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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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‘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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“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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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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SESSION REPLAY: “Private Affairs” feat. Michaela

5 Sets. 5 Films. 95 Min Runtime. FullHD
Shooting Observation. Personal project “Private Affairs”. Dan shoots in his private place a new style of series: Portrait Nudes. Mixing portraiture photography elements with alluring nude photography elements.
This time Dan was collaborating with a model of different shape, height and hair color. Having various subjects in front of your lens is important when you’re exploring the core of a new visual concept. Goal of this personal work was to level up Dan’s aspirational portfolio.

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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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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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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’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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My „Lab“: Setting Up A Micro-Photo-Studio

I just installed a sweet micro-studio at home – it’s my new lab. The space is made for messing around: testing fresh shooting approaches and experimenting with new image looks that are paired with specific light settings, styling and work processes. Get to explore: Why & How, “Suffering” from Limitations, Lighting Gear & Studio Support, Test Shoot Results, and a lot of other impressions…

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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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On “Uncle Terry” and the “Importance of Not Being an Asshole”

With the #MeToo movement gathering steam, we all have to be cognizant that models could interpret any questionable behavior in the worst possible light. So, it is more important than ever before to “Not be an Asshole.” Keep in mind that, to some extent, “perception is reality”! I wrote down my reflection, insights and recommendations for you. Please read and share your own experiences or thoughts about this hot topic with our community.

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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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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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Invest In Talents! Not Gear.

Dan participated in a Skype interview with the good folks of elixxier Software. Get Dan’s very own insights in effective concept development, why to work with a MUHA, why simple light is the best strategy, Dan’s typical shooting schedule, lighting gear tips, and more.

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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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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 1)

Using a “Keyword First” approach influences conceptual aspects way before picking up the camera. It is very simple yet extremely powerful. Apply 2-3 coherent keywords for a series and you have laid the groundwork. Plus it allows for an effective communication with your team. Explore Dan’s method and 40 different concept briefs!

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Why I Add Boudoir Photography To My Service Portfolio

When talking about “Boudoir”, there are always the same (important) questions coming up immediately: Isn’t “Boudoir” just a marketing term? What is “Boudoir Photography” anyway? Male photographers shooting Boudoir?!? How to start out the simple way, meaning low-cost?… – I got you covered. Let’s start with the very basics in today’s article.

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Fashion Nude Photography & Styling: Advanced Body Styling (Part 1)

In this installement I will explore together with you Body Painting as a form of creative expression. A key success factor for a venture such as this is…patience. But you will see that it’s totally worth the wait! Model Oli went through a series of dance moves and presented a veritable kaleidoscope by twisting and posing her body in a variety of positions.

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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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DIY: Making A Flower Wall As Photo Backdrop

The time I started to embrace sexy portraiture more intensively, I also began to explore ideas for different backdrops. One particular concept was to build a beautiful flower wall that can be used in various ways: fresh & frisky or a subtle romantic. Both styles rely on the exact same backdrop but they get polished differently by tweaking lighting design and image looks in post.

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Portrait Nudes: My Definition + Model Test Shoot

Sometimes it is necessary for me to setup a little test shoot, be it to experiment with a new shooting concept or because I’m having a new model on my list. With Nici Dee, I found a new jewel for my list! I selected her to be the talent for my upcoming webinar „Contemporary Portraiture“ but I had to make sure that she is the one I was looking for.

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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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Models Turned Photographers

Probably you have noticed a phenomenon lately: “models turned photographers”. Large photography mainstream sites are pushing this topic to fuel the discussion about the state of photography. Is this news-worthy? Well, important enough for JimmyD to share his thoughts and insights about this topic.

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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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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #5

Following photographer Rik Williams during a Glam Nude Shoot incl. an on-set interview and a comprehensive talk about Rik´s approach and experience. Sitting down with photographer (+SWP author) Gary Chambers from Lime Imagery talking about the business aspects and marketing strategies for running a portraiture studio, offering cross-genre styles including glamour & boudoir. My personal recap, aftermath and drive for new adventures outside my comfort zone.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #4

Week #4 VLOG – Sydney, Brisbane + Melbourne (again)! Interview with photographer Stephen Wong, following photographer Cam Attree during an Art Nude Shoot (+ interview), got an interview with Art Nude Model Sass Kia and sitting down and talk for almost 2 hours with one of my B&W shooter idols: Photographer Peter Coulson.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #3

Week #3 VLOG – Sydney + Canberra! Following: Mike Stacey Outdoor On Location Shoot, Lori Cicchini On Location & Studio Shoot, Robert Coppa Studio Shoot. Including interviews. And having the models Anne Duffy and Flavia aka Smartcookiecookie on sets. Art Nudes, Fashion Nudes, Sexy Nudes.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #1

Week #1 VLOG – Australia Bound: Prague > Melbourne, Settling in in Melbourne & organizing the last stuff, bound to Tasmania and accompanying an Outdoor Art Nude Workshop, setup and led by Cam Attree, Fine Art Nude Master Photographer.

