Photography Modelling Guide

Glamour Photography, How to Photograph Nudes, Modelling

Part 1 Pre-Shoot Communication For models (and photographers)

Working with experienced and inexperienced models is fun but there are a lot of pitfalls. Here’s how to avoid them. The key to a successful shoot is communication. So what do we photographers say? What do models want to know?

Slightly Strange

Nude Portraits, Portfolios, Twenty Nudes
The Thatcher Years from a collection of slightly strange surreal female nude photographs
The Thatcher Years

A collection of surreal female nude photographs that are slightly strange

One Model – One Light

How to Photograph Nudes, 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.

Location nude woman in woods

Photographing Location Nudes – Woods

How to Photograph Nudes, Modelling

If you go down to the woods today.

nude in woodland stream

Photographing location nudes is always challenging (and fun) but does need a certain amount of planning. Ideally you will be working with a model that you are familiar with and in a location that you have visited regularly. That way you’ll be prepared for the idiosyncrasies of both. Some models that I work with are downright blasé about public nudity and  would happily walk naked through the centre of town. I am continually looking over my shoulder for the blue flashing lights. Others can be embarrassed by a bloke and his dog appearing when they are fully dressed, but both need to feel relaxed.

artistic colour nude

Photographing Nudes on Location – Deserted Buildings

How to Photograph Nudes

Location Nudes – Deserted Buildings

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 location nudes you can capture whatever you want. This is about interpreting an idea to create an interesting image

Reclining nude woman in black and white

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.

Personal Space Nude portraits of women at home

Personal Space -Black and white nude portraits of women at home

Nude Portraits, Personal Space Nudes, Portfolios

Personal space is a collection of nude portraits of women at home in their environment. They are surrounded by treasured possessions and sometimes the detritus of real life. Stripping away clothing means the viewer only has the surroundings from which to glean information about the subject.

Model Weather – The Hazards of Location Photography

How to Photograph Nudes, Modelling, Out Takes
model on location
Location Photography

Having finally taken the plunge and given up my studio, there seemed no other way to get me out of its cozy confines I booked model Meg for a location photography shoot.