Getting in to photography

Getting in to photography

8 posts
26 Oct 2017
KentRichUK
Photographer
KentRichUK
Hi all, Looking for some hints and tips on my latest uploaded pic called Bedroom Glamour. All comments appreciated as trying to get in to photography. Thanks,
Posted 26 Oct 2017
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
Taking those first photos and then finding the courage to ask for comment are by far  the hardest steps. For me the biggest issue is the lighting or rather lack of. the result is barely any shape or form. I'm glad you resisted the dreadful on camera flash straight at the model but you need some. Indeed one of the great things about boudoir style is you can be a lot more dramatic with light that for say glamour.

If you are using natural light from say a window then you need to get closer even if that means using nets to diffuse it a little first. You need to watch perspective too. Pushing the hands towards the camera like that ends up with them looking huge. There are other points but becoming more aware of the light and the models position are the first things to work on.

Creative live nearly always has some free broadcasts running on photography so worth watching for when they are covering boudoir again Sue Bryce, Jen Rozenbaum and Lou Freeman are worth watching for

The Photographer Academy is another huge UK resource for photography training with a number of great boudoir and glamour training videos. Worth following on Twitter as they sometimes have full pro membership for just £30 a year which is just insane.
Posted 26 Oct 2017
Edited by redbaron 26 Oct 2017
KentRichUK
Photographer
KentRichUK
Thanks !!

It was taken at night so all I had was the bedroom light on and I had a Nikon SB910 facing the ceiling with the defuser on. I only got the camera and flash 3 days ago so just trying new things. Im guessing i need some studio lights, softboxes/umbrella's maybe or to try more in the day with natural light ?

Thanks,
Rich

Posted 26 Oct 2017
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
Nope. you do not need any more gear. There is plenty you can learn with what you have. If you have money burning a hold in your pocket invest on training. If not wait until there are specific limitations on the gear you have you need to address.

Bouncing a hotshoe flash is great but you need to experiment a bit that's all. Get to know your gear and its restrictions. Probably the most important thing to do with your gear is switch to manual. Camera and flash. If you were on auto for example that may account for the odd lighting as you could be getting a mix of room lighting topped up by just enough flash power to create a photo.

learn how changes to aperture ISO Shutter speed and flash power will affect the final result. The one advantage you do have over the old film days is instant results with zero cost. You do not even need a model initially. A football on the bed will serve while your work out some initial settings that give correct exposure with the depth of field you want.

When bouncing light from you flash remember that if the surface is not white you will get a colour cast, which is not nice. Also the distance from flash to reflector and reflector to subject will change the type of light too. If you are using the same room all the time a block of polystyrene white sheet or even large piece of white card will allow you to get bounce where you want it. If money is not a huge issue a large popup reflector white/silver is a great thing to have around
Posted 27 Oct 2017
Edited by redbaron 27 Oct 2017
Paul_Jones
Photographer
Paul_Jones
RedBaron has given you some good advice and links.

If you're wanting to improve your boudoir photography, here's a few resources that have helped me....


Damien Lovegrove
I've bought most of his training videos and have watched them over and over again. I'd recommend his 'Simply Boudoir' video. https://lovegroveshop.com/product/simply-boudoir/

His Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/lovegrovephotography/videos


Jen Rozenbaum
Watch her boudoir videos on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/search?q=sigma+jen+rozenbaum


Sue Bryce - http://inbedwithsue.com/


Christa Meola - http://christameola.com/


Books
I've bought all these books off Amazon and found them useful:

Jen Rozenbaum 'Boudoir Photography Cookbook'  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1608958795/?tag=paujon-21

Christa Meola 'The Art of Boudoir Photography'  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0321862708/?tag=paujon-21

Critsey Rowe 'Boudoir Photography'  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1907579192/?tag=paujon-21


Keep practising and posting.

Best regards
Paul
Posted 27 Oct 2017
KentRichUK
Photographer
KentRichUK
Thanks everyone. I will take a look at that info and try and master the manual settings. Thanks for taking the time to respond !

Posted 27 Oct 2017
KentRichUK
Photographer
KentRichUK
I took this one tonight, hoping its an improvement ?
Posted 27 Oct 2017
Edited by KentRichUK 27 Oct 2017
Paul_Jones
Photographer
Paul_Jones
A slight improvement, yes.

A few suggestions:
  • If you can maybe go a bit farther back and frame it so you don't chop off the top of her hair.
  • Ask her to take the watch off next time. It's quite dominant in the image.
  • Straighten up the necklace before you take the shot.
  • The hand takes up a large part of the frame. Try to make it more 'feminine' with how you include it, rather than flat on to the camera, eg curl the fingers side on to the camera.
  • Maybe go a bit lower so you're more on her level.

I'm not a fan of the post-processing you've used. I find it quite harsh for this image, but that's a personal choice.

This Jen Rozenbaum video will help you with this type of posing - https://vimeo.com/128172853

Best regards
Paul
Posted 28 Oct 2017
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