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The Artistic Photography of Ben Heys

 

Welcome to my official site and personal RF stock photo marketplace. As a bonus for browsing my work I'm releasing free HD wallpapers to go with each small set of photos.  These wallpapers are all 100% free to download for personal use. All wallpapers are 1920 x 1080 pixels so they are suitable for all sorts of modern hi-definition devices. If you require resolutions higher then please check out the image packs. For only a couple dollars you can offer me a bit of support, support a worthy charity & grab the full res file. With that you can create your own wallpapers large enough for pretty much any device in existence or even shoot the file off to a professional printer and get great quality wall art at cost price!

  The image packs are also great if you are an artist or designer looking for some high quality, high resolution photography for either commercial or non-commercial use in your designs. The image packs, both commercial and non-commercial versions, offer the same original full res images (normally 4-5ooo pixels), watermark free, that you see in the slide show of each page for a small fee of only a couple dollars.

  If you require further images for commercial use than what I have listed here so far then please refer to the sidebar on any wallpaper or article page as the links to my stock agencies are listed there.

  Thanks for your visit and enjoy your browsing.

  Ben

See all Model Shoots

If there's one subject I love to shoot more than any other it's a truly beautiful woman. The women I photograph come from all walks of life, from professional models with literally hundreds of photoshoots under their belts to first time models. Some are sexy sirens, others incredibly cute girls next door and then there are the stunning fashion models dripping with attitude, and everything in between. But they all have one thing in common, beauty.

For work I shoot a range of styles from straight fashion and beauty to sensual artistic nude. However it's the nude end of the spectrum that has my fascination, that's where my passion really lies. I don't tend to focus too much on the sexy or erotic side of the nude, though I do tend to venture there at times. Rather I absolutely love the style found in fashion photography and so I tend to shoot a lot of what seems to be an emerging popular trend in photography of late: fashion nude. I define fashion nude as: the style of a fashion image with the focus more on the beauty of the model and her body rather than on the clothing.

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Latest model shoots:

  • A few days in Paradise

    Gorgeous Thai model naked

    9th – 11th October, 2013 After having spent a couple wintry months at “home” in Australia it was finally time to thaw out by heading back HOME to Asia. As usual Thailand was the first target of attack and also as usual I left organising model shoots to the last minute (hard to do anything else when you only book your airfare a week in advance). What wasn’t usual about this trip however was the level of help that sprung out of the woodwork as soon as I did get my dates sorted.

  • Fashion nude

    Beautiful fashion model nude

    This post is from a nude shoot back in January 2009 with the amazing fashion model Karelle.

    We’d had some hiccups getting this shoot to happen but when we finally got our stuff together and organised a shooting date it paid off with one of the most fruitful days of shooting ever.

  • Studio Sessions: Harem girl Jay D

    beautiful Arabian harem girl

    Long overdue for the focus of an article is this all time classic shoot with the amazing Jess, aka Jay D. What makes it an all time classic?

    Well seeing as you asked…

    It’s mainly all because of one shot that came out of it. It’s one of my most popular images of all time, easily in my top 5. It’s become a bit of a joke with Jess as this image keeps popping up all sorts of odd places (due to royalty free stock sales). From book covers, to nightclub flyers to print ads, even a perfume, Flourish used it as it’s main promotional image.

  • Studio sessions: Annick

    Art nude image of beautiful asian model in studio

    A blast from the not too distant past now when I feature some new edits and old faves of another model who I wanted to work with for a long time and who was absolutely fantastic to work with when I got the chance. Well all apart from the choice of a feed at McEvils (after, I think) the shoot. But hey the 80/20 rule is a good one with food I reckon, so I’m just going to go ahead and assume that splurge was the 20%. I had a massive steak and a bit too much alcohol today anyway so it’s not like I can talk…

  • Fortune teller photoshoot tutorial

    fortune teller gazes into crystal ball

    The subject for today is one of the more creative setups I’ve come up with. It’s the kind of setup that you run over in your mind and are never sure if it’ll work until you give it a go.

    Now there’s not as much photoshop done to these images as you might first think. Just some local contrast adjustment and colour tweaking, that’s it. The effect was achieved by the use of 3 strobes. The first two were standard rim lights set up behind and to each side of the model to provide separation between her and the black background. The third was the creative one, I actually had it shining up from the bottom through the crystal ball.

  • Working with first time models Jury & Nguyn

    studio image of gorgeous Asian model

    In this post I’m going to collect a few images from several shoots I did with two models over my most recent trip to Asia.

    The setting is various locations around the town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia and the girls are a pair of local girls who have never worked as models before or with any other photographers. It’s not that I’m trying to keep them to myself. It’s just that it turns out there’s not much of a photographic community in small ex-fishing villages in Cambodia. Who would have thought?

  • Creative lighting tutorial – Ghostly Visage

    Artistic nude photography - black and white silhouette image

    Ok, before I get stuck into the tutorial I’ve got a quick challenge for those of you photographically minded: have a look at the shot, look at the shadows and have a guess yourself at what lighting setup I used, then read on to see if you are right!

