Whether you’re looking for a fun and pretty photobooth addition or you want to add some drama to your outdoor evening photos, sparkly lights can help you create that look.
You can decide what style you want – I like the above for indoor where you use a rod and hang it curtain style.
During your career as a photographer working with people, if you manage to successfully transition from doing this as a hobby to becoming a pro, you will be approached by couples quite often. Sometimes, pregnant mothers want to contract a photographer to help them immortalize their new bodies in a beautiful light.
When photographing bodies in a delicate and non-overtly erotic manner, the play of lights and shadows can be your friend. Brushing up on your people skills to make sure your subjects are relaxed enough to pose and to also prevent their exhaustion is an important part of any kind of photography work, but in the case of boudoir photography, perhaps it is even more so. If you manage to tactfully find out what areas of their bodies your clients are comfortable with and what areas they would like concealed, you can use this as a guide. The decor is very important in couple’s boudoir photography, as it will set the whole feeling for the entire series of photos. If you manage to apply these few ideas for couples’ boudoir photography, your clients should feel very happy with both the shooting experience and the results of your work, and your reputation as a reliable photographer will have nothing but to gain from it.
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Option 1: Spending a few hundred euros taking our instruments to a professional photographer.
I knew that I would probably never reach that level of quality, but that picture did set the benchmark for me: I wanted to make something at least approximate to that astonishing clarity and level of detail. The camera’s resolution was only one variable contributing to the disaster: there were a lot of things I was leaving out.
Regarding the finish itself, you can use wax, swirl removers, or other product of your choice – I recommend those produced by 3M. Also, having a helping hand is important, perhaps someone to hold the instrument in position for particular pictures or to help you move things around.
Be sure that you will work in a place with a proper electrical installation, with thermal switches, circuit breakers, etc.
There are many correct ways of taking good pictures; this is only a practical one, not necessarily the absolute best. 1)Set the priority mode to “Aperture.” In most cameras, this is indicated in a wheel (commonly on the left side of the camera) with an “A” or with an “Av” sign. Less DOF =lLower “f” number = less things into focus = only the central detail looks sharp = the farther the other details are from the primary subject of the photo, the more blurred they come up. The overexposure diffuminates the background (putting us closer to the results we were set out to produce), but it also sheds too much light on the instrument. With an overexposure = +2.0 the background is white (as we wanted), but the instrument looks too bright.
1) Spot metering, prioritizing the light on the very center of the picture (good a backlit subject against a sunset, for example). 2) Partial metering, prioritizing about 60 percent of the scene around the center (in order to counterbalance a strong back lighting, for example). 3) An “overall metering,” which senses the lighting conditions in the whole field of the picture. In the overall metering mode (also called “matrix” or “multi-zone” metering), the camera will take as reference the average lighting on the whole instrument.
With a little practice we can approximate professional results, as shown in this picture; it was taken according to the instructions to be presented in this series of articles.
After you get familiar how to make a good photos of your instruments now let’s see how to set up a home studio for very little money. I could have used the table to place the instruments on, but I decided to go for the floor so I could use the table’s legs as  a supporting structure for the background and the lighting, as shown in the next picture.
A really practical solution would have been using one of those IKEA rolling blinds (the model “Isdans” or similar): no wrinkles, almost no texture, easy to store. The benchmark: this professional picture of one of my instruments has the precise style I wanted to emulate. As explained  earlier, the intention was to reproduce the style and quality of a picture taken by a real professional.
The result: eventually I obtained a picture like this one, which is maybe not as good as the professional one, but it is an acceptable first try.
I used cloth gloves to move the instrument around, in order to avoid leaving fingerprints on the guitar. Sign up for news from vintageandrare, get special featured product offers, industry insights and find vintage instruments. In essence we are a gateway to vintage, rare and hand & custom built musical equipment, an easy-to-use tool and internet resource for dealers, builders, buyers and enthusiasts.
They’re easy to find, affordable (around $8 on amazon!) and a breeze to use when creating your design. When two people feel happy together, when they are at the beginning or when they have simply reached a new relationship milestone, it is quite often that they want to celebrate that feeling by commissioning a series of couple photography.
