Erica Scott: Life, Love and Spanking

Ruminations, opinionated observations, darkly humorous blathering and the occasional rant from an outspoken spanko and unapologetic attention wh–, um, hog.

More photo no-nos

I’m on a roll here, kids. Since I critiqued unfortunate butt shots earlier, now I’m moving on to another potential photo disaster — the awkward screen grab face.

A little photo 101: When producers shoot videos, they of course will want stills to post on their sites, on FetLife, Tumblr, etc. to advertise their work. There are two ways to attain photos — one, you shoot stills between/after the video scenes, and two, you get “screen grabs” from the videos. With a variety of software available — some of it free — one can play a video, freeze the action, and capture what’s on the screen as a still shot.

There are advantages to both methods. Obviously, a still shot is more posed and perfect and the participants can tweak it to achieve the right look. But there is an immediacy and authenticity to screen grabs, capturing the action in ways that a posed shot simply can’t.

HOWEVER: screen grabs also capture the people mid-sentence, mid-grimace, mid-scream, whatever. And the face can be frozen into something that looks utterly ridiculous. When taking screen grabs, the grabber should consider all aspects of the photo — the position, the action, and yes, the facial expression. But alas, oftentimes the latter is ignored, as evidenced by the plethora of screen grabs I found of Yours Truly out there.

Yup, this time, I’m featuring my own self in the Bad Picture Examples. Enjoy.

My first example is a comparison between a good screen grab and a bad one. This is from the DVD box of Spanking Epics’ “Trouble in Carson’s Gap,” with Keith Jones:

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You can tell this is a screen grab, not a posed shot — my hair is messed up, I’m not looking at the camera, but it has a wonderful sense of immediacy. However, in yesterday’s search, I found this little gem. Same scene.

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What the hell? I look stoned! ย Who looked at this and thought it was a good screen grab?

While we’re on Spanking Epics, here’s a shot from “The Reckoning.” Keith looks fine. But what the hell am I doing?? Neck exercises?

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This next one made it very clear to me that someone is out there trying to make me look stupid. Here’s a grab of me, with Devlin O’Neill, in Shadow Lane’s “Stand Corrected.” WTF is this face about? (sorry, lousy picture quality, but even a good resolution couldn’t save this)

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Who put this up, dammit??? I look like a chicken trying to lay a square egg.

And finally, a comparison between a well-taken still and a poor screen grab. This is one of my favorite photos from Pandora Blake’s Dreams of Spanking, “The Workaholic,” with Paul Kennedy:

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If I do say so myself, how perfect is this? I’ve got my classic “righteous indignation” face on, Paul is giving me a deliciously toppy scowl, the hairbrush is in action, our body positioning is spot on. This picture makes me happy.

But then, there’s this floating around out there — why, I don’t know:

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Why? WHY? Instead of looking pained and furious, I look like I was just force-fed cottage cheese. At least this one is an equal opportunity insult, since Paul looks kinda goofy too. ๐Ÿ˜€

What’s the message here? Please, people — producers, videographers, amateurs who love screen captures — choose your end product wisely. A piece of footage will have literally hundreds of screens you can grab as a still. Make the extra effort to freeze the shots where everyone looks good… rather than making us look stunned, stoned, stuporous, or like mouth-breathing morons. OK? Sheesh.

Have a great weekend, y’all.

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18 thoughts on “More photo no-nos

  1. Lol, the square egg one! I’m a grabber, but I spend a lot of time doing it, trying to get the best shots I can, looking at faces, when the bottom is in a flattering position, etc. Sometimes it can be near impossible to get a grab with a good face on two different people, but I really try. I hope I didn’t do any you hated, haha. โ™กโ™กโ™ก

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  2. Lily — believe me, I know the challenge! I have often tried to get good screen grabs from the little videos Steve and I have made and it’s not easy. But I can honestly say I’ve liked the ones you’ve done of my work with you!

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  3. I’m afraid I can see your points. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. anonymous on said:

    LOL. WERE you stoned in that pic? I don’t see anything in a negative way for the last pic. I think you look like you just calmly told Paul to F@CK off. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. A — LOL! No, I was not stoned. Mid-blink, looks like.

    In the last scene, I actually did say “Fuck you!” to Paul. He then asked me if I’d care to take that back, and I answered, “OK, fine — DON’T fuck you!” Which makes absolutely no sense, but it sounded funny anyway.

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  6. Dale on said:

    You are such a good sport… And your worst critic… Those of us looking for content would take anything we could get in the past because there was so little of it… But you’re right, producers and “grabbers” shouldn’t be so lazy and find the GOOD shots!!! You are so amazing, Erica… Keep up the great work!!

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  7. Mark on said:

    I like those pictures of you. Very expressive.

    Except the blue dress one. That’s pretty awful, but not at all your fault.

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  8. Erica, I love the last two photo’s of your voluptous naked rear end, wearing those sexual undergarments called garter-belt and stockings. WOW!. Thank you. XXX luv ya.

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  9. Dale — I’ll try!

    Mark — yeah, it really sucks, doesn’t it.

    Six — my pleasure.

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  10. Anonymous on said:

    You ARE on a roll! Great stuff. Your worst picture is miles better than my best.

    Anon E. Mouse

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  11. Anonymous on said:

    I’ve seen the “stoned” image look somewhere before…maybe a Google image search for Joan of Arc? It would make an *awesome* Internet meme methinks ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Mouse — I doubt that!

    Anonymous — oh, dear. I think not!

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  13. Chibob on said:

    Eye of the beholder. I like the spanking epics pic (2nd). It looks to me like you are in sub space for lack of a better term. You said you looked stoned. I don’t know how you look when you are stoned so it looks to me like you are enjoying the spanking.

    But then again I also like the impact shots you dislike so much. I guess we have different perspectives. Maybe it has to do with how we each identify ourselves as tops or bottoms. I never even considered that someone would worry about “looking good” while getting spanked.

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  14. Chibob — the issue isn’t about looking good while getting spanked. It’s about looking good while on film or in shots advertising said film. Images that go out on the Internet last forever.

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  15. Jadelyn Mathias on said:

    Hi Erica โ™ก I agree that the people taking the still shots etc should do a better job ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I like the pics of you and Paul ๐Ÿ™‚ The last pic is the one where you told him to F off you are so funny LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰ Much Love and hugs always from naughty girl Jade / Emily Jean xoxoxoxo โ™ก โ™ก โ™ก โ™ก โ™ก

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  16. pierrepoint1 on said:

    There’s no excuse for a bad still photo today. Cameras today will take photos in near darkness, without the need of a flash, or other shutter speed limiting factor.

    Any site that has photos that are blurry, out of focus etc. is simply using old equipment and needs to upgrade.

    Or find a better photographer.

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  17. Hi Erica

    It has been a while but I have been watching you at Shadow Lane. They have the same problems some are quite good and others are not. Your videos are still beautiful and I think I will end before I write something dumb.

    Emanuele

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