Behind the scenes

For this shoot, i arranged to borrow a friend's apartment that has beautiful, diffused light as well as stunning views of Manhattan. Very little preparation was required since i intended to use only natural light, but when my model, Hercules, arrived we sat down for a while with croissants and orange juice to discuss the shoot. No matter how eager i am to get on with things, it's important to spend time answering the model's questions so that he knows what is expected of him and what the...

Gabriele Rigon Nude

Gabriele Rigon Nude

Roxanne is one of my favorite models as she has a perfect body. For this image i put her in natural surroundings and lit her with just a small softbox, very close to her body and to her right. i like this shot for the position of her body and the fall of her hair. This was a morning shot. We were deciding what kind of photographs to do that day and my model looked sc natural and beautiful that i just took out my camera anc shot this intimate image. Soft window light is bathing her body, leaving...

Adjusting tone

Monika Kubickova

The density range of a photograph refers to the range of tone from light to dark. If your images have a low density range and are looking a little thin and flat you can boost the overall contrast both in the darkroom and digitally. Dodging and burning are time-honored darkroom practices in which you lighten and darken particular areas by exposing them to less or more light. You can do this with a special tool, or with a piece of card. In the digital darkroom, you can simply use the dodge and...

Converting to black white

Photographers using black and white film will often employ color filters to enhance or soften contrasts and to alter the appearance of items in particular colors. A red filter will lighten all the red areas in an image because it absorbs all the colors except red, and it will darken the sky and give dramatic cloud contrasts a green filter will lighten foliage and alter skin tones. Once in the darkroom, it is only possible to play with the overall contrast in certain areas of the image. On the...

Color adjustments

The look and feel of a picture can be completely -4 changed by adjusting the colors. Enhancing I saturation levels gives strong, zingy colors, while desaturating them turns them into soft pastels that give a romantic feel changing or strengthening color casts allows you to create warm, cool, or neutral images. if you are shooting on film, you can achieve color casts by using filters on your lens, while image editing software allows you to alter color wherever you want to in the image. Playing...

Portfolio

Sylvie Blum Ashley

I decided I wanted to make a stylish picture of this model, so I draped some fabric around the lower half of her body rather than showing her fully exposed. We did the shoot in my outdoor studio, mixing sunlight with flash. I used an 85mm lens on my Nikon D2X. I found this bowl in a shop and it gave me the idea of doing a picture with big hair. I liked the combination of forms and also the unusual take on showing someone nude. It was taken in an outdoor studio with a mixture of natural and...

Nude Image Girl 64 Mega Pixel

Megapixel Nude

The original photograph was in sharp focus, but I used Photoshop to blur it so that the image became surreal. People expect nudes to be sharp and clear, but I wanted to challenge that and make the viewer question what is real and what is not. I asked Laura to lie on the floor and adopt some painful poses. I let her move freely and kept shooting until I had taken more than 20 rolls of film, moving with her. The interaction between photographer and model sometimes produces unexpected photographs....

Positioning the model

Model Nude

One of the first things to consider when you are taking a photograph is where in the frame you are going to position your model. Should he or she be small or large, centrally placed or to the side or even partly out of the frame Working with a tripod may help you search for the composition, especially if you want to include particular elements of the background set up your camera, and then adjust your model's position in the frame. Alternatively, you can move your camera while the model remains...

Composition perspective gallery

The Best Nude Photography All Years

This whole book is a gallery of compositions just look harmony to an image, but may be too classical for some at the images in the history section and the work of our a centrally placed model may draw the eye, or obstruct international photographers, even the page layouts it's all the connection with the environment. The best way to about composition. Of course there's no such thing as the understand what makes a successful composition is perfect composition. Following the rule of thirds will...

The shot

Phase One P45 For Sale

Throughout the shoot there was one flash head with a softbox on a boom about 10 ft 3 m above Micky my studio has a very high ceiling which gives me the ability to set my lights high, thereby reducing the contrast of light and dark. in the shot that i liked the best we had replaced the flash head inside the prop to give minimal light from below. Werner stood next to me, holding a black panel to prevent the overhead light from shining into my lens the gray paper backdrop was 13 ft 4 m wide,...

Andreas h bitesnich

Model loudly and clearly, and make sure they are happy with what you are asking them to do. it doesn't matter whether the model is a professional or an amateur what matters is that they want the same thing that you want. in my experience i find i always create the most beautiful Nationality Austrian Main working locations Austria, Germany, and italy Photographic method Digital Nationality Austrian Main working locations Austria, Germany, and italy Photographic method Digital Andreas H....

