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 Sony.

If you decide you want to own a Nikon or Canon take the time to check out their lower and mid-priced models instead of expensive top-of-the line cameras. As a beginning glamour photographer, you will find it much more useful to have a $400 – $600 camera with a few lenses and a couple of electronic flash units, instead of a $2,000 camera with a single lens.

I photographed my former muse Tia in my North light kitchen using an inexpensive Pentax K100D with an smc P-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED lens and a Manual mode exposure of 1/180 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800 with the pop-up flash used as fill. I also added plus one stop of exposure compensation to lighten and brighten the high-key mood.

In the below video clip, Matt from Art of the Image refers to a blog post that I wrote for pixiq about Cameras for Glamour Photography. And while Matt mispronounces my name (hey, it happens) he makes lots of great points and I want to thank him for mentioning me in this video clip.


Joe is author of Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that features information about using minimal equipment demonstrating how to shoot glamour portraits in available light situations or using minimal lighting like speedlights. Affordable new and used copies are available from

Author: Joe Farace

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