Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam
Dec13

Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who knows how many weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam show-ing her many, many...

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How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2
Oct30

How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2

“The whole series is black-and-white, so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had black-and-white film with me. She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl, a nice girl.”—Helmut Newton When last we left our intrepid photographer, he had zeroed in his lighting and was getting ready to photograph his model, in this case the wonderful Bella Fire, who is also pretty, nice and has red hair. As I have written before, there are...

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The Importance of the Portrait Warm Up
Feb03

The Importance of the Portrait Warm Up

The warm-up should gently prepare the body for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.—from Importance of Warming Up before Sport As a younger photographer I attended a workshop on posing for portraits and it went something like this: The speaker, a...

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How to Find Glamour Models: Epilogue
Jan17

How to Find Glamour Models: Epilogue

“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second.”— Karl Lagerfeld Last year I wrote a six-part series called Finding Glamour Models that you can find using the blog’s search function but even after December’s “finale” I’m still getting questions for readers. Many models and photographer’s are involved in glamour photography as a hobby or as a way to increase their...

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Turn Your Home Into a Studio
Aug08

Turn Your Home Into a Studio

“The subject must be thought of in terms of the 20th century, of houses he lives in and places he works, in terms of the kind of light the windows in these places let through and by which we see him every day.”—Arnold Newman I don’t have a standalone studio. In the somewhat distant past, I had one but for the past twenty years I’ve made all my portraits on location, in my home or in the last five year a 11×15-foot home studio....

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Cold Light Boudoir Photography
Jul08

Cold Light Boudoir Photography

Wrapping up Portraiture Week with a look at fluorescent lighting… For digital capture, fluorescent light can be your friend and I don’t mean those long tubes hanging in lighting fixtures from the ceiling at the local 7-11. I’m talking about a new breed of portrait lighting tools designed especially for digital photography. Why is fluorescent a great source of lighting for digital imaging? It’s because the RGB spikes of output from...

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Where Do I Find Glamour Models?
May26

Where Do I Find Glamour Models?

One question that I’m often asked by readers of this blog is “Where do I find models for my glamour photography?” Over the years that I’ve been photographing models for lighting equipment reviews in Shutterbug and for this blog, I have discovered that finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If you work at it methodically, you will discover that really good models will find you. While it...

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