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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Why It’s a Good idea to Test
Jul07

Why It’s a Good idea to Test

Back when everybody shoot film, testing was an important part of improving your photography and most people wouldn’t shoot an assignment or any critical images before testing the concept or gear beforehand. Before clicking the shutter, medium and large format studio shooters used (expensive) Polaroid film  and others would shoot test rolls or run clip tests before trying anything new. Along comes digital capture with its instant...

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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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