Twenty Nudes Number 12

Nude Portraits, Twenty Nudes

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.

Masked Nudes

Nude Portraits, Portfolios, Thinking About It
Two masked nudes inspired by the painting by an anonymous artist of Gabrielle d'Estrées and One of Her Sisters.
Two topless women in masks. Inspired by the painting by an anonymous artist of Gabrielle d’EstrĂ©es and One of Her Sisters.

There is something intrinsically surreal about masked nudes. Everything is  displayed but we are deprived of the one thing that enables us to identify an individual human. 

The Nude in Photography

How to Photograph Nudes, Thinking About It
Creative black and white nude

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.

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.

Nude or Naked Portraits?

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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.

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.

Studio Nudes

How to Photograph Nudes, Nude Portraits

A Quick Guide to Shooting Studio Nudes

studio nude model with camera

Producing studio nudes gives you a choice. Use a plain background, strip away the real world, and produce an image that depicts the human body only. Alternatively add props or build a setting to create an illusion. These tactics along with extensive make up are used to produce glamour images  but can also be used to produce pictures that depict the models personality.