www.Glamour101.com, home of the Greg Price
                        Glamour Photography Workshop
"Photography is an art and models are its paint"





Q: Is there actual instruction at your workshops?
A: When I first started the workshops in 1991 I would have a Thursday night session at my studio where I would demonstrate lighting techniques and talk about any photography topic that the attendees were interested in. I discontinued the Thursday night sessions after the first or second year. I've been to some workshops that spend half the workshop talking or showing slides before you get to do any shooting. I don't want to do that. I believe in learning by doing. Besides, most of the photographers who come to my workshop have been to many of my previous workshops so it would be redundant to go over the same instructional material each time, which is why we do not usually have formal instruction during the workshop.

From time to time we would have a guest instructor at our studio workshops. In the past we have had Stephen Eastwood, a Canon Explorer of Light, a Model Mayhem Moderator, and a beauty and fashion photographer and retoucher, at a few of our workshops. Stephen is a friend of the workshop and has shot much of his portfolio at our former studio (studio was closed in December, 2013). Click here to check out his web site.

If you need assistance on how to set your camera or have questions about lighting equipment my staff and I will be happy to assist you. One of the main benefits of a workshop environment is that you can learn from each other. By watching how other photographers work with models you can start to develop a shooting style of your own.

Our workshop is team effort. Some of our team members in the past have included:

Digital Willy started attending my workshop in September, 2001, and has attended over 200 workshops. He is my official workshop photographer and has done many of the photos on individual model pages, posts a page of photos for each workshop, and has posted many individual model pages for our workshop models. He also brings special props and helps us set up theme sets for special occasions. Bill is at most of our workshops. Check out Digital Willy's web site - http://www.digitalwilly.com/workshops.html

Tom is our official electrician and workshop helper. He built the "world's largest ringlight" for us and would usually come in early on workshop Sundays to our studio and help set up the lights and do whatever else he could to make the workshop run smoothly. Since we no longer have a studio his participation has been limited.

Frank lives in Connecticut and recruits many of the models that we use at the workshop, and often gives them a ride to the workshop. Frank is also our location scout and has procured all of the locations that we have used in Connecticut and NY State. Frank has attended over 100 workshops since October, 2001.

Q: Who attends your workshops?
A: My workshop is open to photographers of all skill levels. It does not require a technical expertise in photography, just a good attitude and desire to take photos of good looking models. Most of the attendees are advanced amateurs. Professional photographers have also attended, as well as beginners. Although the workshop is open to both male and female photographers, the attendees have been overwhelmingly male - which is no surprise considering the subject matter, however, we have had more and more female photographers attend the workshop in recent years. Although most of the photographers come from the NJ-NY-PA area some have come from as far away as Calgary (Canada), the state of Washington, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. One photographer from South Carolina has been to at least 17 workshops, another one from Toronto has been to 7 workshops, and an 80 year-old photographer from NJ has been to 80 workshops. One photographer from NJ has attended about 125 workshops.

Q: Do you use male models at the workshop?
A: We have used male models on two or three occasions but we do not use them on a regular basis. When we do use male models they model with female models, not solo. We also use dog models from time to time. Check out Coco's page.

Q: Why donít you have workshops in other areas of photography?
A: In the past I have been involved with camera clubs and have given programs on special effects, shooting glass abstracts, lighting techniques, and the business of photography. I also ran studio nights at my camera club which eventually led me to start the workshops. The reason I only have glamour workshops is because it is my favorite area of photography. Also, it is the only type of workshop that attendees will come back to over and over again. Most other areas of photography are adequately covered in camera clubs, but when I started my workshop there seemed to be a void in the area of glamour photography, at least in the NJ area. This type of workshop was extremely popular in California at that time.

Q: Why do photographers come to the workshop more than once?
A: My workshops are designed to be more of a shooting opportunity than a class. You do not just learn glamour shooting techniques and then go out and shoot models. Most amateur photographers do not have access to models, especially ones who will model nude, nor to locations or professional lighting equipment. That is what we provide. Also, the workshops are fun and a good opportunity to network.

Q: What can I do with the photos I take at your workshops?
A: Models at the workshop sign a limited workshop release. This allows photographers to use photos taken at the workshop for their portfolio, and to use the photos for self-promotion, display, exhibition, and competition. Photographers may use workshop photos on their own web sites, or on portfolio hosting web sites like Model Mayhem, as part of their portfolio, but may not use them on a pay web site. You cannot use the photos for any commercial use without a full release from the model. Models are advised against signing a full release from photographers at the workshop because they are paid workshop rates, not commercial rates. If you want to use a workshop model for a commercial shoot you should make arrangements to hire her specifically for that purpose. We also schedule one-on-one private sessions at our workshops. Some of our models will sign a standard (full) release for photos taken during these sessions. For more info about model releases go here.

Q: Do you use a makeup artist at your workshop?
A: In the past I've used a makeup artists but discontinued it for two reasons: (1) It was too expensive - most photographers would prefer that I spend the extra money on another model rather than a makeup artist. (2) It took too much time away from the workshop: the makeup artist would spend up to 45 minutes with each model - time not spent modeling. Iíve found that most of the models do a pretty good job of doing their own makeup. Sometimes a model will bring her own makeup artist to the workshop.

Q: What type of camera should I use at the workshop? What about digital?
A: Most of the workshop photographers now use digital cameras. The cost of digital cameras has come down and the quality has gone up. I personally started shooting digital in early 2003 and have not gone back to film since then.  A very small number of our shooters still shoot 35mm, and a few shoot medium format. One of the nice things about digital is that you can see your results immediately. I find that I do a lot more portable flash shooting with digital than I did with film. I recommend that you bring a portable flash with you to the workshop, whether at the studio or on location.

I use an 18-55 mm zoom (on a crop sensor camera, which equals 27-82.5 mm on a film camera) for most of my glamour photography. I think that it is the ideal range for this type of shooting. I usually set my ISO at 100-200 when using studio strobe and 400 when using my portable flash or available light. I will often use 800 or higher when shooting in low light conditions. I personally set the camera for large JPG and RAW.

Q: What kind of lighting do you use at the workshops?
A: When we had our studio we used Alien Bees. They are portable and easy to use. We would use either umbrellas or soft boxes, whichever we had available at the time. We would usually activate the strobes with portable or on-camera flash. We also have an Alien Bees ringlight and a ringlight that uses 16 CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs. This ringlight gives a very unique lighting effect and doesn't require any other lighting equipment. It is suggested that you set your white balance to 2500K when you shoot with this light.

At our location workshops we mostly use available light and portable on-camera flash. Sometimes we will also use studio lighting depending on the location. It is recommended that you bring a portable flash with you to the workshop.

Q: What is the actual shooting procedure at the workshop?
A: The entire workshop is devoted to shooting. We usually have between a 2:1 to 3:1 photographer to model ratio, so you will usually be working with a small group of photographers shooting one model. You can spend as much or as little time with each model as you wish, then move on to the next one. The models will rotate through the various shooting areas throughout the day and change outfits from time to time. Models will often team up and pose with with one or more models at a time.

When you are shooting a model with studio lighting the usual procedure is for one photographer to count 3-2-1 so that the model knows where to look, then shoot, then the next photographer, etc. The model will look at each photographer in turn. You must wait about 2 seconds between each shot so that the studio strobes have time to recycle and do not overheat.