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The nude figure is mainly a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art, and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. In one sense, a nude is a work of fine art that has as its primary subject the unclothed human body, forming a subject genre of art, in the same way as landscapes and still life. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting, including allegorical and religious art, portraiture, or the decorative arts.

26 Elongated Panoramic Vistas

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Featured, landscape, nude, Photography Tips

26 Elongated Panoramic Vistas

Sometimes using a format other than the standard proportions works better for an image. One of those times is shooting landscapes of sweeping wide vistas. A great way to do that is to create a panoramic image. Here are a few photos that take advantage of that format to create stunning results. By John Watson By Geert Orye By Geert Orye By Chris Lofqvist By Christopher Chan By Lorenzoclick By Neil Howard By Christos Tsoumplekas By Zach Dischner By mariusz kluzniak By Zach Dischner By Jason Mrachina By Christopher A. Dominic By Always Shooting By mariusz kluzniak By ©Mike Photo Art By Massmo Relsig By Tim Hamilton By Vadim Kurland By Davide D’Amico By Wenjie Qiao By Arne Bornheim By Adrien Sifre By Chris Toe Pher By Kelly DeLay By Daniel Gillaspia The post 26 Elongated Panoramic Vistas by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.        Share...

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‘Socially Unacceptable’ Nudity – An Interview With Photographer Jade Beall {NSFW}

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Featured, nude, Photography Tips, portrait

‘Socially Unacceptable’ Nudity – An Interview With Photographer Jade Beall {NSFW}

{Warning: Article contains images that are NSFW} For many of us, simply running a business and keeping our heads above water is an overwhelming task. For some photographers, however, the subject nature of their passion brings in an entirely new challenge. From the first time she posted a photo of her nude body breastfeeding her newborn son, Jade Beall has encountered criticism and unwarranted critique at every corner. She’s also garnered a fairly substantial following from around the globe in support of her unique and uplifting voice in the photography world. Jade challenges people’s opinions and thoughts of normal with her subject matter and by doing what she’s calls simply following her passion. I got the opportunity to sit down with Jade at the beginning of this week following the third banning of her personal Facebook page for 30 days. For those of you who use Facebook for your business, you can understand how damaging and frustrating this can be (even more so when she didn’t break any of the Facebook terms of service in her postings). Jade connects with the majority of her client base and support system thru Facebook, so being unable to even log in to see messages or respond to requests costs her much more than just a mere social annoyance. If you haven’t seen Jade’s work, here is a small taste (starting with the image of her mother that got her banned this time – edited like it was when she posted it). Love it or hate it, there’s no way to view work from such a powerful photographer and not leave unchanged! [REWIND: How would your business survive if Facebook died? CD: So, the obvious thing to ask here is how do you feel about the banning and/or FB with this being the 3rd time this has happened. Jade: It’s just super frustrating. Honestly, this isn’t even about FB to me. I mean, I truly honor their terms of service in my postings, and I’ve followed their rules and guidelines even beyond what they ask; it really is just about consistency. If they would CONSISTENTLY follow their own rules, this wouldn’t have happened. What is crazy to me is what they DO allow vs. what gets banned. (Update: since this interview was done, Jade’s account has been restored, and the unjust banning is being investigated!). The bigger issue here is really the heart of what I do – normalizing things like breastfeeding mothers or non-sexual nudity. There is an INTENSE objectification of women in our media with the intent to sell things. One of my fans (Roxanne Shelar) made this for me! Stop Banning Jade Beall CD: So, what was it that led your business this direction? Jade: I didn’t really HAVE a business then. I just had a moment of intense honesty with myself and wanted to believe what I think we...

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The Naked Truth: Tips & Tricks For Shooting Nude Photography

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in boudoir, Featured, nude, Photography Tips, portrait

The Naked Truth: Tips & Tricks For Shooting Nude Photography

Nude photography can be quite a beautiful art form. For centuries, the nude human form has been a subject for many artists in different genres. If you are a photographer in this genre or looking to get into this genre, you must understand it and be confident in what you are doing. Greg Gorman is a Hollywood celebrity photographer with over four decades of experience photographing stars, magazine editorials, advertising and fine art. In the following video from COOPH, Gorman shares some of his vast knowledge in the 2.5-minute video, giving us tip and tricks to use when photographing the nude form. Many of these tips can extend to numerous genres of photography – from connecting to your subject and making the feel comfortable to using “Golden Hour” like for the beautiful haze, but it’s interesting to see how he uses these general portrait tips and apply them to nude photography. [RELATED PRODUCT: FINE ART BOUDOIR TUTORIAL- THE EARTHEN BATHTUB] Some of his tips, such as “being confident and directing clearly” is vital to our line of work, but extremely important in nude photography. It would be awkward at best if you were fumbling around trying to figure out how to pose your model or unsure about your camera settings during a nude shoot. I really liked the tip on walking around your model to find her best angles – which is a great tip for any type of portrait photography. The best part of this video is seeing the images that Gorman produces, the beautiful, tasteful, and timeless portraits of the model, Nirmala. By the way, there is nudity in the video, so it is NSFW. To see more COOPH videos, check out the following articles: 8 DIY TRICKS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE | COOPH SIMPLE AND ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS | COOPH PHOTO COMPOSITION: 9 BASIC GUIDELINES FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS        Share...

