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Old 08-16-2007, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you were considering purchasing an informational DVD regarding glamour photography, what would the important elements be? I'd post this as a poll if A) I knew if it could be done on G1 and B) If so, I could figure out how to make one.

Anyway, would love to hear anyone's thoughts. Here's a few items, off the top of my head and randomly listed, that you might consider important. Certainly not meant to be a complete list so anything else anyone considers important, I'd love to hear about it.

1. Focused on studio lighting
2. Focused on outdoor lighting.
3. Who is hosting the DVD
4. Quality of the models
5. Selection of gear (approriate lenses, cameras, etc.)
6. Working and interacting with models
7. Makeup and hair
8. Using a lightmeter
9. Small portable strobes vs. Monolight, heads, and such.
10. Using scrims, reflectors, and other light modifiers and controllers (whether in the studio or outdoors.)
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Re: Glamour Photography DVD
Old 08-17-2007, 03:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would add how to search out great locations, and on the opposite note, how to take a less than ideal location and work its strongpoints.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Streamlining post-production workflow and basic retouching and body sculpting techniques - for what you can't get right in the camera.

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PS As an aside, I would be especially interested in a tutorial on adding eye make-up in PS - I have a model who is hyper-allergic to the stuff!
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you were considering purchasing an informational DVD regarding glamour photography, what would the important elements be? I'd post this as a poll if A) I knew if it could be done on G1 and B) If so, I could figure out how to make one.

Anyway, would love to hear anyone's thoughts. Here's a few items, off the top of my head and randomly listed, that you might consider important. Certainly not meant to be a complete list so anything else anyone considers important, I'd love to hear about it.

1. Focused on studio lighting
2. Focused on outdoor lighting.
3. Who is hosting the DVD
4. Quality of the models
5. Selection of gear (approriate lenses, cameras, etc.)
6. Working and interacting with models
7. Makeup and hair
8. Using a lightmeter
9. Small portable strobes vs. Monolight, heads, and such.
10. Using scrims, reflectors, and other light modifiers and controllers (whether in the studio or outdoors.)
This may sound like a smart ass comment, but I'd like to see one that covers all of those topics.
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would add :

How to get a model to bring the right outfits.

How to find a good MUA

Camera settings and why those settings.
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Photovision have a lot of that already covered. To bad they keep showcasing the same old boring photographers and talking about their vision, like they're Picasso or something.
Somebody needs to fine tune what they do with glamour and you have a sellable product.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Your style is unique and recognizable so what ever your techniques are to make a great photo should be included. I would be most interested in light modifiers, precise metering and placement and even post processing. Starting with one light and adding lights or reflectors showing the results as you go until you get the finished product. If lighting is the key to your signature look I would concentrate on that.
I wont name names in your thread but there are other great photographers here that are known for head shots and beach shots etc so a collaboration with other photographers and the style that makes them unique would make me even more interested in the DVD and might appeal to a wider audience as well. Good luck with this project if you run with it.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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all the above minus sponsor promotions! also....I just purchased a DVD set. wont mention whose, but my only disappointment in it was the make up application scenes were just that, background music while you watch the MUA apply make up with no explanation of what she was doing or using,etc
The lighting set ups were okay, but very Brand specific..
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy...

What about the beautiful almost nekkid babes? Quality models are okay... but babes sell product.

Ya got no beautiful babes, ya got no sales...
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Old 08-18-2007, 01:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Okay, I got the silliness out. Here's a straight answer.

I think you need all you listed and a bit more, such as a bit of creativity.

The best instructional glamour videos I've seen were done by Ken Marcus, probably in the '80's. They went through creating a simple but effective set, setting up lighting, shooting, etc. What made them great was that it seemed that you could actually duplicate what he was doing with a little effort.

Arny Freitag (Playboy) did a good video, but the models and locations were a bit beyond what the average shooter is likely to encounter. So while there was a lot of great info, somehow you knew that even if you mastered his techniques, you just weren't too likely to shoot a playmate in a mansion.

Seems to me Peter Gowland even did a video, but it's been a long time and I may have dreamed it.

Anyway, the one element that stood out (at least for me) in all of those was the creativity in creating the sets, selecting props, etc.

Finally, you gotta wind up with pictures I like. If I don't like what you wind up with, chances are I won't pay much attention to what you are saying even if it is the straight skinny on glamour shooting. I guess that's part of human nature... or maybe I am just getting old and crabby.
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