It is a way for them to feel beautiful at a time when their bodies are going through miraculous and tremendous change, and you need to be highly imaginative as a photographer to be able to capture the exact angle that will produce a suitable photo. In the example above, the shadows help make the photo not too explicit, while the lights make the contours stand out in an alluring way.

A person’s body is the thing they often are the most self-conscious about, and it is your job to make them feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
If there isn’t anything to be concealed for this reason, then just try to follow this rule of revealing something and concealing something else, in order to make sure the final result is tasteful and just slightly erotic. As much of a cliche as it sounds, focus on the feeling of the overall setting than on the bodies per se. Not only will this feeling be visible to the viewer of the photos, but the subjects themselves must be successfully be immersed in it to relax properly and glow. Being a heart transplant recipient I am always looking for ways to incorporate that into my work. Do not dream of obtaining a remotely acceptable photo with your smartphone or with a 1 megapixel camera. If you look at the picture in full resolution, you can magnify the frets and actually see things reflected on them!
A good picture would tempt the viewer to reach into their computer screen and grab the instrument and play something, so at least perform a quick setup—a “cosmetic” one.
You can always use Photoshop to eliminate fingerprints, dust specks, and dirty spots, but I have found that a microfiber cloth works much better than software and saves you a lot of time. Work in a room big enough to contain the elements you are going to use, allowing you to move around without stepping on things. It is going to be full of cables, delicate equipment (tripods are not as stable as they look), and things running on electricity.
Set the depth of field (DOF from now on) to “f16,” or even higher, like “f22.” The higher the “f” number, the deeper DOF the pictures will have. The “ISO” (formerly known as “ASA ”) tells you about the camera’s degree of sensitivity to light. The camera will try to balance the colors in the picture to avoid extreme contrasts, causing the white background to look grayish. Metering refers to the mode in which the camera measures the light in the scene in order to balance the light of the resulting picture in different ways. The secret: A (reasonably) good camera, correct settings, the best possible lighting setup, a little help of retouching software and a nice dose of patience (photo by the author). Remember, I am not a professional photographer, just a luthier who wants to take good pictures of his instruments. So, if we want to the pictures of our products to stand out and have an impact we need to make damn sure they are good.
It is a cotton cloth (in my case, 160cm x 250cm – about 5 x 8 feet), with “a texture that helps diffuminate shadows” according to the description. You can also use white paper, but I found it difficult to find a sheet of paper big enough to serve as a background for a 120cm (4ft.) long bass. Another thing you could use as a background is a transparent sheet (made of plexiglas, or acrylic) resting on the cloth. In particular, I used a professional photograph of one of my basses as a benchmark (see picture of the black bass).
Despite my fundamental ignorance on the subject, I have come to understand that good photography is more about good lighting than about expensive equipment.
Note the deliberate refletions in the instrument face, obtained with a diffusor and a black piece of cloth.
To keep the instrument in position, I placed one of my dog’s plush toys under the body of the instrument — he was not happy about that, but it worked. Background, lights, and guitar are ready (my dog is making sure that everything has been set up properly). But on that note, you shouldn’t be surprised that sometimes they want to try couples boudoir photography, since it’s one of the most popular commercial trends of the present. The final result must be neither too revealing or overtly sexy, nor too abstract, as if you don’t want to show the body at all, nor focusing entirely on the belly.
Tasteful boudoir photography can be easily achieved through light and shadow play, so it’s a trick you should keep in mind for every such photo shoot.
They must feel so throughout the photo shoot, and the results have to make them feel beautiful.
In couple’s boudoir photography, you have to deliver a result which will make your clients happy with their decision of posing for you even after a long while has passed. This setting includes not only the objects in the room, but also the way you choose to frame the image you want to capture.
This article is aimed at helping us with the first steps into product photography — more specifically, photos of guitars. If you don’t happen to own a good camera (of at least a semi-pro quality) you can borrow one from a friend, or maybe rent one. This was my first attempt — wrong camera settings, wrong studio setting, wrong lighting, wrongbackground, no retouch. Depending on the kind of lights you are using, the temperature can go up very quickly, so be sure that the place is properly ventilated. They can ignite or melt all kind of plastics, papers, fabrics, and other materials placed close enough (guitar finishes too). A high “f” number means more things will come into focus, not only the central part of the picture. In the old days of photography on film, a 100 ISOs film would take clear and detailed pictures, but it needed better lighting conditions.

