Are you cut out to be a professional photographer? Do you have what it takes? And even if the answer is yes, SHOULD you become a professional photographer? In this video, Ed Verosky offers us some opinions and personal insights on the differences between professional and amateur photography.Read More
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Working with “Shadow Qualities” means to intentionally shape and sculpt a mood with shadow characteristics that create a distinct look. This is the basis for establishing the various imagery styles you need in order to present a rich and diversified portfolio. Get to explore how different looks and moods can be created by means of shadow design, and the application of specific light modifiers.Read More
I just installed a sweet micro-studio at home – it’s my new lab. The space is made for messing around: testing fresh shooting approaches and experimenting with new image looks that are paired with specific light settings, styling and work processes. Get to explore: Why & How, “Suffering” from Limitations, Lighting Gear & Studio Support, Test Shoot Results, and a lot of other impressions…Read More
With the #MeToo movement gathering steam, we all have to be cognizant that models could interpret any questionable behavior in the worst possible light. So, it is more important than ever before to “Not be an Asshole.” Keep in mind that, to some extent, “perception is reality”! I wrote down my reflection, insights and recommendations for you. Please read and share your own experiences or thoughts about this hot topic with our community.Read More
Today we have more camera choices than ever before. But what makes “better photos” better? Is it megapixels? Sensor size? Advanced programs? Sure. I suppose all those things can help making better photos – depending on your definition of “better.” But the #1 thing missing from the list of things that definitely adds a lot for making better photos is… YOU!Read More
Using a “Keyword First” approach influences conceptual aspects way before picking up the camera. It is very simple yet extremely powerful. Apply 2-3 coherent keywords for a series and you have laid the groundwork. Plus it allows for an effective communication with your team. Explore Dan’s method and 40 different concept briefs!Read More
Hair is one of the main attractions a subject offers. From a practical, photographic standpoint, (long) hair is a fantastic “accessory” that endlessly helps you with storytelling, forming messages, and supporting moods. Learn how to use hair as a tool. Dan prepared for you his insights, recommendations and sample photos.Read More
Probably you have noticed a phenomenon lately: “models turned photographers”. Large photography mainstream sites are pushing this topic to fuel the discussion about the state of photography. Is this news-worthy? Well, important enough for JimmyD to share his thoughts and insights about this topic.Read More
Meaningful styling in your glamour photography requires more effort on the part of the photographer. You have to develop your own sense of style. Joe Rooney reveals his secrets, thoughts and concepts, suggestions in storytelling without having big costs and provides you with an uber-great deal of guidance and inspiration.Read More
My project “Clothed With Darkness” refers to a particular lighting approach that I am using across several shoots in order to tie a body of work together. I discuss how the images are going to be lit, explain my post processing approach that goes hand in hand with the lighting and in conclusion, I will provide you with crucial takeaways.Read More
Throwback episode featuring Marketa Belonoha and my bad lighting design and lessons learned. The action took place in 2006 and it was approximately the 5th glamNude shoot that I had ever done. Despite all the hurdles and not-so-thrilling glam outcome my team and I had a great time on set and it was worth the investment.Read More
Have you ever had a boss whom you sometimes love and sometimes hate? That’s how it is with me and my clients. I love them. I hate them. I love them. I hate them. I’ll admit I can sometimes be difficult for some bosses (clients) to work with. But I’m simply someone who knows what they’re doing, at least in terms of shooting glam, tease, and nude models, and who expects to be treated as such.Read More
A few weeks ago, I visited the first photography workshop of my entire career. I was aware that I probably would not learn anything groundbreakingly new but there were several compelling reasons to join nonetheless: I wanted to experience Lindsay Adler’s creativity live in action and to seek validation (or not) in certain approaches/techniques that I am applying.Read More
Recently, a well-established model I know was complaining on Facebook about one of her recent shoots. She wasn’t angry as much as firmly voicing her displeasure with photographers who micro-manage models during their shoots. I know exactly where she’s coming from. As a photographer, I don’t like clients who try to micro-manage my shoots. So, here is my opinion and take on this.Read More
“Abstractism” offers a lot: An experimental exploration, conceptual work, artistic output, for fun… – it is totally up to your desire, needs and imagination in which direction you want to lead this concept. A repetitive application by using different pattern-worlds and different subjects will let you accumulate a series that will be an invaluable body of work for your portfolio.Read More
“Shadow Play” fuels your creative mind with a simple concept that offers expressively magnificent art nude photos. It needs a bit of DIY work, 1 speedlight/strobe – et voila. If you stick to the compositional concept of keeping your subject’s anonymity, then you can photograph your partner/wife and nobody will get in hot waters. Discover endless possibilities the low budget way.Read More
“Red Breeze” is a creative artistic glamour concept shot with 2 speedlights. Working with unpredictable forms created by a fabric lace and incalculable posing can be seen as both challenging and exciting on set! The concept does not require a pro model but a playful one. The artistic touch is suitable for potential TFP collaborations.Read More
I started an adventurous “on a budget” project shooting with speedlights only. Low costs include: (no) studio rental fee, ideas for shooting at home, and – of course – low/no model fees. I identified photo styles that allow you to work with your partner/wife/friends, newcomers, and even with models on TFP basis for specific concepts.Read More
Handling posing flow, directing the model/client and communicating with them is a part of my natural workflow and habit today. Though that was not always the case!
