How to Build a Glamour Photography Portfolio

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Guest Post by Joe Farace

Joe Farace Photography

There’s in one inescapable reality of glamour photography: You need a portfolio to attract models but you also you need models to build that portfolio.  Just as you will determine a potential model’s talent by reviewing her portfolio, she will want to evaluate your talent by reviewing yours. Once you begin shooting glamour photographs, you should also start assembling a portfolio containing your best images.

A portfolio is important because it will show potential clients or models your photographic style and level of technical competence. It also demonstrates the type of photographs you enjoy making and gives people a chance to assess your ability to communicate through those images. If a model is interested in working with you and is shown a dozen beautiful images that are neatly and professionally presented, she is going to be excited about posing for you.

The most important factor to keep in mind when preparing your portfolio is that quality is more important than quantity. You don’t need to show stacks of tear sheets or dozens of fantastic images. Most beginning glamour photographers won’t be able to do that anyway and showing a dozen well-composed and nicely lit photographs is better than displaying fifty images of lesser quality. Later, when you are more experienced and successful, you may be choose to use a combination of tear sheets and prints in your portfolio.

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Do You Need a Tripod for Macro Photography?

Joe Farace Photography

Guest Post by Joe Farace

Yes but you need it for everything else too!

Joe Farace Photography

In this time of high-tech image stabilized and vibration reduction lenses as well as anti-shake capabilities built into cameras from Sony, Olympus, and Pentax, you might wonder if you even need a tripod? I think so and let me tell you why:

When you want to work at the smallest possible aperture to increase depth-of-field, especially for those macro shots, you’ll need a tripod to hold the camera stead for those resulting long shutter speeds.

For portraits a tripod can be a three-legged assistant that holds your camera while you walk up to talk with a portrait subject and touch up their pose. While making portraits, some photographers prefer to have the camera on a tripod so the subject can look at them instead of seeing a face that’s blocked by a camera.

A tripod is important for maintaining precise registration for “before and after shots,” construction progress photographs, and panoramic images, no matter if they’re virtual reality or conventional. Infrared photography, whether film or digital, often requires filters that are seemingly opaque and have filter factors approaching infinity and produce long shutter speeds that even the best anti-shake or image stabilization technologies can’t handle.

But most importantly, a tripod slows you down and forces you to concentrate on the photograph’s composition, making sure you take the time to look in the image in the viewfinder’s four corners to see any unwanted surprises lurk there.  A tripod enforces a deliberate approach to making photographs rather than spraying images rapid fire, it makes you take the time to think and that is the most important aspect of making any photograph.

Tripods come in many sizes from tiny tabletop models to heavy-duty camera stands for studio use. Because of the availability of so many types, sizes, construction materials, styles, and even colors, there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution and, like eating potato chips, you can’t have just one. That’s why most of us end up with a collection of camera supports with different tripods used for different kind of tasks.

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A Deeper Frame

A Deeper Frame

ETA:  This was supposed to go out yesterday, so apologies to all the feed readers out there…

As most of you already know, I am a huge fan of esoteric topical content that challenges both the writer and the reader in new directions.  While I like to think that I’ve done my fair share of challenging people to think beyond their immediate “vision” with their cameras and compositions, there are always those who just leave me in the dust, and Mr. David DuChemin is no exception.  I find that he is always a brilliant source of inspiration, so when I read his blog, I find myself hanging on almost every word!  When new releases come out from Craft & Vision, the first thing I do is check the author.  There’s been some good stuff there too, even from people I would consider colleagues, and perhaps friends.  But when David puts out a new eBook, it’s become part and parcel for me to just not even look at the title – I click and buy!  That’s how confidant I am that he will deliver quality both in photography and vision from his insights.

After his mishap in Italy, David certainly has had some time to go introspective, and while the mishap was not good, his latest insights are among the best I’ve read from him.  No joke.  I’m not just blowing sunshine, this is really quality work, that makes me re-think even my entire foundation.  His latest eBook “A Deeper Frame” brings new insights on composition to me.  I’d never thought about bringing together depth of field, with depth of color, and depth of tone.  The included photos for his book are so jaw-dropping and perfect counter points to the text, I am just blown away that these are going for a mere $5!

The photography, the content, hell, even the layout is just superb!  Take a look:

A Deeper Frame

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As you can see – just stunning.  Even for the $5, it’s no surprise that these are the hottest items available today!  I’ve found inspiration aplenty in literally every book of his (and my entire library is now filled with them on my iPad!).  I keep encouraging him to write more because what he gives back in these is just stunning!  To really cap things off, he’s also offering discounts! Save 20% through the 2nd, if you use a discount code (DEEP4) in your checkout box.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!

Click here to visit Craft And Vision.

Thanks to David for all you’ve done for the photography community, both through your classes and these eBooks.  I know to you they may not seem like much, but to so many of us, they are sheer inspiration!  For everyone else, if you get an eBook, do also take the time to pick up the RSS feed for his blog – another brilliant source of inspiration (and that one is free!).