That has a deleterious effect, for instance, for chatoyancy — the optical reflectance effect seen in certain violin backs. This can be corrected from the camera itself (which I didn’t try to do) or more simply, again, by using software later on (Lightroom or Photoshop), when the white balance can be set with just a couple of mouse clicks instead of navigating the menus of the camera. If you want to “isolate” a particular detail (leaving the surroundings more dark), go ahead and try the other metering modes.
The Internet, cell phones with cameras, social networks all have made it easier to stay in touch but harder to stand out. If we want to stand apart from our competition we better make sure they are as good, as cost effective and as professional as the can possibly be. A professional picture would surely be taken with a backdrop background.  I think the best backdrops are the paper rolls like you find in all professional photo studios. That photo was taken by Dieter Stork, a recognized German photographer specialized in musical instruments.
As the lights are continuously on, you can see a preview of the result on your camera’s screen and make adjustments before shooting. I didn’t have those at hand, but they are better than the incandescent bulbs for two reasons: lower consumption and lower temperature. I did that by aligning the lamp angle (while the lamp is off and cold, of course) and the umbrella’s stick. The good news is that if you get this right, your client will love it, and you will add a very desirable niche to your portfolio. Perhaps a talk with your subjects about the body parts they feel most self-conscious about or the body parts which they are proud of and would like to bring into focus can prove itself useful, if you are as tactful about it a possible. The static electricity generated by the friction of the cloth will attract them like a magnet. Having someone looking over your shoulder, making suggestions, or correcting you all the time can be pretty annoying.
The lights must absolutely be used mounted on their corresponding stand, never directly leaning on top of other things like tables, books, etc.
If you wanted to take photos in a darker environment (an indoor party at night, for example) you would choose a 400 ISOs film.
My experience is it is better to shoot the pictures without overexposing them and use the software to correct the background later on, during the retouching phase.
The shutter (the device in the camera that regulates the amount of light that will impact the camera sensor) will have to stay open longer in order to allow enough light to pass. That is what I tried to achieve in the picture above (which has of course been retouched — this also serves as a preview of the kind of result we are aiming at). The quality of the picture I took is not quite as high as the professional one, but it is not a bad try for a newbie. The umbrella is held in position by the support that came with it, which is attached to the lamp support. To prepare a bit for the time when you’ll receive a request like this, here are 5 sensible ideas for couples’ boudoir photography to achieve the ideal balance between enticing and tasteful.
To photograph a night starry sky, for example (incredibly low amounts of light), you would use a film with an ISO in the thousands.
Even if online pictures have a relatively low resolution (72 ppi [pixels per inch], a detail fine enough for most computer monitors), for printed media, a resolution of at least 300 ppi is necessary.
There are different types of lamps and supports and you will have to use some ingenuity when setting everything up.
High ISO films would work much better in the dark, but the “grain” of the picture would be much coarser: the higher sensitivity of the film was achieved by means of larger photo-reactive particles on it, implying a lower resolution.
However, the texture of the textile, the wrinkles, and its less-than-perfect white color means it needs to be edited using retouching software. Don’t forget to buy a few spare filaments for them (they burn or break fast, but are really cheap). By using these umbrellas, the strong light coming from the lamps gets diffused, instead of acting as spotlights. Note that the power board is out of the way (down and to the left in both pictures): I could move the lights around and have easy access to the instrument without getting my feet wrapped up in cables.
That way I was not constantly repositioning the lights and the camera (trying to remember how they where, etc), but just the guitars. With these settings, you get the higher detail but cannot shoot holding your camera in your hands. However, even if the white cloth got photoshopped out in the end, it provided a good contrast to my guitars in order to work more accurately on the retouching later on. This eliminates hard shadows and creates an ambience filled with a more distributed light and therefore softer shadows.
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