Cap­tur­ing the artis­tic nude

Start with an un­der­stand­ing of your cre­ative vi­sion

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

You can only be cre­ative and artis­tic once you have formed a vi­sion in your mind. each pho­tog­ra­pher will have a their own unique way of dream­ing up im­ages, as a re­sult of their own in­flu­ences and ex­pe­ri­ences.

once you have a vi­sion in mind the first step is to make a sketch of it. a bit like the song­writer who wakes up in the mid­dle of the night and has to scrib­ble on a piece of pa­per some lyrics, your pho­to­graphic vi­sion needs to be writ­ten down as no doubt it will dis­ap­pear as fast as it came.

once i have the ini­tial idea the next step is to source the lo­ca­tion. if it’s an out­door lo­ca­tion i al­ways visit and take pho­to­graphs prior to the shoot. This is so that on ar­rival with the model we know ex­actly where to start.

one of the most im­por­tant things to bear in mind is the time of day you plan the shoot. de­cide from your sketch what type of light­ing would ben­e­fit the im­age, then plan the shoot around that time of day. if you de­cide to shoot in the stu­dio sim­i­lar con­sid­er­a­tions need to be taken into ac­count, i.e. what style of light­ing is re­quired and what sort of back­ground is needed. of course props and ac­ces­sories all need to be on hand.

Be­fore you be­gin the shoot chat with the model as it’s im­per­a­tive that they un­der­stand your vi­sion. With­out their co­op­er­a­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion there’s a good chance the im­age will not even get off the ground.

once all of these fac­tors are sorted we can then get down to cre­at­ing a fin­eart nude im­age. There is no right or wrong way to start the shoot; i al­ways go on gut in­stinct.

i’m al­ways look­ing for that con­nec­tion with the model, mak­ing sure that they un­der­stand what’s re­quired of them from the shoot. it’s called the de­ci­sive mo­ment, press­ing that shut­ter at ex­actly the right time, when the light­ing is right and the model is in the best po­si­tion. it’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween a great pho­tog­ra­pher and some­one who’s just tak­ing pic­tures and sim­ply hop­ing for the best.

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