How does flash duration and freezing movement depend on the model, type and power output of your flash units?

This weekend shooting a jumping model into the sunset created images failed  in freezing motion.  Further, the heavy DOF (depth of field) of shooting at F22 rendered dust on the lens filter easily visible throughout the blue sky.

Motion Blur using Studio Flash and Dust visible on lens filters stopped down to F22 Tokina 11-16mm
Studio Flash, Clearly Visible Motion Blur in the eyes. Arrow points to sample of Lens Dust F22 @ 11mm Tokina Zoom. Click to see more details.

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How to work with and direct a model for emotional impact in a glamour photo shoot.

An actor, like Clark Gable kissing Vivian Leigh while filming a movie such as “Gone with the Wind,” is acting. 

What kinds of things may one imagine a motion picture film director like Paul Verhoeven saying as he directs actress Sharon Stone in “Basic Instinct,” a film dripping with sexual over and undertones, in order to get needed shots in the can? 

Something along the lines of, “Sharon, so sexy.  Perfect,” may not be too far off the mark.   Or maybe, “Sharon, more sexy,  more, … more, …  A tiny bit more now.  Yes …  That’s it.  Fabulous!”   Perhaps even,”Just a touch less sexy.  Small adjustments only…. Good.  Good.  Keep giving me that!” 

For the word “sexy” one may substitute any emotion, e.g. angry, bored, etc., as appropriate to the context and scene being shot.   In glamour photography, often Sexy, or one of her close sisters Sultry, Sensual and Seductive, is exactly the context and look we are focused on capturing.  Continue reading How to work with and direct a model for emotional impact in a glamour photo shoot.

How to pose like a model – 12 Video Posing Guides

12 great videos demonstrating how to pose and be expressive as a model. 

Posing is very kinesthetic and visual, combining movement and acting punctuated with standing stalk still.  

Therefore, videos are an outstanding medium to aid our understanding and learning of posing skills.

Applicable for those contemplating modeling.  Be it for first time head shots and boudoir, on to the range of glamour, beauty, fashion …

The entire gamut of modeling endeavors use techniques demonstrated in these 12 videos.

Jose Maran demonstrates creation of dramatic angular editorial and high fashion poses.

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“Posing for the Camera,” by Harriett Shepard and Lenore Meyer – Book Review

Posing for the Camera Book CoverWhen taking photographs of people, we must address the issues of posing.  Aspiring and professional models must know or learn how to pose.

Regardless of a model’s posing abilities, only the photographer has the camera’s eye view of things.

While models must learn to pose,  clients and models both must be confidently and capably directed into effective poses by the photographer.

This is why the newly back in print paperback of Shepard and Meyer’s classic posing guide from the sixties is a must read for aspiring models and photographers.

Posing can be overwhelming and confusing for both models and photographers.  Even if we know the necessary elements of what a good pose is, it is also necessary to be able to translate our knowledge and to present camera and poses properly for timely shutter clicks.

How do we break down and learn these elements of pose?

For us to be “can do” models and photographers, we need the “know how” to reliably merge together these necessary elements smoothly,  professionally and in largely planned fashions.

Written with both photographers and models in mind, “Posing for the Camera,” is just such an invaluable posing guide.   Continue reading “Posing for the Camera,” by Harriett Shepard and Lenore Meyer – Book Review

Take care in your photography, you may be photographing the soon to be rich and famous

Every photograph taken is important and many last much longer than anyone ever imagines.

Seeing is believing.

Just take in an eyeful of these youthful photographs of today’s rich and famous as children and teens.

How many of these kids do you recognize?

 

 

Are you considering, as you scan each photo, had you been the photographer, how proud would you be proud of having your name associated with the image?

Some more than others, yes?

If you had been the model, is this a photo you are proud to have running through the internet?  Or is it one of those shots you are using your agents to quietly buy up?

Good luck, these photos are now viral …

Remember these youthful photos of the rich and famous the next time you are preparing to engage in photography.

Starpulse reported an auction of Hollywood vintage glamour photos held in April, 2010 generated 200 plus hits per second, overwhelming and repeatedly crashing the auction house’s website.

What generated all this buzz?

Individual photographs of Angelina Jolie as a 15 year-old teen model.   Any of your models have star quality?  Shots of Jolie went hammer down at over $2500 each while some lots of photos sold in excess of $100,000 USD.

So, take care and make your photographs as though they are treasures lasting forever, for they well may …

Enjoy and please share any thoughts or opinions by commenting?


 

 

Expression in a Photograph, what’s its purpose? How do we do it?

Whatever the kind of photography, be it glamour, boudoir, fashion, product, nude, editorial, etc., if it involves photographs of people, the range, depth,  context and sincerity of expressions are vitally important to the final images.

