Using Shadows in Glamour Photography
Apr18

Using Shadows in Glamour Photography

Light illuminates; shadows define. Shadows add a sense of depth to a photograph. Shadows are the soul of a picture—Rick Sammon Light has four major qualities: quality, quantity, color and direction and the least expensive lighting for glamour portraits is the sun. It’s free and even on cloudy days produces a wonderfully soft effect and it’s easy to use too. Under most lighting conditions your camera’s built-in meter will give anywhere...

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Three Reasons to Shoot Glamour with Available Light
Apr07

Three Reasons to Shoot Glamour with Available Light

Yesterday I talked about shooting glamour images outdoors using available light; Today we move indoors still shooting with window light. It doesn’t matter what person, place, or thing you’re photographing, the ultimate subject of any photograph is light and it’s the quality of the light that ultimately determines the effectiveness of your portrait. Here are three things I like about making portraits and glamour using available light:...

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Shooting Glamour Outdoors
Apr06

Shooting Glamour Outdoors

“Simplicity is another thread that runs through Peter’s photographic technique. Often we carry out complex assignments with a cree of two—Peter and I.”—Alice Gowland I was lucky enough to get to know Peter Gowland any my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography (see below) is dedicated to Alice and Peter Gowland. Simplicity has also been my philosophy about glamour and boudoir photography and the featured...

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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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