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

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

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

Photographing Nudes on Location – Deserted Buildings

Nudes on Location – Deserted Buildings

A abandoned doll lies in the corner of an empty room. Pink plastic glowing against the decay of the deserted building, a reminder of lost inhabitants.

The walls seem to hold echoes of the past. It is easy to visualise the ghosts of previous occupants wandering through their empty rooms. Maybe it takes a creative leap to see them as attractive naked women but when photographing nudes on location you can capture whatever you want. This is about interpreting an idea to create an interesting image Continue reading

Slightly Strange

A collection of female nude photographs that are slightly surreal – slightly strange.

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