10 Ways To Improve Your Boudoir Photography is an e-book by Ed Verosky, who is the author of various e-book’s on photography covering subjects such as lighting, portraiture and boudoir photography.
This is not a big book with hundreds of pages, however the title basically describes the contents as Ed shows you 10 ways to improve your boudoir photography.
The introduction starts with these words “boudoir photography can be one of the most rewarding types of portraiture you, as a photographer, will offer to your client. Rewarding for you, because you love to make beautiful photographs that make people happy. Rewarding for her, because it offers the chance to create images that can have a profound and positive effect on her self-image.”. I like the positive message in this e-book, which goes on to explain the value of boudoir photography and how to significantly improve your results.
Ed Verosky wrote this book with the professional and semi-professional photographer in mind and it starts with the logical assumption that you either want to start working with boudoir or you simply want to improve your understanding and approach to boudoir and your clients.
The book starts by defining boudoir as a subset of glamour photography with an emphasis on sensual, sexy and flirtatious looking poses. After establishing what boudoir photography is and what you should be aiming to produce Ed goes on to look at various points such as your subjects secret fears and motivations going in depth with the psychology behind boudoir. There is a section on communication that is worthwhile reading for any photographer who shoots models regardless of the genre.
The psychological aspect is important because most of the time you are not dealing with professional models but wives or girlfriends who may have self-image issues and or privacy concerns. Each subject will also have their own personal motivation for wanting pictures like these taken. With boudoir the subject is generally your client, so you have to get this right.
The book goes on to cover subjects such as preparing your subject for a successful shoot, including lots of tips, setting limits for the best results, dealing with wardrobe and make up, using encouragement and direction to get the most from your subject, foolproof lighting set-ups, photo retouching, the bestselling poses and more.
If you are at all interested in boudoir as a speciality or even just glamour photography in general it’s worth checking out this boudoir photography e-book.
EDIT: 2nd August – Ed has just brought out a new improved version called “Boudoir Photography: The Quick-Start Guide For Professional Photographers“. I’ll be doing a full review some time soon.