Writing With Light

How to Photograph Nudes, Lighting

The word photography means painting, drawing or writing with light. It is impossible to make a photograph without light and the direction, intensity and quality of the light falling on and then reflected by our subject is what creates our images.

Nudes – A Different Point of View

Thinking About Nude Photography
nudes a different point of view

Millions of photos are taken from about five feet eight inches (1.75 m) above the ground because that’s the average persons eye line. Whether photographing fine art nudes, boudoir or glamour nudes it pays to look for a different point of view.

Twenty Nudes Number 16

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16. Emily

Emily was a talented nude figure model. She appeared on several Silvermoon book covers and in the Scrapyard Girls calendars. She always showed up at my studio in jeans and trainers so I included them in her portraits.

Twenty Nudes Number 12

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12. Fiona

Twenty nude portraits of women that reflect their personality and lifestyle. Many of the images have been pulled from my archives and have been re-edited. When I did several shoots with the subject they have been grouped into a set . A new post featuring a different sitter will appear each week

Nude gymnast

Fiona had been turned down by several other photographs because of her disability.

Twenty Nudes Number 11

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11. Crystal

Number five in the series of twenty nude portraits of women  that reflect their personality and lifestyle. A new post featuring a different sitter will appear each week

Creative nude portrait

The Nude in Photography

Thinking About Nude Photography

The nude female form elicits a number of, sometimes conflicting, potential responses from the viewer of an artwork. It can be seen as the depiction of a human being as a sex object, an anonymous manifestation of beauty or the nudity can be used to foreground aspects or themes within the picture. The most common criticism levelled at photography is that it simply imitates another art form.

Twenty Nudes Number 8

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8. Tanya

Twenty nude portraits of women that reflect their personality and lifestyle. Many of the images have been pulled from my archives and have been re-edited. When I did several shoots with the subject they have been grouped into a set . A new post featuring a different sitter will appear each week.

One Model – One Light

How to Photograph Nudes, Lighting, Nude Portraits

Nude Photography with one light (and one model)

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.

The Concept – Take Better Photographs of Nudes

Thinking About Nude Photography

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.