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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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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Shooting with Cold Continuous Light
Mar26

Shooting with Cold Continuous Light

The  problem with traditional “hot lights” is that they are, well, hot and are not all that comfortable to work under for subject and photographer alike. Welcome to a world of continuous light sources that are powered by fluorescent bulbs. I know what you’re thinking, don’t fluorescent lights produce horrible green light? As it turns out daylight-balanced fluorescents are the perfect light source for digital photography. By...

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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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