Following a Trend: More Portraits Please

Today’s post by Joe Farace

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh

Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers, we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts.” The idea being that anyone who was new to the blog, would be able to see the most popular five or six posts and could use to catch up with what’s going on in the blog. I’m not physically counting page views; the tabulation of most popular posts is done automatically by WordPress .

Last Friday after a week-long string of posts about portraits and glamour I asked if…we’ll continue with a variety of topics unless you would like me to continue in this vein. On Monday all of the Top Posts were about portraiture. Now it’s possible that this ranking is because many of these posts also have photographs of pretty women, so maybe that’s part of it. I prefer to think these posts are popular because the subject matter interests readers.

So starting Wednesday and for the next week or so each day’s post will be about portraits and/or lighting from classic to glamour to boudoir portraiture. I’ll be sharing the tips, tools and techniques I use to create these photographs and to keep it interesting, I’ll really try to not repeat any models used in examples.

How I made this shot: A few years ago I was lucky enough to photograph the amazing Swedish model, Anna Leib in Phoenix, AZ, where I made today’s headshot. It was shot with a Canon EOS 50D with the EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens with an exposure of 1/25 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 200. The EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM has been discontinued but you can pick up a used one on Amazon for around $125, as I write this.

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Anna is featured in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography, which includes a fun story about our first shoot together, which is when today’s portrait was made. New copies are available from Amazon for $20.67, with used copies available for $8.91, as I wrote this. Kindle version is $19.99, for those preferring a digital format.