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Nudes Based On Life’s Experiences

Experience In Life Makes A Difference, Not Just Technical Knowledge

In my last photoblog article, “Moody Nudes, Life Created,” I discussed the correlation of life’s experiences with interjecting moods into your photography, including how this separates some photographers from others when even photographing the same person with the same settings and environment. So in this photoblog article, I wanted to expand on that concept and share some of my own life experiences that I feel impacts my own photography. Yes, a bit personal in nature, but hopefully it will give you an idea how I conceive some of my photography.

Tungsten Lighting Nude Photo

Using only available room light can create a natural, warm ambience.

But first, let me explain that no matter what you experience in life, photographers still need to know the basics, fundamentals and principles of photography as it’s within these mandatory concepts where we create the foundation of our photos. For example, I might choose a specific light modifier or light source, to set the mood I’m feeling. If I’m feeling moody, in search of a warm, intimate feeling, I might opt to not use studio flash and go for the natural color balance of an incandescent household bulb or similar tungsten light source.

Think about that for a second. Flash is practically clear light at 5400-5500K (Kelvin) while tungsten is warm, yellow, reddish, at 3200-3400K. Flash, depending on the light modifier, can cause harder shadows than I need, or even perhaps the flash burst itself, ruin what the model is feeling or the feeling I might of created using the ambience of natural, warm, continuous tungsten light instead. Perhaps with a more experienced model, I might use flash and dial-in the white balance on my digital camera to 6000K, thus the camera thinks the flash is a colder than normal and will automatically add warmth to cancel out the coolness in the image.
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6 Comments

  1. “Using only available room light can create a natural, warm ambience.”

    This is purely a color balance issue and may just as well be achieved with flash, HMI, LED or sodium vapor lights.

    “A continuous, low-power light source has a fast drop off, or fall off, thus the background goes darker and darkness itself creates a more sultry or mysterious mood in the photograph. Flash, depending on the light modifier and the distance to the subject, might illuminate the background more and create a less sultry and mysterious effect.”

    There’s no difference between continuous light and flash when it comes to fall off. What matters is distance to subject versus distance to background, and the softness of the light is determined by the size of the light source in relation to the subject.

    Aside from a couple of small, technical issues, I like the article. :)

    • Thanks for your feedback. On continuous light vs. flash, perhaps I should have clarified that a lot of continuous lights are “low-intensity” thus, faster fall-off. Flash, depending on the power output and light modifier used, can have a higher guide number, thus more intense and traveling farther distance than low-power continuous light sources. For example, a 100-wat table lamp will have less output than a 1200-watt second flash unit with a large light modifier. It’s ultimately about using the right light source (tool) for the right effect.

  2. Being a student of life myself (grin), of both the darker and lighter side 101, I can certainly appreciate your perspective. You are indeed an amazing photographer who got there by being a scholar and a gentleman first and foremost.

    • Thanks for the nice words. I’m not the best, still learning, but I try my best! Thanks!

  3. Hey Rolando!
    First time I have been to your site, I am in the military as well, and went to DINFOS for photography, but i’m in the Navy, not the Army. Anyway, read most of your book on the flight over here to my deployment, (Garage Glamour). This is a great post as well, especially the bit about having passion in your images. Although it doesnt relate well some of my favorite images to get our some of our military police officers getting pepper sprayed, now those images have some real passion in them! My wife and I operate a boudoir photo studio as well, and although its a long shot, if you ever have the time i’d love to have your opinion on them. I wish you the best and now i’m getting back to reading these articles!

    • James, thanks! Thanks for your service too, I won’t hold the Navy against you, my brother was a SeaBee. ;) Glad you like the articles, I’ll do my best to add more soon. Thanks!

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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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