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“It Is the Photographer, Not the Camera, That Is the Instrument”*

Today we have more camera choices than ever before. But what makes “better photos” better? Is it megapixels? Sensor size? Advanced programs? Sure. I suppose all those things can help making better photos – depending on your definition of “better.” But the #1 thing missing from the list of things that definitely adds a lot for making better photos is… YOU!

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Asked: Art Photography by Richard Abbott

Richard Abbott (NZ) started his women photography journey in 2014 only. But – as you will discover, Richard went already a long way in a very short time period! His imagery is based on a poetic approach, cross-referencing styles & genres. Read about Richard’s humble beginnings, the ever-present erotic subtext in nude photography, and six things he wishes he had been told when taking his first steps.

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Models Turned Photographers

Probably you have noticed a phenomenon lately: “models turned photographers”. Large photography mainstream sites are pushing this topic to fuel the discussion about the state of photography. Is this news-worthy? Well, important enough for JimmyD to share his thoughts and insights about this topic.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #5

Following photographer Rik Williams during a Glam Nude Shoot incl. an on-set interview and a comprehensive talk about Rik´s approach and experience. Sitting down with photographer (+SWP author) Gary Chambers from Lime Imagery talking about the business aspects and marketing strategies for running a portraiture studio, offering cross-genre styles including glamour & boudoir. My personal recap, aftermath and drive for new adventures outside my comfort zone.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #4

Week #4 VLOG – Sydney, Brisbane + Melbourne (again)! Interview with photographer Stephen Wong, following photographer Cam Attree during an Art Nude Shoot (+ interview), got an interview with Art Nude Model Sass Kia and sitting down and talk for almost 2 hours with one of my B&W shooter idols: Photographer Peter Coulson.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #3

Week #3 VLOG – Sydney + Canberra! Following: Mike Stacey Outdoor On Location Shoot, Lori Cicchini On Location & Studio Shoot, Robert Coppa Studio Shoot. Including interviews. And having the models Anne Duffy and Flavia aka Smartcookiecookie on sets. Art Nudes, Fashion Nudes, Sexy Nudes.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #1

Week #1 VLOG – Australia Bound: Prague > Melbourne, Settling in in Melbourne & organizing the last stuff, bound to Tasmania and accompanying an Outdoor Art Nude Workshop, setup and led by Cam Attree, Fine Art Nude Master Photographer.

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Australia, Here I Come! Info About My Trip – Part 2

I Am Off! I am on my way to Australia! Selecting photo and video equipment for the interview series and shooting documentaries, I hit the jackpot with a whopping 40 kg of plain gear = No way!
I reselected, repacked, rethought, repurposed – and finally managed to skip 13 kg of tools. Take a look at the disclosure of my complete gear list for this trip.

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Clients: A Mutual Love/Hate Relationship

Have you ever had a boss whom you sometimes love and sometimes hate? That’s how it is with me and my clients. I love them. I hate them. I love them. I hate them. I’ll admit I can sometimes be difficult for some bosses (clients) to work with. But I’m simply someone who knows what they’re doing, at least in terms of shooting glam, tease, and nude models, and who expects to be treated as such.

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A Sense Of Confidence: All Turned Out Well.

In 2016, I made a few questionable decisions and some of SWP’s projects took strange directions and heavy detours, to say the least. But all turned out well! What a relief…
For 2017, there are various new exciting formats pending – a few ideas I am revealing in my latest write up for this year. Get a short 2016 review and an insightful 2017 outlook.

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Do Not Micro-Manage Your Photo Models

Recently, a well-established model I know was complaining on Facebook about one of her recent shoots. She wasn’t angry as much as firmly voicing her displeasure with photographers who micro-manage models during their shoots. I know exactly where she’s coming from. As a photographer, I don’t like clients who try to micro-manage my shoots. So, here is my opinion and take on this.

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Having Faith; Losing Confidence. It Is A Game!

My online adventure went fine for the last three years, things developed very well. At the end of 2015, I felt it was time to faithfully take a flying leap with my online endeavor. I went ahead, got overwhelmed, missed several warning signs until I finally hit rock bottom this summer. The disaster had been looming over my head for some time but I was too busy to take a closer look. Then the day came when I was more than exhausted…

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“Feeling Appealed” – Insanely Flattering Women Portraits

Shallow depth of field, classical B&W finish and immensely intense flattering women glances: That’s the result of “Women Portraits” created by Tobias Glawe. Exploring new frontiers, Tobias decided to work with natural light only.
Follow his thoughts about aesthetics, take a look behind-the-scenes and receive tech data regarding the implementation. Of course illustrated with highly appealing imagery.

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Starting My Fitness Regime 2015 (Ongoing)

Back in June this year my scale showed me a shocking weight of 91.5 kg/202 lbs. Pure fat, so to say. I realized that my last chance to a better lifestyle required a radical change of course, so starting out with serious exercising was the only possible option I saw fit. Find all about “Why, How, When, Struggles, Benefits & What I’ve Learned” in my post.