Applying filters

Most image editing software offers a huge range of filters for creating subtle, unusual, and sometimes dramatic effects. These are derived from lens filters, darkroom practices, and other art forms. Filters can be great fun to play with, but, as with most effects, they should be used in moderation, and with a clear idea of how they can enhance the image. When you find an effect you like, make a note of what you did or save it in your software program so that you can replicate it. To experiment...

Connecting with a location

Aspect Ratio For Roundness

Why bother to photograph a model on location if the place has no context in the image In Belgium we have an expression looking as a cow to a train, which perfectly describes the meaningless, disengaged expression and body language that you sometimes see when someone stands in front of a point of interest for a photograph. The easiest way to make a connection with a setting is to repeat shapes that you find in the environment, or look for elements in the environment that mirror the body's forms....

Creative retouching

Retouching Nude Bodies Photoshop

The decisions you make about retouching a photograph are very much a personal choice, but in general it's best to avoid extensive retouching that results in a model who is so perfect that he or she no longer looks real. There are some retouching steps that will invariably make an image look better, but beyond those I try to keep a natural look and only remove real flaws that detract from the image. 1 Sandra's left eye was partly closed, so I copied it into a new layer and used the transform...

Conserving your images

Kari Byron Nago

Once you have made an image you are proud of, you will want it to last. Always store films and prints in a cool, dry, acid-free environment, preferably in the dark. Prints hung on the wall should never be in direct sunlight, and the mount and barrier board at the back of the print should be of acid-free materials. if you wish to sign your pictures, use a soft pencil, rather than a pen. in the case of digital images, make backup files of your originals before postprocessing them. Standard CDs...

Cropping reframing

Sometimes, circumstances force you to take a picture with the idea of cropping it later. Just as often, you will realize later that an image could be improved by cropping. Experimenting with crops is a good exercise even if you are perfectly happy with the original image, as it helps to build your awareness of composition. The images below show three successful crops from the same image. A good way to explore crops is to cut two L shapes from cardboard and lay them on the print to form...

Adding backgrounds

Karinlauphoto

One of the advantages of digital technology is that if you lack an interesting location or attractive background for the shoot you can introduce one later on the computer. The setting has a huge impact on a subject, so it must be chosen with care. Even if it's beautiful, it won't enhance the image if it doesn't suit the model's pose or appearance. Here, the orchids emphasize her delicate skin tones and demure expression. i took this shot of Sofie against a plain white background. This made it...

Working in color

Annelie Nude

The way that you use color in an image has a strong impact on its mood and atmosphere. We tend to think of colors as warm or cold, bright or subtle, dark or light, and so on but the perception of color is not absolute since it changes according to the surrounding colors. Generally, strong colors work best with other strong colors think of a tanned model against a blue sky and turquoise sea while a soft pastel palette works well if you want to create a fragile, romantic atmosphere. When...

Locations gallery

I'm convinced that anywhere has potential as a location, and I do shoot just about everywhere. Of course, I have favorite places, but I'm always on the lookout for new opportunities. As a general rule, the more dramatic the location, the stronger its impact in the image, but wherever you are, it's important that the model and the setting don't fight for attention. It's quite a subtle thing there's a fine line between the model seeming completely detached from a location, and overacting with it....

From head to toes

Male Nude Shadow Photography

An understanding of the human body is a great asset for a nude photographer. Not just the mechanics our forms, the way we're put together, how we move, and so on but also the language of our bodies. The best way to learn is to study people, even when they are just standing doing nothing. Look especially at people's feet. For example, the pose on the left starting with the outward-pointing feet is confident and outgoing, ready to face the world. For a more intimate, introspective atmosphere the...

Stairs doorways

Nude Doorway

Almost every building has them and they provide endless scope for photographic exploration. stairs and doorways are gateways between two places, and as such are rich sources for creating intriguing visual stories. they suggest a past and a future a person on a stairway or passing through a door is leaving something behind and moving on. of course, they are very useful as purely compositional devices too. A doorway can be used to frame your model, or he or she might use the door as a prop, to...