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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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The Marketa Belonoha Rose Shoot

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.

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Clients: A Mutual Love/Hate Relationship

Have you ever had a boss whom you sometimes love and sometimes hate? That’s how it is with me and my clients. I love them. I hate them. I love them. I hate them. I’ll admit I can sometimes be difficult for some bosses (clients) to work with. But I’m simply someone who knows what they’re doing, at least in terms of shooting glam, tease, and nude models, and who expects to be treated as such.

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A Sense Of Confidence: All Turned Out Well.

In 2016, I made a few questionable decisions and some of SWP’s projects took strange directions and heavy detours, to say the least. But all turned out well! What a relief…
For 2017, there are various new exciting formats pending – a few ideas I am revealing in my latest write up for this year. Get a short 2016 review and an insightful 2017 outlook.

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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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Do Not Micro-Manage Your Photo Models

Recently, a well-established model I know was complaining on Facebook about one of her recent shoots. She wasn’t angry as much as firmly voicing her displeasure with photographers who micro-manage models during their shoots. I know exactly where she’s coming from. As a photographer, I don’t like clients who try to micro-manage my shoots. So, here is my opinion and take on this.

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“ABSTRACTISM” Nudes With A Video Projector

“Abstractism” offers a lot: An experimental exploration, conceptual work, artistic output, for fun… – it is totally up to your desire, needs and imagination in which direction you want to lead this concept. A repetitive application by using different pattern-worlds and different subjects will let you accumulate a series that will be an invaluable body of work for your portfolio.

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DIY “Shadow Play”. Simple 1-Light Setup

“Shadow Play” fuels your creative mind with a simple concept that offers expressively magnificent art nude photos. It needs a bit of DIY work, 1 speedlight/strobe – et voila. If you stick to the compositional concept of keeping your subject’s anonymity, then you can photograph your partner/wife and nobody will get in hot waters. Discover endless possibilities the low budget way.

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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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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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Pep Talk With Stana – Highly Accomplished Classical Art Nude Model

1 Film. 38 Min Runtime. HD
Let me introduce to you: Stana, the smart-art Goddess! Driven by curiosity, I took up the challenge of delving deeper into the rather hidden working spheres of the art nude genre. I got the opportunity to sit down and winkle out insights with one of the most successful, worldwide published, countless times displayed and highly sought after art nude models that I know.

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Having Faith; Losing Confidence. It Is A Game!

My online adventure went fine for the last three years, things developed very well. At the end of 2015, I felt it was time to faithfully take a flying leap with my online endeavor. I went ahead, got overwhelmed, missed several warning signs until I finally hit rock bottom this summer. The disaster had been looming over my head for some time but I was too busy to take a closer look. Then the day came when I was more than exhausted…

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How To Add Glamour & Boudoir Photography To Your Service Portfolio

Where do I find clients? Before starting your expansion into the field of glamour and boudoir photography (or starting up an entirely new photography business), you need to ask yourself a few fundamental questions. Simply put, draw an outline of “My Ideal Client” in relation to “What Do I Need/Want To Earn”.
It’s about having the right clients; clients that understand our value and will pay our prices… Get tips, tricks, insights and a complete “Marketing Strategy Checklist” from our Australian fellow Gary.

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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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Artistry: Sphere Shoot

This tutorial is mainly about Mathieu’s way of thinking and the process he goes through before a shoot. At a seaside town near Mathieu’s living place, he came across a giant sphere and was immediately captivated by it. Creating a shoot concept out of this inspiration was the first step…
Follow the full process, experience a model with a kind of Rubenesque figure and grasp insights on artistry.

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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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“Feeling Appealed” – Insanely Flattering Women Portraits

Shallow depth of field, classical B&W finish and immensely intense flattering women glances: That’s the result of “Women Portraits” created by Tobias Glawe. Exploring new frontiers, Tobias decided to work with natural light only.
Follow his thoughts about aesthetics, take a look behind-the-scenes and receive tech data regarding the implementation. Of course illustrated with highly appealing imagery.

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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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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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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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