Are you a photographer looking to expand your skill set? Nude photography is on the rise and this is an area in which more and more people are requiring this service. In this article, you will find a beginner’s guide to nude photography and our top tips that we have learned while attending nude photography classes.
Know What You Want to Achieve
With this type of photography, it can be common for both the photographer and the person being photographed to be a little awkward and not be sure of how to pose. Your initial few shots can turn out not so great, however, this does not have to be the case if you are prepared. Take a look at some photography magazine and books featuring this type of photography and look for inspiration of poses and angles that you should be capturing. When you know exactly what you want to achieve in a shot, this makes the whole process a lot easier.
Opt for Black and White
When you are taking nude photography pictures for a client, we would always recommend that you opt for black and white photographs. When you shoot in colour, any blemishes or blotches on the skin, which we all have, are far more likely to noticed and most people will want the exact opposite for their photographs. While you may be thinking, ‘oh, I can just convert the images to black and white later’ your client will still see the colour shots and may not be too happy during the photoshoot, and so for this reason it is best to opt for black and white. Shooting in black and white completely changes the look and feel of a photograph and focuses more on the light, shapes and shadows, rather than the actual body of the person.
Check the Temperature
This is more of a practical tip, but one that is extremely important! When you are doing a nude photography session, it is important that you ensure the heating is on and that the room is warm. As the photographer, it is easy to not notice that a room is cooler when you are standing there with all of your clothes on! However, we can guarantee that your client will not be happy posing in a cold room if they are shivering!
Use a Longer Focal Length
When doing nude photography, you will tend to find that longer focal lengths tend to work better, however, this is something that you should test out during your shoot.
If you are trying to find ways to tone down the nature of this type of photography, then a good way to do so is by having your subject face away from the camera instead of looking directly at. Sometimes the face of the person being photographed can be a little distracting and take away from the natural beauty of these pictures.