Nudes nature

Nature Models Photography

What could be more inspiring than photographing outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of nature It's one of my favorite ways of working but there are plenty of challenges involved. it's completely different from working inside, not least because you are frequently at the mercy of the weather, so being well prepared is essential. in certain environments there will also be insects, dirt, and untamed vegetation to contend with so it won't always be a comfortable experience for your model it's...

The effects of distortion

Wide Lens Nude Photo

Distortion in an image has a great impact on the viewer especially when the subject is the human body. photographic distortion alters the original shape of an image and its effects are surprising, sometimes shocking, views of what is usually so familiar and predictable. Distortion is usually considered undesirable, but it can be used in very effective ways for example, to create intriguing bodyscapes, or to exaggerate a pose. A wide-angle lens is the ideal tool for creating distortion the...

Exploring perspective

Perspective Photography

For me, the perspective from which i am going to shoot my model is one of the most important choices because it has a direct emotional impact on the image. You can look up, look down, or position yourself at the same height as your model. Shooting upward makes the subject appear strong and confident as if you are a child looking up to an adult world. Shooting from above makes the subject seem smaller, weaker, and more vulnerable. When you shoot from an equal height you create communication and...

Sharpness blur

Nude Model And Motor

There are many factors that influence our response to a photograph. A picture will r sharpness, where the subject is sharp and the setting blurred, is achieved by using a wide different things to different people, but for me the aperture to reduce depth of field. This draws key element of an image is its emotional impact. Of course technical excellence is important too, but as a photographer you shouldn't let technical concerns restrict your creativity. One of attention to a specific area of...

Creativity with indoor light

The easiest way to be creative with light is to use what's available. You don't have to go far to find wonderful lighting opportunities all the images here were taken at my home. I'm lucky that my building has lovely old windows, but interesting plays of light can be found everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open and your imagination unfettered. Timing and mobility are important factors when you are working with ephemeral lighting conditions. The color, intensity, and direction of light...

Basic rules of composition

Diagonals For Dynamism Photography

The perfect composition doesn't exist a composition works, or doesn't, as a result of a combination of different elements. there are many rules of composition too many to include all of them here. nevertheless, a grasp of the basics will take you a long way. the rule of thirds, central placing, diagonals, converging lines, spirals, ovals, triangles, squares, and circles are often used to compose an image, and various devices are employed to draw attention to the main focus. the aim is for the...

Freezing movement

Nude Alternative Photography

In images where the movement is frozen, time seems to be standing still. it is the kind of treatment often used in sports photography, where the viewer can analyze every aspect of the movement. Unlike blurred movement, this kind of image shows you the model exactly at the moment you opened your shutter, with no ambiguity. You will need to practice releasing the shutter at the right moment to catch the movement at its climax, but once you have mastered this you will know exactly what you have...

Lighting the pose

Romantic Poses

Pose, expression, and light are the three key elements in nude photography, in fact in any people photography. When these elements support each other the images gain strength. You can either adapt your light to the pose you want to shoot, or adapt the pose and expression to the light that you have available soft light for romantic poses, hard light for drama, and so on. Look at the intensity of the light, its direction and color temperature, and experiment. Sometimes simply asking the model to...

Dressing with shadows

Laure Anne Portfolio

You can emphasize the beauty and fragility of a model's body, and add a touch of mystery, by dressing the model with shadows. Wherever there is light, there are shadows, and wherever you put an obstacle between a direct light source and a body, you create shadows on the body. You can play with different forms and patterns, with light direction and light intensity. You can create a mood with your use of shadows, suggest a story with them, or make a statement the possibilities are endless....

Abstract closeups

Nude Hard Light Pic

I love working in close-up it's so easy to create really interesting images. It's also an ideal way to start photographing nudes as you don't need to worry so much about directing your model. Once he or she is in a comfortable position you can take your time experimenting with lighting, perspective, and framing. It's a good idea to have your model on a seat or bed with wheels so that you can turn it around easily, and if you are using artificial lights it helps if these are moveable too. When...

Lighting gallery

Fine Art Nude Photography Reflection

Lighting conditions do not have to be challenging or unusual to be spectacular. The main rule is to try to avoid shooting with the light behind you, as this will make the lighting look flat. light coming from the side or from behind the model creates the wonderfully strong lighting effects on this page. i just used direct or indirect sunlight, or the lights in my kitchen at night. i like to look for lighting opportunities within the setting doing this improves your improvisation skills. i also...

