Glamour in your Lens

"A Commonsense Guide to Attractive Photography"

by James Macgregor
published by Focal Press, LTD, London 1958

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front cover
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"THIS IS glamour photography--but with a difference. Books on glamour photography seldom show consideration for the average amateur. In this book, James Macgregor takes him not to expensive professional models and exotic skies, but to any place where the sun may or may not shine, and some potential glamour girl is bound to live next door. Above all a realist, he tells sensibly and decently how to find the right models, how to approach them without giving offence, how to keep them interested in modelling and photograph them glamorously. This book proves and shows what anyone can do anywhere with a camera and a pretty girl. And its many brilliant photographs make it looking as well as good reading."

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Camera for Glamour

Which Camera?
Other Essentials
Make it Automatic

How to Get Models

Inspiring Confidence
The Right Approach
Familiar Ground

Sun, Sand and a Girl

Be Sure
Outwitting Self-Consciousness
Easy Poses First
Planning Ahead
More Difficult Poses
How Many Shots
Have Patience
Types of Pictures

Taking Stock of Results

The Technical Aspect
Focus and Shutter Speed
Some Don'ts
Texture
The Model's Aspect
Modelling
Those Awkward Poses
Costume

Back to the Beach

Changes of Clothes
Action Shots
Blur
Using Distortion
In the Water
Another Model
Suit Poses to Model

The Weather

Warm and Sunny
Warm but Not Sunny
Raining
Dull Days
Wind and Snow
Time of Day

What to do in Winter

Available Light
Studio Technique
Illumination
One Lamp
Two Lamps
Where to Place Them
Three or Four Lamps
Proportion Counts
The Spotlight
Fitting Up a Studio
Lighting Equipment
Props and Accessories

The Real Studio Session

Trial and Error
Unexpected Snags
Reminder about Lights
A Variety of Poses
Keep Her Happy
Second Session
Kneeling Poses
Low Key
Bizarre Effects
Softer Lighting
Assessing Results

Must I Have a Beach?

The Swimming Pool
The River
In the Garden
Faking a Beach
Unusual Effects
Finding Locations
Costume
Making the Best of It
Costume and Legs
One Thing at a Time
Bikinis
Straps or Strapless?
Colour in Black-and-White
Details to Watch
Lingerie
Using Props

Getting the Most from Your Film

Focus
Exposure
Against the Light
Contrast
Density
Processing
Printing Techniques

When You Can Pick and Choose

Try Out New Models
Enthusiasm
Vivacity
Physical Characteristics
Availability

Colour and Glamour

Exposure
Backlighting
Trust Your Eyes
Using a Meter
Incident Light Method
Latitude
Tone
Colour Schemes

Taking Glamorous Portraits

Composition
Clothes
A Natural Effect
Focus on the Face
Out of Doors

How to Make it Pay

Competition
Local Papers
News Value
Importance
Topicality
Exclusiveness
Dispatching Pictures
Pin-Ups Become News
The Calendar Market
Pin-Up Magazines
The Advertising Field
Professional Portraiture

Story of a Model

The Girl Next Door
Encouragement
An Improvement
A Different Girl

Story of a Photographer

The Lessons Learned
The Rewards
If You Want to Keep Your Models
On the Beach
Judging Prints
When There's No Beach
In the Studio