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How To Shoot Nude Photography (NSFW)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Featured, nude, Photography Tips

How To Shoot Nude Photography (NSFW)

Cooph and pro photographer, Greg Gorman, have teamed up to put together this collection of invaluable tips for nude photography (I guess some of them apply to other types of photography, too). To make the video clip, they set up in a 600-year old castle located in Austria, which makes for a pretty beautiful setting. Take a look […] The post How To Shoot Nude Photography (NSFW) appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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6 Ways to Protect Your Photography Business from Scams and Litigation

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Featured, nude, Photography Tips, portrait

6 Ways to Protect Your Photography Business from Scams and Litigation

Scams and litigation are more prevalent than ever, and small business owners, including photographers, are falling victim daily it seems. Luckily I’ve been able to avoid scams and major legal issues during my time as a small business owner. I’m constantly on the lookout for scammers and those who might be trying to take advantage of me, though. Unfortunately, it’s just something we have to face these days. I’ve compiled a list of 6 ways to protect your photography business from scams and litigation so you hopefully will never have to deal with a major legal issue. 1. Meet in Person In our digital age, we’re comfortable making business connections online. We’re used to getting inquiries via email and social media. It seems like no big deal to make a business transaction with a total stranger we’ve never actually met in person. Sometimes I think we are too trusting. My biggest tip for avoiding scams, for both photographers and consumers of photography is to meet and do your business transactions in person. I realize that for some destination photographers this might be impossible, but you can use your judgment. Have a Skype meeting. Find out where they found out about you (were they referred from a mutual friend or past client? Then they’re probably legit). Never agree to collect more money than you’re asking for your services in order to help your client pay another vendor (that’s a total red flag!) and always stick to your preferred method of payment. You’re generally safest with a credit card or cash. For awareness, here are a few examples of photographers getting scammed by vendors or clients they had never met in person: FILM PHOTOGRAPHER SCAMMED BY CON ARTIST – AN INTERVIEW WITH POLLY CHANDLER PSA: DON’T GET SCAMMED | PHOTOGRAPHER GETS ROBBED BY ONLINE PRINT WEBSITE 2. Safeguard Your Personal Information & Online Reputation I recently read about a scammer who used the address of an actual well-known photographer to scam a client. The scammer was pretending to be this photographer, collected a large deposit and told the clients to show up at this photographer’s address. Of course the photographer had no idea any of this was going on until the clients showed up at her home address demanding to have their photos taken and then threatening to call the police when she swore she had no idea what was going on! If you work from your home, it’s probably best to not list your home address, personal phone number or any other identifying information online. Check all your social media sites, website, and any other online profiles to make sure your address isn’t public. Consider getting a P.O. Box instead of giving out your home address. Another common scam being used to hurt photographers is a type of blackmail where a scammer leaves a bad review on various sites online...

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The Red List | Inspiration & Study Material From The Best Photographers

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Fashion, Featured, landscape, nude, Photography Tips, portrait

The Red List | Inspiration & Study Material From The Best Photographers

I spent the better part of Sunday selfishly whiling away the hours in a Taschen bookstore on Lincoln Rd, a store that has become one of my usual haunts. Most of the time was spent pouring over the large and glossy pages of a life’s work of Ellen Von Unwerth, Linda McCartney, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh and Peter Beard – in other words, photographical nirvana. These artists and others that share the same shelf space have largely been my inspiration to be a photographer and the study of their work my education. I am not alone here. We all have our heroes in different fields, and we use them as motivation, and their styles help shape and influence our own work. Some of you of a Lord Henry persuasion, a la The Picture Of Dorian Gray, will no doubt find this to be a fault, that, ‘There is no such thing as a good influence.’ Like Lord Henry you may think that, “...to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul,” where he/she, “...becomes an echo of someone else’s music.” Now, I admire the wit and genius of Lord Henry through the pen of Oscar Wilde, but while I agree there should be true self-development by having the courage to do/shoot what is naturally you, I also don’t think it necessary to always re-invent the wheel. We can stand on the backs of geniuses and move further. Analyzing the work of the greats helps us see things differently and helps us have the confidence to develop our own voice and vision. After all, the technical skill isn’t rare, but it’s having something interesting to say. But you may not have a Taschen bookstore near you, no formal education in the arts, no photographical history class to make you aware of who the greats are and to study their work. This doesn’t mean you have to do without, and a new site called The Red List wants to be that resource for you. For anyone. Their manifesto is to be a global showcase for artists of all kinds, and a source of inspiration for the visual arts. It is multidisciplinary sure, but with a huge focus on photographers and their subjects. Designed as a trend book and a source of inspiration, The Red List offers total immersion in the whole world of visual arts so as to build bridges between historic and contemporary creativity. What would cinema be without photography? Interior design without architecture? Fashion without painting? Image researchers need to see what’s new and innovative, but they also need to train their eye by picking up on the references, echoes and allusions that have nourished (and continue to nourish) artistic creation. Within its virtual corridors, you can view imagery sorted by pioneers, fashion, landscape, portrait, nude, and more. Then each by photographer and/or subject, and a few...

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