    The reason I thought I’d do a quick lighting tutorial on this particular image here as it’s probably the number one image I get asked about in terms of technique used in the lighting setup. These questions often come with explanations of attempts made or theories as to what the setup was. I’ve had every theory under the sun thrown at me, some with up to 6 lights coming from various angles at varying strength ratios through various modifiers etc

  • On Location: Nardia at Serene Sands Resort Thailand

    Beautiy Washed Ashore

    Another republish of an older shoot this one is from November 2011.

    A couple weeks ago through an unfortunate set of occurrences I ended up meeting a couple pretty cool people. The first is Nardia, the model in this shoot. She ended up being a substitute called in at the last second when things went spectacularly awry with the first model. The second being Ian Barclay, the excitable Scottish bloke who is himself a decent snapper, model psychologist, impassioned shirt connoisseur (trust me, you don’t want to wear a Hawaiian shirt in front of this guy) and finally the owner of the resort these images were shot at. The beautiful Serene Sands Health Resort.

See all Travel Stories

My other main love with photography (and life in general) is travel. I find a deep satisfaction and contentment in discovering new places, spending time around people vastly different to those I grew up around. I've traveled around parts of Canada and America, Asia, Europe, much of Australia and New Zealand.

Each place has it's merits but I find I tend to be drawn the most to Asia. From the mountains above Chang Mai in the north of Thailand to the beaches of Koh Samui, to the lovely people of Malaysia (overall the most genuinely friendly people on the planet I've found so far), to the almost uninhabited islands off the coast of Cambodia, to the quaint charm of Hoi Ann, Vietnam, even the bustling cities of Singapore & Bangkok. I just love SE Asia.

Recent travel stories:

  • Pangkor monkeys

    Pangkor monkey with intense stare

    Before I write a post on the island itself and where we stayed I thought I’d pop up a bit about the monkeys.  Chaotic little bastards that they are.  Our first encounter with them was when we first got to our room at Pangkor Island Resort (the ‘splurge’ part of the journey).  First afternoon I walked outside to see a monkey sitting on the fence to our villa only meters away, I quickly ran in and got the camera and Celine decided to feed him a banana, as soon as he saw the food he charged Celine (which I think I found a whole heap funnier than she did).  After that she’d scream and hide away indoors whenever the monkeys came, but it’s all good – I got a couple good shots of that first monkey eating a banana (kinda stereotypical though I know).

  • Journey to Pangkor (Malaysia)

    Chinese girl traveling around Malaysia

    It was a pre dawn wake up this morning as I had a sunrise shoot planned with a local model by the name of Geraldine (more on this perhaps in a later post).  After that is was back to the backpackers to frantically pack and push the 11am check out time.

    A huge lunch (thanks to Celine ordering half the food court) later and we were struggling on with bursting bellies down to the Golden Mile complex to try to negotiate our way into Malaysia.  Unfortunately as we found out when we got there it was some sort of national holiday and most busses were booked.  Only ticket we could get was on a ‘luxury’ snoozer coach for S$42 a ticket – about twice what I wanted to pay.  But on finding out it had wireless internet, private movies, tv screens & headphones for each person we figured it wasn’t too bad a deal.  And it might not have been if the headphones had of worked or the wireless internet actually existed.

  • Singapore, Day 1

    Singapore pagoda

    August 29th 2007

    Arrived bright and early in Singapore this morning.  In fact due to a beefy tailwind most of the way, we rocked up an hour earlier than we were due to (and we were due at the unholy time of 5:45am).  Too bad Celine (slacker!) wasn’t as early as the plane.

  • Lismore Uniting Church

    black and white artistic church image

    While doing some aerial photography work around northern NSW I came across this amazing old church in Lismore, NSW. Now anyone who knows me would know that I’m not much of a fan of what goes on, and has gone on for centuries, in buildings such as this. However I’ve always been somewhat fascinated with these beautiful old buildings. I may question the motives but you can’t question the resulting art and astounding care that has been put into the design and creation of the architecture. Ryan, my trusty but mildly insane pilot was driving at the time (the car) and I made him pull over so I could jump out and snap off a few frames. The weather was absolutely perfect for the mood I wanted to achieve with the dark clouds creating an appropriately moody atmosphere.

See all Tutorials

I also like to share my knowledge of photography where I can.  In the tutorials section you’ll find everything from advice on how best deal with models to specialist photoshop techniques to lighting on a serious budget.  The topics I tend to deal with mainly are making maxium use of cheaper or improvised gear, somewhat “strobist” style & also stock photography.

Royalty free stock is a subject I deal with lots because it’s how I earn the bulk of my income.  And making use of cheap or improvised gear is just smart.  I do believe that way too many photographers, especially beginners,  get hung up on photographic gear instead of honing skill.  So I like to do what I can to dispel that illusion.  I don’t claim to be a master of anything, all I can do is share what works for me.

