Longing For a Full Colour Life

Longing For a Full Colour Life
She stands alone before sink and bowl
And feel the ache within her soul
The hand that once caressed her there
Now rest on arm of favourite chair

She does not mind her lovers belly
Or hours of footie watched on telly
The years have passed in shades of grey
Oh if only life had been that way

Now with hands in rubber gloves
Plunged in a bowl of Fairy's suds
She thinks about a bit of heaven
with Mr Jones at fifty seven
 

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The Piano Teacher


                          I will teach you songs
                          on ivory keys
                          as you write your music
                          in scarlet staves
                          across my skin

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Lighting – Daylight or Artificial?

Daylight or Artificial Light

Nature has given us a large, bright light source complete with some very handy diffusers (clouds) which is wonderful for lighting nude photographs. Unfortunately we have no control over when these diffusers appear and, although the sun is always shinning it reaches us with varying intensity.

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What Camera Do I Need When Shooting Creative Nudes?

What lens have you got on that?

I hate talking about gear when I am using it. As a long suffering wedding photographer I used to dread the approach of the serious looking old gentleman, scuffed brown leather cased, 50’s vintage, camera round his neck. Usually he had just been fiddling with for at least ten minutes to take one photograph of his rather overweight, and definitely bored, wife in her best hat.  I knew the inevitable question was coming.
‘What sort of lens have you got on that?’

‘That’ was usually a 6×4.5 Bronica film camera. We used to use medium format cameras because no one believed you were a pro with a 35mm SLR
My reply was often a completely genuine, ‘I don’t know.’
I could see him debating as to whether to rush off and exclaim to the bride that she had booked a complete idiot to take her wedding pictures, or whether to tell me not to be such a sarcastic bugger. Continue reading

One Model – One Light

Nude Photography with one light (and one model)

nude photography with one light
In The Heat of the Night

Keep it simple stupid is often pretty good advice. These photographs were taken in my studio with one light and one model. OK sometimes I used a reflector to lighten the shadows because the cameras dynamic range doesn’t match the human eye. What’s dynamic range? Free downloadable PDF on Exposure. Continue reading

The Concept – Take Better Photographs of Nudes

It is a common misconception that better technique will help you take  better photographs of nudes. I recently took part in a critique where a photographer put up a technically perfect but aesthetically boring picture of a nude. He commented that he had no concept or message when taking the picture but would like to do more ‘artistic’ work. I suggested that if he worked on having the former then the latter might naturally flow.

nude woman holding bananas
Forbidden Fruit

 I always try and get my students to have a concept or reason for taking a picture. This doesn’t have to be a highly intellectual artistic message which will emphasise the need for world peace. It can be as simple as documenting a walk or taking a portrait that tells the viewer something about that person. Think about a simple holiday snap. The reason for taking it may simply to provide a record of the place you visited, which is perfectly valid but, as soon as we add the idea of showing that it was really pretty, or a complete dump, what a good time we had, the people we met or even how much we drank the dynamics of our picture taking change. We are trying to produce a picture in response to our feelings about a place and convey an idea. As soon as you as a photographer start to work towards a specific theme or concept the creation process becomes much more interesting and creative. Continue reading

Nude or Naked Portraits?

These pictures are created with the help of many talented women. The finished images are a result of a collaboration between the photographer and subject rather than an imposition of a style on them. Some of the subjects are models but here you are projecting elements of their character and personality; they are part of the creative process and not merely a blank canvas on which to project my viewpoint.

Sisters Naked portraits
Sisters

Some appear in naked portraits; the art historian *Kenneth Clark defines a naked human body as exposed and vulnerable as opposed to nude which carries no uncomfortable overtone. In one sense the women in these photographs are nude as they project an image of balance and confidence. In another they are naked but they are not vulnerable or embarrassed*, they are confident in their nakedness. Continue reading

But is it Fine Art Nude Photography?

It is very difficult to separate the artistic (fine art nude photography) of the nude from the erotic and the sexual.

    When is a nude an attempt to produce a meaningful picture
and when is it merely a body displayed for erotic titillation?

Even the word artistic carries certain connotations. Many of the paintings that are now considered works of art by old masters were created for his Lordship to hang in his personal salon. In a later era it conjures up an image of a 1950s bloke in a Trilby accosting a gent with the words  ‘Oy mate – want to buy some artistic postcards?’ Continue reading

Photo Painting

More on Boudoir Photography

I’ve been experimenting with (Ok mucking about with) photo painting using  Corel Painter to convert a photo into a painting.

This is one of the first results. There’s a link to a YouTube video by Thomas Churchwell that shows you how at the bottom of the page.

Glamour potopainting using Corel Painter Essentials

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Photographing Nudes on Location – Woods

nude woman in woodland
Dryad (A Dryad is a female tree spirit from Greek mythology). Art print from digital original
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If you go down to the woods today.

Shooting location photography, especially nudes is always challenging (and fun) but does need a certain amount of planning. Continue reading