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The Seven-Inch Nude

Using Conical Reflectors And Grids

Editorial Nude Dramatic Lighting Photography

This image is lit using a Hensel Integra 500 Pro Plus monolight with a 7-inch conical metal reflector fitted with a 10-degree grid. The flash is turned off and only the tungsten modeling lamp is used. Notice the camera angle is almost perpendicular to the angle of the light source.

The rule for most glamour photography, when it comes to lighting, is the bigger the light source, the sweeter the light for your model.  This is especially true when photographing women, as larger light modifiers provide for a softer, more flattering quality of light, however, in editorial nude photography, I like to break the rule when I want more dramatic photos that involve provocative and deep shadows.  In fact, it’s not uncommon that I use only one light with a 7-inch, conical metal reflector attached then fitted with a metal grid—usually a 10-, 20- or 30-degree grid—to create my editorial nude photographs.

Usually this type of light set-up, the metal reflector plus attached grid, are reserved for edge, accent or rim lighting in glamour or portrait photography and the light is placed behind and slightly off to one side of the model.  This type of accent lighting is commonly found in Playboy style photos.

With editorial nudes however, just one of these accent lights becomes the main light, though with a varied angle as it’s placed to the side of the model.  Once the light is placed in an appropriate side location, I will walk around the model to see how the light lands on the subject.  Even though some would call this side-lighting, I can have the model turn her face into the light if necessary, provided I shoot from an off angle and not a straight forward angle often used in glamour photography.  The concept isn’t about the face as it’s more about the form of the body and the message I’m trying to convey with my images and the intermixing of the light and shadows, or chiaroscuro.
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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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