Saturday, November 26, 2011

Glamour Photography

Semenjak dua ni, semakin tertarik dengan dunia fotografi glamour. Disini sedikit info untuk dikongsi bersama yang diambil, salin dan cetak bulat-bulat dari web ini:

What Is Glam­our Photography?

When you were a kid, do you remem­ber play­ing dress-up?  You strut­ted in too-big-for-your-feet heels, sported your mother’s cos­met­ics, and styled your hair in a man­ner that emu­lated mag­a­zine cov­ers.  You walked around the house as if you owned it.  You felt like a super­star!  Your inner con­fi­dence shone through as a kid.  When was the last time you had that feel­ing?  Do you recall the emo­tion of being con­fi­dent and allow­ing your inner celebrity to shine through?  Alter­na­tively, what about ded­i­cat­ing a full day to escape life’s stresses, con­cen­trate on you, release your inner pop star and lib­er­ate your self-empowerment glow?  Why have you waited so long to retrieve these moments of self-worth?  It is time to evoke those emo­tions, and cap­ture it on film through glam­our photography

His­tory of Glam­our Photography

Glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy started in the early 1920s.  It was mainly reserved for celebri­ties.   When these pic­tures were pub­lished, it would arouse curios­ity and ado­ra­tion from fans.  Then, when pin-up mod­els were the rage, it changed.  Glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy focused on the sen­sual side.  Pin-up mod­els revealed much more skin.  Some mod­els posed in par­tial or full nudity, tak­ing glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy into a dif­fer­ent direc­tion completely.

With the arrival of Play­boy, glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy took off.  Play­boy was the cat­a­pult of glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy.  It exhib­ited a sen­sual, play­ful side, entic­ing the viewer, leav­ing the per­son yearn­ing to see more.  It teased the reader with­out reveal­ing too much.  Today, men’s mag­a­zines, such as Maxim and GQ have per­fected glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy.  Their images define mod­ern day glam­our pho­tos.  You see images per­son­i­fy­ing old pin-up style pho­tographs or in var­i­ous set­tings with a sex­ual twist.  For instance, there is an infa­mous photo spread of cook­ing tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Rachel Ray in Maxim Mag­a­zine.  In one of the pho­tos, Rachel Ray is in a kitchen set­ting, scant­ily dressed lick­ing frost­ing off a spat­ula.   She was extremely play­ful with the pho­tographs.  She is not a super­model. She is not overt in sex­u­al­ity, yet, in this pho­to­graph, she is proof that the girl next door oozes sex­i­ness too!

Top 3 Ele­ments Defin­ing a Suc­cess­ful Glam­our Pho­to­graph: Pose, Styling and Photographer
Pos­ing is Key to a Sexy Look
Regard­ing pos­ing, look at other images you wish to emu­late.  Flip through some pop­u­lar men’s mag­a­zines.  Think about what pose would accen­tu­ate your body the best.   An expe­ri­enced glam­our pho­tog­ra­pher will be able to assist you before­hand in decid­ing what poses would be most suit­able for you, your per­son­al­ity, and the achieve­ment of the over­all results.  Con­sider what would reflect your per­son­al­ity the most.  As I men­tioned above, the Rachel Ray shoot for Maximamuses read­ers with a kitchen set­ting, for she is a chef.  Thus, think along these lines.  Con­sider what aspect of your life you would like to include in the photo shoot.  What are your hob­bies?  What would make the right state­ment for you?

Styling Brings the Vision to Life
When con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the photo ses­sion, dis­cuss with styling with your pho­tog­ra­pher.  Find out what hair­styles, make-up tech­niques, and wardrobe choices are appro­pri­ate for the look you want.  Review exam­ples of the make-up artist’s work.  Take a glance through the wardrobe consultant’s ideas.  A pro­fes­sional, suc­cess­ful glam­our pho­tog­ra­pher would be able to lis­ten to you, and project the type of image you wish to achieve and relay this effec­tively to the pro­fes­sional make-up artist and wardrobe con­sul­tant.  The pho­tog­ra­pher will be able to make the look cohe­sive ensur­ing every­one is on the same page.

