The Naked and the Lens: A Guide to Nude Photography

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9780240811598: The Naked and the Lens: A Guide to Nude Photography

The Naked and the Lens is designed as both a technical guide and an artistic inspiration. Filled with beautiful images of the nude form, it also shows you how this can be technically achieved. The book covers key topics: concept, lighting, directing, post-production, and artisic re-interpretation and how to find models. Legal and photo release issues are covered as well.

The techniques are up-to-date, including Photoshop CS4, RAW capture and shooting with a gray card to capture accurate white balance information. The lighting section will also show how to get studio quality light from hot-shoe flashes by adapting them to umbrellas and soft boxes.

Regardless of whether you are shooting in a studio or in a field, this book will show you how to create works of art with nude bodies and it will also teach through advice in a unique interview section with leading nude photographers around the world through their words and their images.

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Achieve beautiful and professional results with the pivotal guide to capturing inspiring nude forms. Each stunning photograph shows you how each shot can be technically achieved, and that nude photography is limitless. This book covers everything you need to know, from concept to post-production, including lighting, direction, and artistic re-interpretations of the nude form. Find models and prepare for your shoots with the legal considerations every photographer should know.

RAW capture, post-production with Photoshop and shooting with a gray card to obtain the most accurate while balance, are covered in effective detail. You can obtain studio quality effects from the lighting section, such as making hot-shoe flashes by converting them into umbrellas and soft boxes. Through interviews with leading international nude photographers and practical advice The Naked and the Lens will show you how to create striking nude works of art.

About the Author:

Lou Benjamin teaches a variety of technique courses at The International School of Photography.

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