Form In Nude Photography
Photography ultimately is about texture, shape and form. The latter, form, is the most basic element in art, and immediately taught in college Art 101 classes as the basis of a “three-dimensional geometrical figure as opposed to shape.” Shape is defined as two-dimensional objects, normally flat in appearance and this is what an amateur photographer will normally capture, while a great professional photographer will create and capture a third-dimensional illusion.
Here is a great example of chiaroscuro.
This is what separates pictures from photographs. In pictures, that anyone can take, photography is two-dimensional by nature, like a photographic print or a painter’s canvas. However, the greatest painters and photographers will use chiaroscuro, the intermixing of lights and darks, to create the “illusion” of a third-dimension in their two-dimensional mediums. This is what separates the greats from the good or close enough for government work settlers—the illusion to bring out form.
Unfortunately, form is often overlooked, mainly because people see three-dimensional from the moment our eyes open at birth to the day we die, so basically, we’re just used to seeing form in everything, usually without appreciating the form itself, like the form of the human figure. But when we use the right lens, hold the camera at the right angle (besides the obvious horizontal and vertical format) and light the subject appropriately, the human body begins to take its form in the photographer’s camera—it’s an art to see this form before the camera shutter is released.
Camera: Olympus E-1, Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm, F/2 (eff. 70mm), Shutter Speed: 1/160, Aperture: F/4.5, ISO: 100, White Balance: 6000K, Lighting: Hensel Hensel Integra 500 Pro Plus fitted with 7-inch reflector and a 20-degree metal grid
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