I have always been a fan of the Victorian and Edwardian style of portraits and nudes. Apart from the techniques and the almost exclusive use of daylight illumination they seem to have a cheekiness and risqué feeling .
Improve your nude and glamour photographs by being aware of composition. Composing nude photographs is no more difficult than other subjects.
The basics are explained in Beginners Guide to Photography Composition. This article looks at their application to the nude.
The word photography means painting, drawing or writing with light. It is impossible to make a photograph without light. The quality of your nude photography lighting depends on three things, the direction, intensity and quality of the light falling on and then reflected by your subject.
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.
It is easy to take better nude photographs. Anyone, even the best at something, can always get better at it. All you have to do is acquire more knowledge, practice, and maybe have a bit of inspiration.
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.
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.