Photography Pointers From an Amateur Boxer: 3 Tips

Many don’t know that, in addition to taking beautiful pictures in my spare time, I am also a amateur boxer. No not a scary “I’m going to hurt you” kind of boxer. But just more of a laid back artistic fighter type.

I’ve noticed some interesting things with how boxing correlates to photography.

First and probably most importantly is that you really only get 1 chance in the ring…So be prepared. You must prepare and be ready because by the time comes for the perfect picture, if you’re not prepared, it’s going to be too late. In boxing, if you’re not prepared, you will get knocked the heck out (or at least lose handily). Similarly in photography, if you don’t have your batteries charged at all times, have your lenses prepared, and have everything in alignment, you will miss that perfect picture, as you are fumbling for the right piece of equipment.

Second, nothing is more important in photography, and boxing, than experience. I’ve seen tough young guys get beaten up pretty bad by some gentle, older, brittle, but more experienced men. Enthusiasm and zeal will only get you so far. Experience from screwing up potentially good pictures cannot be taught through words or pictures. Experience in missing the shot of a lifetime due to poor shadows or poor lighting cannot be gained from reading a book. Similarly, a boxing coach can tell a boxer to “keep his hands up” at all times. But it is only after getting knocked out once (or 4 or 5 times in my case) that a boxer really learns the importance of keeping their hands up. Youth is great in photography and boxing, but experience is much better.

The third similarity is that speed beats power in both photography and boxing. Assuming all else is equal, a fast and less powerful boxer will easily beat a stronger and slower boxer. In part because it is easier for the quicker boxer to score points. But it is also because the fast boxer can adjust to changes in his environment easier. Similarly, part of the success of a photographer depends on how fast her camera can shoot, reset, and shoot again. A camera that is even a microsecond slower than another one can cause even the best photographer to miss a priceless facial expression or a one-of-a-kind gesture.

I’m not saying that boxing and photography require the same skill-set or can even be categorized under the same hobby “family”. But if you look hard enough, you can find some interesting similarities. And photographers who do utilize these three pointers above, can be sure to shoot some amazing…ahem, ahem…knockout shots.

Glamour Photography – What Is Glamour Photography and How to Find the Best Service?

Glamour photography is a specialized field of photography. A glamour photographer specializes in photographing female subjects so that they come across as being sexually alluring. This is why some of the best glamour photography is often of female subjects who are semi-nude, which almost stops short of sexually arousing the viewer. So in essence it stops short of crossing the border into pornographic content. While there are many who specialize in glamour photography in Perth, few have the portfolio which highlights their years of experience in this field.

Glamour photography is the art of capturing a subject in a still position and highlighting the best features of her physique. In most cases the subject is a professional model and the photographs are to be used commercially i.e. calendars, magazines, pinups etc. However, there are instances where amateur subjects are used and the photos are intended for private or personal use.

In order to capture the best photographs a combination of lighting, cosmetics, and computer aided photo editing is required. This means that the glamour photographer needs to work with a team of professionals. These professionals will ideally have years of industry experience and the knack to turn every photo captured into a masterpiece.

View a photographer’s portfolio

If you want to find the best glamour photography you should start with the photographer’s portfolio. If you are hiring a photographer for a commercial photo shoot pay special attention to other commercial photo shoots done in the past. If there is a specific product or service you intend to sell via these photos then short list your prospects by eliminating ones that have not done photo shoots for similar products and services.

Industry Experience

Does the glamour photography service you are considering actually have years of industry experience? Does the service come highly recommended from others in your industry? These are all factors you need to take into account. Ideally, you should choose someone who is a well known name in the industry. The company should also be willing to work within your specified guidelines i.e. model types, lighting, etc. It is only once these are confirmed that you should move on to get a quote from the company.

Quotes and pricing

When you hire a glamour photography expert often times you’re hiring a team. A team which at the very least will consist of a makeup artist, a photographer and a visual design expert / Photoshop expert. The quotes you get will obviously be for the service you require as a whole, so keeping this in mind try to get a few competition quotes then compare the prices you are being quoted to the service’s experience and portfolio. This will help you find a rightly priced professional service.