Latest photography tutorials:

  • Fortune teller photoshoot tutorial

    fortune teller gazes into crystal ball

    The subject for today is one of the more creative setups I’ve come up with. It’s the kind of setup that you run over in your mind and are never sure if it’ll work until you give it a go.

    Now there’s not as much photoshop done to these images as you might first think. Just some local contrast adjustment and colour tweaking, that’s it. The effect was achieved by the use of 3 strobes. The first two were standard rim lights set up behind and to each side of the model to provide separation between her and the black background. The third was the creative one, I actually had it shining up from the bottom through the crystal ball.

  • Creative lighting tutorial – Ghostly Visage

    Artistic nude photography - black and white silhouette image

    Ok, before I get stuck into the tutorial I’ve got a quick challenge for those of you photographically minded: have a look at the shot, look at the shadows and have a guess yourself at what lighting setup I used, then read on to see if you are right!

    The reason I thought I’d do a quick lighting tutorial on this particular image here as it’s probably the number one image I get asked about in terms of technique used in the lighting setup. These questions often come with explanations of attempts made or theories as to what the setup was. I’ve had every theory under the sun thrown at me, some with up to 6 lights coming from various angles at varying strength ratios through various modifiers etc

  • Water splash – behind the scenes photography tutorial and shoot

    IMG_6837

    Ok, here we have a behind the scenes picture of the lighting setup for one of my favourite shoots of all time: my first water throw shoot with Jacinta.

    First off a word about the setup. You don’t really want to be throwing water around a photographic studio, for obvious reasons. I personally normally set up at a dance studio which is on the third floor of an urban building complex so naturally my normal studio facilities, along with most of you, wouldn’t be adequate for this. The simple answer? A mate’s back deck.

  • 10 rules to finding models online

    tut1thumb

    The models in the picture above are just a small handful of the hundreds of models I’ve sourced online for various projects over the past couple years. Read on to find out how I did it, even as a beginner photographer and how you can do the same.

    This is an article I first published a couple years ago on a site that no longer exists now. I got a good response to it though, it seemed to be information that people appreciated so I figured it was worth a republish:

Other Articles:

  • So You wanna earn money from your photos?

    close up image of professional DSLR lens

    *edit* This is a re-post of an old article I wrote several years ago:

    A few months back, around the beginning of the year (2007) I decided to do a little experiment and post some shots up on a couple microstock sites. I didn’t expect much out of it as my work was mostly fashion and art nudes, not drops of water, mobile phones or business people shaking hands. Nevertheless my shots started to sell better than I’d expected and so I delved a little deeper into this experiment.

  • Wacom Cintiq 13HD Review

    Wacom Cintiq 13HD graphics tablet

    A few years ago I bought a piece of gear that changed my photography workflow. It condensed it, got rid of the shit, more than any other. I’m not going to say this piece of gear had exactly the ‘most impact’ on my work as for that it would be hard to go past upgrading from a combo of compact digital & flim slr to my first digital slr, the 10D. Also switching to the full frame 5D was a pretty big deal. But in terms of cutting down on the boring background work of post production and making me straight up more productive, then the answer has nothing do with camera bodies or lenses.

    If you’ve got half a brain then you’ve probably already guessed I’m talking about a tablet, in this case specifically it was a Wacom Cintiq 12WX.

  • Overgeared

    close up image of professional DSLR lens

    Photographers love gear, it’s that simple. The only thing more fun than finally getting your hands on a new toy to play with is the anticipation of said toy and even the picking out and choosing, reading reviews all that.

    I was reminded of this as I poked my head into a new photography forum the other day. As I wandered around I discovered there was one amazingly long thread there. It was the longest thread, by a margin. So long it had been divided into pieces when the old threads hit their post limit and they had to start a new thread just to accommodate the sheer number of posts. This had been done apparently many times, at least half a dozen, as I followed a few links back to previous threads just to see where the rabbit hole began.

  • Zen and the art of learning photography

    What a view

    I hesitate a little to use this title as “Zen & the art of xxxxx” has been used to death after the very (VERY) good book by Pirsig in the 70′s. However I just wrote this article and realised that most of what I was saying in it came from what I think of as something of a “zen” mindset so I made a couple modifications and here it is. In order to pay tribute to one of my very favourite books & because I cannot put the summation more elegantly or succinctly myself I’ll start with a note from the man himself:

My Videos:

  • My first video – Risque fashion teaser 1

    Still image from sexy fashion video of beautiful model with hair flying everywhere

    Today I’m releasing my very first video creation (besides a couple screen capture editing sessions).I had originally planned on putting together a full mini feature of around 3-5mins give or take in length. However I lost my first half-finished draft due to not saving (don’t ask). And I gotta say that learning to edit video from a standing start is a fiddly and slow process. As such I decided to break it up and edit together short “teaser” sequences.