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"Address[es] many of the issues presented to the glamour photographer, from basic composition to posing and lighting techniques."  —Amateur Photographer

About the Author

Rolando Gomezis a photojournalist and editorial photographer--whose partial credits include AOL/CompuServe, "Leica World," St. Martin's Press, "PARADE," "People, New York Times," and "Playboy"--and a contributing editor for "Studio."""He is a "Lighting Ma
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584281839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584281832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rolando Gomez photographed thousands of women for almost 40 years, including Playboy Playmates to American Idol Stars; carrying his cameras to 43 countries. Whether being interviewed about his Photographic Therapy--the Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem beliefs, or filming for TV, he spreads the gospel of photography.

In the past 15 years, he's conducted over 600 seminars and workshops on glamour, beauty, fashion and nude photography in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and Canada. Venues include Photo Plus Expo (NYC), Samy's Camera, Julia Dean Photo School, Photo Imaging & Design Expo in Calif., FotoFusion, Palm Beach Photographic Center plus the Universities of Texas, Virgin Islands, and Calgary.

He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication, summa cum laude from the University of Texas, San Antonio, plus trained there as a State of Texas Mediator in Conflict Resolution. The former Chief, Multimedia Production for the Air Force News Agency, Gomez was the Sept. 2006 Rangefinder cover story, Mysteries of Lighting. He's authored seven books, co-authored one, and is featured in four, including one by Marsha Collier.

In 1994 the Dept. of Defense chose him as one of the Top Five military photographers worldwide, plus awarded him the Dept. of Defense Meritorious Service Medal for documenting the Latin America drug war over 26-months. Gomez captured photos on assignment during the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Olympics, Presidential Inauguration, Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Northern Watch in Turkey and the 1994 Rwandan refugee crisis in Africa plus many more events.

Partial credits include Maloof Sports and Entertainment, Studio Photography (featured photographer, writer, and contributing editor), Parade (cover story, with Eddie Adams), People, New York Times, Stars & Stripes, Playboy, Maxim, Sports Illustrated, Airman, Soldiers, PhotoInsider, Visao (Portugal Weekly News Magazine, feature story on Photographic Therapy), PMA Daily, Rangefinder (cover story), Leica World News (feature story), Digital Imaging, St. Martin's Press, Peterson's 4-Wheel Drive, Keller Crescent Advertising Agency, Netscape.com, AOL/Time Warner, Evan Williams Bourbon, San Antonio Express News, La Prensa, South Texas Reporter, PhotoMedia, Shutterbug, Photo District News, D-Pixx (cover story, European), Zoom NL, Photographie, PROFIFTOTO, fotoMAGAZIN, FOTO-VIDEO DIGITAAL, Camera Magazine, and numerous other publications.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By GHD on January 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, there is nothing new here for photographers. No diagrams of the lighting techniques, no ideas on props; just the author showing us some examples of his work. There is one good idea of buying some shop lights from Home Depot but he doesn't even show us a picture of his setup. I was looking for a "how to" book but just got a "here's my final product" book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Focused on July 20, 2006
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The "nuts and bolts" of techniques for creating serious glamour works are presented in a clear, logical and readily understood form. As one would expect, there are images and explanations of the lighting and techniques for each from cover to cover. Of great help in making the techniques clear are photographs showing the entire setup for a given photograph. Where this is offered the author photographed the setup for the image as well as the image itself. This technique enables the reader to determine the location of primary and secondary lighting sources, the subject, and the camera with ease.

Of perhaps even greater importance are the clear explanations of the issues and elements that surround the entire subject. Model communications, the history and style changes glamour has experienced, releases and a host of related issues are presented along with their impact on your overall endeavor in this arena.

This is one book that you can pick up, read, and by applying even some of what you read, improve your photography within days.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Blomstrom on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Simply put-this is a great book in the realm of Glamour Photography. I have been a photographer for more years than I would like to admit and I found gems of wisdom on almost every page. Whether you are a novice or experienced picture taker-you will benefit from this book.

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Rolando's seminars and while I had read the book several times-I still learned more about lighting in the seminar.

Rolando Gomez has an extraordinary passion for his craft and this book draws on his years as a photo journalist and top glamour photographer. The book is weighted toward lighting and the ways to achieve the lighting effects so much used in the fashion/glamour industry.He shares many of the secrets that have made him famous.And he does it in a straight forward easy to follow dialog.

There is a small portion of the book that details how to make a glamour portrait set-up using common fluorescent bulbs found in any "Home Depot" type store-worth the price of the book alone for this "tidbit". I got to use this set-up in his seminar and it was truly an excellent tool.

You won't be disappointed in this book-the pictures are excellent, the instruction superb.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Duffy on January 9, 2007
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Save your dollars for something a little more informative, images were very 70's 80's and inanimate,pity some of the models looked as if they might photograph well too! Quite a large amount of similar images shot at the same location with an infinty pool and lots of lighting gels. Looked to be shot on an early digital camera as a lot of the images were not really up to the standard that should be. Plasticky skin etc.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lebov on December 31, 2007
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Very deceptive title for a book with no lighting setup diagrams or easy to follow descriptions. A few worthwhile tips, but essentially an extremely unrealistic approach for the average amateur. You would need a full crew of assistants and a nearly unlimited budget to accomplish what is described in this book and to what end? Because work shown is truly mediocre. Take a pass on this one.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larry S. Grant on April 5, 2008
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Not a fan of the writing style nor layout of this book. The photos are very non remarkable for the most part. The photographer describes his style in the book, it's not mine and perhaps I'm biased? But I don't think skin should be THAT yellow. There's a time and a place for flash gels but imo most of the photos in this book are way overboard, very jaundiced looking.

As for the homemade fluorescent light setup mentioned in other reviews. Unless you wish to spend time in photoshop removing the very distracting and very strange eye reflections, don't bother. The light looks...uh...fluorescent, I suppose, but not particularly soft fluorescent as there's no soft box or any other filter in front of it. With 4 catchlights in the models eyes in examples from the book I would definitely alter that plan. Plus a 4x6 hunk of plywood with a hole cut in the middle to insert your camera limits mobility drastically with such a light. It's a one trick pony and that trick isn't even that great.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Breaux on February 8, 2008
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As a long time professional photographer I feel I can always pick up something new from any book on photography I read. Unfortunately this was not the case. There were very few really top quality images in this book and they were mixed with a lot of poor images. The equipment that he used was very limiting, it was like he was pushing certain brands. Normally I would say it may be good for beginners but in this case I feel they would be lead astray. If you are going to write a book about photography every image should be of top quality, and you should explain the alternatives of the different kinds and brands of equipment available. You should explain how you are using this particular piece of equipment and why you are using it, and what effect it produces. I was so disappointed in this book I sent it back for a refund, and I have a very extensive library of photographic books, in the hundreds. Don't waste your time buying this book.
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