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‘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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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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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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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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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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Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall… – An Erotic Exploration

Beyond the fact of being an instructional tool, I have found that mirrors are an ideal central element in set design for a number of different themes. Having fun in mind, model Brittnie and I teamed up for an “undress rehearsal”, concentrating our styling efforts on panties, taking a walk on the wild side.

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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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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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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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Fashion Nude Photography & Styling: Working with Animals (Part 1)

The concept of portraying women and snakes together is as old as recorded human history. For this more contemporary shoot, Allen was able to engage the sensuous art nude model Tiffany Helms and her co-model, Galadriel, the albino Burmese python, controlled by professional handler Erik. You get to explore: Shooting Concept, Safety Considerations, Shooting Report, 4 Looks with a Snake.

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Strobe & Natural Light: Outdoor Photography Lighting Strategies

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.

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The Power of the Triangle in Photo Composition

When we think about rules of composition in Sexy Women Photography, there are a few things that are always talked about like the “Rule of Thirds” for composition or “C/S/I” Curves in model posing. But almost nobody talks about the power of the triangle in photo composition. My purpose here is to call your attention to a powerful visual concept that is known to artistic composition generally, but which doesn’t seem to get talked about nearly as much as it merits in sexy women photography.

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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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How I Shot Portrait Nudes With (Cheap) LEDs

After shooting with studio flashes, speedlights and available natural light, I decided to try a new lighting-gear-field: shooting with LEDs. ‘Portrait Nudes’ as a SWP-style concept, a genuine woman in front of the lens, and some spontaneous ideas on the set: That is all it takes to create alluring pieces of work for your aspiring portfolio. Shot with inexpensive lighting gear.

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Fashion Nude Photography: Body Styling (Part 1)

Nude body styling is applied to evoke a mood or promote a lifestyle; the techniques can be simple or complex, fanciful or moody. In this article, Part 1, we are demonstrating some fundamental concepts. Follow us through the progress of 4 different sets, get styling details, tips and some shooting specs.

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It Don’t Mean A Thing, If You Don’t Have That Styling

Meaningful styling in your glamour photography requires more effort on the part of the photographer. You have to develop your own sense of style. Joe Rooney reveals his secrets, thoughts and concepts, suggestions in storytelling without having big costs and provides you with an uber-great deal of guidance and inspiration.

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Low-Key Bodyscapes: 4 Video Tutorials

Michael Zelbel pushed the boundaries once more! He put together his strategy, blueprints and shooting situations in 4 free videos. This is real meat, real free value, meant to be absorbed and replicated by you – on a low cost level in your home!

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Fashion Nude Photography & Styling: Let’s Go Retro!

Allen teamed up with the wonderful model Keira Grant and wardrobe stylist Caroline Langdon to explore a retro appearance from the 1920ies. The team created a convincingly authentic setting. Enjoy every bit of Allen’s meticulously implemented showcase, follow a very comprehensive analysis, and his personal insights.

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Latex Photography – How To Light & Shoot

Latex outfits are compelling for a couple of reasons: The skin tight nature of latex shows off a woman’s curves quite nicely and alluringly. These outfits are often designed to expose a woman’s breasts or buttocks while otherwise fully clothed. But there are also quite a few challenges involved when shooting this highly reflective material…

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‘Red Breeze’ Shoot At Home With Speedlights

“Red Breeze” is a creative artistic glamour concept shot with 2 speedlights. Working with unpredictable forms created by a fabric lace and incalculable posing can be seen as both challenging and exciting on set! The concept does not require a pro model but a playful one. The artistic touch is suitable for potential TFP collaborations.

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The “Snapshot Aesthetic” in Glamour Photography

I try to keep my photography fresh by exploring new lighting techniques. A while ago, I’ve come across a style of shooting known as the “Snapshot Aesthetic” style which is more than just a lighting technique in glamour photography. I started using this technique on my own. Here are my insights.

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Fashion Nude Photography & Styling: An Introduction (Part 2)

In this edition, we break free from any “fashion nude styling trend” constraints. In fact, our focus is on “if there is a rule, it’s meant to be broken.” Composition, lighting and posing “rules” are all out the window. By linking emotion to fashion, we strive to push the idea that fashion merchandising can successfully include a certain measure of nudity. Explore 3 sexy, complete scenarios conceptualized and shot by our American fellow Allen

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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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Inverse-Square Law: Step-By-Step The Illustrative Way

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”.

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Fashion Nude Photography & Styling: An Introduction (Part 1)

There are an infinite number of fashion nude styling techniques, and they are constantly evolving as does the fashion industry itself. In this introduction we purposefully kept the styling concepts simple in order to demonstrate that very often creating a powerful fashion nude image can be rendered as simply as strategically rearranging the garments.

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Being Prepared – Retouching Quick Wins

This series of Mini Quick-Win Tutorials tackles individual issues that arise during a re-touch. It might appear to be long and involved but remember, we are also trying to demonstrate a range of techniques. You do not need to use all of them, but some may well save you a great deal of time and raise your images to the next level.

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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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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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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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Sensual Nudes: 1-Light Shooting Step by Step

Creating sensual series means taking variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly dressed or in lingerie.
Learn and observe in this free full length tutorial how I implement a sensual sexy look with the support of the gorgeous Melisa Mendini
– soft, seductive and elegant with a touch of class!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Like a Princess: Natural Light & Bounced Flash

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!

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Simple Boudoir Lighting (Video)

Photography Tips for Your Boudoir Photo Shoot – Michael Zebel is a German professional people photographer. In this short tutorial he demonstrates how simply it is for you to setup your speedlights in order to achieve stunning results.

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Window Lighting: Natural Light Only

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.

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Nude Model Posing Basics with Jenni Czech

The first rule of good shoots is that the subject’s shoulders should be turned at an angle to the camera. To have the shoulders facing the camera straight on makes the person look wider and stockier than normal. This pose is used frequently in the world of fashion, glamour and nude.

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Window Light: Natural and Flash Combined

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.

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