Figure Studies and Fashion from Hamburg Photographer Timo Frank

Pale, Nude Dancer, Blonde, Platinum Blonde, Leaping, Timo Le Fronque, High Key, Pale SkinnedHamburg photographer Timo Frank, aka Timo Le Fronque, with this image of a pale skinned dancer, crouched yet leaping, provides us a study in nude whitish tones, which draws viewers in as effectively as bare white light bulbs draw in moths.

For Timo, it all started with graffiti in 1993.

“I sprayed characters so I had to think about plasticity (depth effect), light & shadows.

 After a while, I started to paint in oils and acrylics.”

Around 2007, Timo felt he was unable to create all the fine structures and shadings he required without a sample, so …

Wide Wide Strap White Bra“I started to use photos as Continue reading Figure Studies and Fashion from Hamburg Photographer Timo Frank

“Painting Pretty Pictures” by Photographer Rankin – Book Review

Lily Cole, Nude, Sofa, Painted Backdrop, Cover, Painting Pretty Pictures, RankinPainting Pretty Pictures” © 2010 by Photographer Rankin is a thematic photo book with 18 images.

We have reviewed several of Rankins books here on GlamourPhotography.co, see below for a list and links.

The cover image of lovely Lily Cole is repeated in the book interior, sans the title printing across her pretty middle bits.

A thin book, “Painting Pretty Pictures” is less than half an inch thick.

Each interior image has a very high glossy coating.  About the highest quality finish you might find for an in book print.

With the Continue reading “Painting Pretty Pictures” by Photographer Rankin – Book Review

“The Digital Female Nude” by Photographer Peter Adams – Book Review

Digital Female Nude, Peter Adams, Front Cover What first grabs you in “The Digital Female Nude” is the great nudes.

Peter Adams is an Australian photographer extraordinaire of the female nude form.

The Digital Female Nude” is a 176 pages bound in paperback with half half mix of words and photos.

It’s fairly thin book, about 0.5 inches thick and 10 x 7 inches is sized a bit smaller than a page of printer paper.

This is a book of art nudes of women.  The images mainly range from superb to Continue reading “The Digital Female Nude” by Photographer Peter Adams – Book Review

Fantasy Photo Manipulations by Purple Princess Edits of London, Cambridge and Saint Neots, England

Rachael of Purple Princess Edits has been retouching and creating fantasy manipulations for the relatively short period of time of approximately two years.

“However, I have been using Photoshop for 5 years on a daily basis for other projects.

My original training was at university as a video editor;  and, this is where I gathered most of my skills.

These skills are what I believe enabled me to pick up Photoshop so quickly.

Photo Manipulation Mermaid, Moon Light
Mermaid - Photographer Grant Sims. Very challenging Fantasy manipulation to undertake as photographer had very specific instructions. Required about 5 variations of changes before arriving at this completed product.

I currently only use Photoshop CS4 to create my work, … and a mouse.   This Continue reading Fantasy Photo Manipulations by Purple Princess Edits of London, Cambridge and Saint Neots, England

“Ellie Vayo’s Guide to Boudoir Photography” – Book Review

Guide to Boudoir Photography, front coverOn first look, “Guide to Boudoir Photography” by professional Boudoir Photographer Ellie Vayo of Mentor, Ohio looks like some pretty poor piece of work…

Then, if you take the time, you look beneath this initial layer, and see that business sense, that knowledge of her customers and market, that marketing genius, which Ellie shares, and which savvy has made boudoir a successful part of her overall portraiture business in little ole Mentor, OH for decades.

Ellie view of the business of photography is icing on the cake baked in Jeff Smith’s excellent “Posing for Portrait Photography” – to read review click here.

While the photos in “Guide to Boudoir Photography” are often of a quality that I personally would be Continue reading “Ellie Vayo’s Guide to Boudoir Photography” – Book Review

How you gonna carry your Nikon DSLR camera around? OP/TECH USA Pro Strap for cameras – Review

Op Tech, USA, 1501012, Pro, Strap, Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8 VR2 Nikkor LensWhen I carried my Nikon D7000 around for a few hours, my shoulders used to ache, until I got smart and switched to the Op/Tech USA 1501012 Pro Strap.

This got worst when I added the heavy 70-200 f2.8 VR2 Nikkor, and, a second Nikon D7000 to my load.

With a second camera, one DLSR must be hanging on a strap or held by an assistant.

My first pass solution, based on a recommendation, was to obtain an Op/Tech 1501012 Pro Strap for cameras and binoculars.

It was a bit ‘exotic Continue reading How you gonna carry your Nikon DSLR camera around? OP/TECH USA Pro Strap for cameras – Review

“Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” by Lee Varis – Book Review

Skin, the complete guide to digitally lighting, photographing, and retouching faces and bodies, by Lee VarisSkin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies“,” by Lee Varis is indeed a fairly comprehensive guide into Photographing and Retouching people.

Skin” covers retouching of both sexes and over wide age ranges.  This is not a book limited to only pretty glamour girls.  Though, many of the techniques are applicable to glamour.

