The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”—Ansel Adams
Unlike Ansel Adams who previsualized how a print would look before he captured an image, I find that many times my glamour photography images are only fully realized after I start working on them in the digital darkroom. Legendary digital photography guru Kai Krause was fond of saying that there were thousands of images hidden inside of your photographs just waiting to be unleashed and I think that can be true.
Case in point: The image at left is a composite that combines indoor and outdoor shots; both of which were made using a Canon EOS 50D but made at two different times and places.
The original shot at an outdoor mall and the model was photographed in my old home basement studio and her face was simply cut and pasted onto the mannequin using Photoshop’s Layer’s function along with the Eraser tool to blend the top (face) layer with the bottom (Mannequin) layer.
I’m a big fan of the 1985 movie Mannequin starring Kim Cattrall about a mannequin that comes to life and decided to interpret the image more as a homage to the 1948 film One Touch of Venus that has a similar theme of a stature of a goddess coming to life, Maybe that’s I converted the photograph to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.
You can see more of the model—she’s on the cover too—in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that’s full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography and includes information on all of the cameras used as well as the complete exposure data for each image. It is available from your friendly neighborhood camera store as well as at Amazon, where your purchase helps support this blog.