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.
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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