I get lots of e-mail from photographers interested in trying boudoir and glamour photography and that’s one of the reasons that I wrote Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography. My techniques for this kind of portraiture are simple and don’t require lots of expensive equipment, all you really need is a camera and a subject. But that book was published before I fell in love with mirrorless photography.
Boudoir photography, or as I prefer to call it, intimate portraiture, are a perfect medium for mirrorless cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix GH4 I used to make the below image. They’re perfect for many reasons, including the camera’s size that’s less intrusive than a large SLR. Just compare a really big mirrorless camera, like my GH4, with a Canon SLR (above) and you’ll see what I mean.
The mirrorless camera’s smaller size helps in the ease of mobility but the biggest advantage is the EVF, which lets you see the image at the moment of capture. You don’t have to flip the camera to chimp; it’s right there in the viewfinder without taking your eye away from the camera. You can’t miss any blinks because you see them in the viewfinder, something you can’t do with an SLR.
Boudoir or Glamour Photography is always about mood, which I why make many of these images in monochrome, although shot in color using the RAW+JPEG technique I often write about. The black & white JPEG provides feedback to the subject and helps them understand what I’m trying to create with her portrait. But the RAW files is used for processing.
This photograph was shot with Westcott’s Two-Light Daylight D5 Softbox Kit and Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens with an exposure of 1/50 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 640. It was retouched in Photoshop and then tweaked using Silver Efex Pro and Analog Efex Pro.
From now until the end of November, I’m holding a series of one-on-one Glamour & Boudoir Workshops. Details are here; click the Contact button and ask about times/dates. The workshop fee will be fee is $195 or $225 with a model release.
Joe is author of Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that is available from your friendly neighborhood camera store and Amazon.com.