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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.

Lindsay Adler’s Tips on Helping Clients Relax During a Photo Shoot

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Featured, nude, Photography Tips, portrait

Lindsay Adler’s Tips on Helping Clients Relax During a Photo Shoot

Photographers are probably the worst people to photograph. I know I am. When that camera lens is pointed in the wrong direction, I do what I tell all my clients not to do; I stiffen up, force a fake smile and awkwardly pose hoping the photo will turn out okay. And that’s how many of your clients feel when you are photographing them as well, which is why it’s an important part of our jobs as the photographers to help the client relax and feel comfortable so that we can get a natural and beautiful portrait of them. It’s not easy and takes a lot of practice. [REWIND: LINDSAY ADLER – FINE ART NUDE VIDEO SERIES | REVIEW (NSFW)] In the following video from her CreativeLive Portrait Bootcamp (which ends August 28th), Lindsay Adler gives us her five key suggestions on interacting with clients and “building rapport.” The first tip she gives is something I totally agree with and my favorite tip of the set, “Exude confidence.” Up until not so long ago, I would get really nervous before every shoot. I would worry about lighting, worry about posing, worry about if the client and I would work well together. The nerves left as soon as I began shooting, but I really had to practice coming into each shoot with a confident energy, knowing I had the knowledge and the ability to nail it every single time. Having confidence and showing confidence does go a long was in getting your clients to feel comfortable. The other 4 tips (and the bonus tip she gives at the end) in the 6 minute video are also helpful and can be used in numerous shooting situations to help your clients look and feel great in front of your camera.        Share...

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Giveaway for Lindsay Adler’s Fine Art Nude Video Series ($99 Retail)

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Featured, nude, Photography Tips

Giveaway for Lindsay Adler’s Fine Art Nude Video Series ($99 Retail)

A few weeks ago, we reviewed Lindsay Adler’s Fine Art Nude Video Series and she was kind enough to offer us a copy to give away to you, SLR Loungers. In this 3+ hour tutorial, Lindsay Adler walks you through the fundamentals of the core tools available to a fine art nude photographer. After a thorough exploration of these elements, Lindsay demonstrates how nudes become fine art nudes through a variety of creative techniques that you too can master! Enter the Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway More About the Content Intro: Communication is key when planning and shooting a nude session. Lindsay will discuss how to cover important topics like grooming, shoot expectations, and body positioning. Posing: Learn how your camera sees and emphasizes certain areas of the body while drawing attention away from others in order to flatter your subject— all with posing. You will learn common mistakes that can ruin a pose and why. After watching the tutorial, you will be able to watch for these posing mistakes in your subject while directing a pose. Learn 5 go-to poses that are a great starting point for any session. Master these poses and then build and refine to create something unique! Lighting: Don’t just learn to mimic lighting setups. Instead, learn how light affects the subject’s body and how to use this to your advantage. Lindsay will show you how different modifiers and angles of light change the appearance of the nude human form. Lindsay will cover ten go-to fine art nude lighting setups and explain her modifier choices. She will show you the position of the light as well as how lighting, posing, modifier angle, and more work together for a successful image. Learn lighting with one, two and three lights to fit any budget! Creativity: Lighting and posing are the foundations of your creative toolkit, now it’s time to create! Join Lindsay as she explores the human form and turns nudes into fine art nudes! Watch as she photographs dance, paints with light, body paint, silhouettes and more. During each shoot, Lindsay explains her thought process behind lens choice, lighting, posing, camera angles and more. If you’re interested in learning more about Fine Art Nude photography, be sure to enter this giveaway!        Share...

