Get the most out of your model

Start your shoot in the right way and choose poses that will suit the model you are pho­tograph­ing

Digital Photograper - - Artistic Nudes -

Find­ing the right pose for your model and the type of im­age that you want to cre­ate is one of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of any nude pho­tog­ra­phy shoot. The pose you choose will de­ter­mine the mood and feel­ings that the im­age con­veys, and it will also in­flu­ence which part of the body be­comes the main point of fo­cus. With fine-art nude pho­tog­ra­phy your goal will most likely be to de­pict the body in a creative, but sen­sual and artis­tic way. Be­ing able to iden­tity the types of poses that will flat­ter your model is key, and you’ll also need to adapt to their body shape as well as their own in­se­cu­ri­ties.

So, be­fore we dis­cuss key poses we should first think about how to di­rect your model and en­sure they are com­pletely com­fort­able. The model will be in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion and will be putting a great deal of trust in you as the pho­tog­ra­pher. Have a cof­fee with your model be­fore you be­gin (fully clothed of course!), and dis­cuss the di­rec­tion that you want the shoot to go in. Ask if they have any ques­tions and if there is any­thing that they are wor­ried about.

It is im­por­tant that you know what sort of im­age you are look­ing to get be­fore you be­gin your shoot in or­der to be able to ex­plain your vi­sion to the model. Look on­line at nude im­agery and choose a few key poses that you’d like your model to try. It can be a lit­tle daunt­ing on your first nude shoot and con­vey­ing your vi­sion to the model isn’t al­ways easy any­way, so hav­ing vis­ual ex­am­ples of the poses you want can be re­ally help­ful. “Find in­spi­ra­tion (for ex­am­ple in jour­nals and on pho­tog­ra­phy sites) and think about a nice

“Pos­ing de­fines whether the im­age is artis­tic or erotic, pow­er­ful or del­i­cate, con­vey­ing emo­tions from the model”

project. Be open and be very clear about the in­tended re­sults and the pro­ce­dure,” ex­plains tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher Till Sch­mitz (un­tillpho­tog­ra­phy.com /home).

Di­rect­ing your model into poses can be dif­fi­cult at first, and some­times it is hard to de­scribe the pose you’d like. Don’t touch the model though, in­stead mimic the pose you would like them to do. If you feel stupid do­ing it, just re­mem­ber that you are ask­ing them to do it too, and it might help break the ice and ease any ten­sions if you are will­ing to look a lit­tle silly. The vis­ual ex­am­ples of poses men­tioned al­ready will help here too.

“Pos­ing is equally im­por­tant to light­ing. It de­fines whether the im­age is artis­tic or erotic, pow­er­ful or del­i­cate, con­vey­ing emo­tions from the model and in­vok­ing feel­ings from the viewer,” ex­plains Mike

Parker (mikepark­er­pho­tog­ra­phy.com). “In the case of bodyscapes we are of­ten try­ing to cre­ate shapes that mimic the en­vi­ron­ment, such as moun­tains, val­leys, sand dunes or rugged ter­rain. Light­ing must com­ple­ment or pur­posely con­trast the pose to cre­ate an ex­cep­tional im­age.”

Gen­er­ally when it comes to tak­ing pic­tures of women you should con­cen­trate on their curves. Fe­male bod­ies tend to be made up of soft lines and smooth shapes, whereas men are of­ten formed of straighter lines and more an­gu­lar shapes. This ob­vi­ously isn’t al­ways the case, but it is a good start­ing point.

Try to con­cen­trate on poses that will ac­cen­tu­ate the curves of your fe­male model. Creat­ing an S curve with their back is a pop­u­lar pose and should prob­a­bly be the first one on your shot list. It em­pha­sises the curve of the hips, bust and the waist, while also mak­ing the waist look smaller – ask the model to ex­tend their hip and drop their shoul­der for the best re­sults. With fe­male mod­els keep it sen­sual and del­i­cate. In con­trast to fe­male bod­ies, men tend to be far more struc­tured and an­gu­lar, so poses that ac­cen­tu­ate mus­cle and deep lines around the body will be the most ef­fec­tive.

Keep­ing the poses as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble is im­por­tant as you will be able to tell in­stantly in the fi­nal shot if the model was un­com­fort­able. There’s no point try­ing to get your model to do a sexy hand­stand or bal­ance awk­wardly un­less they have a core made of steel – keep it sim­ple.

Left Mas­culin­ity

this stun­ning im­age taken by dmitry Ze­menkov (@dmit­ryze­menkov) shows the male form beau­ti­fully. it de­picts strength and power

Right Sim­plic­ity

Po­si­tion­ing your model to

hide their most in­ti­mate body parts is a great way to en­sure the im­age is taste­ful

Left

Mus­cle def­i­ni­tion

Find­ing poses that high­light the mus­cles in a male body are usu­ally the most ef­fec­tive, like this shot by Ze­menkov

Left Creative pos­ing

ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent poses, but make sure the pose you se­lect is within your model’s abil­i­ties

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