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Spray-n-Pray? Quality before Quantity!

How many pics snapped does it take before you enter the overkill realm of the spray-n-pray approach? Resist the digital temptation to spray-n-pray! Instead, make the experience a QUALITY experience, rather than simply a QUANTITY experience. And don’t overwork your model.

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Your “Setside” Manner

In a nutshell, “working well with the girls” means there’s never any on-set drama that’s caused by the actions or the behaviors of you, the photographer. Shooting sets aren’t strip clubs and they’re also not social environments intended to provide you opportunities to “score” with models. Therefor: Be and act professional. Be a Gentleman!

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Asked: Artful Nudes by Thomas Holm

Thomas is a former advertising and commercial photographer, having made a living photographing pretty much everything for about 20 years. Today, Thomas is shooting artful nude images as a hobby. His imagery comes alive by means of sensual composition and a strong visual language mainly created by ambient day light alone.
I am feeling very delighted to present Thomas’ story, takes, showcase and even a few behind the scenes-videos here on SWP!

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There’s Value in Your Dung Heaps

Some people look at dung heaps and all they see are piles of shit. Some dung heaps, for instance are photo dung heaps. All the images you and I snapped but, when we were later editing them, we realized some of them, possibly many, looked like shit. Bummer, right?
Yes and no.

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Do You Really Need That New Camera?

There’s one type of gear I haven’t added to my bag too often, and that’s new camera bodies. Now don’t get me wrong. I love gear. But I was just happy and content with the camera I owned. Well, until… my camera took a dump…

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Fantasy and Hyper-Reality Via Lighting

I’ve learned a few things about using lighting and more to capture the most important elements of glamour photography. Those elements all revolve around “selling” a model’s personal allure – her sensuality, beauty, and more.
One of the best and most effective visual components for creating fantasy and transcending reality is your lighting.

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Sexy Women Photography. The Journey Continues!

This time Dan continues with his third personal insight in form of an interview.
As Glamour & Nude Photography is a “problem topic”, a no-go for social media, a no-go for gaining acceptance, a no-go for… pretty much everything… – he just continues his journey
with giving even more insights about his career and the oppositions he gets.
Dan never would go for any other job than the one of being a commercial nude photographer 🙂

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Asked: Martin Wieland, Serial Shooter for Men’s Magazines

Martin started out with nude photography during his time at the academy. After a break he developed a successful business and is now working – amongst other – for Playboy, Penthouse, publishing houses and calendars. With 40 to 50 shootings a year there is no proof needed that Martin is a thought after pro.

Explore another European approach to commercial nude photography.

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Michael Zelbel: The Busy Bee Enthusiast Photographer is Educating Us

Cousin Michael Zelbel is a German photography-enthusiast’s wonder. In real life a consultant, he’s also a photographer, author, editor and head of ideas for Smoking Strobes and the proud and successful publisher of Good Light! Magazine for over a year now.
After interviewing Cousin Michael on some very interesting aspects, I would like to introduce him and his projects to you so you can get to know him better.

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Celebrating Nude Women – Stephan Brauchli, A Heartfelt Enthusiast

Stephan loves Africa and frequently travels there to take shots of conservation and wildlife. He also likes to explore Ticino (a region in Switzerland) with the goal of creating gorgeous natural art nude images. And every now and then, he even rents a crazy deco-chic suite to mix-up fashion style photography with stunning nude bodies. In short: Stephan really is a heartfelt enthusiast.

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Asked: Joe (aka Jlrimages), Art Nude Photography with a Glam Factor

Joe loves to craft his art nude and glam imagery in his spare time as a passionate photography enthusiast. Joe displays his amazing work on his steadily flowing Tumblr photo stream, got published in print and won several competitions. But Joe can’t reveal his full real name and identity because of the potential problems it might cause him with his employer. This is a problem a lot of enthusiasts face…

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I am Addicted to Light. Luckily!

When the light hides in these winter months, there is no volume, no natural enhancement for the world and the darkness makes not only my personality shift, but my work as well. Light brings forth life—not just for plants but for me as well. For decades I have dreamt of moving south but have only ever managed to move in an eastward direction…

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Asked: Simon Bolz, Commercial Nude Photographer

Today, I am excited to present the work of Simon Bolz, a German commercial nude photographer, who runs an extremely successful business. I like his clearly recognizable style very much and with it he also has lots of commercial success.
Simon’s work was published in Playboy, Penthouse, GQ Men’s Health and other huge European publications.

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Asked: JimmyD, Glam & Nude Shooter

James DiGiorgio aka JimmyD is a long-serving adult industry veteran with an extensive knowledge of shooting, the industry itself and life. JimmyD is shooting, producing and editing glamour and nude photos and videos since decades. He is simply THE Pretty Girl Shooter and the editor of his personal blog with the same title.

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