I had to learn all these aspects the hard way. Endless practice with a lot of failures…
Here I introduce you a way to get excellent and alluring results when relying on a practical, easy to understand system: the Flow Posing Hack.
As glamour and nude model photographers, we make a lot of decisions before our shoots, during our shoots, and after our shoots. Those decisions all impact how we’re going to capture the beautiful, sensuous, models in front of our cameras and what the final ‘look’ of those images will be. Jimmy D, the PrettyGirlShooter and industry veteran, talks insights.Read More
In nude photography it is easy to focus primarily on the head of your model. But the nude body is as equally as important as the face and you should not divide your attention between the two.Read More
Of course every photographer has a specific taste in models, but if you start-up or enhance your existing portfolio, your work is evaluated based on the appropriate selection of your models. In this article I separated the model types into different genres based on my own categorization and experience with Sexy Women Photography.Read More
Conceptually opting for digital B&W is an exceptionally potent tool (and strategy) in the hand of every photographer, yet it should be utilized purposeful and with a clear commitment of intent.
It’s not only about deviation and fun but also (business) value, vital diversification, distinction and opening up your mind.
I detected an artistic lack in my portfolio that urged me to produce a supplemental style of imagery. My new series are Black & White Nudes, driven by soft tonalities and charming personalities. No overdone beautifying and styling.
And – due to lack of any budget – shot at my home place!
After solely working with my monolight-kit for a long time, I’ve finally decided to invest in a more lightweight and even more mobile solution: Small Flash Units.
Get my first report, product images, test shots and results here.
While it seems to be common to pay amateur models about 50 EUR/USD per hour for this kind of photo shoots, there are also a lot of models, who are happy to exchange their Time for Pictures (TfP).
In this vodcast, Michael Zelbel elaborates on how he always tries to find a deal that works well for both sides.
A “mood board” is a tool that helps me to outline/capture my initial production ideas in the creative phase. Where do I get my dose of inspiration from? Read here about the fastest and most convenient way for me is to research topics and moods…Read More
When I start working with a model for the first time, I mainly have story related poses in mind. Yet sometimes the model doesn’t understand my intention and ideas, so I have to demonstrate a few concepts and actions to her.
Every once in a while I intentionally go way overboard just to get some laughter out of her. As mentioned: Mood is everything.
Obviously there are various sexy-photography genres existing that require different approaches for poses. Here I will break down the most important for you and actually show corresponding images. I hope this categorized outline helps you to better cross reference the topics.
And the images are worth more than a 1,000 words 🙂
When I saw my first set of exceptional photos I was so proud. Me, the once reserved, quiet girl was able to be this fierce, sexy woman. It got even better too. I was able to show those pictures to photographers and receive job offers because of them. Then I knew I was in love with this job.Read More
The word “boudoir” invokes images of elegance and sensuality. Women have always been drawn to this classy and intimate form of photography, which has been growing in popularity over the past three decades. Photographers in turn have been drawn into the boudoir photography business to celebrate their subjects.Read More
Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where passion and creativity paid the bills instead of money? Sadly, this is not the case. As a glamour and nude photographer working for private clients there are obvious opportunities to make money.Read More
The ability to make money doing what you love isn’t a far-fetched fantasy; it is something you can achieve. Many people dream of becoming first aspiring, then professional photographers.
However, the number of people with the determination to make this bold step is fewer than you may expect.