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#1 2006-09-15 04:57:10

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The Naked Truth on Shooting Nudes

The Naked Truth on Shooting Nudes
 
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Deserted Spring by Nguyen Thai Phien (Vietnam)


There are major obstacles to overcome to get into nude photography, not least of which is the need to practise technique. By its very nature there has to be at least one subject, and the big problem for the photographer here is image. To some the image of nude photographer is tied in with the ?dirty Macintosh? brigade, with the false wig and dark glasses.


Not everyone believes the adage that an erotic photograph, does not have to be nude, and a nude photograph is not necessarily erotic. The biggest challenge is to find a suitable model, and certainly in small town rural backwater areas, it is not the brightest propaganda move to put an advertisement in the Post Office window. It is also suspect to approach someone in the street.

Impeccable credentials help here, an image of a bona fide photographer, with a studio, and a business card with a portfolio. A professionally created business card also helps; a ripped off part of an old envelope invites suspicion. It is not necessary to have a portfolio of nudes, but it is essential as an aid of creating the feeling of trust. It can be very helpful to not tell a prospective model what you do, but show them, and depending on their responses take it from there.


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"Diem xua" by Nguyen Thai Phien

A lot of nude photographers start with a self portrait an this is better than nothing in some cases. There are several other methods that can be used to find people to model. Your first option is to hire professional (glamour) models. That can be expensive, and they're not often familiar with that type of work.

The second option is to hire amateur models, or perhaps even nude still life models, the problem here is that the latter will have no inhibitions taking their clothes off, and may be able to sit still and hold a specific pose for long periods of time, however they may not be the best models to animate themselves.

The third option is not to pay a model at all, but find someone with a vested interest in making a portfolio work. Whilst thinking about this matter during the research for this article it occurred to me, that the ideal person, would be someone who would be prepared to model in exchange for a portfolio, or other photographic service. In other words, a model who has a reason to make the session work will undoubtedly put more effort into overcoming any technical difficulties. Perhaps you know someone who is pregnant who might want to model in exchange for the photos.


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A work of Herb Ritts

Secondly that type of model will produce better results, than some eighteen year olds with a perfect body and a bad attitude. A personal model with enthusiasm to explore different perspectives and techniques has to produce better results than a wooden, but perfect doll. It does not alter the fact that your model must be at peace with the thought of nude modelling as a whole, but a sensitive relationship with the photographer will work wonders here. The rules are no different for a photographer here than a portrait photographer, he or she must first have self confidence. If you cannot get that across to your model he or she will be reluctant to give it their best shot.

This type of photography is striving for a look that is natural, and even has a look that it has not been posed for at all. Comfort is essential not just physical comfort though that is important, but mental comfort, the model must be able to understand the concept behind what you are trying to do so that she can co-operate. You have to take the time to explain the techniques of flattering compositions, but equally the model has to work on being fluid and graceful in these motions.

A good relationship with your model built on confidence is essential when you come to evaluate and criticise the work. Your first session will create the tone for future work, but that is when a model will be her most nervous, a way of getting over this barrier might be to ask her to come accompanied, and that may make for a lighter more relaxed session.

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A work of Helmut Newton

Working with the same model over a number of sessions builds up a rapport, and helps the model learn what works in the images, and what doesn't. She has to be able to see the completed image, before this is really possible. As the model becomes more familiar with how you work and experiences the crucial processes of making an image, the model becomes better at generating poses which work for you, and on the whole, the number of successful images increases.

The locations for this type of photography is not important in terms of the finished image, but it needs to be a little circumspect, or you have to take along a person who watches for stray wanderers if it is outdoors. Lighting normally seems to be better if it is natural, but a single candle can be effective particularly with the use of an older model.

It is important to think ahead before this type of assignment and instruct a model to wear loose clothing and possibly no underwear as strap marks into the skin can take a long time to subside and will ruin the final shots.

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A work of Spencer Tunick

Once you have managed to break into this type of work there are many stock libraries that specialise in this type of work.

