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The Naked Truth: Tips & Tricks For Shooting Nude Photography

By Hanssie on September 8th 2015

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.

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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:

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  1. Paul Empson

    shadows are your friend… leaving something to the imagination really enhances an image I find..
    I much prefer art-nude to glamour..

    reflector, shadows and showing the model what you are capturing all top tips..

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