There is a very fine line between an artistic approach and vulgarity in nude photography. It is very difficult to shoot a nude photograph at amateur level and get a result that confirms decency.
Study of a human figure is the finest and most demanding discipline of arts, which artists and painters have always acknowledged. Yet, if this form of art is tried to approach by somebody with little experience, the result is cheap.
Lighting plays a very important role. You can hide or reveal important areas. Contrast in the photograph gives dimensional punch. There are certain rules we must follow if you want to save the photograph from falling into a vulgar group.
Never let the model give a smile. The expression on the face should be absolutely plain, blunt and dead. However, this blunt expression looks inviting, if the model is looking at the camera. So avoid eye contact as far as possible, or should it must, then go for an expression of anger, fear or shy.
Never reveal details in the lower part of torso. When we are using contrast as a part of composition in nude photography, then we will be able to hide the details in dark. If we are shooting with fairly even lighting, or it is a high key picture, then cover the modesty with some prop.
Make-up should be natural. Be sure that the make-up on the face blends with the body. Wait for atleast twenty to thirty minutes for marks, created by undergarments, to vanish.
Selection of a model is critical in artistic photography. Many of the most beautiful faces belong to shapeless bodies. Look for smooth body line with well defined torso. The skin should be evenly toned and without sun tan marks. Look for blemishes and moles, especially in important area.
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