It’s Friday the 13th!

by | Apr 13, 2018

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”—Ansel Adams

Unlike Ansel Adams who previsualized how a print would look before he captured an image, I find that many times my glamour photography images are only fully realized after I start working on them in the digital darkroom.

Legendary digital photography guru Kai Krause was fond of saying that there were thousands of images hidden inside of your photographs just waiting to be unleashed and I think that can be true.

Case in point: The image at left is a composite that combines an indoor studio image and one shot outdoors; both of which were made using a Canon EOS 50D but at two different times and two different places.

The original shot of a mannequin in a lingerie shop window was made at an outdoor mall and the model was photographed in my former home’s basement studio. Her face was simply cut and pasted onto the mannequin image using Photoshop’s Layer’s function, resizing and rotating the “face” layer to match the mannequin layer. The Eraser tool was used to blend the top (face) layer with the bottom (mannequin) layer.

I’m a big fan of the 1985 movie Mannequin starring Kim Cattrall about a mannequin that comes to life but decided to interpret the image more as a homage to the 1948 film One Touch of Venus that has a similar theme of a statue of a goddess coming to life, Maybe that’s why I converted the photograph to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.

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You can see more of this model—she’s on the cover too—in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that’s full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography and includes information on all of the cameras used as well as the complete exposure data for each image. It is available from Amazon new for $23.95 or used for $15.17, as I write this.