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    Jun 29, 2008, 3:56 AM - What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #1

    After our last shoot in Boston, I have gone back and looked at some of my earliest efforts to capture the awesome costumes of the members of TDH. It is pretty amazing to see how the photos (colors, composition, backgrounds, etc)as well as the costumes have changed in that time.
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    Jun 29, 2008, 4:03 AM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #2

    Awesome Art. It really puts in in perspective.
    The costumes have become better and your photography skill has progressed to better show them off. Nice work!
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    Jun 29, 2008, 11:04 AM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #3

    looking good art. I think also 3 year of equipment collecting helped also.. hahah.. Amazing difference when your comparing, Studio strobes to on camera flash. Excellent...
    One thing to notice is your camera composition is AWSOME!.. You can tell your shooting has improved angles.

    Have you tried using a LightSphere? They actually work really well and handy when you go off site.

    Excellect shots.. Love the F11-F16 shots!... you must of had a large studio.
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    Jun 29, 2008, 11:17 AM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #4

    Art, did you know you are 2 threads away from being the #2 thread starter???8)8)8):thumbup:thumbup
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    Jun 29, 2008, 11:34 AM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #5

    Wow, no comparison. Your latest shots are looking really good! As already mentioned, the perspectives are also really improved.
  6. Jun 29, 2008, 12:18 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #6

    Wow!!! What a contrast! The evolution of your photography skills and the costumes have moved forward in unison. This definately highlights the Silver Age of the hobby itself. And it can only get better. Your "skills are complete" Art! :thumbup
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    Jun 29, 2008, 2:01 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #7

    Quote gbeef said: View Post
    looking good art. I think also 3 year of equipment collecting helped also.. hahah.. Amazing difference when your comparing, Studio strobes to on camera flash. Excellent...
    One thing to notice is your camera composition is AWSOME!.. You can tell your shooting has improved angles.

    Have you tried using a LightSphere? They actually work really well and handy when you go off site.

    Excellect shots.. Love the F11-F16 shots!... you must of had a large studio.
    Equipment has definitely played a big role. After coming back from the last shoot I told Mirax, I really want to look at some new pieces so we can do an even better job. Equipment alone won't make a great photo but if you know what you are doing it really can make a huge difference. I think the two greatest equipment purchases I have made in the last year have been softboxes and a Canon "L" series lens. With each I noticed an immediate and dramatic difference in the quality of my photos.

    I have worked a lot of composition and while it has improved, I have a long was to do in terms of getting my shots composed as I think they should be. My biggest prob is getting frustrated and rushing through instead of taking my time.

    I have not used a lightsphere but will definitely look into it.

    We definitely had plenty of room for our last shoot thanks to Brian and Jodie. We generally shoot on 9' seamless but have come to find that even that can be a bit restricting, especially if you have more than one person in the shot. Since we go to our customers instead of them going to us, every shoot is somehwhat different so it is a bit difficult to have a single setup and get perfect consistancy. However, we are working hard on it and hopefully the next shoot will be even better!
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    Jun 29, 2008, 2:29 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #8

    Elimination of the Con-carpet doesn't hurt either. I mean they are nice prints and all but...
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    Jun 29, 2008, 2:35 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #9

    Every time I see your pictures Art, I am truly amazed! They keep getting better and better ... They show off the best of each of the costumes and your artistic talent as well.
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    Jun 29, 2008, 11:28 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #10

    it's really cool to see the evolution of this. and you know that back in 2003, everyone thought those were awesome photos!
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    Jun 30, 2008, 12:20 AM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #11

    Art,

    Your pictures have indeed come a long way. I really like the new lighting.
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    Jun 30, 2008, 2:58 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #12

    The lighting makes a world of difference. Also, the right angles help a ton.

    Art's technique has improved so much over the years that I think he could make anyone's suit look fantastic!
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    Jun 30, 2008, 4:09 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #13

    Incredible job Art, you have truly grown and perfected your medium, can't wait to see what you come up with next!!!
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    Jun 30, 2008, 7:39 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #14

    Quote webchief said: View Post
    Art's technique has improved so much over the years that I think he could make anyone's suit look fantastic!
    What is really nice is that as we have progressed we have had to try less and less to make a mediocre suit look great because the costumes just keep improving. If anyone doesn't believe me, go pull out the first Boba Fett Ref CD and look at the Fett costumes on there, pre-TDH. Even the most basic costumes today blow them out of the water. Not trying to downplay previous efforts, but it is just amazing to see the bar be raised again and again and people always manage to not only rise to it, but surpass it.
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    Jun 30, 2008, 7:45 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #15

    Nice work Art, new pictures look fantastic bro.
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    Jun 30, 2008, 8:15 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #16

    How about my costume? hah

    2005


    2007
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    Jun 30, 2008, 8:35 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #17

    Exactly!!! That is an awesome transformation in the span of 3 years!
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    Jun 30, 2008, 11:28 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #18

    Check this one out...



    Shows both the importance of a good photo and... well... a good costume
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    Jun 30, 2008, 11:53 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #19

    It seems as if you guys have lost some weight over the years (diet cola) also
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    Jul 1, 2008, 12:25 AM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #20

    Quote ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    Exactly!!! That is an awesome transformation in the span of 3 years!
    Digging your costumes and especially your quote..Tombstone is one of my favorite films!! I'm not took much of a Val Kilmer fan, but he is dynamite in that movie!!
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    Jul 1, 2008, 1:24 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #21

    oh yeah check out this transition and in a short amount of time...

    501st Submission Photo July 2007


    This was about August 2007 with new blaster and braids


    October 2007 with first of many new paintjobs


    December 2007 with another new paintjob, new gloves, and boots


    My last event (pictured with Jillian Hall from WWE) but my groin armor came unclipped lol! This was June 2008

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    Jul 1, 2008, 1:44 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #22

    How about something in between. This is me. Photography by Art Andrews.

    First is the balcony at the Hyatt 2002. Second is the photo shoot in Chicago November 2005
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    Jul 1, 2008, 3:30 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #23

    Who is the ROTJ fett in the original post ( 2008 )?

    The paintup is amazing. Shots like that almost make me switch...

    but ESB for life!

    great costume whoever you are
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    Jul 1, 2008, 3:54 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #24

    Quote CombatBaby said: View Post
    Who is the ROTJ fett in the original post ( 2008 )?

    The paintup is amazing. Shots like that almost make me switch...

    but ESB for life!

    great costume whoever you are

    that's me. thanks!!

    *one of us*
    *one of us*

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    Jul 1, 2008, 5:44 PM - Re: What a difference 5 years make - photos and costumes #25

    Well I may as well throw mine into the mix. Both pics were taken by Art. The older ones were at his first "photo shoot" at Dragon Con, in the hallway, after the TDH panel. The newer ones were also during Dragon Con but at the studio he had set up at his house. Only things that were not replaced in the 2006 pics were my gun holsters, cod, gloves, girth and jet pack.
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