The Es­sen­tial Guide to Artis­tic Nudes

Digital Photograper - - Contents -

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

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