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Topic: Lighting

Clamshell Lighting on White

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.

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Art Nude On Location: 1-Light Setup

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.

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Backlighting: Attractive, Artful & Simple Nudes

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.

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It’s The Shadows, Not The Light!

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.

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Structuring the Shape of Light

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.

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Topic: Working With Models

Artistic Nude Flow Posing: Exploration with Art Nude Model Hanna

When it comes to artistic postures, one has a whole lot of different strategies to choose from. So in order to ensure that we will get a meaningful concept for a planned live event, I made a worthwhile experiment: freeflow poses, testing emotions and impact. I invited Canadian Art Nude Model Hanna for a joint collaboration…

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How To Use Hair To Portray Attractive Visual Stories

Hair is one of the main attractions a subject offers. From a practical, photographic standpoint, (long) hair is a fantastic “accessory” that endlessly helps you with storytelling, forming messages, and supporting moods. Learn how to use hair as a tool. Dan prepared for you his insights, recommendations and sample photos.

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Flow Posing Hack: Memorize 30 Poses The Easy Way

Handling posing flow, directing the model/client and communicating with them is a part of my natural workflow and habit today. Though that was not always the case!
I had to learn all these aspects the hard way. Endless practice with a lot of failures…
Here I introduce you a way to get excellent and alluring results when relying on a practical, easy to understand system: the Flow Posing Hack.

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What’s The Right Photo Model? – Types of Modeling

Of course every photographer has a specific taste in models, but if you start-up or enhance your existing portfolio, your work is evaluated based on the appropriate selection of your models. In this article I separated the model types into different genres based on my own categorization and experience with Sexy Women Photography.

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Topic: Complete Shoots

‘Motion Creates Emotion’ SHOOT AT HOME WITH SPEEDLIGHTS

I was aiming to create a candid, energetic series within a carefully designed lighting setup. The one and only true concept pillar here was: “Let the girl move and we will see how it turns out in the results achieved”. Energetic joy, movements, body act and genuine moments are the delightful series we shot. Get to explore the concept, lighting setup, posing approach and behind the scenes insights.

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A Touch Of Fetish

Since the novel “50 Shades Of Grey” took the female world by storm (read: “made fetish widely socially acceptable”) female clients are more receptive to concepts that involves depiction of desire, lust, and seduction. To add production value for yourself or an additional concept for your client, leave the traditional Boudoir Style path and add a seducing segment, which I classify as Beyond Boudoir.

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LES MUSES: A Voyeuristic Nude Portrayal Story

Creating a small, neat editorial-like shoot is the premise for this set. Not exactly a big story with a lot of different spots available but as a minimal approach for the making of a Mini Pictorial, a Mis-En-Scene so to say. Bright, warm colors in styling and props, fluffy lighting and deliberately intimate posing – the stage was set for producing a voyeuristic portrayal story.

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Topic: Looks & Concepts

Spice Up Your Studio Shoot: Alternatives to Shooting on Seamless

Joe Rooney, a semi-pro who has been shooting art nudes for years now, does not always have the opportunity or the budget to shoot on location. But based on his experience in spicing up his studio shoots, he came up with a list of ideas for you – ideas that he actually put into practice! Get inspiration and actionable advice with tons of good ideas right here.

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Fashion Nude Photography & Styling: Advanced Body Styling (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this topic we are demonstrating how designs painted on the human form can morph into different shapes, depending on a model’s body and different poses performed. Heather Filipski (MUHA & stylist), Brittnie Stull (art nude model) and I were the team of choice for this experimental and sexy exploration. Follow us through the progress of 3 different sets, get styling details, tips and shooting specs.

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Alabaster Skin Using 900 Nanometers

Allen recently did a session at the beach with his model friend Brittnie and student Erik. It was a “rehearsal” shoot for an upcoming series of fashion nude photography featuring lingerie. For Erik, shooting with an IR-modified Canon 10D, the session was about photographing a model on location; and for Allen it was about exploring how light that we cannot see renders colors and textures.

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Creative Outdoor Nudes: Shoot On The Run

Stephen Wong and Dan Hostettler created a hands-on Docutorial, showcasing their experience on how to shoot lean, quickly, effectively, being versatile, staying on budget, and achieve superb results all at the same time. SWP proudly present some first video insights, concept outline, production BTS and results from 6 sets.

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My “Keyword Tool“ Approach (Part 2)

The following photoshoot is based on my simple yet powerful “Keyword First” approach. I simply mixed a squint of erotic sense into a romantic setup and the result turned out to be sizzling, captivating and wonderfully sensual on a tasteful level.

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Topic: Interviews & Personal Notes

“White Bondage Love”: Shoot Observation & On-Set Interview

13 Min Runtime. FullHD
Robert Coppa is an award winning, internationally working photographer, based out of Canberra, AUS. He is shooting Fashion, Bridal, Advertising, Portraiture, Fitness and Beauty & Glamour. During Dan’s photography travel studies Down Under, Dan had the chance and honor to accompany one of Robert’s exciting shoots in his very own studio. Dan also had some time to chat with Robert about his very own production work.

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Outdoor Art Nude Photography with Cam Attree

3 Films. 92 Min Runtime. FullHD
Cam Attree is a well-respected Australian pro photographer, shooting Artistic Nudes, Burlesque, Boudoir, and Vintage Glamour. Cam got internationally published, continuously wins prestigious awards and exhibits. In short: Cam owns his artistry. 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. This exclusive video interview series is a unique and rare opportunity to get immersed in Cam’s artistic world and his way of thinking.

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Pep Talk With Melisa Mendini – Czech Glam Goddess

1 Film. 37 Min Runtime. HD
Melisa Mendini is a Czech glam goddess. Melisa worked for American Penthouse, Czech Maxim, Tuning Magazine, Mexican Extremo, German Coupe, and Hustler – to name just a few. Her long term shooting experience is what makes her a top pro. Get to experience a relaxed, sincere and openhearted Melisa Mendini in our Model Talk.

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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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Topic: Post Production

The ANTI-EDITING Tutorial for Boudoir Photography

8 Tips For Faster Editing! Shooting Boudoir for private clients is my profession. I am very passionate about and I have a lot of clients all the time. For finishing my work up I follow my very own post-processing approach. Therefore I want to bring you something a little bit different today: it’s the ANTI-EDITING tutorial. Frequency Separation? Nope! Lightroom only? Yes!

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The Power Of Image Looks: Changing Mood & Proposition

Working in a stunning location with a terrific model is a fantastic starting position to get good images. But conceptually evolving them towards different moods and messages by applying various image looks in post is a powerful strategy! In my showcase I want to elaborate about some distinctly different basics.

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Quickly and Easily Remove Harsh Highlights in Photoshop

There are some occasions where the lighting in a shot is a little harsh in certain areas (for example when shooting with a beauty dish).
Jake’s step-by-step article demonstrates a very quick Photoshop technique that help you to easily adjust the highlights without affecting the shadows.

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Digital Image Editing: When To Use What & Why. An Introduction.

Why, When & What to Use. For many portrait-, glamour/boudoir photographers, the image direct from the camera (despite attention to posing and lighting and getting it right in-camera) can be greatly enhanced through the application of simple editing techniques. Get an overview and recommendation about what to do and which tool(s) to use.

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Stray Hair – Retouching Quick Wins

Stray hair protruding out against a plain background are a relatively easy fix. In terms of quick wins, a simple tidy up of these stray hairs works wonders.
Get an overview and quick step-by-step guide here.

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