I'm curious, did that prospective nude photographer listen to frank?
Originally Posted by jnanian
At first I didn't understand that remark. I figured that anyone who is willing to pose naked was comfortable enough to be naked in front of the camera. I then realized that may not be necessarily true...most likely my subjects won't know how to model as this is my hobby, not my profession, so my models will probably be "regular" people.
I think it would benefit me to learn how to model and feel comfortable in front of an audience so I will do just that.
Yes, indeed. The Eternal Body by Bernhard has 50 examples. Image quality in the original edition of 1986 may be better than some of the later editions. Margaretta Mitchell's biography, Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life, nicely supplements The Eternal Body. Like her friend Edward Weston, Bernhard had to give up handling a camera late in life, but she continued to conduct workshops into her 90s.
Originally Posted by Chazzy
Yes. And also, I think that you need practice photographing all types of nude bodies, not just the typical models. The real awesome artists and photographers can make anyone look good in a nude by making it show on the film that they were comfortable, relaxed, and happy.
Originally Posted by jnanian
And actually, to elaborate on this, one of the things I've been thinking of doing is taking photographs of myself. I have issues with my stomach. Post-baby and post-surgery, I hate it. I'm hoping that maybe, by doing some black and whites of the area and exploring the reason *why* I hate it so much, I can come to NOT hate it. Heh. I know I'm not the only one who suffers from this type of thing. Maybe the pictures will help others, too?
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No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.
nude photography recommendations
All my nude photography has been on non-film, Ambo allowed to showcase that here?
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If you are a straight male, I suggest starting with photographing male models. That way one's gonads do not interfer with the appreciation of form and light.
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
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I am a young straight male. I might start with some of my male friends that feel comfortable. I know some of them are. Most of my female friends objected, lol. They were cool about it but I am not surprised. Most of my friends, male and female, aren't comfortable naked. I wouldn't dare ask too many of my friends because they might think I just want to see them naked. I haven't tried to look for models so hard because I have no portfolio to show.
I'm very comfortable with my body and I think I'm fairly good looking and moderately built. Perhaps if I start taking a figure drawing class and start modeling nude myself then I can find people who are comfortable with these types of things and go from there.
I reckon this is great advice. So was the advice earlier in this thread to photograph different body types.
Originally Posted by Vaughn
It is apparently very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a photograph of an attractive person naked is a good photograph. In my observation, the vast bulk of amateur nudes are really boring photos of pretty people. So, if you take the pretty person out of the equation, it becomes easier to judge whether you are producing good work or simply churning out bland soft-porn.
Like winger said it would also be helpful to study some bad work. I´ve been around in some dslr forum recently and it´s always a strange experience to browse through the nude gallery there. Never seen so many nude photos that oscillate between tasteless, unintentionally hilarious and outright degrading. I cannot understand why both the photographer and the model can be proud of such stuff. In my view it is not so much a matter of camera technique with these pictures (which seems flawless, by the way) but of personal lack of tastefulness from both sides. It definitely helped me a lot to think about what is good and what is not in nude photography.
On the other hand I really like the work of Sanders McNew, who is (was?) also around here on Apug.
He is the one who created my very favorite nude photo! And it just proves that there don´t need to be any private parts in the frame to make a nude photograph.
Thank you Sanders!
Frank Petronios advice is a good not only do you learn about the model'v vulnerability, but you also learn how a certain position feels. The later might be more helpful for drawing though. Modelling certainly helps understand the models.
"I'm very comfortable with my body and I think I'm fairly good looking and moderately built. Perhaps if I start taking a figure drawing class and start modeling nude myself then I can find people who are comfortable with these types of things and go from there."
Often models from drawing classes are also willing to pose for photographers. While in art school I prefered the non perfect or well built models. I really liked older models or models that were unique. Making a young good looking gal look good is easy, even though young models often lack character.
Take a look at Imogen Cunninghams or Heinrich Kühn works both used models that are by most standards plain or not superbly beautiful. Sanders best works are the photos he made of his wife Melanie,there relationship shines trough. Or as David Bailey ones said. "You don't have to fuck the model but it helps"
BTW. The easiest model to get is yourself. You can pose for yourself and do great work