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It’s a GLAM Thing – Enter the Blog

Well hello there. My name is Chuckie or Chuck or Anton. I usually go by Chuckie but Chuck is fine also. Anton just sounds like your mad at me and I’m a pretty easygoing type of guy. Well, this is my blog. I’m a photographer here in the great city of Kansas City, but I frequent Nashville a lot and we are getting a place in NYC soon, but keeping the family in KC.  What will you expect to find here? Photos of the things I take pictures of and some lessons as well. They tell me I have something to share, and I really do love to teach, so…I also hope to learn some more myself from you all. I want this to be an interactive blog so please leave comments. Ask questions in the comments and I will do my best to answer. So this is a place for me to Tell the World ( A Ratt Song) whatever. Yeah, time to enter the 21st century and tell everyone what I am doing because somehow or some reason humans now care about that kind of thing. LOL What is the deal with the whole Glam stuff? I am and will always be a Glam Rock kind of guy. Half of my life was spent playing guitar in rock bands. Hair Metal Rulez. Plus it kind of goes with my personality – fashion, glam, eyeliner, nail-polish, you’ll get it. Have fun exploring. Read the about me in themenu to get just a little bit more info.

Kristen HeatleyMay 15, 2009 - 3:06 pm

Well, i know you know it already, but CHUCKIE IS MY HERO!!
I love all your work, but most of all your style & personality.
You are zesty. I love zest. Keep up the cool work buddy. I love learning from you and laughing at your funnyness 🙂

nick dantonaMay 16, 2009 - 8:34 am

Chuck is my hero too! As a fellow photographer I’m always looking to Chuck to see what I can “borrow.” I know him well enough to realize that beneath that zany personality is a keen technician and a kick-butt artist. Chuckie rulez, but I wish he would bring back the BIG HAIR.

ChuckieMay 16, 2009 - 8:36 am

If it was not so HOTT in Tennessee I would bring back the hair. Also I need to loose about 50lbs or I like like Jeff Daniels from Dumb and Dumber. Not a great look.

Lynn@CHRIS+LYNNMay 16, 2009 - 6:34 pm

LOVE the new look to the blog – glam it up, baby!

Dave CrossMay 18, 2009 - 5:57 am

Hello! I was very glad to come across your blog via Neil van Niekerk…. you have some awesome photos and I always love to see some good Photoshop stuff thrown in!

ChuckieMay 18, 2009 - 6:01 am

Dave, Thanks for stopping by. I love you guys. Wow. 🙂

mjMay 19, 2009 - 5:43 pm

You ROCK Chuckie!

Gary SMay 22, 2009 - 12:11 pm

Just stopped by to see what Neil was talking about. That’s a great shot I’m assuming by Neil. Oh and the twinkies series made me chuckle. Nice…

Lisa TorresJuly 10, 2009 - 6:21 pm

We have two things in common: I LOVE your photos and enchilladas are my FAVORITE food also!!!

Beautiful work!

Lisa Torres

Dana BarrettMay 3, 2010 - 8:54 pm

I think Chuckie rocks too!!! I have learned so much from you, a little thank you!

Best wishes,

Brent RowlettNovember 29, 2011 - 11:16 am


Enjoyed your session at the recent Inferno in Nashville. You were describing lighting, and you made the comment that Speedotron lights were awesome.

I would be interested to know why you think so. I still have my Speedotron (Blackline) lights from years back in pristine condition. With 3 heads and a recently purchased used Altman Spot/Gobo, I am looking to create more images.


ChuckieNovember 29, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Thanks Brent. The reason I like SpeedO’s is that that have long ambient flash duration and that makes it easy to do High Speed Sync with them. Here is a post about that.

Tammy GillespieJune 29, 2012 - 10:22 am

Hi Chuck! Thanks for a great workshop in Connecticut! Fun, inspiring, enlightening. I am getting some new equipment and need to know what the little “square” battery (?) was that was attached to the speedlight. Thanks!!

ChuckieJuly 3, 2012 - 5:49 am

Hey, Its a Radiopopper Cube. Thank you for coming. 🙂

Woodward wedding – Murfreesboro TN – May 2, 2009

When it
When it’s raining you can’t go outside but you can still have fun.

Jessica and Alan. Jessica worked at one of my favorite dress places here in town The White Room. It seems rain just follows me and Jessica around. First it was her Bridals in Franklin but we got ambushed by the f4 tornado and had to pretty much scrap the shoot. Got to KC to do her shots and it was beautiful. Back in TN though for the wedding it was rain and more rain. They even had to move the reception at the very last minute. I think that worked out just fine though.

