Where Do I Find Glamour Models?
May26

Where Do I Find Glamour Models?

One question that I’m often asked by readers of this blog is “Where do I find models for my glamour photography?” Over the years that I’ve been photographing models for lighting equipment reviews in Shutterbug and for this blog, I have discovered that finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If you work at it methodically, you will discover that really good models will find you. While it...

Read More
Studio Thursday: Shooting with Plume’s Wafer
May12

Studio Thursday: Shooting with Plume’s Wafer

A lightbank is nothing more than a black box with one side covered in diffusion material that lets light from a source—monolight though speedlight—pass through. You’ll occasionally hear lightbanks called “light box” and even “soft box” but I prefer the more generic term lightbank because it relates to the many shapes and sizes they are available. The light inside a lightbank can be aimed to shoot through it and toward the...

Read More
A Few Basic Portrait Posing Tips
Apr28

A Few Basic Portrait Posing Tips

One of the most important elements in creating saleable portraits is knowing how to pose your subjects. You may be able to photograph a beautiful woman but if her pose is awkward, clumsy, or just unattractive, it will reduce your ability to sell prints. And because often you’ll often be working with people that have not been photographed since their wedding or senior portraits, it’s important to develop an understanding of posing...

Read More
Book Review: John Gladman’s Bombshell
Feb05

Book Review: John Gladman’s Bombshell

As I mentioned in a previous book review, I love to read. But there are other kinds of books too— books that inspire. Regular readers of this blog know I’m a fan (and shooter) of glamour photography and John Gladman’s new book “Bombshell” is page after page of inspiration built around the classic pin-up photographs done in a style that you could see painted on the side of a World War II bomber. This is not a how-to book in the...

Read More
Shooting with Elinchrom’s D-Lite 100 Ws Flash
Jun30

Shooting with Elinchrom’s D-Lite 100 Ws Flash

On Studio Tuesday, I’m shooting with Elinchrom’s 100Ws D-Lite monolights: There are really two D-Lite RX One To Go kits: The Umbrella Kit retails for $649.99 and includes two D-Lite RX One monolights, two six-inch reflectors, 32-inch white and translucent umbrellas, two Manfrotto 367B nine-foot lightstands along with carrying cases for heads, reflectors, umbrellas and cables. The Softbox Kit, which I tested, sells for...

Read More
Where Do I Find Models?
Jun12

Where Do I Find Models?

Next to how to do I pronounce my name (it’s’ Fa-race) the most popular question I’m asked  is “where do I find my models?” Finding models can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it but if you methodically work at it, you will discover that really good models will find you. It may seem obvious but handing out business cards to potential models you meet in your daily life is a good idea. Since...

Read More
Wordy Wednesday #153 “The Beat Goes On”
Mar25

Wordy Wednesday #153 “The Beat Goes On”

Speedotron’s power pack and head systems are the studio lighting world’s equivalent of the American muscle car. They’re made in the USA, ruggedly built to take hard use, and powerful. Since its beginnings the company has offered two lines of lighting systems for photographers with different requirements. The premium-priced Black Line is intended for commercial shooters while Brown Line products are aimed at portrait photographers, yet...

Read More