Sharpness blur gallery

Manipulation Nude Effects Photoshop

These images have little classic sharpness, but i hope none dynamism, mystery, fantasy, or romance to an image, each of them would be rejected on the grounds that it is out of effect plays an intrinsic role in the overall impact. As with most focus. Each has been deliberately blurred to a greater techniques in this book, these are easy, and there is no need or lesser extent in order to create or enhance a particular to buy filters or expensive lenses, nor to become an image mood that i felt...

Moving the camera

Blurred Nude Photography

When I am photographing moving subjects, I like to be able to react instantly and change my composition to suit the model's actions. using a tripod in this situation isn't practical, but this means that it's difficult to get a sharp picture. one of the best ways to deal with this is to follow the direction of the model's movements with your camera, deliberately blurring the background. By moving the camera in different directions it is also possible to create a range of special effects, which...

Adjusting the pose

Nude Lying Side

Poses shouldn't be considered In terms of good or bad, but rather elegant or Inelegant, suited or not suited to your picture. As a photographer you have to be able to analyze a pose quickly. Always start with the point of impact the feet if the model is standing, and so on . Remember that a change in your position will change the pose visually, and that you should also adjust the pose in relation to light direction and image composition. Thinking in terms of the atmosphere of the image also...

Conveying a mood

Nude Mood Graphic

Giving your models the confidence to express themselves openly or to play a part convincingly in front of the camera is all about interaction and communication. For an introspective mood it is best to work quietly, taking pictures without seeking a reaction from your model, moving slowly and speaking gently if adjustments are needed. For more exuberant moods you may need to move about more, chatting to your model, teasing, and joking. Of course, what works for one model may not for another but...

Playing with shadows

Playing With Shadow

In the same way that you can use the play of light and shadow on the body to create beautiful effects, so you can play with the shadows cast by the body itself. in doing this you can add depth and atmosphere to an image and also, perhaps, bring in an element of tension between the shadow and its master. You don't need elaborate lighting setups to achieve great results the images here were created simply with a lamp or available light. Shadow figures can appear substantial and ominous or light...

Directing your model

Before I start a session I begin by explaining my concept. I describe the visual effect that I want to create and also, more importantly, the atmosphere of the image. The key to a good image is the impact it has on the viewer, rather than technical perfection so, for me, emotional expression is the most important element. Light plays a major role in creating the mood of a picture so I often ask my model to act toward or away from it. While communication is crucial, I am always careful not to...

Sculpting with light shadow

Dramatic Shadow Body

Shadows give depth and interest to a two-dimensional image. the angle of the light in relation to the camera determines the effect on the body, with very slight changes creating huge differences in the shadow-play. If I were in a studio i would move the lights around here, in the two main images below, i am using natural light, so there is no moveable light source. instead, i have altered the angle of the light by altering my position. the small images at the bottom of the page show how small...

Using props

Abandoned Warehouse Fashion Shoot

Props are elements that are added to an image to give it more strength, more interest, and more impact. They have to belong in the picture, to feel authentic, even when they provide a contrast so include them as if they were one of the actors in the scene. You might use them to create graphic compositions, to adorn your model, or to make a statement, but if there's no role for them to play, leave them out. remember that makeup can also be considered a prop, so think very carefully about whether...

Overcoming limitations

Empty Room From Above

I like to think of limitations not as a handicap but as a gift a framework for creativity. Working with limited resources will give you a positive attitude you will look at the possibilities offered by any model or location instead of focusing on imperfections and restrictions. You will find the beauty and charm of every model, every place, and every light and that will make you a happier and better photographer. If you can learn to work in a humble way you will be better able to make the most...

Lighting outdoors

Nude Body Using Sunlight Glasses

Nature offers a huge range of lighting possibilities. Just as in a studio, you can choose to work with front-, side-, or backlighting, except that with outdoor light there's so much more. The color, direction, and intensity will change constantly. Morning and evening light are different, as are winter and summer light. Sunny days are different from cloudy ones, stormy skies from misty meadows. Shadows, too, change throughout the day. For outdoor photographers guarantees of light and weather...

Artificial lighting effects

Photography Nude

Even in a very basically equipped studio you can create a great variety of lighting effects. All you need is one or two lights, a few basic accessories, and a little imagination. The lights don't even have to be special studio lights there are plenty of interesting effects that can be achieved with just ordinary household lamps even with just a flashlight so there's no excuse not to have a go. It doesn't have to be complicated or excessively time consuming, either. All the images here were...

