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Up to My Eyeballs in Nude Women: Techniques to Recruit and Direct Models, and Build Working Relationships. [Paperback]

A. K. Nicholas , Tia Sukin Ph.D. , Cassandra Ganzak , Brian Colella , Dean Capture
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8 Oct 2011
Who among us, even if we've never picked up a camera, hasn't wondered what it would be like to create a nude photo that we could claim as our own? But not just any nude; a stunningly beautiful woman. But such a woman wouldn't pose for just anyone, would she? This book is written for the serious beginner, the curious non-photographer, and even the moderately experienced photographer who needs a better grasp of recruiting and working with nude models. Understanding this book does not require comprehension of photographic technique. Many photographers spend countless hours seeking advice on how to find quality nude models and how to direct them in the studio. Too many photographers make initial contact with a model, only to be frustrated when she never follows through by booking a shoot. This guide addresses finding models and building a long-term working relationship. The author’s assumption is that those who read this book are doing so largely because they want to photograph more suitable models more often. Recruiting and interacting with models is not as difficult as it may seem. Working with nudes can be easy. It is a common misconception that those of us who recruit women for nude modeling possess some kind of secret power. On the contrary, the more quickly you can dismiss notions of mysticism, the sooner you can get down to business. Photographing nudes entails more than just photographic technique; this guide is about the interpersonal and psychological elements that play a larger role here than in any other kind of people photography. Some photographers fail, simply because they’re ignorant of the etiquette of working with models. With luck, it will help you avoid making missteps that many photographers commonly repeat. The author has photographed several hundreds of nude models, each of whom has come to him through one of the techniques described in this book. Since his experience is chiefly with female models, he writes from that perspective. This guide will tell you how to create a portfolio that will attract models and how avoid some common pitfalls and misconceptions about the proper way to display your images on the web. It will give you some simple tips on finding models without wasting your money on needless efforts. Most guides assume you’ve already found a willing model. This guide is for those who are having trouble finding the special models that will take your work to the next level. It also does not assume that you automatically know how to bring up the subject of nude shoots or etiquette for the studio. You will learn how to start a shoot, direct the model, and how to close the shoot. This includes handling payment and the model release. Not just any model release works for nude photos. The purpose of this guide is to fill those gaps with precise, in-depth advice. This guide focuses only on recruiting and working with models. Discussions of cameras and lights are absent; there are plenty of other books for that. Instead, this one is specifically about creating and maintaining a sound working relationship between photographer and model within the context of creating beautiful figure work. Some treatments of this subject are through rose-colored sunglasses, avoiding controversial topics altogether. Glossing over some of the more awkward aspects of working with models, such as difficult personalities, leaves the reader confused and unprepared. This book gives you the clear, unfiltered story by addressing contentious aspects and advising you of potential pitfalls. Things usually go smoothly, but that is not by chance. Sometimes you need to know how to prevent problems before they occur. There are plenty of models out there waiting for you to photograph them. This book will help you find them, work with them in the studio, and build a solid professional relationship.

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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: 0.7 x 21.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,532,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A. K. Nicholas is an American photographer with a passion for collaborating with models and sharing knowledge. His vision is colored by being raised abroad and traveling to dozens of countries, including museum visits and other cultural experiences. In the Middle East, he observed how women's bodies were hidden from public view; in most of Europe, there was little prudishness. In his youth, he put in his dues clerking and staffing the darkroom of a camera store. His background includes an art degree, a long stint as a freelance artist, and a career as a professional photographer. His first camera was hand-made from an oatmeal box for a middle-school project. His first nude shoot was a complete surprise to him when a classmate in college assumed that his invitation to model meant for her to be nude. In the decades since then, he has photographed hundreds of nude models for publication in books, articles, as framed prints, product advertisements, stock agencies, and gallery exhibits. His exhibit work consists mainly of photomontage, sometimes printed life-sized. These days, when he picks up a camera, it is to fulfill a personal calling and not the agenda of a client. He is happiest when working on creative projects and devotes as much time as possible to new ideas. His second favorite thing is helping others further their artistic endeavors. He writes to help you learn from his experience, including how to avoid some common mistakes and to encourage your creativity.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice and works! 29 Feb 2012
By Walshy
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Up To My Eyeballs In Nude Women 9 Jan 2012
By Steve Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and easy to understand 15 Nov 2011
By Dune Elliot - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for aspiring nude photographers 26 Oct 2011
By G. Nicola - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insight As To Relationship Techniques 25 Oct 2011
By pharmguy61 - Published on Amazon.com
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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