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20170123 Nicki169
January 2017 shoot with Nickli Lee

Model: Nicki Lee
www.modelmayhem.com/nickeled

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20160325 Erire633
March 2016 shoot with Erie

Model: Erie Eyeful
www.modelmayhem.com/3862656
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20170512 Chloe300
May 2017 shoot with Chloe

Model: Chloe Fox
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May 2017 shoot with Chloe

Model: Chloe Fox
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20150519 Floofie007
May 2015 shoot with Floofie

Model:  Floofie
www.modelmayhem.com/65089
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Rodney Mickle
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I got a question the other day asking how to get started with shooting glamour photography. I tend to get rolling with a long drawn out answer, trying to be as comprehensive as possible and then i realize it's a much simpler answer.

Knowing what I know now, the fast track to getting better fast are the various online video course site that have come along in the last 10 years. I'm specifically talking about RGU and Kelby One but my favorite place is Creative Live. So much knowledge being shared through these courses. It’s cheaper than an expensive workshops and you can learn at your own pace in your own time. Very good ROI. 

If you are looking to get off to a good start these are the three courses I would recommend:

- If you don’t understand the basics of photography then start with this course:

This is basically photography 101. Really solid foundation on the fundamentals and basic lighting. 


- If your how to work your gear and want to learn portrait photography, start with either of these two:

  The more in-depth, comprehensive version of this course is this one:

The Glamour Photography course is the cliff notes version of how to create a business from glamour photography. Bryce goes over everything. Shooting, using natural light, posing, post-production. It’s a really good foundation for getting started with shooting people.

28 days  of Portrait Photography is the more comprehensive version of Glamour Photography. For 1 hour a day for about a month you will learn posing, shooting, marketing, selling, and everything else you need to know to run a successful contemporary portrait photography business. In a month you will have have more knowledge than what took me 5-7 year to learn. 

You want to have a style that appeals to women, particularly  female Models. This is a mis-step that I think a lot of photographers make in that they shoot though the male gaze (both male and female shooters do this) which overly focuses on the sexual versus the sensual. There is nothing wrong with this (hell I do it all the time!) but people have to see something of themselves in your images. Either of these are a really good place to learn to feminize the male gaze. Also, what I like about these courses are that they get you to pay particular attention to production quality, specifically styling, which to me is a key component to setting yourself apart from the rest of the glamour shooters. These videos will get you started on the right path here. The point is that if you can develop a style that is attractive to female models, their fans will see your work and will grow your brand and popularity. 

Additionally, I'll share these nuggets of practical advice:

  • Be patient and take the time and make the investment  to get better
Getting good is about practice and repetition. You will need 1-2 years of consistent practice to develop the skill and techniques that you want to use to create a style that is unique to you. This means becoming technically proficient and then experimenting and replicating other people’s look to figure out what appeals to you stylistically. 

Make no mistake this will require you to invest both time and money. If you are unwilling to do both then move along and do something else because you will become frustrated and lose interest. 

  • Mindset: this is not a hobby it’s a business
Drill this into your head. This is a serious investment of time and money and you should value it as such, even if it’s a hobby for you. Eventually you may decide to start charging folks for your work then you will be in the best position to do so. When you have a business, you value return on investment and make decisions based on that instead of hopes and wishes and avoid wasting money on frivolous gear or things that won’t help grow your brand or business.

  • Craftsmanship before Creativity 
Only after you’ve got  solid grasp on making consistent decent quality images with the mannequin, would I focus on trying to get people in front of the camera. You need to have decent quality to attract people to work with you. No one wants to be part of a shitty image. This is what will stop you from being labeled a GWC (Guy With Camera) versus a Photographer. Lock down your craftsmanship before focusing on your creativity. 

  • Buy a mannequin. 
Seriously. This will allow you to practice you craftsmanship without having to rely on other people. You will want to hone in your style and look before investing in shooting people. I still practice with my mannequin. 

           

  • Listening to: Postpatum (Dorian Concept) - Taylor McFerrin

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YourAuthorSenpai Featured By Owner Edited May 8, 2017   General Artist
Looking at your photos encouraged me to give more photos of people a try! I especially want to get into glamour photography... Though I would need to find models in my area to shoot... ;-;

Any tips on getting started in glamour photography or any sort of photography involving people? Like human people who eat and breathe?
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JanBennetsen Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
Great photos!
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Pepperinked Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I know I've spammed the hell out of you with likes, and you may not even have noticed because I'm sure you get that endlessly, I just wanted to say your photograpjy is fucking epic, I browse the same images over and over and fall more in love with them each time.... this is the definition of art. 
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farrelld51420 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Student Artist
Rod I am interested in investing in some of the fantastic prints you share.
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MickleDesignWerks Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Professional Photographer
Sure, feel free to contact me about the images you are interested in and I'll send you over a price menu for sizes and print media. 
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Revolutionofear Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
Invite to join... sexy-r3volution.deviantart.com
Send Me Your art, is excellent.
We accept everything that is sexy.
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DKZephyr Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017   Photographer
What a beautiful and inspiring collection of work. A real pleasure to browse, thank you for sharing Handshake 
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Revolutionofear Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Invite to join... sexy-r3volution.deviantart.com
Send Me Your art, is excellent.
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bentbox-co Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Hi Rod, we love your work! Well done!
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