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20 Nude Photography Tips

Getting Better At Nude Photography

Nude Photo, Virgin Islands Photography Workshop

Photo of Brynn during one of our Virgin Islands, exotic photography workshops.

Photographers always ask me for advice on getting better with their nude photography, so I thought I’d share some of it with you in hopes that it’ll help. So here are twenty photography tips on improving your nude photography.

1. Try and shoot the same model more than once! The more you work with a model, the easier it gets and the better your photographs will become with that subject. It’s all about building rapport, getting to know each other (platonically), and building a professional relationship with your subject. You’ll learn what are her best features and what features to avoid when photographing her with each shoot. She’ll become more comfortable posing for you with each shoot too. Ultimately, it’s the marriage of the minds that creates great photos.

2. Practice, practice, practice and by that I don’t mean with just nude models, just practice photography to hone your technical skills while seriously learning your camera equipment. One of the most famous “sensual” photographs is that of a bell pepper by Edward Weston. So don’t get stuck on photographing people only, shooting a camera is like shooting a weapon in the military, without practice you become rusty.

3. Let your subject know politely to show up at the shoot in loose clothing when you both have specifically agreed on shooting nude photography. It’s irritating when you have to wait for an hour or more for body marks created by undergarments and tight clothes—though make sure your subject wears presentable clothes should they have to stop while driving to your location.
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  1. Terrific working point, Rolando! I’ve seen too many photographers who do not keep basic etiquette in mind. Our models are a big part of what makes our photographs work and must be treated with the highest respect. Thank you for making this list.

    • Mark, thanks and you’re welcome!

  2. Rolando,

    Thanks for some great tips…I have a few nude photo shoots under my belt and to me, most of these are common sense…but it never hurts to re-emphasis them. Thanks for all you do and hopefully one day I may be able to afford one of your super workshops.

    All the best,

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Rolando Gomez Philosophy on Nude Photography
Editorial Nudes is not a website where you’ll find pornography, nor is this a website where models are underage, this is a website that showcases another genre of my art, though I want to clarify, nudity should never be a requirement for photography. Nudity is not for everyone, but for those that can appreciate the beauty of the human form and can handle it with maturity and common sense. I hope you’ll enjoy how I view nudity through my camera lens, often in a more editorial format. Read more about my philosophy on nude photography here.

Photographer Helmut Newton Had It Right On Nude Photography
While many famous photographers are known for other genres of photography, such as fashion, commercial, landscape and photojournalism photography, almost all have shot a nude photograph at some point in their careers. Whether it was fashion nude, editorial nude, Playboy nude, fine-art nude, implied nude, or some form of nude photography, some photographer captured a nude photo somewhere.

Then there were those like Helumut Newton, who were catapult into more fame for their nude photography than their commercial or fashion magazine photography. It’s been said that Simon de Pury, the head of the New York/London auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, while having a discussion with Helmut Newton about the then upcoming inaugural show for his Zurich gallery, asked Newton, “…What else do you have?” Newton replied, “My landscapes, but nobody wants to see those.”

Newton was correct and soon “Sex and Landscapes” was conceived for that inaugural show in 2001. While undoubtedly the late Newton has help put the “PC” in nude photography over the years, it’s not that nude photography is so bad in our private conscious, it’s the difficulty of the use of the word in our vocabulary and the use of nude images in our visual arts—like a fear, our own society is the guilty culprit and it’s time for us to “grow up” and accept the beauty nude photography brings, especially when captured correctly.

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