Topics covered include work flow, lighting, back up, color balancing, lots and lots of retouching, etc.

With 432 softcovered pages, “Skin” is text book sized at 10 x 8 x 1 inches.

Skin” is a how to book, with contents about 50% instructional text and 50% graphics.

Graphics take the form of example drawings, figures, computer screen shots, and photos.   The photos include before, after and in process examples.

There is a companion CD of Continue reading “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” by Lee Varis – Book Review

‘Body Knots’ by Photographer Howard Schatz – Book Review

Body Knots, Howard Schatz,  Front CoverBody Knots‘ © 2000 by photographer Howard Schatz is a 144 page photo book of images of bodies.

We have seen bodies of dancers in Schatz’s works with his underwater book series and in ‘Nude Body Nude.’

In ‘Body Knots‘ dancers are again providing Schatz with the body awareness, discipline, sculpted Continue reading ‘Body Knots’ by Photographer Howard Schatz – Book Review

“The Great LIFE Photographers” from the Editors of LIFE – Book Review

The Great Life Photographers, Front Cover, The Beatles SwimmingThe Great LIFE Photographers” is a great collection of images from the mid to latter parts of the last century.

At 7 x 9 x 2 inches with 608 pages, “The Great LIFE Photographers” covers the work of exactly 100 of LIFE’s photographers.

The works are arranged alphabetically by the photographers last names.

This allows us to view the work of each photographer, in a pleasing portfolio kind of way.

These are photos of our time, for those of us who are a bit older now.

These are the great photos from this great photo magazine. Photos from the 30’s, the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

These are the photos which helped Continue reading “The Great LIFE Photographers” from the Editors of LIFE – Book Review

Barry, of Bread and Shutter, is a Beauty Photographer in London, England, who trained on movie sets before turning to still photography

Blue Eyed Woman, Mustard Gauze, Bread and Shutter, BarryBarry, of Bread and Shutter came to my attention on seeing his image of the blue-eyed woman sporting the mustard colored gauze, which won the POTD contest on ModelMayhem ( MM ) on October 3rd.

In interviewing Bread and Shutter for this article, I learned he is a man of few words who prefers to let his images speak for him.

He considers himself to have been in photography training for 20 years.

Not at Continue reading Barry, of Bread and Shutter, is a Beauty Photographer in London, England, who trained on movie sets before turning to still photography

‘Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier (American Photography master series)’ – by Kathryn E. Livingston – Book Review

Fashion Photography, Patrick Demarchelier, Book, Front Cover, Paulina PorizkovaFashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier (American Photography master series)‘ – by Kathryn E. Livingston is another excellent book featuring the photographs of world famous fashion photographer Partick Demarchelier.

The © is 1989.  This dates the photos, the technology and the editorial comments.

Henry Horenstein is credited as Editor.  Additionally, there is a two page Introduction by Sean Callahan, Editor of American Photographer.

Unlike ‘Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs,’ which is largely a collection of some of Demarchelier’s finest images, ”Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier” is more about Demarchelier the man.

Click here for GlamourPhotography.co review of ‘Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs.’

Diane Keaton, Portrait, Patrick Demarchelier While ‘Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs‘  was all but devoid of words and the photos did the communicating,  “Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier’s” content is over Continue reading ‘Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier (American Photography master series)’ – by Kathryn E. Livingston – Book Review

“Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs” – Book Review

Nude, West Indies, Partick Demarchelier Tree, OceanHaving recently acquired several books by Patrick Demarchelier,  we will be reviewing the others presently.   “Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs” was the first to arrive and is graced on its cover by a nude leggy model, dangling by her hands from a long branch of a tree with the sea and sky of the West Indies as background.

An absolutely stunning image which is again repeated on plate 10 inside.

Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs” contains over 80 black and white plates, with no text or page numberings save at the rear of the book where 82 thumbnails provide sparely worded captioning for the plates.

This allows one to view images without the distraction of words.

The images speak.

Desiring added context, one may thumb to the back and view the bit of detail there … Date, Location, and Image Title or Name of Subject.

Nastasia Kinski, Partick Demarchelier, Portrait

Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs” is 13 x 10 x 0.75 inches in size with 144 pages.
Most images Continue reading “Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs” – Book Review

“Fashion Photography, A complete guide to the tools and techniques of the trade” by Photographer Bruce Smith – Book Review

Fashion Photography, A Complete Guide to the Tools and Techniques of the Trade, by, Bruce Smith

Fashion Photography, A complete guide to the tools and techniques of the trade“, by English fashion photographer Bruce Smith, is a truly fabulous instructional on the topic of professional fashion photography.

This book explains how to enter the world of fashion photography, for readers who are at an intermediate beginner to semi-professional levels.

You must already know about exposure and so on.

From here, Bruce takes us through equipment, lighting, location, and the business of fashion photography.

I particularly liked, though am a bit put out by the price tag of some of his favorite Continue reading “Fashion Photography, A complete guide to the tools and techniques of the trade” by Photographer Bruce Smith – Book Review