoy the pictures and thanks for visiting!!!

Axe

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As for Instagram

I thought since I spoke briefly about 500 px, it would only be fair to include another popular social photo sharing website…Instagram.

I find it remarkable and completely idiotic that people use this site. Any TRUE professional would never use this app or site. Did you know the second you upload a picture to Instagram, they own all rights to it? Yes, they can use your photos and make money off of your photos, without giving you single penny. So why would any serious photographer use this site/app? Seriously! I don’t know about you but my equipment costs far too much to just be giving away my final product, and that is not even considering all the time spent on processing the pictures.

To be honest, I’m slightly miffed at the app/site because I got my account temporarily suspended. Why? I have no clue! They never told me why and they suspended me without investigating. Seems like shady business practices going on there. Yes, I could go back and post more photos, but I most certainly will not. I do not trust any site that suspends people for no reason without investigating and then unsuspends an account with explanation. That is far out of my comfort zone. It should be noted that I did nothing wrong and I have never been suspended from ANY website…EVER!

Instagram also has the same kind of people who do nothing, but follow and unfollow. I think all of these “social” websites need to re-think showing how many followers people have. It seems to force the ignorant into doing stupid things like I mentioned above. If the site is supposed to be social, tell me exactly why the fuck it matters how many people follow each other? That is not social, that is a completely competitive atmosphere!

At any rate, I have spoken enough about this subject to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Time to go rinse! Take care!

Axe

 

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500 Px blows!!!

The site is filled with a bunch of idiots who think you are supposed to follow and then unfollow others, as soon as you follow back. The reason I say they are idiots is because they think a person with 4 followers cannot tell that they unfollowed.

Furthermore, the site is slow! So slow that if I did not have to upload stock photos, I would not even bother.

Is it any wonder I have not sold a single stock photo? No business wants to waste time with idiots, who think getting other idiots to follow them, makes them great photographers, or a site that is so slow as to be unproductive. Why would any business looking for stock photos waste their time?

Luckily, 500 px is not the only stock photo site, because I simply don’t want to waste anymore time on the site than I have to.

The problem is this stock photo website implements social BS into it site. A stock photo site does NOT need this. It just bogs down the website, making it harder for any serious business looking for stock photos. 500 px needs to get rid of the social bs, if they want to truly compete with other stock photo sites.

Once I have all my current stock files uploaded, I cannot see coming back to the site for any reason. The only reason I came there in the first place was, because I thought they had less stock photos and thus it might be easier for businesses to find my photos. I was sadly mistaken. My advice to others is to avoid this site like the plaque. You will thank me for sparing you the headache.

Axe

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It wasn’t pretty but it was good

Yesterday I did my first portfolio photoshoot with an aspiring model. While I have shot regular people(who hasn’t?), they normally were not looking for photos for a portfolio. They just wanted a great pictures to share with others.

The aspiring model I¬†worked with yesterday was more of an actor, than a model. But he needed some portfolio photos and I needed some models photos for my portfolio also. He was not the most “pretty” of guys but I believe I managed to him justice with the photos taken. So let me show you the best out of the camera photo and you can judge for yourself if we did a good job.

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I did very little post processing to this. Just few small bumps in the background colors and small heals on the face due to no makeup. I think I reflected him in the best possible light.

What do you think?

I still have a few more slots for models to do Time for Print work. If are a model in the Houston area and would like a few portfolio shots like this, just use the contact page.

For the techies- The above photo was captured with a Canon SL1 DSLR camera using a 55-250mm lens at full focal range.

Enjoy!

Axe

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Before and After matters…

While it may be argued that having the best equipment with you at all times is required in a photoshoot, it can be argued that it certainly is not. Why would two completely options be valid? They just are. Let me explain…

Times have changed for many things these days and photography certainly is not immune to the digital age. Every day people become less patient and less picky. They want their photos and they want them now. Do they want to wait for you to drag your tripod around at an outside photoshoot? Nope! It seems silly but some people still do this. What is the point when nearly every shot can be handheld these days with the image stabilization systems built into nearly every camera of pro level?

The old school mindset of getting the best picture possible while on the shoot, is fading. Slowly to be sure. Photographers like to show their toys and to try to get perfect results from their camera. However, a perfect shot is not always possible, with even the best equipment.

This where new school thought really comes in handy. What is the new school of thought? It is really simple. Save time on the shoot in favor of making the client feel like they were given great service. Spend the extra time in post processing to give the the very best results. Fact is, you should know how to really use programs like Photoshop and Lightroom. Knowledge of knowing how to work both of these can easily allow you to give clients better photos. Unconvinced? Let me show you the before and after photos of one of my models.

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The above photo is my model without any make up. The picture was taken in a dimly lit room. This is a photo that an old school photographer would throw out. However, I am not an old school photographer and thus kept this photo for post processing. Let me explain why I did so.

Her face has nice lighting. The reason for the low-light picture was for the natural glow coming into the room from outside. Also her smile, was one of the best ones of the bunch, I shot. The only real drawbacks to this photo are red-eyes and no make up. But all of this can and was fixed in just Lightroom. Let me show you!

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As you can see, not only was I able to fix the red-eye, but I was also able to make it look like she is wearing make up. The after picture is as good as any straight from the camera picture that can be had. Sure, I spent some time in post-processing, however, I did not have to waste my models time trying to get just the right picture. I did not make her have to put make up on. Because of this, she was very satisfied with high-end after picture, without all the usual fuss and consumption of time.

What am I really trying to get at here? Before you spend all your money and have to spend hours getting the right picture out of the camera, consider how much time and effort you want to spend. You may find you might prefer a shorter photo session with near equal results.

Fyi- For those wanting the technical data. The above picture was taken with a Nikon P510. It is not a professional camera by any means and not what I currently use. Photo was used for example purposes only.

I hope this article you found helpful in your search for a photographer. Have a great day!

Axe

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