Yes, you can use your digital camera to take your own portraits, artistic nudes and glamour photos. There are key tips to make the session successful, and enjoyable for both photographer and model. Find out how to take great portraits, artistic nudes and glamour photos.
Taking pictures of people, in my opinion, is one of the hardest subjects in photography. Most of the time youre not just a photographer, but also a director for subject placement and sometimes a psychologist by keeping your subject(s) happy.
Set the stage
There's no need to worry if you dont have a state of the art studio, many of us dont. A homemade studio can be put together relatively cheap nowadays, and thats really if you want a studio where you have control over everything! A lot of nice portraits are done outside or on location. You can find backdrops that you could never get in a studio.
That special place
Everyone seems to have a little place they love to go to. If the model youre working with does, then that can work to your advantage. Keeping your model happy and relaxed reflects in your photographs.
Watch your back
Simplify the photo. Keep the focus of your photograph on the subject. Get rid of the clutter in the background either by removing it or keeping it out of focus. Backgrounds have a major effect on your portraits. There are no definite dos and donts, but that fair skinned blonde might stand out more against a dark background than a lighter one.
Choose the right position
Your camera positioning can have a strong impact on your subject and overall theme of the portrait. Using eye level height is where you should always start. Shooting your subject from a lower height will give your subject a more Im in charge look.
The eyes have it
Where do you want to focus? This is a question I get asked a lot and the plain and simple answer is the eyes, always the eyes. You get those eyes focused, then everything else just comes together. Using the subjects eyes can give your model different expressions.
See the light
The lighting you choose will also have a major factor in your photo. The lighting in your photograph can give you the mood you want or take it away if its not set up correctly. Lighting can make that beautiful swan look like an ugly duckling and vice versa, and lighting is something that will change from person to person. You should be prepared to constantly examine and adjust the lighting!
The naked truth
I remember watching a "M*A*S*H" episode in which Hawkeye has a Polaroid camera. He's trying to explain how it instantly develops its own pictures. After a brief pause, Hawkeye chuckles and states, "Yeah, I guess you can take THOSE type of pictures." Well, with the emergence of digital cameras, anyone now has the ability to take your own tasteful nude photos. You dont have to worry about the person at developing film seeing your pictures and sharing them with everyone at the store.