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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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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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A Sexy Romantic Touch – B&W Digital Photography

Step-by-step the full look creation with FREE RAW file, Preset & Action (PS/LR): Concept, styling, lighting, B&W conversion.
In Sexy Romantic, Art Nude Model Hanna rests on a Victorian armchair, passing time one afternoon, reading poetry in her living room – a visually soft and artistic romance.

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LIVE I: The Big Bet! (Review)

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…

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Get Creative. Shoot B&W.

Conceptually opting for digital B&W is an exceptionally potent tool (and strategy) in the hand of every photographer, yet it should be utilized purposeful and with a clear commitment of intent.
It’s not only about deviation and fun but also (business) value, vital diversification, distinction and opening up your mind.

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Drama Lighting Using a 1-Light Setup

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!

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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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A Lucky Twist: Bad Glass, Excellent Model

Every now and then I set up a special, personal shoot, just to work on my portfolio in a very purposeful way. For this shoot I worked with Hanna a wonderful, inspirational Canadian art nude model, living in Portugal, traveling Europe.
Distortion. Beauty. Grain. Movement. Love.

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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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The Look Maker – Aneta Lozkova, MUHA: Portrait

Sexiness is charm, enchantment, allure, and attraction. Before the implementation of a shoot, a look is comprised of make-up, hair style and outfit. And this is where my fabulous team member Aneta Lozkova comes into play.
Explore Aneta’s creativity and get to see the awesome imagery we’ve created…

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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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Creative Cropping In Post Production

Cropping in post refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing, accentuate subject matter or change aspect ratio.
Most of my images here on BLOG+, in my guides and work for my clients are intentionally displayed as cropped versions of an original shot.

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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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Working with Models: Coaching Actions over Forcing Poses

When I start working with a model for the first time, I mainly have story related poses in mind. Yet sometimes the model doesn’t understand my intention and ideas, so I have to demonstrate a few concepts and actions to her.
Every once in a while I intentionally go way overboard just to get some laughter out of her. As mentioned: Mood is everything.

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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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Chloe Nude Shoot: Creating Magic in the Temple of Art

By pure chance, Dan stumbled across a terrific opportunity last fall: Chloe was visiting Europe for a shooting job and some additional vacation days.
On very short notice, the decision was made that she would come to visit him in Prague.

Dan then persuaded her to a nude shoot because he just discovered a stunning location a couple of weeks before: an old church, transformed into an art gallery…

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What’s In My Camera Bag?

I reveal my personal camera equipment and grip that I use to produce my still images: applied for all my professional assignments as well as my features here on SWP. – Gain insights about all my stuff along with detailed pictures and some personal notes 🙂

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Three-Point Lighting

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.

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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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Basic Glamour Lighting Tutorial: My Definition & Setup

Sexiness!
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!

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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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Model Lines

I’m often asked what sorts of things I say to models when they’re in front of my camera. I confess to having some standard dialogue I often mouth. Most of the models I shoot don’t end up being in front of my camera more than once or twice. So, I’m in little danger of being perceived as a photographer who spouts the same old garbage…

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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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4 Point Lighting for a Beauty Shot

To be clear: Related to an absolute lighting setup there is no such thing as ‘beauty light’. A beauty light may be both soft and glowing or dramatic and dark. This all totally depends on the beauty image you actually visualize in your mind.

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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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