The Essential Guide to Artistic Nudes
Learn how to shoot tasteful and alluring photos of the human body in its most raw form with expert advice from the pros
Nude drawings and paintings are easily identifiable as works of art, however, nude photography is often seen as being seedy, pornographic and taboo. It’s true that there is a fine line between an artistic nude and a seemingly pornographic one, but staying on the artistic side of this line is easier than it looks, and it will enable you to take sensual and alluring imagery.
The best kind of photograph is intimate and engages the viewer, drawing them completely into the scene that you present to them. The removal of clothes is the first step to creating a powerful and intimate bond between both the subject and the photographer as well as the subject and the viewer. You are quite literally stripping your subject back to their raw and natural form and it is a wonderfully intense and evocative process.
The human body is such a simple and accessible subject and there are so many photographic possibilities available. Over the next few pages we’ll be getting in touch with the human body and its natural beauty. Discover how to approach your first nude shoot, effectively pose your model and set up the perfect lighting. We’ll also look at making the ultimate creative and abstract shots as well as best practice for your edits. Our aim is to create something sensual, inspiring and artistic while staying clear of the explicit imagery often associated with glamour nude photography.
Essential Guide to Artistic Nudes
Above Interesting shadows
Using a gobo or a blind to mould shadows around your model helps to create an artistic image