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Preface
Composition
Why Learn Composition?
Beginning with Visual Literacy
What Is Visual Communication?
Left Brain and Right Brain
Abstract Forms versus Content
Elements of Composition
Line and Dimension
Value (Brightness)
Color
Mass/Weight
Depth and the Illusion of Reality
Time and Motion
Design Principles: Putting the Elements Together
Texture
Rhythm, Repetition, and Progression
Balance
Negative and Positive Space
Unity and Variety
Gestalt Principles
Emphasis
Visual Pathway
Methods of Design
Golden Mean
“Rule” of Thirds
More Armatures
Culmination of Design Methods
Common Composition Enhancements
Six Potential Composition Killers
When Details Count
The Scene in Composition
In-Camera Technique
Focus
Technique in Composition
Framing
Lighting and Shadow
High-Key and Low-Key Images
Light as an Element
Color of Light
Postprocessing Effects
Vignettes
Controlling Contrast
Monochrome
Color Mapping
The Zone System
Isolating Images
Composites (Montages)
Retouching Skin, Hair, and Backgrounds
False Depth of Field
Abstracting with Software
Posing
Discussion of Posing
Working with the Whole Model
Gallery of 110 Nude Poses
Standing
Floor
Furniture
Props
Discrete
Conscious and Unconscious Intent
Self-Expression and Style
Why You Make a Photograph
Context
The Influence of Genre
Commercial Design
Analyzing Your Work
Inspiration
Inspiring Photographers
Inspiring Models
Presenting Your Work
Visual Themes
Nude in Landscape
Off-Center Subject
Body Paint
Shooting Assignments
B.Body paint
Implied Motion
Levitation
Multiple Vantage Points
Get Close
Fit a Shape
Merge with Edges
Silhouettes
Projected Shadows
Mirrors and Windows
Experimental Techniques
Multiple Exposures with a Hand-Held Light
Creative Unsharpness
Explore Texture
Brief Words about Equipment
Closing
Reader’s Links
Glossary
Bibliography
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Exquisite Curves: Learn Composition and Posing for Photographing the Female Nude

Exquisite Curves: Learn Composition and Posing for Photographing the Female Nude

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Published by aknicholas
The contours of the female body are a masterpiece of nature and were the inspiration for the title of this book. There are an infinite number of ways to represent this beauty. The photographer’s role is to create work that is appealing, fitting, and meaningful. This book takes a two-pronged approach: first by teaching the academic and second by encouraging hands-on creativity.

This guide presents the material through five main chapters: Composition, Technique, Posing, Self-Expression (Style), and Shooting Assignments.

The instruction is intended to be accessible to any novice with a serious interest in the composition and posing of female nudes. You do not need to be an artist or a photographer to understand the material but a basic understanding of camera operation is assumed. It is written for the uninitiated and for those who have no more than a modest amount of experience with photography or composition.

The book begins with a discussion of visual literacy and its importance. Next are the abstract elements of composition, such as lines, colors, value, mass, depth, illusion, time, and motion. A section on design principles instructs in the assembly of these elements. Visual pathways, including cyclical, triangular, and others, are explained. Methods of design such as the rule of thirds, the golden mean, diagonal method, armatures, and forty-five degrees are all described and illustrated. The design instruction is rounded out with a discussion of commonalities and pitfalls in the design methods.

The various camera techniques range from controlling framing, focus, and lighting. There is information about high-key, low-key, and minor-key lighting, complete with histograms and diagrams that show where the lights are set up. The section on post-processing mentions the importance of vignettes, contrast, monochrome (black and white) images, color mapping, the zone system, isolating images, and making composites (montages). The book includes 100 examples of nude poses (in addition to the numerous other samples) grouped into sections, such as standing, furniture, and props.

The section on style addresses why we make a photograph and what constitutes an artistic body of work. There is a discussion of how your choice of genre, whether it is pinup, glamour, or fine art, figure study, or commercial design, influences your composition. The examination of style would not be complete without addressing how to analyze your work and sources of inspiration. The shooting assignments are real-world exercises that provide an opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. The book is rounded out with a glossary, index, and bibliography.
The contours of the female body are a masterpiece of nature and were the inspiration for the title of this book. There are an infinite number of ways to represent this beauty. The photographer’s role is to create work that is appealing, fitting, and meaningful. This book takes a two-pronged approach: first by teaching the academic and second by encouraging hands-on creativity.

This guide presents the material through five main chapters: Composition, Technique, Posing, Self-Expression (Style), and Shooting Assignments.

The instruction is intended to be accessible to any novice with a serious interest in the composition and posing of female nudes. You do not need to be an artist or a photographer to understand the material but a basic understanding of camera operation is assumed. It is written for the uninitiated and for those who have no more than a modest amount of experience with photography or composition.

The book begins with a discussion of visual literacy and its importance. Next are the abstract elements of composition, such as lines, colors, value, mass, depth, illusion, time, and motion. A section on design principles instructs in the assembly of these elements. Visual pathways, including cyclical, triangular, and others, are explained. Methods of design such as the rule of thirds, the golden mean, diagonal method, armatures, and forty-five degrees are all described and illustrated. The design instruction is rounded out with a discussion of commonalities and pitfalls in the design methods.

The various camera techniques range from controlling framing, focus, and lighting. There is information about high-key, low-key, and minor-key lighting, complete with histograms and diagrams that show where the lights are set up. The section on post-processing mentions the importance of vignettes, contrast, monochrome (black and white) images, color mapping, the zone system, isolating images, and making composites (montages). The book includes 100 examples of nude poses (in addition to the numerous other samples) grouped into sections, such as standing, furniture, and props.

The section on style addresses why we make a photograph and what constitutes an artistic body of work. There is a discussion of how your choice of genre, whether it is pinup, glamour, or fine art, figure study, or commercial design, influences your composition. The examination of style would not be complete without addressing how to analyze your work and sources of inspiration. The shooting assignments are real-world exercises that provide an opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. The book is rounded out with a glossary, index, and bibliography.

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