Friday, May 29, 2009

Newborn Baby Model Needed

My colleague Marie and I are running a workshop for baby and child photographers on June 17. We need a newborn baby, who will be under two weeks of age on the date of the workshop, to model for us. This is a half day job, and will take place in Burlington. All images will go a CD and will include a copyright release. Additionally, a complimentary session with Marie will be given for your time. View Marie's work at www.memoriesbymarie.ca . Message me if you are interested.

Marie’s baby photography is awesome by the way.  Check this out.

Another aweome baby pic by Marie!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Model for 20-June Glamour Workshop

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The workshop announcement that I made yesterday suffered from too much text and too few pictures.  Here is my effort to correct that.

These are informal portraits of our model for the workshop, Sheri Knox, made by me during three different workshops that I attended.  (I am a big believer in the value of continuous education.  I invest in attending at least 10 professional photography workshops and seminars per year, and have attended more than 25 in some years.)

Many workshops opt for the “group shoot” approach to letting the photographers work with the model: that is, everyone photographs her simultaneously.  This is a very efficient approach and often a necessary one, especially when there is a large number of photographers present and time is limited.  But what the group shoot approach gains in efficiency, it loses in effectiveness. 

I always work to get good photographs regardless of the conditions (a vital skill for a wedding photographer), but in some of these photos you can see the consequences of the competitive elbow-to-elbow shooting conditions that I was in, especially in terms of compromised background composition.

I hope you agree that the strength of Sheri’s modelling shines through any deficiencies in my photography.

My June 20 glamour portrait workshop is specifically designed to eliminate this problem.  After receiving some instruction, each student will have time to work directly and exclusively with Sheri.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Glamour Photography Workshop Announcement

I have received several requests for this, so here it is … my first glamour studio photography workshop!

When:

Saturday June 20

Where:

Lumacraft Studio, Hamilton

Format:

- Full day, 9AM to 4PM
- Lecture, Demonstrations, and Student Hands On
- Limited to six students, to ensure personal attention
- Photography will be by studio strobes
- Light lunch and refreshments provided
- Each student will have the opportunity to work one on one with a pro model, who will have been professionally made up, and to work on a professionally dressed and lit basic set.

Prerequisites:

- Students must bring a DSLR. (Studio strobe lighting will be used, so your camera must have a hot shoe, and be able to operate fully manually.) Make sure that your camera battery is fully charged, and bring a clear memory card.
- Studio strobe lighting experience is helpful, but is not required.

Workshop Content:

To create a successful glamour portrait, a photographer needs to have command of a range of skills, including:

- pre-production:

- finding a model
- preparing the location
- making the right preparatory design choices for the photo shoot

- production:

- camera control
- lighting control
- composition
- posing and expression
- interpersonal – interaction with the model or subject

- post-production:

- image finishing and retouching

This workshop will concentrate on pre-production and production. (A forthcoming separate workshop will cover techniques for successful post-production of glamour images.)

The morning will begin with a short lecture, in which I will give my detailed advice on all of the above listed steps. Summary notes will be provided.

Next, I will demonstrate my approach to glamour photography. As I work with a model, I will explain, step by step, the technical and creative choices that I am making.

During the break for lunch, students are welcome to bring along a few prints to share, or to have me critique.

In the afternoon, each student will have about 20 minutes to work one-on-one with the model. Help will be provided in the use of studio lighting.

While each student works with the model, the other students will have the opportunity to both observe, and to have any questions that they may have answered by me.

Model:

Our model will be Sheri Knox, with whom I have worked with on several occasions. As a dancer and experienced model, Sheri connects exceptionally well with both camera and photographer. Sheri can be counted on to ably carry her end of the load during any photo shoot; this will help to ensure that you will leave the workshop with as many good glamour portraits as possible. I can promise that you will enjoy working with her.

Glamour photography can be defined different ways. It is my view that glamour is fundamentally about allure. So while a glamour portrait may involve nudity, it need not. We all know that implications and suggestions can be more alluring and provocative than explicitness. In this workshop, the model will not be nude but will wear lingerie or other sexy photogenic attire.

Sheri will be providing a limited model release to our students, enabling each to make unrestricted non-commercial use of the images. In exchange, each student will be expected to deliver to Sheri, within 7 days following the workshop, the full resolution image files of your choice of your three best images of her, and allow her the same terms of use. Delivery can be electronic or CD-ROM by mail.

UPDATE: See my 14-May blog posting for some informal portraits of Sheri by me.

Instructor:

Full-time professional photographer David A. Gilmour LPPO is accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) in Portrait photography, Model Portfolio photography, Figure Study photography, and Pictorial/Scenic photography.  David has received numerous awards for his photography, including the Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPO) 2008 Portrait and Wedding Class Award, and the PPO Figure Study Category Award in both 2007 and 2008.  At the PPOC national image competition in 2008, David's boudoir portrait album "Bombshell Blooms" received an Award of Merit.

Fee:

The fee for the workshop is $299 plus taxes, including snack, lunch and course notes.

Payment Option 1

Early registration: register and pay in full before June 1 to qualify for a discounted early registration fee of $249 plus taxes. Follow this link to pay the registration fee online at Lumacraft Photography’s web store.

Payment Option 2

50/50: Pay $150 upon registration to secure your place, and pay the balance of $149 plus all taxes upon arrival at the workshop. If you prefer this option, please contact Lumacraft Photography to register and to arrange payment of the first instalment.

the fine print:

Workshop fees are non-refundable. Although no such changes are anticipated, Lumacraft Photography reserves the right to revise the schedule, model and course content.

Copyright © 2009 by David A. Gilmour LPPO / Lumacraft Photography

Saturday, May 9, 2009

JA Revisited

Here is a finished version of a portrait from JA’s glamour session.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Refinement

I get great satisfaction from working on a portrait to try to draw out of it as much as I can. These are from Christine’s mini glamour session a couple of weeks ago.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Lauren’s Mini Model Portfolio

Lauren wanted to do a basic model portfolio portrait session. She needed head shots, 3/4-length and full-length portraits, and she wanted the style to be more fashion oriented than glamour.

Virginia from Beauty on the Go was once again our collaborator on hair and makeup.

Lauren is on a student budget – who isn’t on a budget these days? – so her studio time was limited. Virginia and I figured out some ways to maximum our efficiency, so that we could deliver as much as possible for Lauren. For example, to avoid the cost of two makeup looks, Virginia applied one look in stages; photographing Lauren before her lips were done was a simple way to add variety to her set.

As is my normal practice, Lauren and I communicated several times prior to the shoot, so I knew that she would be bringing along some very camera-friendly dresses.

As usual, these are preview quality images, with no touch ups.

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