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Glamour Photography - A Basic Introduction

written by: Gustavo Lequerica-Calvo•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/9/2010

One of the most controversial genres in photography, but also one of the most popular, is Glamour Photography. It can emphasize the sex appeal of the models beyond traditional techniques. This digital photography article will provide you with a basic introduction to the world of Glamour Photography

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    What is Glamour Photography?

    In the world of professional photography, there many different genres as there are different magazines. We can think about the Panorama Photography which is one genre that it can be seen on photo magazines or architectural publications, Nature Photography which many of us have seen in the National Geographic digests, Fashion Photography and many more. Between all these genres, there are few that are controversial by the nature they can portray, such the Erotic Photography and Glamour Photography.

    Glamour Photography is one of the most widely known genres of photography around the world, it forms part of the daily advertising ads that can be seen on television, billboards, daily publications and basically all the visual media that is in the market. But the reason of controversy that lays with Glamour photos is that some people consider it a softer side of pornography, a justification to sell a product by using sensuous means, and that the publicist should think carefully before promoting a campaign with these kind of images because they are not apt for the underage population. There is one truth about all of this and that is that Glamour, even with the erotic depiction, is a form of art and it will stay since it appeals to a wide spectrum of tastes in the consumers market.

    The history of Glamour Photography started in the dawn of the 20 century, when photographers like Ruth Harriet Louise photographed celebrities of their times to improve their image with the audiences through dramatic light effects. The real boost for Glamour came on the verge of World War 2 and the boom of the pin-ups girls. To make a brief synopsis, even today we see the thematic of pin-ups girls alive with models such as Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Monroe, who was the first glamour model who achieved a celebrity status worldwide with her controversial Playboy picture.

    Producing Glamour Photos is easier today because the influence of photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, who created a revolution in the world of photography by letting the authors modify static imperfections that weren’t seen during photo sessions. Using photo editing software makes it quite simple to add light effects to make more appealing the contour of the model and with the brush option they can eliminate wrinkles and other bodily imperfections that the public don’t want to see of their luminaries.

    If you want to learn more about Glamour Photography, you can go to and check these books out that illustrate techniques and the history of these kind of photos trough the history Rolando Gomez’s Glamour Photography: Professional Techniques and Images, Lighting Techniques for Fashion and Glamour Photography, Professional Model Portfolios: A Step by Step Guide for Photographers. I want to express that these aiding materials are not for children, they are aimed at photography students, enthusiastic individuals and professional photographers who are willing to expand their knowledge of Glamour Photography.