Shooting a One Light LED Glamour Portrait
Feb13

Shooting a One Light LED Glamour Portrait

There are two kinds of portrait photographers: The first likes to shoot with “available light” by which they really mean “every light that’s available.” For some shooters, setting up five lights to make a portrait is just getting started. The second group prefers to use as few light sources as possible because there’s less gear to fiddle with, which translates into more time spent concentrating on making a good portrait of the...

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Working with and Posing Glamour Models
Feb06

Working with and Posing Glamour Models

When I was a young photographer I asked my mentor, what was the worst thing I could do during a photo shoot. My guess was that it would be some kind of technical glitch but to my surprise he said, “not talking to the people.” If you don’t talk to the models that you’re photographing you are never, ever going to make good images. If you’ve participated in a group model shoot, you know what I mean. Shooters use their longest focal...

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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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Happy Faces on Friday the 13th
Jan13

Happy Faces on Friday the 13th

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”—Ansel Adams Unlike Ansel Adams who previsualized how a print would look before he captured an image, I find that many times my glamour photography images are only fully realized after I start working on them in the digital darkroom. Legendary digital photography guru Kai Krause was fond of saying that...

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Using Soft Focus or Blur for Portraits
Jan12

Using Soft Focus or Blur for Portraits

When it comes to portraiture, you don’t always want tack sharp photographs. Blur and selective blur, when applied to an otherwise ordinary photograph can create a mood that fits an impression of the subject more than the reality but sometimes the distinction between  blur and soft focus gets confused, so let’s take a look at their differences. Blur: Blur can be caused by camera or subject motion and can be accidentally or deliberately...

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Choosing a Camera for Boudoir Photography
Jan09

Choosing a Camera for Boudoir Photography

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”—Ernst Haas It may come as a surprise but I sincerely believe you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to make high quality glamour photographs. Of the three camera bodies that I use regularly only one purchased new. When a new digital camera is launched, lots of photographers who want...

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