It’s been some time now since I’ve been doing glamour photography, so I decided to write little bit about it.
You may think that life of boudoir or glamour photographer must be fantastic. Hot models, beautiful locations…
But is not that easy, at least not at the beginning. Before you get to all those beautiful girls you have to work out your way, and is not always easy.
I found my first model on Model Mayhem, I put her in front of the camera, lights and camera set, every thing is ready.
I took few pictures looked on the back of the camera and I asked myself “what the hell” The Picture was far from what I have seen in Playboy.
For some reason I couldn’t get the lighting right…I thought…
But let me tell you something, it wasn’t about lighting, or the camera, or my skills its was all about the model.
I realised that as long you have an average model in front of the camera you are going to have an average picture.
So if you want to have a beautiful shot you better make sure that your model is really hot.
So next thing you do, you find better girl, then you throw some makeup on her, bring her to nice location and the things will begin to look more like a glamour…
Of course you may say that this will cost you a lot before you star to make any money, but hey!!! Who said its going to be cheap. The moment you decide to be a photographer you have to be ready to spend significant amount of money. You need to be ready to do this extra mile the whole nine yards and is not only in glamour photography but in the whole photography industry and the good news is, the longer you doing it, the more money you spend.
There are some good things of being glamour photographer too.
For example you do not have to worry much about the outfit an make up and there is plenty of girls up there willing to do the shoot with you for free as long they get some images.
So if you want to be boudoir and glamour photographer don’t waste your time, do it right from the start.
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Below you can find some descriptions of the lighting and camera settings I have used to take this pictures.
In here I have used two strip soft boxes with the grid in the clap shell position 3-4 feet away from the model. White background around 2.5m behind the model with one light to produce glowing effect. Canon 5D Mark 2, 70-200 2.8, 1/160 F11, ISO 100
In this image I’ve set camera to available light and match the light with big Elinchrom 190 cm Octa positioned on the right hand side of the model. Canon 5D Mark 2, 70-200 2.8, 1/125 F3.2 ISO 320
In here I asked model to stay in front of the white brick wall. Depending on the shadow you want to create you have to position model closer or farther to the wall. Also to create sharp and crisp shadow I have used Elinchrom Maxi Spot 40cm Reflector positioned some 5m away from the model. Camara settings, 1/160, F11, ISO100
In this picture I have used one large soft box with the grid positioned on the left hand side, with little bit of feel from the right. Camera settings – 1/160, F5.6 ISO 100
This image was taken with available light from the window only, with reflector in front of the model. It wasn’t much light outside so I set my camera to overexpose the images. Canon 5D Mark 2, Sigma 85mm 1.4, 1/200, F2.0, ISO 800
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