Washington DC area based portrait and event photographer
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 you know 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: