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The Best Natural Light Is Window Filtered Light

Windows are just fixtures on our walls of security that provide us the ability to view life on the outside, and often we just walk by them as though they don’t exist. Though as photographers we need to take notice of all the windows around us, as they provide potential for our photography to excel with their character and their ability to let filtered sunlight pass through them—one of the most beautiful sources  of natural light illumination.

Nude Model Photography, Windows, CTO, Beauty Dish Behind Scenes

Shuana prepares for the photo shoot. Notice the Hensel monolight fitted with a beauty dish and ROSCO 3/4 CTO to create the blue glass blocks.

It’s this natural light filtering through a window that can flatter female subjects, especially in the genre of nude photography, for window light is often a mood setter with it’s soft diffused qualities. When a photographer first takes notice of this path of light, they have to decide to use what they see, or if they get lucky, use louvers, blinds, or curtains to direct the light to their advantage. This control of the light also helps the photographer create shadows, sometimes for a chiaroscuro effect on the subject.
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  1. Excellent points on using the light coming through the windows. I don’t think anyone can question the quality of your photos! I can only aspire to do great work like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    While planning a business trip the first thing I look for is what type of windows are available where I will be staying. In Germany they have rolladens instead of blinds and they give off a unique lighting quality as can be seen in my recent posting.

    • Thank you! Yes, window light is the best and when I was in the Army, I lived in Frankfurt and Mainz and I do miss Germany.

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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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