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Hollywood Glamour Photography, Behind the Scenes with Daisy Devine

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I thought I would post some behind the scenes shots from a shoot I did a while back, in fact several years ago, with one of my favorite models, Daisy Devine. In this shoot we were going for a Joan Crawford Hollywood Glamour type shoot. We had planned it out and chose Daisy for the shoot as we felt she would portray Joan Crawford best.

In this Hollywood Glamour photo shoot, you can see me messing with the lights and snapping a couple pictures. The in the resulting images you can see what the camera is seeing. Hollywood glamour photography really isn’t as hard as people make it seem. It is a technique, but it is also a feeling, an art and a painting of sorts with light. Not painting with light like they mean in today’s terminology, but more of an artists painting as he places his lights and shadows here and there.

One secret I always tell people is to create drama with shadows, rather than flood it with light. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the resulting images, can you tell or remember which Hurrell shots these are imitating?

Enjoy…

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Hollywood Glamour Photography, Behind the Scenes

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Hollywood Glamour Photography, Behind the Scenes w/Daisy Devine

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Hollywood Glamour Photography, Behind the Scenes w/Daisy Devine

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Hollywood Glamour Photography, Behind the Scenes w/Daisy Devine

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Hollywood Glamour Photography w/Daisy Devine

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Hollywood Glamour Photography w/Daisy Devine

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Hollywood Glamour Photography w/Daisy Devine

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Hollywood Glamour Photography w/Daisy Devine

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12 Responses to “Hollywood Glamour Photography, Behind the Scenes with Daisy Devine”
  1. Paul Stevens says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this info. I am new to this style of photography but totally in love with it. I got hooked when I stumbled onto the photography of George Hurrell. I’ve been looking for other like-minded people ever since.

  2. jimbo says:

    hey larry! what a great website! very cool strolling through while listening to great gig in the sky by floyd!

  3. thiescos says:

    Hi?

    Your website is a real inspiration for me. i’m very intersted by the Film Noir look in video.
    Do you think it’s possible to have the same quality of image with shadows and contrast if i make the set up of lighting like you do for all your Glamour and film noir photography?

    • Darkman says:

      yeah I do. but it’s more of a feeling I get when things are right. You have to practice, it’s not a formula. although sometimes the lights may be the same, there’s a certain feeling, like painting you get when it’s just right.
      Larry

  4. Andy says:

    Hey Larry,
    it is a pleasure to follow your work and your inspiring pictures. Please keep on sharing some more “Behind the scenes” 🙂
    Do you think, led-video lights may obtain the same results ? there are some interesting lights from Yongnuo and I would love to try them for “Hollywood Glamour Photography”.
    And another question is, what are your settings usual ? I guess high shutter speed and aperture higher then 5.6 right ?
    Thanks a lot and have a nice Sunday.
    Andy

    • Darkman says:

      Fresnels, not LED Video lights. the lens on the fresnel is the trick…
      shutter speed and aperture are dictated by what I am trying to achieve. If I want a shallow DOF I will use a low aperture like 2.8 or 4.0.
      If I am doing something that dictates I need to let a certain amount of ambient light in, then it’s shutter speed.
      check out this post here:
      http://www.darkmansdarkroom.com/fashion-glamour-photography-lighting-diagram-and-explaination/

      This typically only applies to flash photography though. Once the strobe has fired, it’s done, then the shutter is still open so the ambient light can come in and fill in the gaps. It’s a little confusing at first, but read that post, maybe you will understand where I am coming from.
      But with the hot lights, you set the shutter and aperture to whatever works for you.

  5. What a fantastic series of photos – I love the lightning for these pictures. Great job. Gonna try it out my self – for sure 🙂

  6. Paramount bokeh says:

    Hi Darkman
    I love your tutorials and the non-condescending way you explain things, in every day language, it really helps novices understand what is going on, so thank you.

    Could you tell me what wattage fresnels you tend to use the most? Am guessing probably 500w-650w?

    Best wishes
    PB

  7. Patrick Noone says:

    That last shot’s a beauty, It seem’s me and you are obsessed with Hollywood lighting and photographers lol

  8. Andy Wilson says:

    Love your work! Lots of great ideas for a beginning photographer like myself. Keep up the awesome work. Thanks

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