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The World’s First Large Format Underwater Polaroid Photo Shoot {NSFW}

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Featured, nikon, nude, Photography Tips

The World’s First Large Format Underwater Polaroid Photo Shoot {NSFW}

Warning: Images in this series feature nudity and may not be safe for work [NSFW] Twin brothers Ian and Erick Regnard grew up in the water. Born on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and then moving to Australia in their teens, the two were inseparable. The pair became interested in surfing and photography when Erick bought a little Nikon camera to take photos of the surfers and soon created an international and very successful photography career. In 2005, a friend told the brothers about an island where you could see 60-100 meters underwater, so they decided to do an underwater photo shoot there. Not knowing that it had never been done before, the two wanted to use large format film for the project. Finding that no one had any experience on how to make this happen, Ian and Erick did some research, bought a camera and rebuilt it for the project. Then they got custom built underwater housing for the 4×5 format, which was so large that it needed its own 15kg dive belt. The shoot became a two-part project: A Thousand Kisses Deep, which featured a nude model and some stingrays and was photographed off the island of Fuji, while the second part, Floating Bits was photographed with a single nude model in Nuie. [REWIND: EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY: AMAZING UNDERWATER IMAGES USING A DESKTOP SCANNER] As you can imagine, photographing with a large format Polaroid underwater has its share of challenges. Aside from the sheer size of the equipment, they could only take one shot at a time. After each shot, they swam back up to the boat, reloaded the film and went under again. With the ability to only shoot one photo at a time, they had to be sure that the one they got was the one they wanted, but focusing while underwater was no easy feat either. Because of the refraction difference, they pair took some drastic measures (pun intended). Ian explains, We did a few shot with a gigantic ruler and took photos at different measurements on the lens. Then we compared the distance on the lens to the distance focused on the ruler, and therefore established a table of distances to shoot. Then when it came time to shoot the model, she was given a tape measure that was fixed on my weight belt and she would go out to 3 metres and the lens was set prior for that distance underwater. I would then reel the tape and we would then go down together, with me trying to keep the same distance at all times and with her doing what she would do best… posing. Ian and Erick have won numerous prestigious awards with the images from this session and now, in between commercial, advertising, and editorial work, the brothers try to find time pursuing their passion with personal, artistic...

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Photoshop Techniques For Photographers | Free Webinar

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Fashion, Featured, nude, Photography Tips, photoshop

Photoshop Techniques For Photographers | Free Webinar

Photoshop. It can either be used as an amazing tool to better the world or used very, very poorly. Either way, as a photographer, you need at least some rudimentary post processing skills, if only to fix a red eye or blemish in a photograph from time to time. But Photoshop can be so much more. Photoshop can help you develop your own personal style to help you stand out from the sea of photographers out there and much more. If you are looking to learn more about Photoshop, check out this free educational webinar hosted by ShootDotEdit and featuring fashion photographer, Lindsay Adler. Lindsay will be showing a variety of techniques she uses in Photoshop. Lindsay is a fashion photographer and educator located in New York. She’s built an impressive portfolio in numerous publications and has taught thousands of photographers around the world. We’ve featured some of her beautiful images before in these articles, and she is a gifted educator. [REWIND: LINDSAY ADLER – FINE ART NUDE VIDEO SERIES | REVIEW (NSFW)] In this webinar, you will learn how to: Use Lindsay’s favorite Photoshop tools for creative effects that give her images a fashion look and feel Create simple but Create simple but eye-catching visual effects in Photoshop Shoot with Photoshop in mind as a better way to express your creative vision and save you money This free webinar will take place on July 1st at 10:00am – 11:00am PST. Don’t miss out! You can grab your seat here: http://hubs.ly/y0S7JL0        Share...

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Lindsay Adler – Fine Art Nude Video Series | Review (NSFW)

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Featured, Food, nude, Photography Tips

Lindsay Adler – Fine Art Nude Video Series | Review (NSFW)