Needless to say, this was a great day and we all had a blast. I love it when the brides father is also the minister. It is so much more heartfelt and emotional. Jessica’s Dad married them.

Here are a few images.

Working with Image Composites Part II

Here is the image we are going to put together. This image is a combination of 3 images. By using the layer mask tool we can combine an image of the same person and then “paint” her back into the scene.

What you will need for this is a good Tripod.

The first thing I do is find how I want to position the camera. Once it is in place it does not move. Example 1

The I had her lye down first because I wanted to make sure that the other version of her would not be standing on her. With her on the ground first we got a visual of where to place her. Example 2

Then I had her stand over invisible self. with a good idea of where to put her feet so they would appear to be next to each other.

Shot of the enviroment

Shot of the environment

Example 2

Example 2



Once we have our 3 images. For those of you wondering these were shot with a Photogenic Powerlight 300 with an Umbrella. Bring them into photoshop as 3 separate layers.

Photoshop layers pallet

Photoshop layers pallet

I positioned the lying down girl on the top layer because I felt it would be easier to paint in the standing girl since she would ultimately overlap the girl on the ground. I have the empty room on the first layer just as a fail safe.

Add your layer masks to layer 2 and layer 3

Add Layer Masks

Add Layer Masks

Whatever the color of the layermask, in this case the default of white. Brush with black to “punch through” the layer to reveal the layer underneath.

Start to paint

Start to paint

I am not concerned with getting the painting exactly correct. The cool thing with layer masks is all you have to do is change your brush color back to white and then you can paint back the top layer which we do in the next step to bring back her dress.

Finish roughly painting

Finish roughly painting

Paint back the details with a smaller and harder edged brush, if you mess up a little just hit the “X” key and that will switch you back and forth from White to Black.

Get the Details by switchg rom a black to white color and also make the brush small and with a harder edge

Get the Details by switching from a black to white color and also make the brush small and with a harder edge

I finish up by getting some of the fist image that was darker because the flash was not firing. Make sure when you are painting that you have the layer mask selected and not the actual image. Just click on the white box next to the image and it will get a black line around it. You will also note that you can only use 2 colors, black and white.



ToniMay 14, 2009 - 8:55 pm


Laurel AustinMay 15, 2009 - 8:58 am

Very helpful! Bookmarking this page!

Steven SeeligMay 17, 2009 - 6:57 am

I have used a similar approach with scenes that have two different white balances. Make duplicate copies of the same RAW file and adjust WB in the two different images so it ‘right’ for a particular piece of the image, combine into one layered image and then use masking to clean up. I was amazed at how well that worked. I learned the concept from Neil van Niekerk website

Bridal Shoot in Kansas City – Jessica

Jessica’s story is pretty good. She lives in KC but is from Nashville. Jessica recently made a trip back to Nashville before her wedding and we were going to shoot her Bridals. So on my way over to the Loft hotel I drive under a tornado, the one that hit Murfreesboro. Jessica was just leaving the Boro and I called and told her to turn around and go back home. She did and they were in a closet while there neighborhood got hit. Pretty scary and thankfully her home was not hit. Anyway we tried to do the shoot later but she forgot a sash and it just was a bad day. The good news was I was traveling to Kansas City for a workshop I was doing and I could easily re-shoot her bridals in KC. So we got to go to my friends club, The Velvet Dog and made some really cool photos.

Here they are. Wedding pics to follow.

My Dark City – Kansas City photos

I am a member of the Brentwood Camera Club. If you are in Nashville please come to a meeting. BCC Link.

I was asked to join by my friend Vic who happened to be my wife’s anesthesiologist during my son’s birth. We hit it off talking about cameras and stuff.

What has this got to do with anything? Well I was looking for a way to get back to taking photos for me, artsy type of photos. Photos that did not have people. By joining the club I was immersed into a club full of fine art photographers. I have had the chance to meet some famous photographers also. Like Jack Spencer.

I was home in Kansas City about 2 months ago and started walking around my favorite places. So you know, I LOVE Kansas City. I miss it so much.

Here are some images from a new project that I have started. I would love to hear some opinions. Hate, em Like em, indifferent.

Toni pavlichMay 29, 2009 - 7:06 am

KC Rocks and so do these pictures!!!

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