The Art of the Nude

by Lindsay Adler

Glamour vs. Fine Art Glamour emphasizes sexuality (breast, buttocks, etc) Fine Art emphasizes composition, human form, lighting Posing & Lighting KEY in defining difference Preparing for a Nude Shoot Concepts Model Location Props Poses Equipment Concepts What are your artistic goals? Aesthetic or create technique? Concept Development Inspiration: Other photographers, paintings, fine art, models, Form, Poses Lighting: High key, low key, high contrast, soft, hard Location: Photogs for Inspiration Helmut Newton Ruth Bernhard Faye Yerbury Peter Lindbergh Herb Ritts Robert Mapplethorpe Edward Weston Sally Mann Joyce Tenneson Richard Avedon Bob Carlos Clarke Man Ray Lee Freidlander Carlos Baez and dozens more

Finding Models Be prepared to pay hourly rates (Often $75-$150 an hour) TFCD, Hourly, Day Rates Model Agencies Selecting Model Experience: Previous experience preferable! Physical attributes: Fit or full figured? Hair color/length Skin: Color of skin? Skin attributes? Posing Abilities: Consider dancers/gymnasts for better body awareness Comfort Level No physical contact Have a robe/towel available Keep room/environment warm (if possible) Compliment, but don’t “over compliment” Get to know them Working with Models Keep a flow... keep shooting Avoid “Chimping” Be comfortable with equipment (don’t fiddle too much!) If you stop shooting, keeping chatting Give direction, bring inspiration Nude “No No’s” NO wide angle unless environmental shot NO touching NO inappropriate comments (even joking) Progression 1. Suggestion of Nudity: Translucent Clothing, Tule, Fabric, etc 2. Implied Nude: nude but no ‘parts’ showing 3. Partial nude: Topless, but underwear or other on bottom 4. Full Nude Photographer new to nude photography? Model new to nude photograph? Take it slow if necessary

My Creative Kit Canon 5D, Canon 5D Mark II Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens or Canon 50mm 1.2 Lens Canon 85mm 1.2 Lens or Canon 85mm 1.2 Lens Canon 70-200mm Lens (gives model physical space) Canon 16-35mm 2.8 Lens (for environmental shots) Lensbaby Composer Consider Lensbaby Helps blur imperfections or more risque areas Feels fine art, ethereal Lensbaby Composer Posing To Start: Keep it simple! Analyze form and light for composition Bring SAMPLES to show model, for inspiration To Show, Or Not to Show Less is sometimes more “Implied” nudity often classic/stunning Posing C curve S curve Abstract form, shape Dance poses Posing Natural Geometric Abstract Shooting on Location Contrast: Smooth Skin against Rough Textures Composition: Incorporate into environment, surroundings Natural Light See the light: Reflectors, Diffusors, Backlit Shooting in Studio Background Black: Dramatic, Contrast White: High Key

Lighting Considerations Side light, Raking light: More dramatic, Carves out form Front Light: Best for high-key Back lit: Dramatic, Mysterious Top Light: Form, Drama Add Mystery Hide identity Silhouette Hidden Face Dramatic Lighting Misc Tips Remove underwear asap to avoid lines/wrinkles on skin Fresh shave... indicate if certain areas are required shaven For the Skin Lotion with shimmer Baby Oil Metallic Powder “Flour-like” Powder Mud, other cracking substance Props Craigslist Antique Shops Flower shops Consider Hair & Makeup Helps model feel more beautiful, therefore confident How does hair & makeup incorporate into concept and environment Retouching for Nudes Skin softening/blemish removal plugins: Nik Color Efex, Portraiture, Portrait Professional, etc Remove unsightly wrinkles, folds Arm pits, stretch marks a MUST Liquify (forward warp tool) Creative Retouching Effects Add Textures Color Effects Vignette Vibrance

Consider Black and White “Classic Nude” Avoid skin discoloration More ‘fine art’ feel Black and white: Red,Yellow, Orange make up skin tones