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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hands are the third most eye-catching element in photographs of people, after only eyes and mouths. As you might thus imagine, the posing of the hands is a vital element of glamour photography. So how do we do pose the hands to insure their adding to and more importantly not detracting from our photos? Continue reading How to best pose a model’s hands?
So, you wanna make pictures… how are you going to create a pose? This is a common question for models and photographers alike. Of course you need to be sure to work on expressions. We have talked separately about expressions and will continue to do so.
Yes, this woman actually does have two different colored eyes. We shot the photograph, near Scottsdale, Arizona in my Fountain Hills studios, using a Paul C. Buff ring flash for key lighting.
The version on the left is a small jpg of the original in camera capture.
Clearly present and visible in the original photo are the different eye colorations, iris patterns and other gross details. This gorgeously bluish hazel eyed model, with the beautiful and rare reddish starburst colorations in her right eye, has what is termed in Latin “sectoral heterochromia.”
After learning a boat load of retouching skills recently by watching Lynda Photoshop training videos, I was able to create the post processed example on the right and thereby bring to life details which are dormant yet present in the original.
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Since shooting strictly digital photography in Phoenix for over a year and a half now, there has been a great deal to learn versus the days of film. One of these things to learn being post processing, aka retouching, much of it with Photoshop.
At first, Photoshop amazed me.
The stuff in my camera was great! Especially when I compared it to the shots of my pears and what they had in their cameras.
Sitting here in Phoenix putting together a Glamour Photography Studio, it is very interesting to me what makes a photograph popular. There are photographs many would consider great, and yet they are often not so popular… why? I wasn’t so sure and loved to know. So, I set about to learn a bit about what makes a photograph popular.
I consider lists on Model Mayhem (MM) to be indicative of how much people like a photo. Why?
While comments are like sharing appreciation for how you look and sweet to be sure, listings are a “gimme your number and I’ll put it in my phone” kind of commitment.
While the Cyber Commander CyberSync System is proving easy in use once configured, initial setup out of the box for me here in Phoenix with Paul C. Buff’s Flash Trigger Transmitter and Receivers was not at all intuitive. Having read the instruction manual, I turned the unit on and was baffled.
Needing to get the units ready for a glamour photo shoot, I called the factory. Lucky for me, the very pleasant gurus on Buff’s technical support staff were patient, clear and quite helpful over several phone calls. While a lengthy setup process the first time through, I have broken down the learning into a fairly long yet simple recipe format.