Over many years I have always enjoyed creating images using a nude in water, whether outdoors on location or in the studio. First starting with the beauty photography, where water is one of the most commonly used elements to show a healthy moisturised skin I then moved on to beauty nudes where it was just as useful and later on with some glamour photography as well. Continue reading →
The above fine art nude image was shot with a 50mm lens on a 35mm SLR. It was simply intended as a bit of fun following a rather mundane commercial shoot. The model had a lovely personality and was happy to do more images, just for the enjoyment and as a chance to experiment. Continue reading →
Recently I was in contact with a professional photographer called Phil Steele based in the US who runs a series of effective online video training courses in various aspects of photography and Photoshop that I am sure many of your would find very useful. These are available in high-def or standard-def so you can choose either one depending on your connection speed. Continue reading →
I recently found a very interesting site run by Bowens who make professional lighting equipment for studio photographers and they produce an online magazine that is free to view with a clear accent on lighting. Too many photographers get very excited about camera equipment but don’t think specifically enough about the lighting itself and how it will affect the mood and feel of the image when shooting glamour and nude photography.
Obviously there is a degree of bias if you can call it that towards Bowens equipment but regardless of what system you use it contains some very useful tips and information, covering everything from nudes and glamour through to still life and portraits.
It’s all a good read and worth checking out. You can go to the site and sign up for free updates so they let you know every time there is a new issue.
The above nude image was part of a beauty assignment I did in South Africa for an Italian cosmetics client. The team which flew out there must have been about ten people but not everybody was there to work directly on the photography.
This particular day had been extremely hectic, since we were unable to start as early as I would have liked and there had already been a shoot on the beach that morning with the same model followed by another shoot at a rented house nearby. It then took an hour or so in the mini van to reach the final location before we started the hard walk up to the waterfall. Continue reading →
The topless glamour image above was done as part of job a couple years ago using my 1DsII and a Tamron 28-75 zoom. The photo was taken in a narrow hallway, so space was pretty tight. According to the Exif data for that image I still managed to work at 75mm though, which is a very reasonable focal length for glamour. Continue reading →