This past week’s fine art nude photography workshop was a huge success. I would like to thank Dee Copenhaver for the behind the scenes photos in this blog post.
After checking everyone in, I started my demonstrations of various lighting sets. I use a mannequin as it is a quick and easy way to move the “model” in relation to the light.
I show how cross light can be used to show texture and highlight muscles. Our male model will benefit from this type of light to show off his abs for example. Of course since my abs would be too distracting, I use the veins on my hand to make this effect obvious.
During the workshop I demonstrated over 15 different lighting set-ups. Then the students had a chance to work with the models in each of the lighting sets to see how posing can be used in conjunction with the light. I would provide guidance when they were working on a pose to show a slight move could dramatically improve a photograph.
One of the more fun sets we did was a silhouette set-up. Interesting shapes were what we went for, while still making the human form key. Making sure that limbs did not hide one another was one of the keys to an interesting silhouette. Angles and extension of limbs to create lines was also a topic of discussion.
We spent the final part of the workshop discussing workflow and handling of images. A brief overview of the reasons for using Lightroom or another image manager vs merely relying on the file system.
The students all created some amazing photos. Many of the students are looking forward to the next workshop already.
If you are interested in our workshops sends us an e-mail and I will keep you update to date. Most workshops are taught in Phoenix or Las Vegas. Topics include Fine Art Nudes, Boudoir, Fashion, Lighting, Automotive and Glamour Nudes.