Latest YouTube video

Latest YouTube video now live

I’ve just uploaded my latest YouTube video to my channel.  It’s a explanation of the equipment I use to record my YouTube videos.  This gear is mainly used when shooting videos in my studio or in the edit suite. It’s not very mobile, in fact it’s not at all mobile!

Mobility is an area to investigate for the future. I’m unable to do ‘run and gun’ type VLOG videos at present. My equipment is all manual focus, too heavy and not portable. I’ve been looking at the Sony AR7 III so will let you know how that pans out.

I’m adapting my GoPro Hero6 to bring that into action. This will be a temporary measure I think. I need to improve the sound capture as the internal microphone is very poor leading to poor audio on the video. Once you’ve captured poor sound there’s no real way to fix it. 

Link to the YouTube video:

Latest YouTube video - my youtube video setup

List of gear I use

Many people like to know what gear and equipment others use. So here’s my list with relevant links to products on Amazon.  Some items are discontinued or have been replaced by newer models. Therefore I’ve only given links current items at the time of this post. 


Nikon D810 DSLR full frame sensor cameras x 2
Running at 1080p 24 FPS, F5.6 as ISO 400

Samyang T1.5 85mm

Samyang T1.5 50mm lenses, manual focus

Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphones on cameras x 2

Zacuto EVF, Follow Focus and Quick Release plate, flexible arm

Manfrotto video tripods and 501HDV heads x 2

Manfrotto Xpro monopod with swivel foot & video head


IKAN LED 1000 x 2
IKAN LED 500 x 1


Audio Technica AT897 shotgun microphone on overhead boom stand

ZOOM H4n audio recorder

Sound Devices MixPre-D compact field mixer




Copyright infringement wasting time

Copyright infringement wasting time

I spend so much of my time reporting copyright infringement of my work it takes the joy out of creating art in the first place! 

Yesterday a contact messaged my via Facebook Messenger to let me know they had seen one of my images on Pinterest. This is not unusual, however in this case it was a piece of work that had been ‘adapted’ and was being sold via various websites. The artist in question is from Poland and had uploaded my artwork to various websites that sell merchandise. Cheeky bugger!

Below are the 2 images of mine that have been stolen.

This is where and how they appeared on various websites.

Are they mine?

I thought I’d do a quick comparison to check and confirm the infringement.

Both images have been flipped horizontal. This fools the image checking tools like as they don’t recognise the flipped image.

I flipped it back and then placed it over the top of my original, and as I expected, it’s a direct lift of my work, in both cases.

DMCA Process

As an artist you have to follow a time consuming process of filing a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notice. This is okay for a one-off image, but I didn’t know how many images this person had stolen. The matter was compounded due to the online stores where he was selling these works had 100+ images of his, in various product options. This meant I have to wade 900 products on one website to identify if any of them were mine.

As it was, I did find another image that he’d stolen. I then had to repeat this process over 6 additional websites where he also had uploaded work for sale. The whole search activity took me 3 hours to complete. 

Once the URLs of the offending images have been located, the DMCA form can be completed. The rub is, to prove the image is yours, you have to have a copy of your own work online somewhere. Without this you are unable to report the theft of your own work. It’s no good it being on a website that’s a members only area like a photography portfolio site. Iit has to be somewhere that anyone can get access to.

It’s like having your car stolen, upon reporting it they want to see a photo of you with your car so they know its yours.  The onus is on the copyright holder to confirm ownership, not the person who stole it. The fact I have the original RAW file on my hard disc with the date, time and unique filename. I have a copy of the signed model release. All of this is irrelevant. All they want is a copy online somewhere! It’s a joke. I’ve just re-vamped my website and removed many of my images, one of the ones in question was one that didn’t make the new look website. So now I’ve uploaded it here on this blog post.

It’s the principle

Stealing is stealing. Creative theft is nothing new, and digital makes it easier. My work has been online for over 20 years now, so there’s quite a lot of ‘stolen’ versions of my work out there. Most often people let me know about, even before I stumble across it. 