Different themes

Romantic Nude Photography

There are so many different themes and styles in nude photography it would be impossible to cover them all here. As well as the more obvious areas, such as glamour, fashion, and erotic, you can portray nudes in an allegorical, scientific, pornographic, political, educational, or purely graphic way. Categorizing images into specific styles can be a dangerous This type of image is all about seduction, with models usually seeking eye contact with the viewer. The pictures are not about deep inner...

Studio lighting

Lighting Face

Working with studio lighting can be a frustrating exercise if you find yourself adjusting and readjusting a number of lights, unable to get them right. i find the easiest way is to put the lights in place one by one, beginning with the main light. i position that to get the overall effect i want, and only when i am completely satisfied that i have got everything i can from it do i go on to put a second light in place to soften the shadows or highlight another part of the image or the...

Choosing a model

Athletics Flash Women Naked

While i wouldn't encourage anyone ever to think of models as objects, when choosing a model you can apply the same criteria as you would when choosing a car go for the best you can to suit your purposes and your means. for many people a partner is initially their only option in most cases a wonderful option. But as you begin to progress you may wish to look farther afield. if you have the opportunity to choose, go for a model that inspires you, that you consider to be perfect for the shot you...

Choosing using a setting

Underwater Fat Nude Photography

Choosing a setting is similar to choosing a model you make your decisions based on what will best suit the style and atmosphere of the image you want to create, from the best alternatives you have at your disposal. A setting can be an important part of the image so give it the consideration it deserves. it can help give your model a story line inspired by the setting, so he or she will act a part in the story. You might go for a strong contrast, such as a vulnerable model in a rough,...

Daylight indoors

Light Reflecting Face

Daylight creates many opportunities, even indoors all you need is a room with a window. Direct sunlight is interesting, but may be too contrasty with the shadows inside the room. I prefer to work with the light from a north-facing window, which creates enough contrast to play with light and shadows without the problem of burned-out highlights and areas of solid black shadow. these images were taken with direct sunlight in the room, but i positioned the model either directly or obliquely in...

Working in black white

Black And White Nude With Men Photos

Black and white is an abstraction of reality, reducing the world's countless colors and their various shades into a scale of gray. A monochrome image loses the effects of color harmony or contrast, instead relying on differences in density and light and dark to create impact. Many photographers find it easier to work in black and white, precisely because most of the tricky issues associated with color photography are avoided. It could be argued that some nudes are more acceptable in black and...

Exploiting opportunities

Nude Photography Sensual

Sometimes when you are working particularly if you are in an unfamiliar location an unexpected opportunity willl arise you might find a useful prop, an interesting space, or even a pleasing play of light. When this happens you should seize the chance to make an unplanned image. Keep your mind open to possibilities. i have realized some of my favorite images by reacting instantly to unforeseen circumstances, and have lost many more images by not recognizing the opportunity or by hesitating and...

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Robert Demachy

NUDITY WITH A MESSAGE One of the first nude images, however, by Hippolyte Bayard 1801- While early photographs were technically difficult to produce, they 1887 , had nothing to do with eroticism or any classical appreciation paved the way for a visual experience that anyone could enjoy. As of the human form. In Self-Portrait As a Drowned Man, Bayard photography grew in popularity, so did images of the naked body, portrayed himself naked except for a piece of cloth representing both male and...

Pursuing a concept

Photography Male Nude

A series of photographs based on a single concept and realized in a particular style can create a very strong visual impact. The collection must be more than the sum of the individual pictures, and will require detailed preparation and discipline. However, simple but adequate technical means give more energy and focus to the subject, and although these three sets of images were commissioned for advertising and promotional purposes, I used extremely simple methods, using only one light source a...

Photography

Sylvie Blum Nudes

LONDON, NEW YORK, MUNICH, MELBOURNE, DELHI Project Editor Nicky Munro Editor Diana Vowles Designer Sarah-Anne Arnold Senior Editor Simon Tuite Senior Art Editor Susan St, Louis Managing Editor Stephanie Farrow Managing Art Editor Lee Griffiths Production Editor Clare McLean Production Controller Tony Phipps Produced on behalf of Dorling Kindersley by 4 Jenner Way, Eccles, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7SQ 39A Highbury New Park, London N5 2EN Published in the United States by DK Publishing, 375 Hudson...