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.
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