Cam Attree is an Australian pro photographer, shooting Artistic Nudes, Burlesque, Boudoir, and Vintage Glamour. Besides being a well respected AIPP Master Photographer, Cam got internationally published, continuously wins prestigious awards and exhibits. In short: Cam owns his artistry.
Cam invited Dan to follow one of his workshop explorations in Tasmania in order to observe his working approach in the field. This was not only very enlightening but also an outstanding honor.
Later, Dan paid Cam a visit in his Brisbane studio and had the chance to sit down and talk about his understanding on artistic nude photography, conceptual takes, technical aspects and much more.
This exclusive video interview series is a unique and rare opportunity to get immersed in Cam’s artistic world and his way of thinking.
Part 1 - Questionnaire Index
- 01:35 – What’s your passion, your driving force in photography?
- 03:40 – You have been shooting landscapes and wildlife for quite some time before starting new photographic explorations. Why and when did you get started in shooting artistic nude oriented work? What attracts you?
- 06:30 – Do you sometimes feel self-doubt or a lack of confidence while following your photographic path or any specific project?
- 08:32 – Creativity, Concepts, Inspiration & Growth – In general: What does creativity mean to you; what gives you inspiration?
- 09:18 – Outside of photography: Where do you draw inspiration from?
- 11:57 – Do you foster/nurture an “aspirational portfolio”? In other words, do you shoot personal work you want to be recognized for in the future?
- 13:35 – When finalizing your series in post…: On what base do you decide to finish up an image or series in either color or B&W? Is this a decision that´s been already taken during the conceptual phase or rather in post?
- 15:00 – Business & Marketing Aspects: What photography offer – or let’s say “Style” – is actually your strongest money maker? Is it client work? Your art nude explorations? Burlesque? Portraiture/Model Books?
- 17:05 – You are a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), received numerous awards, you got exhibited. How does a membership in an association but also winning awards benefits you commercially and otherwise?
- 19:50 – You run a dedicated section on your website with a selection of your fine art nude work available for prints, downloads but also in form of books.
Is print still a thing? How well does this part of the business do? What are the challenges here?
- 23:45 – You got – amongst others – published several times in VOLO Magazine, one of the planets largest online & print mags related to Nude Photography. So, getting published: Any tips for emerging photographers on how to achieve that?
- 26:16 – You are offering epic Outdoor Artistic Nude Photography workshops and Road Trips. One of them, the Tasmania Workshop, I will cover in a dedicated feature.
Are workshops a commercial business for you or rather exploring your boundaries and new landscapes. Or a good mixture of everything?
- 28:04 – How important are Social Media channels for you in relation to job acquisition, model scouting or brand building? Is Social Media just noise or of real value to you?
Or asked differently: Is it possible to grow a career aside from “Social Media”, not using those channels.
- 30:35 – Let´s stick for a 2nd question to Social Media: Promoting any genre of Nude Photography work isn´t easy at all. How do you go about this in terms of social media; what is your workaround?
- 33:35 – What are your future projects? Is there a specific direction or project in which you want to take your photography?
Workshop Observation Content Index
- 00:00 – Intro
- 00:34 – Day 1
- 05:00 – Day 2
- 10:20 – Day 3
- 13:30 – End Titles
Part 2 - Questionnaire Index
- 01:00 – What makes the genre “Artistic Outdoor Nudes” special for you?
- 01:49 – Your Outdoor Workshops: What is the philosophy of in general and what is special about the Tasmania Course in particular?
- 03:40 – Do you offer a balance between shooting & learning, portfolio building and education in such a workshop? Meaning: who should join such an event?
- 06:00 – Talk: Different emphasis of the glam genre versus outdoor landscape nudes.
- 07:25 – Let’s now talk about your very own approach, experience and implementation when you shoot outdoor. Once you are in a certain area: How do you find the exact spot where to shoot?
- 10:35 – What are the natural elements you want to incorporate on location? How do you identify them?
- 11:55 – Photo Example Review: “Color: Xanthe on the Rocks @Spiky Beach” – Composition & General Post Processing Philosophy
- 14:15 – Photo Example Review: “B&W: Sass Kia – Different Rocks @Spiky Beach” – Composition, Lighting Details & Why knowing landscape photography helps
- 16:20 – What are the basic Lighting Concepts and Techniques you mostly use? Natural light only like with overcast/soft sky light? Harsh/contrasty light and shadows? Silhouettes? Using flash for overpowering the sun or as fill?
- 18:00 – Talk: Working without an assistant and effective, lightweight (lighting) gear. Having 2 models on set. Working with newcomer models.
- 21:06 – Photo Example Review: “Color: Stephanie in Front of a Shack” – Using 2 flashes and underexposing background, about posing & directing a model, tweaking “wrong” poses, using experienced talents being a starter photographer, communication on large sets.
- 27:15 – Photo Example Review: “B&W: Riley on the Beach” – “Pocket of Light”, natural shadow creation, posing for creating interesting shadows, rim lighting, working quickly bcs of changing light.
- 29:05 – Photo Example Review: “Color: Sylph – Early Morning Color Rock Posing @Sleepy Bay” – using colored rocks, “dramatic” poses to fit the natural elements, open shade lighting & natural lighting only, how and when to choose B&W or Color as a final result.
- 31:35 – What is your equipment choice regarding camera, lenses and – if any – lighting? Working lightweight? Are a lot of megapixels important? How many strobes? What’s in your “Outdoor Bag”?
- 32:00 – Talk: Advantage of working with a mirrorless system (changing from Nikon to Fuji) and a battery-powered Elinchrom strobe, small softbox & pole.
- 36:33 – How do you cope with surprises on set? Are you a great improviser?
- 37:40 – Last question: You have done an Iceland Workshop, Tasmania, New Zealand…> Which places on this planet are missing as scenic backdrop for your next workshop and shooting?