Glamour Photography Takes Practice
Aug17

Glamour Photography Takes Practice

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”—Vladimir Horowitz Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was arguable one of the finest classical pianists of all time, yet even he had to practice every day. Regular readers of this blog know I believe that the best way to improve your photography is practice. I think you should photograph something, anything really, each day or at least every week so you can get to...

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When In Doubt, Use Flash
Aug11

When In Doubt, Use Flash

“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.”— Helmut Newton The ingredients for making outdoor portraits are easy to find: All you need is a subject, a camera, and some light but like any recipe it’s how all these elements are combined that goes into cooking up a delicious portrait. Just like Emeril’s secret ingredient Essence, I’d like you to...

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Wordy Wednesday #453 “The Femme Fatale”
Aug09

Wordy Wednesday #453 “The Femme Fatale”

“The mystique of the Femme Fatale cannot be perfectly translated into make terms.”—Camille Paglia Black and white is a wonderful media for making portraits because the lack of color simplifies the image, causing you to focus on the true subject of the photograph instead of their clothing or surroundings. As I mentioned in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography, I didn’t start out as a people photographer. Some-times I’d...

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What Makes a Good Glamour Photograph?
Aug08

What Makes a Good Glamour Photograph?

“It’s not about seducing men, it’s about embracing womanhood.”—Dita Von Teese Glamour photo-graphy has its roots in the pin-up or cheese-cake of the 1940’s but over time evolved. At one end of the spectrum there’s boudoir photo-graphy practiced by many shooters and includes the kind of sexy photographs wives and girlfriends give their significant others for Valentines Day. On the other hand, there is...

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Proper Exposure for Outdoor Glamour Photography
Aug01

Proper Exposure for Outdoor Glamour Photography

“To me the face – the eyes, the expression of the mouth – is the thing that reflects character. It is the only part of the body that permits us to see the inner person!” – Philippe Halsman Lighting Ratio describes the difference between the main light and fill light and this relative strength can be measured with a light or flash meter. In camera meters measure the light that’s being reflected by the scene...

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Boudoir Photography Outdoors
Jul24

Boudoir Photography Outdoors

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”— Marilyn Monroe Boudoir photography or Intimate Portraiture, as I prefer to call the genre, is typically shot in a moody interior or studio setting but there’s no reason you can’t shoot outdoors. One of my favorite outdoor lighting techniques is backlighting, which  can produce  highlights on...

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One Light Boudoir Photography
Jul11

One Light Boudoir Photography

Experiment. Don’t go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting. — Mason Resnick Mason’s statement applies to all kinds of photography, including boudoir or intimate portraiture where it’s too easy to pose a subject in “Pose A”, then move then into “Pose B,” making the whole process so mechanical R2D2 could make this kind of portrait. But...

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