Would You Like to be a Model?
Mar21

Would You Like to be a Model?

“I wanted to thank you for making me feel beautiful and giving me the confidence that has helped me become who I am today!”  — Leslie, a young model that I helped to launch her career. When I’m testing cameras, lenses and especially lighting equipment, I need models to pose for these photographs. With repairs to my home studio finally complete, I will be doing more and more studio shoots and will be needing new models. If you have a...

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Two Photographers, One Model, One Location
Mar13

Two Photographers, One Model, One Location

A great photographer once advised me to work with as few light control devices as possible. I try to do that because the less time spent working with my gear, the more time I can spend putting my subject at ease. If you give me a doorway I’ll use it as a prop. Doorways give subjects something to do with their hands as well as—I think anyway—provide a natural frame around the subject adding interest to the portrait. Image wascaptured...

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End of a Portrait Thread?
Mar07

End of a Portrait Thread?

“The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial… he cannot go along with currents and trends.”—Alfred North Whitehead I guess we can add photographer to Mr. Whitehead’s comment. Today is the last day on a two-week run of portrait-oriented posts so I thought I would end it with an one of my favorite images of my former muse*, Ms. Tia Stoneman. A portrait of Tia is...

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Getting Started in Boudoir and Glamour Photography
Mar03

Getting Started in Boudoir and Glamour Photography

“When you think of lighting, try to forget if it is sun, incandescent, electronic flash or even candlelight. Instead consider the direction from which the sun hots the subject and how many sources are involved.”— Peter Gowland During this two-week run of portrait How did I get started in boudoir and glamour photography? It turns out that it was an indirect route and worth mentioning only because it might also describe you. When Mary...

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Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops
Feb28

Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops

February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year (307 in leap years). Making a portrait a subject against a solid color backdrop, like seamless paper, is the ultimate tests of one’s ability to make something from nothing; you’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing clothes. All that stands between you and a good portrait is your...

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LED Lighting for a Nostalgic Portrait
Feb27

LED Lighting for a Nostalgic Portrait

When shooting with Rotolight’s Anova Pro BI-S Bi-Color LED Light, the optional ($250) barndoors are an ideal way to control the output. The barndoors’ lightweight metal six-leaf design folds flat for easy storage and comes with mounting hardware and hex wrench just in case the doors loosen. The barndoors were helpful whether I was trying to focus the light on a subject, allowing it to go more low key by keeping light off of a...

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Lenses for Boudoir & Glamour Photography
Feb24

Lenses for Boudoir & Glamour Photography

“Glamour is what I sell, it’s my stock in trade.”— Marlene Dietrich One of the many things I’ve learned in writing this blog is that many photographers would like to make glamour or boudoir photographs but think they lack the necessary equipment. Nothing could farther from the truth. All you really need to produce professional quality glamour images is a camera with interchangeable lenses, a few simple accessories, and...

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