Why You Need a Mood Wall
Jun27

Why You Need a Mood Wall

A mood wall or board is a collage consisting of images, text, and objects built around upon set topic. A mood board can be used to give a general idea of a specific topic and may be physical or digital. I was having breakfast with a couple of photographers when one of them, an accomplished glamour photographer, said something about the ideas he gets from his mood wall. “What’s a mood wall?” I ask and he gives me an answer similar to...

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Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome
Jun19

Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome

“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 I find myself wondering, “what do I shoot next?” or starting the think “there’s nothing to photograph,” one thing I like to do is to shoot some images in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images made...

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Would You Like to be a Muse?
Jun16

Would You Like to be a Muse?

A muse is a “woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.” When I’m testing cameras, lenses and especially lighting equipment, I need models to pose for photographs  you see on this blog and in the pages of Shutterbug magazine. With repairs to my home studio finally complete, I will be doing more and more studio shoots and need new models. If you have a friend (or maybe yourself)...

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Full-length Posing in Small Spaces
May18

Full-length Posing in Small Spaces

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”—Frida Kahlo My  home studio measures 11×15 feet (but one end is angled) making shooting full length poses a challenge. It is the space that I use to shoot in and test lighting  products for Shutterbug reviews as well as shooting glamour photographs for clients of my boudoir photography business. But full length...

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Why Available Light?
May05

Why Available Light?

“Available light? To some photographers it means using “every light that’s available” while to others, like myself, it means using only or mostly the light that’s available within a scene. One of the most traditional forms of available light used for portraits is window light. This image was captured using only the light from a narrow window in my living room. The model was posed midway between the window at camera left and my sofa at...

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Glamour Photography with Entry Level SLRs
May04

Glamour Photography with Entry Level SLRs

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to make high quality glamour photographs. Although many professionals shoot with cameras made by Nikon and Canon, it’s not necessary for you do the same thing. There are plenty of good cameras available from many different manufacturers that are reasonably priced, offer interchangeable lenses, and offer sophisticate electronics including offerings from Pentax, Olympus, and...

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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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