By Roy Barker

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#2 2007-01-26 17:41:04

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#3 2007-02-16 11:42:17

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#4 2007-02-25 18:32:39

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#5 2007-03-11 05:25:39

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A work by Claus Stook. Source: Photography Magazine (Vietnam)

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#6 2007-03-25 01:05:55

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#7 2007-08-09 12:46:59

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#8 2007-09-01 03:43:25

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Flying nude by Knut Hoftun Knudsen

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#9 2007-09-01 03:45:59

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#10 2007-09-24 03:54:19

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Heavenly messenger by Thai Phien (Vietnamese)

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#11 2007-09-24 03:57:12

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The naked truth

Photographic artist Nguyen Thai Phien has won 46 prizes in Vietnam and abroad and his work has been selected for exhibition in more than 60 countries around the world. He talks to Bich Ngoc about the challenges of devoting himself to a form of photography which is often misunderstood in his native land

Are people more open to nude photography in this day and age?
In Vietnam the attitude to nude pictures is not open enough. Even cultural authorities are unclear when offering their opinion on nude photos, which means they are neither for or against. This helps no one. Photographers are embarrassed and nervous while people who do not understand much about photography are confused. If the public had easier access to this display of natural beauty, the public would understand what is art and what is not without anyone having to list guidelines. But currently in Vietnam, nude photography is like a malnourished child.

When did you start photographing nudes?
Since I took up photography in 1992 I was especially interested in this kind of work. For me [as a photographer] compared to other subjects I find that nudes are one of the greatest challenges. But nude photography [as an artform] also challenges the public, society, the photographer, the photographer?s and art. And I love challenges. These photographs praise and honour the pure and holy form that God has granted women.

When did you take your first nude photo and how did you feel?
The first time was a failure and the second time too! But after a long time I was reasonably satisfied with picture named Lines. The picture was chosen for an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City in 1993. Sadly now I cannot find it.

What do you look for when you?re choosing a model?
There are two types of women: Beautiful women and very beautiful women. There is no such thing as an ugly woman, only some of them do not know how to express their beauty. Each woman has her own beauty and I think that the artist must know how to explore and exploit such beauty, such as a pregnant woman who has a special beauty having realised such a natural vocation.
What is important is the angle of the camera. The aesthetic opinions [of models] change though the ages. For example a more portly model was in vogue during the Renaissance, whereas now a more slim-looking model is preferred.
When I started taking photographs I thought that the beauty of the model was the be all and end all but that is not the case. A successful photo might use such natural beauty but it is also judged on the idea?s creativeness, layout, light and angle.
I am not a fussy in choosing models but I use the model?s form and character to develop my ideas.

What are the vital ingredients for a picture?
Everything is important, like each organ in the human body. Photography is an art drawn with light ? so [lighting] is a top priority as well as the model?s performance but also luck, which is needed to capture the moment.

I find your picture Heavenly Messenger to be truly beautiful ? how did the photo come about?
Thanks for your interest in Heavenly Messenger. However I seldom talk about stories behind pictures. Like me most of the models featured in my work prefer to stand behind the picture and listen to the public?s opinion. It?s better to let the audience explore the work with their natural impressions and not be influenced by the artist?s words.
You?ve produced an impressive body of work over the years, but do you have any particular favourites?
In the past 15 years, I have taken nude photos of about 70 models with thousands of film rolls. But my ?property? is about 120 successful pictures. It is very difficult to say which one I like the most. Each picture reveals its own memory and impressions.

What pictures have you imagine but yet to take?
Once I went diving in Hon Mun by Nha Trang. The light on the ocean floor was sparkling and dreamlike and I thought of taking nude pictures underwater! I know it would be difficult but I still think about it and one day, who knows? all photographers must keep looking for a new environment to take photos, which must be very exclusive and unique.

So what else lies in store for you?
Recently I have been focusing on the preparation for my next exhibition and a book on nude art. The book will be named Xuan Thi (Spring Time) and include 70 images, half of which will never have been seen in public before. If approved by the relevant bodies the book would be the first ever book on nude photos [in Vietnam]. It will be a complicated procedure but I will try soon nevertheless.

Bich Ngoc

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#12 2007-10-28 17:02:29

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"Fairy" by Andrew Maidanik
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#13 2007-12-07 18:35:30

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#14 2007-12-15 18:25:28

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