As a model, it is thus imperative to be able to supply a range of appropriate and sincere facial expressions.

To be useful,  expressions must be directly suitable to the contexts of the projects in which we are or plan to be involved.

Maybe you have noticed, some new or inexperienced models who have a limited repertoire of expressions?

Perhaps they still feel that modeling is all about looking angry… while other newbie models believe it’s all about smiling, smiling, smiling.    These models still need to do the work of finding different angles.

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Having taken photos… how and where to display, distribute, store, sell and or print them?

Where to house our portfolios?  How to handle printing?  How to provide ease of access to our clients and friends of our photographs?

These are questions all photographers must grapple and come to terms with.

As with most electronic technology, the world of digital photography is undergoing rapid evolutions.

My shooting is strictly digital these days.

While shooting predominantly photography, I plan to branch into videos fairly soon.  Any acceptable solution therefore necessarily must work reliably for digital media, including photographic images and video clips, and must do so reliably for some years to come.

Image & Video Management, Display & Distribution Criteria:  Continue reading Having taken photos… how and where to display, distribute, store, sell and or print them?

Stopped Up or Down? Depth of Field, Sensor Size, Aperture, Sharpness and Publication size, how do these interact in Photographs?

What are some real life practical examples of how lens aperture affects Depth of Field (DOF) and various forms of apparent sharpness?

Changing apertures, sensors sizes or lens focal lengths have real world implications for several forms of distortion effects related to perceived visual sharpness.

For many years of shooting, I had just stopped down to increase DOF or opened up to increase Bokeh while throwing my backgrounds out of focus. These, it turns out, are not without significant repercussions.

Nikon F2.8 105mm Macro Demonstrating DOF, Chromatic Aberration, Diffusion, As shot through its aperture range.
Nikon 105mm F2.8 Macro Lens, Enlargement details of In Focus Area. Demonstrates Softness & Chromatic Aberration at large apertures & shallow DOF transitioning to softening of diffusion distortion at narrow apertures & larger DOFs. Note excellent sharpness & contrast @ F8.

As the technical aspects and math are covered in brain numbing detail elsewhere, let’s keep it simple and see what the factors are and how we can use them for our photography. Continue reading Stopped Up or Down? Depth of Field, Sensor Size, Aperture, Sharpness and Publication size, how do these interact in Photographs?

Rear Curtain Flash Sync and Slow Shutter Speed To Catch Ambient Light Ambiance

AZ State Fair, 1/10s, F8, 22mm Nikon D90
Very Slow Shutter Speed Used with Rear Curtain Flash Sync. Note the pleasant overall rendering. Subject frozen and sharp. Background ambiance retained tastefully. AZ State Fair, 1/10s, F8, 22mm, Nikon D90, Nikon SB600 Flash set to TTL. View FULL size, CLICK image.

More light may be captured in cameras as a function of primarily four things:   larger apertures, more sensitive recording medias, slower shutter speeds and more available lights.

It was surprisingly elucidating to observe Phoenix, Arizona area wedding photographer Kenneth Robert’s methods for capturing and maintaining ambiance and moods inherent with existing light night and indoor settings.

Kenneth’s techniques utilized a rear curtain flash sync mode in combination with ultra slow shutter speeds. Continue reading Rear Curtain Flash Sync and Slow Shutter Speed To Catch Ambient Light Ambiance

All Women are Beautiful – Before and After Make Over

As styling and photographic specialists, it is part of our gift and privilege to brighten the shine of and capture with images the beauty innate in all women.  We generally accomplish this one woman at a time.  It is very rewarding indeed to see these ladies glow brightly for the camera and brighter still as they see how gorgeously they are photographing during our sessions.

An abundance of high quality professionally created images in today’s media has resulted in a very high bar for beauty self expectations among many women.

All women are beautiful.   Yet many women are able to realise their best feelings regarding their wondrously good looks only through the aid of some professional glamour photo therapy of their own.

Today’s profusion of professional media images have set and are the defacto standards of photographic beauty in women’s minds.

Look below for example at the pictures of beautiful women, before and after make overs.  Notice how each woman is an individual study in glamorous beauty.   Clearly, these are all gorgeous women.   After the confidence boost of a glamour treatment, every woman is a stunner.

Make Over Glamour Photos Beautiful Women
Make Over Glamour Shots of 9 Beautiful Women

Have they had some glamour photo therapy or what?

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How To Apply Makeup for Glamour Photography – 12 Video Tutorials For Men and Women

12 great how to video tutorials, on Glamour Photography Makeup for Men and Women.

High quality video, how to create a glamourous green smokey look on the eyes.

Several Before and After Makeup shots demonstrate how anyone with great makeup may look glamourous and sexy. Check it out. Continue reading How To Apply Makeup for Glamour Photography – 12 Video Tutorials For Men and Women