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Up to My Eyeballs in Nude Women: Techniques to Recruit and Direct Models, and Build Working Relationships. Paperback – 8 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463684363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463684365
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,031,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A. K. Nicholas is an American photographer who has spent over twenty years recruiting and working with beautiful models. He comes from a family of artists and has traveled to more than three dozen countries in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Orient, and India. His first nude photo shoot occurred as an art student, and quite unexpectedly. After asking a classmate if he could photograph her, she entered the studio and fully disrobed, assuming that he had meant a nude photo shoot. From the age of nineteen, thousands of Nicholas' photographs have sold through exhibits in commercial galleries, been licensed through stock photography agencies, appeared books, articles, advertisements, and other publications. Nicholas began teaching advanced photographic techniques while still in college, filling in for several weeks for an ill professor. He continued to teach photography after graduation. Nicholas has written books and articles, including how-to's for nude photography and pictorial books that explore and celebrate beauty. In his writings he draws upon an art degree, a Master’s in business and experience as both a professional photographer and a freelance artist. You'll learn from his twenty years of successes (and even some mistakes) with hundreds of nude models.


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As I couldn't draw or paint I dabbled with photography like many of us as an awkward teenager and always took landscapes. Now that I have the time I wanted to take it up again. More specifically I wanted to take nude photographs, something that I was too embarrassed to when I was younger. I'd looked for a long time for a book to help me with this. I wanted it to show me how I should approach potential models/subjects, how to `shoot' them - what poses etc., where to do this and anything else I may need. This book does it all and is a very easy read. A.K. Nicholas clearly knows his stuff and is very good at explaining this to others. From meeting models to the legal hurdle of model release forms to selling your work it is all listed in this book. Also as a bonus this book showcases many of his photographs which have given me ideas and inspiration. If I can get half as good as him I'll be happy.

Bottom line, I now have the confidence to approach potential subjects (women) and ask them to pose without sounding like a dirty old man. Five stars.
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HASH(0x956b0f78) out of 5 stars Insightful and easy to understand 15 Nov. 2011
By Dune Elliot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am an avid photographer, although my interests generally lie more in lifestyles (western culture) and the more abstract, but I thought I would give this book a try. I have long admired the female form, and it has intrigued me as to what was involved in working within a different type of subject. So I picked up this book.
I won't go into everything the other reviewers have covered - that gets boring.
What I liked about the author's style was its ease - he clearly explains everything, without extra jargon that might confuse a novice. He writes with a simple style that more than conveys his abilities and understanding with this type of photography - and it's not for everyone. It is well laid out in a step-by-step format, miss one chapter and you might be kicking yourself in the butt!
The photos included in this book are stunning and you can see the artistic ability in each and every one - it makes you want to be that good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x956b0fd8) out of 5 stars A must-read for aspiring nude photographers 26 Oct. 2011
By G. Nicola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives a very practical guide of how to find and recruit models to shoot in the nude. I was amazed at how much it made sense with the described approaches; it's very thorough, from ad postings to body language. The book was very-nicely laid out, and well-structured into three divisions: recruiting, working with models, and following through. The book talks about where and how to find models, how to approach a stranger, and how to negotiate compensation. It talk a little about the economics of model compensation that would help you identify situations that would be to your advantage. It's good to know you can hire a nude model without breaking the bank! Building an impressive portfolio seems to be more important that offering prospective models tons of money. It gives specific examples of conversations between model and photographer during the recruiting process and through to the end of shooting. I especially like the psychological component; the fact that recruiting and shooting models is more than just a hobby or business, but a personal interaction that has as much to do with relationship dynamics as anything else. I was surprised at how many nude models were featured, and enjoyed reading the specific examples given of recruiting and follow through with some of the models. I thought the description of first-time model Anna on page 48 was especially alluring. The author makes a distinction between how you should deal with a novice model vs. an experienced one. It's surprising that you still go slow with an experienced model, in order to let her acclimate. There are some references to horror stories of photographers who do the wrong thing just because they carelessly or naively say something to disrespect a model. This book is a must-read for aspiring portraiture photographers such as myself, especially if your focus is on nude models.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9624c138) out of 5 stars Up To My Eyeballs In Nude Women 9 Jan. 2012
By Steve Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been an amateur photographer since I bought my first Nikon in 1970. Landscapes, portraits, and the occasional nudes with some adventurous friends, both male and female. But I never seriously pursued the prospect of nude photography as a hobby until now.

Up To My Eyeballs In Nude Women has finally given me the tools needed to expand my horizons and find the "perfect" woman needed for the cover of my next murder mystery novel.

Mr. Nicholas has complied what I believe to be a complete collection of tools an amateur photographer needs to launch his artistic career with models both the photographer and model will appreciate.

Steven W. Johnson
Author & Sometime Photographer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x956b327c) out of 5 stars Excellent Insight As To Relationship Techniques 25 Oct. 2011
By pharmguy61 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, along with Mr. Nicolas's other works, gives great insight and tips concerning photographing nude models. As a fellow photographer, I found his ideas quite helpful. Any established photographer or even a novice one will find this book quite helpful. He is very professional in his diction and seems to go out of his way to instruct others how to be better at their hobby/profession.
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