I filled 3 DMCA takedown notices, 2 have been successful, the 3rd is questioning some information which I’ve responded with. So hopefully that will also be resolved.




Scarlot Rose images

New Scarlot Rose images

Scarlot Rose with rope

Brand new images from a recent shoot with Scarlot Rose. We concentrated on a shooting fetish and erotica content over a 5 hour session. We changed setups frequently and targeted to get 1 to 3 images per setup. Customers can purchase these as prints. The images will also be used for exhibitions and promotion across social media (where allowed!). 

In the gallery below are some of the edited images. There’s still a few more to edit, which means more new images to see! However, I thought you’d like to see how we got on and the images that we produced. 

Scarlot is very adept at tying so she put her skills to good use and tied all of the Shibari bondage that you see here. For me this was ideal as it allowed time to set everything up whilst she was producing the tie. 

Gallery of Scarlot Rose

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How to fold up a pop up backdrop

New video launched, how to fold up a pop up backdrop and reflector

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a new video showing how to fold up a pop up backdrop or reflector. You know the ones which often defy the laws of physics and have a mind of their own. This technique is easy to master and makes you fold up like a pro.

There’s two parts to the video. The first part shows how to fold a 4′ circular pop up reflector, which is fairly straightforward. Then we move onto how to fold the larger 8′ x 4′ backdrops / reflectors. These are a little trickier as they are larger and perhaps a little more unwieldy. However, with the right technique they can very quickly be tamed and put in their storage bag.

Video duration is 3:44 in length, so not too long. It shows you a couple of examples of each technique and then a slow motion sequence for each type of backdrop too. I know, I know, I spoil you.

My YouTube channel

Do drop by and have a look at my YouTube channel. I’ve been adding content to it over the last couple of weeks and plan to do a regular weekly update. I’ve written a blog post about what I plan to upload and concentrate on so rather than repeat that here, here’s a link to that article

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Become a Patron

Become a Patron for my art

I’ve recently set up a Patronage page for my art. The page is on a website where likeminded creators and supports of art come together and work together. This article explains how to become a Patron and what benefits you get from supporting my art.

I’ve uploaded my introduction video for Patreon. It’s a 2 minute video which explains what Patreon is and the benefit to you if you support me by becoming a patron. It covers some of the rewards available to patrons and gives a few samples of my work.
Please feel free to spread the word and ask any questions. Above all, I’d love for you to become a Patron and support my creative work with your patronage.
Many thanks to Joceline Brooke-Hamilton for looking after the video camera on this video. 

My Rewards structure

Below are the rewards I’ve put in place. As you see, rewards start from as little as $1 per month! You can cancel at any time without any penalties, apart from missing out on my new content! 

I’m first let me see… $1 or more per month
So what do you get?

  • Early pre-release visibility of my new works. Links will appear on my Patreon page for you to view the new works
  • Access to most Patreon-only posts
  • The warm glow that you’re supporting art and creativity
Discounts by golly $5 or more per month
What discounts?

  • Get discounts on my works, new and old! Yup that’s right, you get it cheaper
  • Exclusive Patron only flash sales of vintage Tisbury works
  • Access to Patreon-only posts
  • An even warmer glow that you’re supporting art and creativity
  • Plus the previous reward
Let me critique your photography $10 or more per month 
Send me your work

  • Each month send up to 10 photographic images that you’ve taken for critique
  • Each image will receive and full review and helpful ideas and suggestions on potential improvements and areas to consider
  • Offer of an unsigned copy of John Tisbury’s Curves book at a 50% price reduction (+P&P)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Learning and knowledge $15 or more per month
Exclusive Patreon only posts for your $15 tier covering topics like:

  • A selection of ‘How-to’ articles, videos on photographic and video techniques
  • Different learning styles catered for; videos,  step-by-step demonstrations, written articles
  • Video clips, PDF downloads 
  • Short bite sized sessions
  • Regular updates
  • Rotation of content to keep feed fresh and current
  • Plus all previous rewards
Behind the scenes $30 or more per month
Exclusive Patreon only posts for your $30 tier covering topics like:

  • Learn and experience what happens behind the scenes at one of my shoots
  • See exclusive images and background dialogue, even video clips of what goes on
  • Be that fly on the wall
  • How to’s and explanation of approach and techniques
  • Exclusive offers of vintage Tisbury prints, with special offers like buy one get one free
  • Plus all previous rewards

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YouTube channel

YouTube channel updated

I’ve just re-vitilised my YouTube channel. I started it over 5 years ago, uploaded a couple of videos and then left it dormant! So I thought now’s the time to make a new push by brining it up to date and start using it again.

What will I upload?

I thought it was an ideal platform to use for instructional and tutorial videos. I’ve been working on new content and have already uploaded a range of videos over the past 8 weeks. So pop over and have a look and subscribe to the channel. 

I plan to concentrate on content I like to shoot and talk about. So cars, girls both for a photography and cinematography perspective. There are many channels on YouTube that already cover this type of content, which means I need to have a different angle. I plan to concentrate on what I’m known for. Shooting erotica, fetish and art-nude content, which is rather tricky to show on YouTube, so we will see how we get on!

I’m also planning to shoot more car footage of my Chevy 57 and Crendon Cobra. I’m planning to use more drone footage and show how to use cameras, drones and video to help bring these cars and models to life. This type of material is always popular and people want to know how to shoot them. 

Roxy and 57 Chevy
Roxy and 57 Chevy

Behind the scenes setups and step by steps will also be in the mix. Please click the link below and have a look at the channel. Please feel free to comment below on the type of things you’d like to see on the channel. 

My YouTube channel as of today

Below is a screenshot of my YouTube channel as it stands today. 7 videos, with many more planned. 

John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel
John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel

When you are next browsing YouTube then do drop by my channel and see what you think. I have a few more videos to edit and upload which will appear of the coming weeks. 

I want to make sure the content I upload is of a high standard, both in terms of the camerawork and audio. As a result it does take quite some time to pull together a professional video to this standard.  

John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel
John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel
John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel


10 top tips for improving

10 top tips video launched

I’ve just launched a new video covering 10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography. 

Full-time professional model Joceline Brooke-Hamilton and I talk through 10 things that we feel help us to be a better photographer or model. We share our experiences and knowledge which means we can hopefully help you. The video is quite lengthy at 19 minutes long because we wanted to cover quite a few ideas and suggestions. As a result we hope the content and discussion will prove beneficial to you. From experience I’ve found that most people on YouTube prefer videos of around 10 minutes in duration. 

10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography video

We had great fun shooting this and working on this instructional series together. I’m sure we will get together again and shoot some more tutorial based content. In addition to this video our previous video, working with models can be found here:

You can beat experience and doing things first hand. Joceline has been a full time professional model for a long while. I won’t say how long as a gentleman never lets on. I’ve been shooting erotica and fetish content since 2004. Both of us have a good depth of knowledge and experience that we are happy with share with others. We certainly don’t know it all, but happy to pass on what works for us. 

10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography

From a shoot with Joceline.

10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography – how was this shot?

I will create a few behind the scenes videos on how these instructional videos were shot and perhaps edited too. I’ve already had a few people asking about the setup, cameras, microphones, lighting and so on. It’s good to know that people are interested in a variety of subjects so do drop me comments and leave comments below in the video on YouTube and I’ll pick them up. 

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Working with models video launched

Just launched a working with models video

I just released a working with models video with friend and full-time model Joceline Brooke-Hamilton. In it we discuss our views, offer tips and helpful ideas when working with photography models. As a result your photography session should get off on the right foot, and give you a good set of final images you can both be proud of. 

A great expressions from yours truly!

The video covers the main worries, issues and discussion points that come up time and time again between models and photographers which therefore should help you to get the best from your session.

Check out our latest video covering 10 top tips for modelling and photography.


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