Clamshell lighting is a common way to photograph a head shot and beauty close-up, often used in the fashion world. But now, for once, imagine to use this “fashion-inspired lighting” for a nude portraiture series… – that’s a most interesting genre mix. Get all the details on how to here.Read More
Art Nude Photography depicts the nude human body with an emphasis on form, composition, emotional content, and other aesthetic qualities. The nude figure becomes part of the overall composition, an element of the scene. Follow a complete on location photo shoot and get a free blueprint.Read More
Flooded with light, timeless style, creation of appealing lines: Backlighting. If you want to concentrate on the model’s curves – or rather her “Poses” – this easy to setup 1-light scenario is perfect to get rid of any other disturbing visual elements. Starring Melisa Mendini.Read More
Working with “Shadow Qualities” means to intentionally shape and sculpt a mood with shadow characteristics that create a distinct look. This is the basis for establishing the various imagery styles you need in order to present a rich and diversified portfolio. Get to explore how different looks and moods can be created by means of shadow design, and the application of specific light modifiers.Read More
For creating different moods and specific atmospheres you can’t just use a bare flash bulb all day long. By physically modifying your light source with the use of (light) modifiers. you are able to control the shape and spread of light in your images. Get here a set of 3D-series demonstrating various characteristic of light and shadow casting.Read More
On location, the first step is to evaluate the ambient light. And then you apply a suitable strategy to balance natural and artificial light that creates the desired look. In the article you‘ll learn about Stephen Wong’s approach and his recommendations on seeing and using natural light, posing & direction of light, using shade, using fill light, overpowering the sun, and more.Read More
Throwback episode featuring Marketa Belonoha and my bad lighting design and lessons learned. The action took place in 2006 and it was approximately the 5th glamNude shoot that I had ever done. Despite all the hurdles and not-so-thrilling glam outcome my team and I had a great time on set and it was worth the investment.Read More
I started an adventurous “on a budget” project shooting with speedlights only. Low costs include: (no) studio rental fee, ideas for shooting at home, and – of course – low/no model fees. I identified photo styles that allow you to work with your partner/wife/friends, newcomers, and even with models on TFP basis for specific concepts.Read More
In general, the inverse-square law explains the disproportionate light fall-off with increasing distance of the subject to the light source. So what’s “sexy” about that? Well, you can dramatically influence the mood, meaning style and statement, of your photo! Get a step-by-step brush-up about theory and real-world examples the “illustrative way”.Read More
In glamour/nude photography here in Europe, the subjects are still portrayed in alluring and exciting ways ranging from fully sexy dressed to nude. Glamour is primarily meant to tease and flirt with the viewer but never crosses the border to pornography and erotica at all! Get all actionable advice here.Read More
One day, without any particular reason, and out of the blue, I was struck by extreme enthusiasm and pioneer spirit (for B+) which lead to the decision of setting up a live stream photo shoot event. A long journey of tech preparation with lots of troubles along the way had begun.
The live shoot itself went perfectly great – we survived, delivered – and succeeded! Get the full insights here…
Composing drama series does not mean to create dusky sceneries but rather working with well-chosen light/shadow areas and corresponding accents. Messages can be sexy lascivious, contain round forms, and be strong and bold in emotions. A drama/noir setup most definitely flatters a woman’s shape!Read More
As a classical singer, Noema is subject to the same principles like anybody else in the glitz and glam biz: She needs to have an attractive photo portfolio. For her portfolio expansion I used my small flash units (speedlights) for creating the on-location imagery.Read More
After solely working with my monolight-kit for a long time, I’ve finally decided to invest in a more lightweight and even more mobile solution: Small Flash Units.
Get my first report, product images, test shots and results here.
Explore how I shot a glowy and glamorous series. Sense the warmth of Playmate Dominika’s body and the coziness of the setting.
A crackling fire, 2 flash lights, creativity in tweaking posing possibilities… – that’s it.
A simple setup creates some amazing results – Nude Jenni’s UFO Sighting! 1 light, 1 beauty dish with grid, 20 minutes time. Check out the light setup-implementation, the background story and the awesome imagery we captured right before Jenni got beamed up, fully clothed in her birthday suit…Read More
Get behind the scenes of a shoot that I have done at the end of a very long production day. Actually, this set was the cover shot with sexy Melisa Mendini. We totally nailed it in an amazingly free-flowing shoot that took us less than…Read More
Today I’d like to introduce you to a short but powerful guided tour that shows you how to setup clean studio beauty lighting for portraying your nudes.
This lighting design gives both you and your model a great freedom of movements (posing, angles, axes) because the main light area is wide and forgiving.
4-point lighting can be setup in so many different ways with equally different outcomes… –
but this time my exercise is to establish accent lighting step-by-step with the goal of a balanced finished result featuring four lights. However, the outcome of each single step (lights 1 to 3) itself can be used as an individual final result with an independent look and feel.
Three Point or Triangular Lighting is exactly as it sounds: The lights are placed at three different points relative to the subject. Those three points usually consist of two lights in front of the subject (to the left and right of the camera) with the third point of light behind the subject, often used as a hair light.Read More
My Glamour Lighting approach focuses on the depiction of a model with a strong emphasis on sensuality while today’s trends increasingly lean toward a more natural look at the same time. Today’s typical glamour shots are done with soft flash sources of various sizes.
Get the full tutorial and impressions here!
Is dramatic lighting the right choice for flattering a woman’s shape? Yes! It is.
In this free mini-guide I will explain the light setting for a bold series with the Czech Playmate Coxy in great detail.
The 3 Light Setup is the standard among Indoor Glamour Shots. Learn the Glamour Photo Lighting Basic Arrangement for any shoot. See a full shoot (BTS) & results…Read More
Decent Chic – it’s all about the hair…and the lighting. I had the pleasure of shooting the insanely talented nude art model Stana. See the full shoot (BTS) & results here!Read More
Summer Sunlight, a Shadowy Room and a Little Help. This image was created during a beautiful photo session in South France. It was summertime, the sunlight was hot and the bedroom location discreetly lit. The model and I enjoyed the atmosphere. And the result – created in a very simple lighting setup – is just flattering!Read More
Tips for Using Window Light in Nude Photography: The flash light as key delivers in this situation a crisp and bold light. The window lighting helps supporting my visual signature style: brightness.
I used a strip as modifier for a) softening the light and b) controlling the light distribution more accurate.
Natural Light and Shadows: Dealing with it by using reflectors. In this setup I use natural light only. The sunlight shining through a big window is key. A gold disc reflector is used to bring light levels higher in the right upper portion of the subject.Read More
Multiple sources: Using windows for rim lighting. Create a rim light indoors with window light. Take several test shots while the model slowly turns away from the window. Keep the model in a position where the light brightens the side of their head and shoulders without spilling over in to their face.Read More