A bunch of people have asked, "Hey Jimmy! When's the ebook done?" Thought I might give and update.
Basically, "Guerrilla Glamour" is complete although I have some work yet to do on it. I still need to make the cover, an index or list of contents, and go through it a few more times proofing for typos, doing a few minor rewrites, and fixing other things. (Editing: The least fun part of this project.) I also need to put up a small site to pimp it and put together whatever marketing graphics and text will be on that site. This has been more work than I imagined!
The PDF ebook will come in at about 100 pages contained in 9 chapters plus a Forward, an Introduction, and a Conclusion. There's lots of pictures to go along with the text, many of them behind-the-scenes pics showing the lighting setups. (I knew there was a reason I've been shooting those images, although I didn't know what that reason was at the time.)
I've taken a different approach with this project than many others like it. Most ebooks on the subject are very "How To." Guerrilla Glamour is more "Way To" if that makes sense. I know that sounds like semantics but, at least in my mind, there's a difference between "how" to do something and a "way" to do something. Whether that was a smart thing to do or not only time (and sales) will tell. Here, let me post a very short excerpt from the book's "Forward" that might explain it a bit better... or not:
"The concept of simplicity, or not multiplying difficulty beyond necessity, is the underlying theme of this Guerrilla Glamour ebook. By the way, when you resist multiplying difficulty beyond necessity, you give Murphy's Law fewer opportunities to assert itself.
Here's what Guerrilla Glamour is not: It's not about learning to shoot photos that look like mine. While I believe there's a worthwhile place for photography "How To" books that take that approach, i.e., books that teach its readers to mimic the work of their authors, this isn't one of them. Many books take that approach: Some good, some not-so.
Also, Guerrilla Glamour is less a "How To" book and more a "Way To" book. In writing it, I've tried to provide information, suggesting tools, methods, and techniques, that will yield great results while still allowing you, make that encouraging you, to develop your own style, stay true to your personal vision, spend less time dickering with your equipment and more time focusing on your model while imagining creative ways to capture her.
In a nutshell, Guerrilla Glamour is about helping glam shooters, at varying points along the learning curve, simplify their production and post-production processes: Be it with their tools and gear, how they use them, as well as their overall approach to the work.
The hopeful goal and end results are glamour photographers focused more on their models, more on the creative stuff, and less on the processes and technical concerns and, in so doing, capturing better photos of gorgeous women.
In simpler words: Keep it simple stupid."
While you're waiting for my ebook to be released and if you have an appetite for learning, why don't you give Ashley Karyl's, "How to Photograph Nudes Like a Professional," or Ed Veroskey's "100% Reliable Flash Photography" or his "10 Ways to Improve Your Boudoir Photography Now" a shot? They're great ebooks jam-packed with plenty of useful info for improving your nude, boudoir, or flash photography!
The pretty girl at the top, perched on the table, is Brea from a few years ago snapped on a Playboy/Club Jenna shoot. She's my idea of "fine dining."