Martin Wieland 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.
Happy to have Martin Wieland here on board with BLOG+.
Interview by Dan Hostettler
Where are you living now and for how long have you been a photographer?
I’m living in Austria close to Vienna and started photography 25 years ago.
Did you go to school to study photography?
I studied photography on “Die Graphische” in Vienna (editor’s note:. this academy the very first address in Austria).
How would you describe your vision and visual signature of your style?
It’s hard to describe that on my own. I think I want to give the viewer of my pictures the feeling that we had on the set. That’s the reason why I always have some photos of nude girls which are smiling or laughing.
Nude photography in my opinion doesn’t have to be always serious. People should be able to see that we have fun on the set. And pictures don’t have to be perfect – perfect can be boring. I also don’t concentrate too much on the light setup. My light is always very simple – for me the model is the star in the picture. You can have really great light, but if the model has to wait too long for a picture you can see it in her expression.
What was the first photograph that meant something special to you (by you or anyone else), and why?
As far as I remember it was “Fred with Tires” photographed by Herb Ritts. I simply liked the look of this picture. The contrast, that reason it was shot in b/w, the light – just everything.
How did you get started in shooting the nude-oriented work that you are into right now?
My first contact with nude photography was in the academy where I studied photography, then there was a break from maybe 7 years. The real beginning was when I produced my first “Black & White” calendar back in 2002. From that day on the nude shoots became more and more important.
At the moment I have around 30 to 50 shootings a year, a lot of workshops in nude photography and many private clients who want to have pictures for their husbands or boyfriends.
How do you find the models to work on your projects?
Many models are sending me emails, that they would like to work with me, or I find them on Facebook. If I work with one girl and I tag her on the pic, that I publish on facebook, they add me as friend and then it comes to a shooting (if she fits to the type of girl I need at the moment), or not.
How do models enjoy working with your style?
I think, that the girls enjoy to shoot with me as I like to make breaks and I don’t see them as my employee. I prefer to work with them as a partner. If they have a good idea I’m absolutely open minded to try to realize their idea.
How do you – in today’s digital world – earn money with your adult photography, what has changed for you?
I’m producing a calendar for twelve years now (last year I published my first men’s edition too).
Then I’m cooperating with different newspapers and publishing houses for their calendars and last but not least I’m partner of a photoagency.
But as mentioned before, I’m not too much in the adult industry – it’s more fine art, glamour and lifestyle. (editor’s note: “adult photography” is a misleading term. I meant the men-magazine industry.)
Do you prefer shooting indoors, in a studio or rather outdoors?
I don’t like studio (although I have a studio) and prefer outdoor and indoor. The location is nearly as important as the model for me. When I’m inspired by a location, the results are much better than in a location which I don’t like.
And I can’t shoot more than 3 or 4 times in one location, then I have to look for another one.
Many photographers would like to explore nude work but just don’t know how to get started. Do you have some advice for taking the first steps?
I started shooting nudes with friends of mine. It’s not a problem if the pictures are not that good, but it’s all about practice.
Then I bought a lot of photo-books, looking at the pictures what I like and don’t like. And then shoot, shoot, shoot and shoot.
The more pictures you shoot, the better they get. (usually;-)). Then visit workshops to practice (maybe not those with 30 students), better invest a little more money for maybe a solo coaching. Many photographers offer workshops – pick the ones you like and ask them.
I’m doing solo coaching as well and people are satisfied after this kind of workshops.
When you are self-confident enough you could try out your first paid shooting, which brings you definitely to another level.
Tech QNA: Martin’s Gear DNA
Do you work solely digital or also analog these days?
If I would have the time I would shoot analog too, but I had my last analog shoot around 8 years ago. I still have everything in my studio for developing and printing, but unfortunately not enough time.
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
At the moment I have a Nikon D4 and a Hasselblad H3DII.
What lighting equipment do you set up for a shoot?
My light equipment is from Hensel. The reflectors from Sunbounce.
But i love to shoot with available light.
How important is Photoshop for your final images?
I use Photoshop, but I don’t retouch too much. I still want to keep the look natural as possible.
Are you rather a Mac or a PC lover?
Mac forever 😉
Martin, thanks a lot for joining me and the time you dedicated to my readers!
Find Martins’s Nude Photography Work Here:
The Official: www.martinwieland.at
Martin on 500px.com
Martin on BEHANCE.com
Martin’s Facebook Page
…and many more which i don’t remember at the moment 🙂