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Monday, June 29, 2015

What Is The Secret To Taking Those Glamour Shots

I think we all stop in our track when we see a picture that just speaks to us.  It could be one single thing or part of a room, but there is something about it that just says stunning - chic - amazing.   Now those in the know call them "Glamour Shots".  It can be about fashion, but the same term is used for decor and that is what I have been trying to learn.  We have some awesome bloggers that could rival any professional with how they style and take their pictures.  Every shot they share with us is a work of art.

Simple Details shared this shot of her living room in the summer home tour.  I have studied this shot to see if I could figure out what makes it so eyecatching.  I came up with several things - - -

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

This is a shot that Monica Wants It shared.  What makes this unique --

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole cart.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

This picture came from Charming In Charlotte's tour.  Do the same things apply here ----

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

I think this picture of Tidbits & Twine's dining room has been pinned about a million time.  Do the same features apply here - --

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

Ok, now I need to learn how to stage some of my shots so I can take better pictures.   I've been trying, but I really have a long way to go.  Here are two attempts




What are the tips and tricks you've learned?

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30 comments:

  1. I think your two shots are just right. I try for those glam shots, but run into lighting issues because my house has wide porches. I keep trying though. :-). Good topic!
    Sheila

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  2. So true on the tease shots...I need to do more of those! Yours looks beautiful too Marty!
    Shelley

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  3. A suggestion for your photos, don't have the large flower arrangements centered. They 'block' the view. Move them to the right or left third of the photo.

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    1. Great suggestion. I tried that and it really does make a huge difference.

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  4. These are all beautiful shots! I think the scale of things in the first picture makes it even more spectacular. I love the large flower arrangement.

    Sometimes I find myself frustrated because a teaser is all we see and I would love to see how it fits into the scheme of things. Does that make sense? If other people are like me though, it's so much easier to take a beautiful picture of a vignette than a whole room.

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    1. I agree about the teaser shots! I want to see the room as a whole, and how the vignette fits in! Just seeing a vignette leaves me cold.

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  5. Thank you for the sweet shout out Marty! I have a LOT to learn about photography, I have used a basic point and shoot for blogging all these years and just just recently got a good camera. I love studying the composition of photos too!

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  6. Great tips! I especially like your last shot with the orchid.

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  7. Such a great, informative post, Marty. I hadn't thought about the elements, but I totally see how they come together to create a glam shot. All of the rooms are beautiful, and I love your vignettes.

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  8. Great tips Marty and I love that second shot of your's!!!!

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  9. Mary, I think you pulled out some interesting points for staging a great photo. I also think you did a good job with your coffee table shot. I want to improve my photos. I'm aiming for clearer, sharper images. I think I need a great camera. '-)

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  10. Marty, yo are well on your way to scoring a big feature! Beautiful work, now I have to hone in a bit more on mine!

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  11. Marty, Your photos are always pretty. I just can't take a decent picture for the life of me. I bought a good camera and lens and even took a photography course. I have read everything I can get my hands on about photography and still no luck.

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  12. This is a great topic, Marty. Your pictures look great, and I think the formula you hit on is a good one yo follow. I agree with a couple of the other commenters that wish a whole room shot would be included. I get frustrated if I'm looking at a home tour or room reveal and the blogger only shows vignette photos. I want to see how all of the elements fit together. Thanks for the interesting topic!

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  13. I think you are really onto something about the "tease." I am going to try that (as well as your other points) in my next blog photos! Sometimes that happens to me when I am cropping a photo for a link up and it actually occurs to me that I like the cropped photo better than the original. Thanks for sharing!
    Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere

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  14. Good points Marty. I think you've captured the technique pretty well with your photos. Thanks for the tips.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. Thanks for including one of my shots, Marty! I will admit that I take HUNDREDS of photos for every one I end up publishing online, and it is something I really strive to do well for all my major DIY/reveal/decor posts. For what it's worth, I think you take fabulous photos, and I'm happy we're blog friends. Keep up the great work! I agree with other commenters that a healthy mix of detail shots AND how those elements fit in the bigger picture are key. :)

    -Monica @ monicawantsit.com

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  16. Ditto with everything everyone has said. Your shots look great. The mix is the thing I am striving for. It sounds strange but one glamour photo after another doesn't make me come back the next day. I like seeing "real" with a touch of glamour.

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  17. This is a lot of great info, Marty!! You are right about all the elements and I never thought about it like that. Love your photos and I try all the time to take better pics. I learn a lot from YOU!!!

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  18. You broke it down for us Marty! Good job and thanks for the info. Great tips.

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  19. I think you're on to something! Your shots look great! Thanks so much for enlightening me!

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  20. Good pointers Marty! I never noticed what makes a great shot great until your mentioned it here! I have a tendency of taking pictures of the the entire space, but I think you nailed it with this one! I'm gonna try it when I share my Summer home. Thanks!

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  21. So many pretty photos and great tips Marty!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  22. Great topic! I so need to get a good camera!! Love your shots!

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  23. Great post Marty! For me it is so hard getting the right lighting to work well as I do not have a lot of good lighting. So I have to work it out as best as I can. Even with a pro camera this can be difficult. I have learned along the way when to open curtains for extra light and when not too. When to use or not use flash. Love this post though. So much insight. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  24. Thanks very much for the tips. I know I like the pics and it is from more than just the appeal of the individual items. Your clear 4 tips gave me the aha -"that's why it works". I'm inspire. Now taking room pictures both from standing and sitting positions, not only to try to get good pics but to see my rooms through new eyes, so to speak. Gail

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  25. Marty,
    Dear friend, you've "nailed" the glamour shots!!!
    I'm still a "work in progress"!!!
    One thing I do is to gaze upon what I want to photograph,
    raise the camera to my eye and focus. . .then snap.
    I h o p e I'm getting better!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  26. Neat post!

    Your pictures are amazing - only thing I would do is the left or right rule: have the focal point (in your case your amazing floral arrangements) off centered a bit to left or right, depending on what you are showing off in the background.

    Marty you get a B+ - move flowers it to left or right for A+ glamour shot to be sure.

    Another big issue is lighting for most, certainly for me. I am sincerely tired (maybe even lazy) and I ashamedly admit I don't try very hard; but I do know when I nailed it. Which lately I haven't come close - can't find the physical ability to move my photo lights. I sooooo need to show off my summer decor, I am loving it and need to share before summer is over! : - )

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  27. I was very focused at the watermelon , it seems very tasty Nice post

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  28. You are so right about off centered and teaser shots being appealing. While I do enjoy pics of entire rooms, I do like focused, vignette shots ... They provide much more detail. Thank you for sharing these tips!

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