Matt Laur , Jun 26, 2008; 08:07 a.m.
Not my specialty, to say the least. But I've always thought this way: high fashion is about showing the clothing (or
the setting, or atmosphere, or other showcased accessories, or hair, etc, to their best advantage). Glamour is about
the person doing the posing. While that doesn't speak in practical terms about the differences between one arm
placement or chin position and the next, it dictates what it is that's important as lighting and posing is considered.
As with most any deliberate photographic process, it's all about being able to answer one question: "Why am I taking this picture?" It all trickles down from there. High fashion is about ... the fashion. Glamour is about (usually) the woman. It's simple enough, as one looks through the viewfinder, to ask: "Is the way the model is arching her back makeing the most of the dress, for the sake of the dress ... or is it making the most of her bust?" Not that those two things (so to speak) are mutually exclusive. But I can see how being vigilant about asking those questions throughout every moment of the shoot would be one of the things that differentiates a skilled fashion photographer from someone who is more green.