Choosing a Location to Shoot
The location on which you are shooting is one of the most important aspects in nude photography. Even though you might be the best photographer, your location or venue will dictate most of the decisions about the shoot. For instance, the lighting, kind of props for the subject and the best poses to make. The most popular location used by photographers is a studio with a plain background but it can be quite expensive. In addition, you can be creative and get more interesting pictures by choosing a unique background.
Always choose a meaningful place
This implies that you should always know your concept well. When shooting, your subject has a unique personality and this should be captured in order to make your original to the model. If you used the same location to work with several different models you would most likely have different feels to the images you capture. All models are not exactly the same and you should try to capture their unique personality. At times you might be tempted to choose a location based on convenience but always consider your subject matter.
Use natural lighting
It is best to choose a location which has plenty of diffused natural light. For instance, when shooting outdoors, you should avoid the direct midday sun since it produces very harsh shadows, unless that is what you want for your concept. Instead you should go for overhanging trees where sunlight is softer. When shooting indoors, you should place your subject near a window so as to capture most of the natural light if you lack studio equipment.
Make use of shelters
This is mainly suitable when you are shooting outdoors. For instance, the weather might shift from sunny to rainy when shooting and these shelters will come in handy as well as add interest to your photos. The shelter might be a bridge, old building or row of trees.
As a photographer, you should always choose somewhere quite when possible. Busy places will be very inconvenient for you and the subject. This is because may have a difficult time hearing each other. This will give your subject a hard time in trying to relax. Therefore, you should always head for remote beaches, grassy fields and woodlands.
Focus on the subject
You should never allow the location distract you. Your eye should always be on the subject as well as the scene. To get the best shots, you should use your escort to look out for potential problems while you focus on the task of shooting and directing your subject.
Your location should be accessible. The harder it is to access an area the more expenses you will incur. Also, you should know that some locations are protected by copyright and you must have special permits to shoot on them.
Shooting At Home
When shooting at home, as a photographer, there are some few tips which will definitely come in handy. First, if you are shooting at a messy home interior, you should crop out the distractions. You should always look through your viewfinder and pay attention on what is visible in the background. You should also take note of any effect when moving closer and sideways through the viewfinder. In addition to removing clutter you could blur the background. This will focus your viewer on the subject while discarding the background.
Shooting At a Studio
Studio photography is a very structured environment and you can get exactly what you want. However, you should put some factors at hand. For instance, when you are shooting at a studio, do wish rent for the day or go under long-term contract?
In addition, you should decide whether you wish your studio to be floor-based of ceiling-based.
At a studio, you should also decide which format camera you will be using. Bigger cameras require smaller apertures to get adequate depth of field and hence more light. You should also decide how big your subjects should be. If there are windows in your studio, you should make use of the natural light.
When shooting outdoors, always avoid too much sunlight. This means that you should make use of the shade where the subject will be illuminated well by natural light. You should also use your environment as a natural reflector. It is also not a good idea to judge a location according to its environment. Always keep your eyes on the beautiful details. Lastly, you should take advantage of the backlighting. This is most suitable when you cannot find a shade for your subject.
When shooting outdoors, you will come across some challenges like restricted locations. It is always important to have a permit when shooting on a copyrighted location. In addition, you should keep your subject away from danger. Note that your model will be nude and will lack protection from basic clothing. You should scout around and check for potential hazards the model might run into while working with you.
Learn your local laws, I cannot stress this enough. You should research the laws for your particular area and find out what is or is not allowed when it comes to photographing a nude model outdoors. It could be more than just embarrassing if you violate local statutes. Remember it is your job to ensure the model has a good and safe experience. Part of a good experience is knowing where and when you can shoot nudes outdoors. If you have a difficult time figuring out what is allowed in your area, contact an attorney and spend a few dollars getting educated. It might save you costly court cost or even jail time later.