You may be interested in trying glamour photography but think it’s difficult and requires lots of expensive equipment but the truth is that all you really need is a camera, lighting and a subject. I’ve covered the subject of Where to Find Glamour Models and if you missed it, use the search feature to find all the related posts in the series.
Lighting for the intimate portrait at right was provided by affrodable Godox monolights. Boudoir photography is all about mood and the Godox monolights proved themselves well suited for this genre. Their output is so powerful that even when shooting at f/8 the monolights were set at half power or less producing near instantaneous recycle, which is useful for shooting when a subject’s all-important expression may be fleeting.
I’ve been using Micro Four-thirds cameras for studio portraiture since Mark Toal wrote about a “Model Shoot in Micro Four-thirds” on our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips. During the session the real advantage of using a Micro Four-thirds camera with electronic viewfinder became immediately apparent. When you click the shutter, the image you just made is visible in the viewfinder. You don’t have to remove the camera from your eye and “chimp.” You see it right away, which means you can make refinements in the pose, lightning and exposure faster making the shoot go smoother.
For the boudoir image above: When shooting boudoir or intimate portraits I prefer working in monochrome to produce a quietly, pensive look. Here the main light is a Godox QT600 with a Westcott Apollo Strip softbox at camera right, while the side light is from a QS600 located at camera left with the reflector in place. Backdrop is a two-sided Savage Monsoon collapsible background. Camera was a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 with an exposure of 1/125 sec and f/8 and ISO 200.
For more information on how I shoot glamour and boudoir images, pick up a copy of my book “Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography,” it includes tips and tricks and techniques for shooting with inexpensiveness and simple equipment.