Fur­ther­more, think about what emo­tions the over­all pic­ture por­trays.  For exam­ple, if you are going for some­thing soft, and sen­sual, then the make-up should appear translu­cent, the hair would be wavy and tou­sled, and the cloth­ing soft and flow­ing.  Noth­ing rigid or extreme styled for this type of photo.  How­ever, if you are going for a Var­gas pin-up inspired pho­to­graph, red lips would pop, hair would be in a fin­ger wave, and the styling would be very high, plat­form heels reflect­ing that time frame.  The clothes were nor­mally 2 pieces with lots of leg show­ing.   Search online for Var­gas pin-ups and you will see what types of styles he used in his images.

Glam­our Pho­tog­ra­pher brings it All Together
A glam­our pho­tog­ra­pher brings your vision to life.  He/she is able to inter­pret what you are try­ing to achieve and coor­di­nate the image with all the par­ties involved.  Thus, the pho­tog­ra­pher you choose needs to be able to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively.  He/she must have a clear under­stand­ing of what you wish to attain.  If not, then move on to some­one else.  Be thor­ough dur­ing your selec­tion process.  Do not choose some­one who is not on the same wave­length as you.  Find some­one who is able to deliver the work promised.

Addi­tion­ally, exam­ine how skilled the pho­tog­ra­pher is with dig­i­tal touch-ups.  Look at before and after shots.  Are the touched-up images notice­able?  Does the pho­tog­ra­pher use the lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­Shop?  Is he/she pro­fi­cient in Pho­to­Shop, and is the work com­pleted in a timely manner?

Fur­ther­more, find out what is included in the photographer’s fees.  Are you able to keep all the neg­a­tives?  What is the turn­around regard­ing the length of time it takes from the day of the photo shoot until the day you receive the fin­ished prod­uct?  All of these attrib­utes fac­tor into whether the poten­tial glam­our pho­tog­ra­pher is for you.

Being a glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy model is the ulti­mate retreat from life.  You do not have to be a super­model or a skinny size 0 fash­ion model. You do not have to do it pro­fes­sion­ally to receive the enjoy­ment of being pam­pered for the day.  Call an expe­ri­enced glam­our pho­tog­ra­pher today and find out where the pos­si­bil­i­ties lead you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Senarai Semak Bagi Bakal Pengantin Kaum Melayu 
Berikut adalah senarai semak untuk proses merisik, majlis pertunangan serta hari pernikahan. Sila cetak dan tandakan perkara yang telah anda lakukan.

Pihak lelaki yang ingin melamar dan merisik si gadis pilihan, mereka perlulah memastikan perkara-perkara berikut di bawa bersama. Antaranya ialah:
  • Cincin belah rotan. (cincin tanda)
  • Wang tanda (hantaran) 
  • Baju sepasang atau kain
  • Buah-buahan
  • Kuih-muih
  • Menentukan siapakah yang akan menjadi wakil anda. (ibu bapa atau ibu bapa saudara) 
  • Wakil pihak lelaki tersebut perlulah bertanya kepada ibu bapa si perempuan sama ada anak gadisnya itu telah mempunyai teman atau tidak.
  • Jika tidak, maka wakil pihak lelaki perlulah menyatakan hajat untuk melamar si gadis.
  • Jika ibu bapa si gadis telah bersetuju, maka cincin tanda dan lain-lain barang iringan seperti wang tanda, kain, buah-buahan dan kuih-muih diberikan.
  • Jika mereka menerima barang-barang yang diberikan, maka secara tidak langsung, si gadis telahpun bersetuju untuk melayari hidup bersama lelaki tersebut.
  • Wakil pihak lelaki berbincang tentang wang hantaran.
  • Menetapkan hari untuk melangsungkan majlis pertunangan.

  • Cincin berlian
  • Sirih junjung
  • Lain-lain hantaran (separuh dari wang hantaran, sepasang baju, buah-buahan, kasut, kek, dan lain-lain) bergantung kepada apa yang telah anda rancangkan.
  • Wakil pihak lelaki (ibu atau ibu saudara) yang akan menyarungkan cincin kepada si gadis.

  • Minta bantuan dari ahli keluarga dan sanak saudara untuk menginaikan anda.
  • Jika ingin mengenakan henna, pastikan anda telah menempah mereka yang pakar dalam hal sedemikian sebulan sebelum majlis malam berinai anda.