Today’s Post by Joe Farace
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”—Vladimir Horowitz
At the request of a reader, some time ago I added the Tops Posts & Pages section you see on the right-hand side. It’s a way for new readers to catch up on previous posts that people liked and on Monday, other than one post, you seemed to like my posts on portrait and glamour photograph, so that’s today’s topic…
The headline should really be amended to say that glamour, like any type of photography, takes practice. Vladimir Horowitz was arguably one of the finest classical pianists of all time, yet even he practiced every day.
Regular readers of this blog know I believe that the best way to improve your photography by practicing. I think you should photograph something, anything really, each day or at least every week so you can get to the point where you don’t have to think about how to operate your camera. When I take a camera on my daily walk, even when shooting the oft-photographed Bingham Lake or O’Brien Park gazebo near my home, I learn something about the camera I used and, I think that will result in better pictures—next time
If there’s any secret to my suggestion about practicing your craft is that you shouldn’t worry about producing masterpieces every time you go out with your camera in your hand. Why not use that camera as a sketchpad to explore possibilities and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Sometimes these “sketches” will be successful, sometimes not, but you will learn something from an analysis of these photographs. As Yoda once told Luke “There is no try, just do.”
Tip: When shooting glamour portraits indoors, you should look for locations where the best light is found. While this may seem obvious, it seems to me that many available light portraits are made in locations where the photographer or their subject decide to make it without considering what the lighting is or even what the background looks like.
How I made this shot: I photographed this aspiring model several years ago in my former home. One of my favorite place to shoot portraits there was in the living room that had tall, narrow windows. Camera used was a Canon EOS 50D and EF 85mm f/1.8 lens, my favorite for available light photography. The camera’s pop-up flash was used to provide some fill. Exposure was 1/60 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400.
You may have a similar location in your home and never thought that such a likely or unlikely location would be a great place to make a portrait. Think about it now.
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You can learn all of my tips, tools and techniques on shooting available light glamour photography in my book surprisingly titled “Available Light Glamour Photography”. New copies of the book are available from Amazon for $17.43 with used copies costing only $8.98, as I write this.