Dani Diamond Interview: NYC Fashion, Food & Commercial Photographer

I recently came across the work of Dani Diamond online by chance while browsing through some well-known portrait photographers. What I loved the most about him was the impeccable results of his portraits.

Known for his breathtaking portraits and signature style, Dani Diamond has now taken over all forms of social media.

As a boy, he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Connecticut with his wife Etty. His journey into photography was merely just a hobby after he graduated with a degree in business administration.

In this interview, we learn a little more about Dani and find out how he got started and what makes him the photographer he is today.

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I see that five years ago, photography was really never an interest to you. From graduating with a degree in business administration and now known for your signature style photographs. How did this happen?

I never really had any direction when applying to businesses school, it was just something I chose to do since I knew it could lead to many different paths. I was fascinated by the technical side of cameras which sparked an interest. One thing leads to the next and I now do photography for a living.

I believe that you take your critics and fans very seriously. They have played a vital role in shaping you as a photographer. Can you please throw some more light on this?

I’m a big believer that I was not born talented in taking portraits. I owe a lot of my style to those that commented on my work when I was starting out. If I saw people responded well to specific details of my work, I made sure to implement them in future work. This helped mold the signature style I have today.

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After having moved to photography, have you ever have had second thoughts?

Yes, all the time. Photography is a very saturated field since anyone can buy a camera and become a photographer easily. With the right connections, anyone can land any job. We see celebrities deciding they are photographers all the time and shooting big brands. This scares me, unlike being a doctor I have no guarantee that I will have a job in 10 years from now. However, I’m stuck right now in a place where I love my job and making a comfortable living to provide for my family so going out and finding a different job is not too appealing for me. None the less I do have second thoughts.

What was the first camera that you used and do you still use it?

A Nikon D90 and no I shoot with a D800 now and couldn’t be happier with the dynamic range and resolution it has.

Known for your breathtaking portraits and signature style, can you tell us how important is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects?

Believe it or not the connection I make sure the subject has with me(the camera) IS the signature look in my portraits. The colours, blurred background, clothing and retouching is all just smoke around the essence of a portrait. Without that connection, the portrait will not speak to the audience.

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What have you learned about yourself from shooting portraits?

That anyone can make themselves a peoples person and outgoing with effort. I had a very hard time growing up making conversation with strangers. It is now a pleasure for me to meet new people and instantly become friends.

How did you come up with the idea of “The Project”? I personally find it to be a super duper idea.

As mentioned above I had a hard time meeting new people and making them feel comfortable in front of the camera. To push myself to master this I looked for the hardest subjects to photograph, if I can make them feel comfortable in front of the camera, surely I can make anyone. Who is the hardest? Photographers by far. They hate being photographed. Thus the idea of The Project was born.

What are your favourite shooting locations?

Any city, I love the neutral colours.

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How do you work your magic when it comes to natural light portraiture & retouching?

Starting with a good image is key. Contrast, lighting and focus on the eyes. I walk a lot more than I shoot. I will not turn on my camera until I find the perfect light and background.

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I find the above picture absolutely stunning! Can you tell us a little about how you had set up for this portrait?

At the end of this shoot with @modelninajade as she was walking next to me I noticed perfect light and opportunity to snap a shot, it was candid. A year after I took the image I came back to it and kind of liked it so I went ahead and retouched it. I took this with a D800 and 85mm 1.4G

Would you like to say something to all the aspiring photographer who has just started photography?

Find yourself a job that will pay you well and do photography as a hobby. You will enjoy producing art more this way and live a much more stress-free life. The second money is involved you will find yourself taking jobs since it pays well rather than something you’re enjoying. Becoming a photographer is appealing until you have a mortgage, tuition, insurance and bills that force you to take jobs you have no interest in doing.

Find out more information on Dani Diamond photography tutorials & insights here!

9 Lesser-Known Ways To Market Your Photography Business

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More than technique, photography is an art. If you are starting a photography business, well, it could be bread and butter too. From how to start a photography business to how to market it to excel in the field, there’s a lot of homework to do. In order to attract potential clients, homework is crucial for professional photographers. But if you have one your research and are geared up for starting your own photography business, you’ve already come half way. Feel free to rely on us for the second half, the marketing part! Here are 9 lesser-known but highly effective ways to help your marketing photography business like a pro.

1. Photo Blogs

It’s great if you have a portfolio website but blogging never goes in vain. Build a feed of the best of your shots. The ones you want people to see.  You can also follow some prominent photographers and see how they do it. Be regular by posting new photographs of the projects you’re working on. It is quite similar to how you maintain your social media. The difference is that here you can even gain followers. And you never know your followers may turn up to be your clients.  Writing blogs on your portfolio website is another good way to build your reach.

2. Get  photographs published in Magazines

It’s no rocket science to figure out that a photograph published in an industry leading magazine builds credibility and gives a huge exposure to a photographer. But it’s not easy!  For some it could be sheer luck but for some it’s a lot of work. The first step towards getting a photograph published in a magazine is to find out some of the leading magazines in

For instance, if you’re a wedding photographer, the following magazines would offer a huge exposure-

  • Premier Bride
  • Wedding Style
  • The Knot Magazine
  • Wedding Affair
  • Asiana

However, for a travel or wildlife photographer magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Outlook Traveller, Travel+Leisure, Lonely Planet among others would make suitable options. If you’re not a commissioned photographer for these magazines there’s a little chance that your photographs would be published, but keep at it.  So get your best photographs out and send them to the respective editors of these magazines.

If fashion and lifestyle are your things, keep reading Vogue, Elle, Verve, Instyle, and Cosmopolitan and you may find opportunities to get published in these magazines.   Also, don’t forget to take part in photography contests and competitions conducted by photography associations and even magazines.

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3. Exhibitions

Flaunt what you’ve got. Why not? Begin from group exhibitions at local art galleries or any other venue that suits you. Once you experience it and feel like doing bigger, go for solo exhibitions. You can meet numerous people at exhibitions, which, surely, would help you grow your business and your marketing photography business network this way. You can also get your favorite photographs framed and hang them in your studio. A picture speaks better than words, after all!

4. Networking

Success won’t come overnight. Wait for it! Rather, work for it! Networking is important for all kinds of businesses.  If you know just a handful of people how would you work with others? In order to expand the business, a good network is needed. You often have to walk up to the strangers and talk. An interpersonal communication, after all, is way better than mass communication. It would get you instant feedback and response without long wait. Get to know them and build good relationships with people. Have patience and give them some time. Don’t be clingy, too. Look, approach and act like a professional.

Where to network?

Attend photo walks: Always join your friends, colleagues and mentors for local photo walks. It helps you meet new people, discover new places and again, build network. You may also learn something new during the process. Nobody, never is too old to learn.Participant in events: Events like fests, fashion show, fairs are not meant to be missed. Move out with your cam-buddy (camera) and look for the opportunities. Yes, you have to make efforts. Take lead if any bride-to-be seems interested or anyone is planning a family-shoot.

Participant in events: Events like fests, fashion show, fairs are not meant to be missed. Move out with your cam-buddy (camera) and look for the opportunities. Yes, you have to make efforts. Take lead if any bride-to-be seems interested or anyone is planning a family shoot.
Get out of your comfort zone: In this business, you can’t afford being shy or uncomfortable in walking up to people and starting a warm conversation. Confidence is the key.

Exchange business card: Always keep your business card handy. Have this habit of offering your card after a healthy conversation. And they seem interested, ask for theirs, too. Do not forget to add portfolio website address on your card, if you got one!

How to network at a photography event

Plan: Always plan how and what are you going to do say/ show to the concerned person. Look on how to be presentable and organised.

Prepare: Prepare a day in advance. Keep your camera charged. Keeping an extra battery for back-up is always a good idea. You never know when you need to look through that lens. Make sure you don’t run out of business cards.

Execute: Dress well and look neat. These things impact the communication before it even starts. Be friendly and nice while talking. And by the end of conversation you ought to analyse if the person is your target customer.

Follow-up: Text or mail them already saying you look forward to working with them.

Stay in touch: Even if your project is over, keep in touch and let them know you would love to work with them again.

5. Personalized  messages

Every time you deliver customer’s photographs, leave a handwritten card along with something as simple as ‘you look beautiful’ or ‘you look good together’ or ‘I am unable to get my eyes off’ written on it. In between shoot and delivery too, you can mail them saying you’re already working for their beautiful pictures and would be handing them over soon. Make a note of their birthdays/ anniversaries and send personalized cards or just their photograph which you must store on your hard disk. One small print doesn’t cost a bomb and congratulations already; they are going to appreciate you for this effort.

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6. Festive/ holiday offers

Now this one is kind of obvious when it comes to marketing. Give special offers on festivals and holidays. This is the time people spend with their friends and families so they would want to get clicked. But remember, if there’s rise in demand of photographers, there also is chance they would want the best professional. Best in both, the business and fees! So give some offers or coupons and grab more clients.
Pre-marketing: Make a list of days you are occupied and for the remaining days, advertise in advance and declare your availability. Post on social media and try to gain customers.
Post-marketing: Flaunt your social media with best festival shots. This may help you next year, too.

7. Build Social media

Need we tell this is the easiest and pocket-friendly marketing tool? Even if you are not much into social media buzz, bring it in practice for the sake your business. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, don’t leave anything. Don’t use it just to showcase your pictures, be a watchdog instead. Keep updating and stay updated. Know what sells and work accordingly. If needed, don’t hesitate in re-designing your price chart, props and locations. Always have eyes on what’s in because no one wants to spend bucks on an old-school photographer. Post pictures or content at least thrice a week. We repeat, at least! Try to engage the audience by asking for their feedback in the comment section. Be humble and learn to accept criticism as well. Also, be careful not to bug people off by being too pushy.

Also, take note of what and where you are posting. Like, avoid posting landscapes on Instagram or making it Display Picture as you may get to crop it. You could use them well for Facebook, especially on cover. Before proceeding, do some homework for captions also.

8. Offer occasional photography workshops

On free days, when you don’t have any photo sessions to rush for, you can offer photography workshops to aspiring photographers. A lot of professional photographers turn to offer workshops after working for significant years. Even though you’re just starting out, you can contribute to these in many ways volunteering for them. This will open up networking opportunities that might lend clients.

9. Giveaways

Gifting would always boost your marketing photography business. Seek occasions to gift photographs to friends/ ex-colleagues/ relatives with your contact details on it. They surely would be impressed and might refer you to their known ones. The contact details you mention could be used further by them and get you prospective customers.

If you are looking to learn more such helpful tips on marketing photography business, head over to Pixpa.

Rohan is a Digital Marketer @Pixpa, where he helps professional photographers to build stunning portfolio websites.

Ten Photo Editing Plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop

Lightroom and Photoshop have revolutionized the photo editing world. With the ease of workflow and ability to transform images into works of art at the click of a button, many have grasped the capabilities of the Adobe editing software programs and taken full advantage. Despite the capabilities that Photoshop and Lightroom possess, there is an easier way to edit photographs for newcomers and those that just want to streamline the editing process: photo editing plugins and

Despite the capabilities that Photoshop and Lightroom possess, there is an easier way to edit photographs for newcomers and those that just want to streamline the editing process: photo editing plugins and auto photo correction software.

This article aims to review ten different auto photo correction and photo editing plugins that can be used in either Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

1. VSCO

VSCO Film revolutionized the ability to turn your iPhone photos into gorgeous film like pictures at a push of a button. Along with the world famous app that was developed by VSCO they have published photo editing plugins that can be used in Lightroom along with Adobe Camera Raw. With eight different packages and film types priced at $59 each, one will be spending their entire paycheck to hope to edit their photos to look like they came out of their parent’s camera.

Image: Vasco Photo editing plugins

Pros:

  • Most realistic film plugins on the market
  • Easy to use on Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw and iPhone
  • $15 off new Camera Profiles for VSCO Film with coupon VS0816

Cons:

  • $472 for all of the plugins (eight packages)
  • Can achieve the same look as a VSCO filter for free

2. Athentech’s Perfectly Clear Plugins

Perfectly Clear Plugins 2.0 offer a revolutionary way to edit photographs in both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Athentech’s new product boasts to “dramatically speed up your workflow with these powerful one-click plugins.”

The plugin looks at your photo and uses a system to calculate how to enhance the photo fully. This powerful algorithm that has been carefully developed makes editing photo super easy, and the same edits can be applied to a batch of photos which saves hours.

The workflow with Perfectly Clear Plugins is simple. After opening the photo in Lightroom or Photoshop, one will adjust any corrections manually. After the photo is adjusted manually, Athentech’s platform begins to enhance the photographs to a level many photographers have not achieved. With this plugin, you get 20 algorithm based one-click enhancements – 10 for corrections and 10 for beautification.

Perfectly Clear one-click exposure corrections

The ten one-click corrections that enhance your photos are:

1. Perfect exposure
2. Color vibrancy
3. Noise removal
4. Tint removal
5. Image sharpening
6. Increase depth
7. Light diffuser
8. Red eye remover
9. Real color technology
10. Dynamic range

The ten one-click corrections that beautify your photos are:

1. Perfect smooth
2. Blemish removal
3. Dark circle removal
4. Shine removal
5. Face slimming
6. Catch light
7. Eye enhance
8. Eye booster
9. Teeth whitening
10. Skin toner

Pros:

  • 20 different one-click editing commands
  • Not only correct the photo aesthetics but also corrects person in photograph
  • All of these auto photo editing plugins are only $99!
  • Available in both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Allows for you to adjust photograph manually before using the 20 one-click corrections

3. Sleeklens Complete Lightroom Collection

Sleeklens is another option for editing images in Lightroom. Sleeklens boasts “that whether you are editing Portraits, Landscapes, HDR or anything else – This Lightroom Collection has it all.”

The complete Lightroom photo editing plugins have 1,095 presets and 357 brushes for Lightroom. Along with this, Sleeklens offers numerous guides on how to edit the photos using their brushes and presets.

Pros:

  • Numerous plugins (over 1,000)
  • Brushes for different needs

Cons:

  • Hard to use (tutorials seem to be necessary to understand plugins and brushes)
  • Photographs do not seem to look any better
  • $610 for the entire package (most expensive photo-editing plugin package I could find)
  • Only able to use in Lightroom

Sleeklens photo editing plugin “Before and After”

4. Strike a Pose Workflow

Sleeklens also offers a smaller package called “Strike a Pose” that is aimed to develop the best portrait photographs through a Lightroom auto photo correction plugin. This package includes:

  • 69 portrait presets and 62 portrait brushes
  • Only compatible with Lightroom
  • Easy-to-follow guides
  • Recipe list and sample images for “inspiration”

Pros:

  • Easy to use portrait presets
  • Recipe list that helps to develop photos to full potential
  • It costs $39

Cons:

  • Only for portrait photographs
  • Can only be used in Lightroom

5. 100 Landscape Lightroom Preset

100 Premium Landscape Lightroom Presets advertises an ideal way to develop landscape photographs. With this auto photo correction platform, the company states that it will “help the professional and amateur photographer.”

Pros:

  • 100 different presets for landscapes
  • Only $26

Cons:

  • Only can really be used for landscapes
  • Published on creative live and not be a reputable company (lack of customer support)
  • Only compatible with Lightroom 4,5 and 6.

6. MCP Actions

MCP actions offers, editing tools for both Lightroom and Photoshop that are separated into different photography styles. The four editing tools that MCP actions offers are:

  • Inspiration Lightroom Presets
  • Baby Steps New Born Lightroom Presets
  • Enlighten Lightroom Presets
  • Inspire Photoshop Actions

All of these packages are priced individually although all except the Inspiration package are priced at $149.99.

The product describes states that it uses to auto photo correction in each of their plugins to develop photos through 99 set actions that include: lighting fixes, quick looks, mood rings, and custom looks that will polish the photographs.

Pros:

  • Up to 100 different auto-photo correction actions in each package
  • Develops portrait photographs in both Lightroom and Photoshop

Cons:

  • $149.99 for each of the four presets ($600 for all presets)
  • Aimed at portrait photographs and do not seem useful for landscape, cityscape, HDR or any other types of photography.

7. Totally Rad

Totally Rad offers auto-photo corrections for both Lightroom and Photoshop. The website describes the company as “a team of artists and engineers who make simple, fast and beautiful editing tools for creative photographers.”

Totally Rad offers two different photo editing plugins, five different presets and two different actions. Each are priced separately but the range of the software is between $39 for the cheapest presets to $149 for their most popular plugin called “Red Lab”

Pros:

  • Different presets, plugins and actions
  • Can use in all versions of Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Interactive website with support and learning tools

Cons:

  • Expensive if you want the whole package

8. Yellow Sky Actions

Yellow Sky Actions are auto photo correction actions that can be used on either Photoshop CS3-6 or as Lightroom presets.

The Yellow Sky states that it will “help anyone take pictures” and offers over 100 actions that help the photographer save time while making the photographs look much more beautiful.

Yellow Sky’s example photographs on their website pages tend to lean towards more of the portrait and wedding photography presets but could be used for landscape or cityscape photographs to create a moody photograph.

Pros:

  • Actions that can be used in either Lightroom or Photoshop

Cons:

  • Website seems not to be functional
  • Customer reviews stated that the customer service was unresponsive at times

9. Greater Than Gatsby

Greater Than Gatsby offers numerous photo editing plugins for Lightroom along with Photoshop auto photo correction actions. The aim of Greater Than Gatsby photo plugins and presets are more towards portrait, newborn and wedding photography.

Pros:

  • 11 Photoshop actions and 6 different Lightroom presets packages to choose from.
  • State of the art actions and presets for portrait, newborn or wedding photography.
  • Online tutorials available
  • Can save 50% if you create your own bundle
  • Can try the actions or photo editing plugins free before purchasing the packages

Cons:

  • Packages are $400 or more
  • Individual presets or actions range anywhere between $79-125
  • Actions and Plugins are only aimed at portrait, newborn or wedding photography

10. Delicious Presets

Delicious Presets are aimed to enhance the “storytellers” photographs and can be used in Lightroom and ACR.

The presets are broken down into three different packages but can be bought in a bundle for $120.

Delicious also offers auto photo correction to quicken the editing flow in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw with five different presets that focus on correcting colors, enhancing black and white, add subtle and analog tones, and vivid colors for those that want their photographs to pop.

Finally, Delicious offers a package that is aimed only at the workflow and can be used in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. This package called “Delicious Recipes” goal is to provide step by step guidance along with information and tips that will help the editing process for those photographs that edit photographs in bulk.

Pros:

  • Numerous different presets and correction along with a package that are aimed solely at creating an effective workflow for editing in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
  • Bundles are highly discounted

Cons:

  • Minimal reviews online about the packages
  • Aimed only at portrait and wedding photographers

There are hundreds of different auto photo correction software, and photo editing plugins in are the market. So how do you know which one is best for you?

This chart is aimed at comparing all of the different aspects of photo editing software’s that can be used with Lightroom or Photoshop.

Photo Editing Plugins Comparison Chart

Plugin

LR or PS or Both?

Price***

Style of Photography

Athentech’s Perfectly Clear Plugins 2.0

Both

$149

Portrait, wedding, landscape, HDR, etc., (all photo mediums)

Delicious Presets

Both

$210

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

Greater Than Gatsby

Both

$690

Portrait, wedding

MCP Actions

Both

$596

Portraits, newborns

Sleekens Complete Lightroom Collection

Lightroom

$255

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

Strike a Pose Workflow

Lightroom

$39

Portrait, wedding,

newborn

Totally Rad

Both

$150+

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

VSCO

Lightroom

$472

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

Yellow Sky Actions

Both

Unknown

Portrait, wedding, newborn

100 Landscape Lightroom Presets

Lightroom

$26

Landscape

**Price is for all of the services offered combined

Conclusion:

With so many different types of photo editing plugins, it is difficult to choose which one is the most cost effective for the style of photography you use.

From the chart above one can narrow down the different price levels, photography styles and software (Lightroom, Photoshop or Both) that are available.

Despite the many different options the one true editing plugin and auto photo correction software that stand out is the Perfectly Clear Plugin. Looking at the different aspects of photography that this plugin can be used to edit from landscape to newborn and from fashion to fine art.

Athentech’s package develops photographs regardless of the type of pictures that the photographer takes. This package should appeal to the diverse photographer that shoots different types of photos or wants to experiment with different forms.

Along with the diversification that the perfectly clear plugins allow, it boasts state of the art algorithms. These algorithms aim to help the photographer edit the photo to its highest potential and also decrease the overall editing time. This streamlines the editing process.

With the low price and ability to edit all different styles of photographs, Athentech’s Perfectly Clear Plugins 2.0 is the clear choice for Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing plugins.

 

Dave Cross Interview: Understanding & Learning Photoshop Like a Photoshop Junkie

Don’t you wish that learning Photoshop was as easy as snapping on a lens? Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock for the last 20+ years, you already know that learning Photoshop is one of the things about photography that you either enjoy completely or avoid at all costs. It’s difficult, time-consuming, and complex.

Dave Cross, a Photoshop instructor based in Florida, would agree. Learning it takes a great deal of patience, but if you were to really stick it out, the rewards could be boundless. Since 1987, he has been teaching Adobe products to photographers and other creative professionals and has taught an easy-to-understand approach to the mastering it. He’s one of most prominent — and one of our favorite — educators around.

In this interview, we asked Dave a few questions about his beginnings in Photoshop and got him to explain why using layers can make Photoshop much easier to use.

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Natalie Kita Interview: Capturing the Unique Beauty of Every Woman

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Natalie Kita, a high-end boudoir photographer based in Delaware, prefers simplicity. Putting aside conceptual projects where ideas become more important than people, Kita has carved out a sizable following for her intimate, in-the-moment shoots that emphasize the unique beauty of everyday women.

Believing that a boudoir shoot can be a “life-changing experience,” Kita goes into every shoot with a practiced understanding of how to make a client comfortable with the camera and, most importantly, with the client’s own body. In this interview, we wanted to learn a little more about Kita and find out how she got started, while also trying to uncover a few practical lessons on shooting one of the most demanding genres of photography.

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Top Ten Boudoir Photographers In New York

Boudoir photography has been around since the 1920s and though the times (and technology) have significantly changed, the cultural appreciation of a woman’s beauty has not. Originally referring to a room for sulking in, boudoir is now known as a modern day style of glamour photography that focuses on the aesthetic appeal of women.

While boudoir photography sessions are more popular than ever, a majority of women are nervous to share intimate moments with a complete stranger. So it becomes imperative to get a professional boudoir photographer if you’re planning a boudoir photo shoot. A good photographer will not only be able to help you understand how to pose for boudoir photos, he or she will also make it a point that you’re confident with the poses. You can go over the boudoir photo shoot ideas with your photographer as well as discuss what is it that you are comfortable with.

To lend a helping hand, we have compiled a list of the top 10 destinations for Boudoir Photography NYC

Along with contact information, we will also add reviews or tips from the photographers themselves. This compilation is the best of Boudoir Photography NYC and all of the following studios and photographers are highly rated and are very successful.

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Boudoir Photography Tips – How To Make Her Feel Comfortable

Boudoir photography is huge right now. There are so many women out there, who aren’t necessarily models, looking for classy, sexy photos. Boudoir photographs make a woman feel beautiful. They make her feel sensual, and they can, if taken properly give her some newfound confidence. They also make the perfect gift for her partner, so, of course, she’s going to look and feel her best!

‘Boudoir’ is of French origin, meaning a woman’s bedroom or sitting room. So it won’t come as any surprise that most boudoir photography takes place in an intimate setting like a bedroom or hotel. Or if you don’t have access to this, your own boudoir setting within your photography studio.

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Romantic, sexy, soft, sensual, and sometimes even naughty…these are all characteristics of what makes a good boudoir picture. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the game for years or you’re just starting out as a boudoir photographer, you’re probably still on the look out for some hot boudoir photography tips.

When it comes to boudoir photography tips for the budding boudoir photographer, you’ve got to remember your primary goal – make your subject feel totally at ease while capturing them in the most flattering way possible. No woman wants to be left feeling vulnerable and unattractive.

We’ve compiled some of the best boudoir photography tips there are to help you get it right from the outset. You need to know your subject well (not too well obviously) and you need to find the right poses that compliment your client’s body type.

Regardless of what people might think, boudoir photographs aren’t sleazy. They’ve been around since the early 1900s and were a favorite amongst the aristocratic women of that time. So keep it classy and shoot your subjects well.

Here are some of the best boudoir photography tips for every boudoir photographer.

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Smart Posing Tips to Capture Perfect Male Portrait Photographs

For anyone who is used to photographing females, shooting male models photos poses can be an intimidating task. The entire atmosphere on the photography set might feel different if you are about to photograph a male.

For starters, it is important to get into why this is so. And an understanding of these reasons might actually help you de-construct male models photos poses.
It is no surprise that women and men are different from each other.

When they come to be photographed, they come in with different expectation, goals and images attached to them already. The trend of the day dictates that female portrait photoshoots usually revolve more around fashion and glamour. Hence, photographing them involves focusing more on their beauty, makeup, clothes and accessories.

This might not be the case with male portrait photography. Unless the photoshoot is for a fashion label, male portrait photoshoots rarely emphasize clothing, accessories or enhanced beauty.

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“The Gods,” a series of photographs made by the Scottish photographer Ivar Wigan, takes its title from a nickname given in Atlanta to those who survive street life long enough to look back, each now a veteran of a hard-fought life. Wigan spent over eight weeks researching, meeting, befriending, and, ultimately, photographing the people of Atlanta, staying late at its strip clubs, where dancers perform without stigma, and at parties that collapsed into the morning.

As an outsider far removed from the culture’s intricacies, there was a risk of projecting bias or ignorance. Wigan refrained from photographing until he was sure he had permission. “It’s not possible to make this kind of work without developing relationships,” he told me. “To make this kind of work the artist needs to be working from within the scene he is representing.”

Wigan spoke to us over email last month.

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Lindsay Adler Interview: Bold, Fearless Portraits of Fashion & Color

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As a fashion photographer, business owner, and teacher, Lindsay Adler photography has made a brand for herself in the world. And the clearest distillation of this brand might be her line of ebooks and videos that work through the mystery of creating good images by meeting it halfway. You can teach only so much about photography, and the part of deciding when to press the trigger may be ultimately unteachable. So, instead, her videos show new photographers what part does what and by how much — as, say, a dance instructor might impress upon you when to move your feet where, giving you some idea of what it’s like to feel your body moving on beat, but never truly giving you a way to feel what all the back and forth actually means.

While shooting, Adler is firm but positive. She believes in empathizing with the person photographed. Against a trigger-happy, aggressive approach that comforts the one doing the shooting with an ever greater amount of shots, she prepares beforehand and collaborates with her team on set to minimize a sitter’s time in front of a camera. It’s her brand of creativity, photography, and teaching that has won her financial success and critical notice. And it’s why we wanted to speak with Adler about her ideas on photography.

Adler spoke to us over email last week.

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