Nude pho­tog­ra­phy

Stu Wil­liamson de­tails some of the im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions when shoot­ing the nude form

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One of the biggest chal­lenges that all pho­tog­ra­phers are fac­ing at the mo­ment is that the pho­to­graph has be­come a throw­away item. Bil­lions of pho­tos are taken ev­ery day which has ac­tu­ally de­val­ued the im­age in­dus­try, es­pe­cially with the ad­vent of new phones with ev­ery tech­nique and fil­ter known to man. One press of a but­ton and it’s art, and in­deed some of the pic­tures are ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. But what are the dif­fer­ences be­tween a ca­sual snap­per and a pro­fes­sional with a vi­sion?

The painted nude is ev­ery­where and it’s classed as art. How­ever, a pho­to­graphic nude is gen­er­ally per­ceived as erotic soft porn. I am try­ing to bridge the gap be­tween the pho­to­graphic nude and the painted nude by us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of mixed me­dia and Pho­to­shop tech­niques.

The first step to suc­cess in this genre is to find im­me­di­ate in­spi­ra­tion, and that doesn’t mean sim­ply copy­ing an im­age. If you haven’t al­ready, check out Pin­ter­est – it’s amaz­ing. By do­ing so you can gain a good idea of the type of im­agery that in­spires you and the main style or path you wish to take. Trans­pose those in­spi­ra­tions into ideas. I aim to take a lit­tle from ev­ery­where.

So once you have your in­spi­ra­tion in mind, we now need to set the scene to pho­to­graph the nude. The main thing we need to con­sider is mak­ing the model com­fort­able. You will be able to see it in their eyes in the fi­nal im­age whether or not you con­nected to the model – the eyes are the win­dows to the soul. Mu­sic plays a big part in cre­at­ing a com­fort­able at­mos­phere. Play their mu­sic so they are re­laxed. Tem­per­a­ture also plays a role; if the stu­dio is too cold, you’ll have goose bumps which are a night­mare to work with dig­i­tally.

One of the biggest el­e­ments to con­sider is to make sure that you keep the shoot pro­fes­sional; great care has to be taken in di­rect­ing the model.

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