I’ve often lamented that as a man, I’m to some degree, an ego covered in skin. It’s something I’ve just come to accept, that barring some Monk-like devotion to self-development in the mountains somewhere, that’s how it’ll be. The affliction, however, doesn’t really just affect men, because there are certain occupations that seem to breed an ego. Fighter pilots (warranted), investment bankers (not), and photographers (maybe), to name a few. This is problematic because once we reach a certain level of ability or popularity, many photographers feel there is little to be learned from anyone else, and even if there was, it would cause a bit of light bruising to admit a shortcoming – it’s part of the reason many photographers become autodidacts in private. Without sounding trite, believe me when I say, as a photographer, you’ve always got something to learn. You just may have to accept that it really is the little things, and you may have to gorge on more information to find your ‘a-ha’ moments – but they’re there, and good educators are the ones to bring them to you – educators like Lindsay Adler, for example. Lindsay Adler, in all likelihood, is a name you’re familiar with if you’ve been around the photography education circuit for even a meager amount of time, and that’s simply because she’s good. Lindsay, much like our very own Pye, has a way of taking a subject matter of some degree of familiarity, and revealing much of it you didn’t even know you were unfamiliar with, and then breaking it down into easily digestible morsels. This is very much the takeaway I assume many professionals will get from Lindsay’s latest course, and for those not yet a pro? It will help you get there. It’s all about nude posing, and fine art nude posing to be precise. Make no mistake, this is an art made up of many arts, as you must have the artful vision, the ability to execute it, and be versed in the art of engaging with a model in perhaps a most vulnerable state. It is, in fact ,these very facets that Lindsay continually addresses in each section of the 3 hour+ DVD, not simply showing what the shots should look like, but giving you insight into the details on how to manage your shoot from each angle. This is truly where the value lays, and you can’t really get that from scattered sources like you can from a formal and comprehensive, theoretical, and executional structure. Lesson Structure / Format What Lindsay is essentially doing is showing you ways to honor the human form and do it through your own creative lens. This can only really be done with a core understanding of fundamentals that include posing, lighting, lens choice, planning, and not least of all, communication. As such, there is a large emphasis on...

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Sally Mann | Behind The Lens Of One Of The Most Renowned Photographers

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Fashion, Featured, nude, Photography Tips

Sally Mann | Behind The Lens Of One Of The Most Renowned Photographers

It’s not hard to find negative comments and criticism regarding Sally Mann. Indeed, throw a rock within any small gathering of people and your’e bound to hit three or four who’ll give some. This is probably to be expected however, when you cause such a stir that the New York Times says of Mann, “Probably no photographer in history has enjoyed such a burst of success in the art world.” If, by some chance, you’ve not heard of her, or are unfamiliar with her work and notoriety, there are volumes of articles written about her with which you can familiarize yourself, but in brief, very brief, Mann is one of America’s most renowned photographers, with a host of awards to her name, and as many books. She is probably best known for her rather large black and white works, and more specifically, for Immediate Family, her third collection. Immediate Family was a collection of 65 photographs of Mann’s three children who were all under the age of 10 at the time. The photos were largely taken at the family’s summer cabin, and with such an environment, many of the photos were of simple rural life, and some were of the children in the nude. As can be expected nowadays, this sparked controversy far and wide, from groups and individuals as diverse as they come who felt she eroticized children. Mann, however, thought the images natural through the eyes of a mother. Her success was relentless, and is regarded worldwide as one of the finest photographers, by the finest judges, and NPR recently released a wonderful interview with Mann where she reflects on her life and photography. We learn about her start in photography with her father giving her her first camera, and why she loves black and white photography. That’s not why I like it, but it’s harder, but it also makes you get right to the essence of what you’re taking the picture of. You’re not distracted by the color…I mean, the color’s just an entirely different process, way of thinking. I see everything in black and white and I also now start seeing things…But, yeah, you start blocking out things, and that’s a really important part of taking a picture is the ability to isolate what you’re what you’re concentrating on… [REWIND: A Pro Fashion Shooter’s Favorite Camera | Why Size & Softness Are Good] She comments on the pictures of her children naked, her thoughts on photography in general and its effect on memory, and insight into her state of mind when taking her images. It’s 44 minutes long, but worth the time. For many of the newcomers to photography enamored by the new famous names, I always find it’s good to step back and listen to what someone like Mann has to say – usually it’s the kind of insight you’ll find nowhere else, and...

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