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Lights, Camera... Nude!: A Guide to Lighting the Female Nude for Photography

Lights, Camera... Nude!: A Guide to Lighting the Female Nude for Photography [Kindle Edition]

A.K. Nicholas
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This guide shows you how to use lighting to photograph nude female models and create various moods and effects. From the plainspoken to the artistic, each lighting configuration is diagramed in painstaking detail. From indoor to outdoor, studio to location, you’ll learn what can be achieved and how to make it work for you. From just one light in a small room, to elaborate creative setups, everything is described. Learn the art and skill of using light and controlling shadows from the author of True Confessions of Nude Photography. If you read True Confessions and you wanting more, this follow-up book concentrates purely on lighting with updated images, text and diagrams. If you think that great photos require expensive lights, an enormous studio, and a team of assistants, this book will debunk that misconception. You may be surprised at how many ways you can shoot great nude photos you’ll be proud of without breaking the bank. And there’s plenty more you can accomplish if you do want to invest a few well placed dollars on some moderately priced equipment. This book doesn’t promise that learning is easy or quick – your results will be based on your level of effort, but it is easier and quicker with a guide. There are sections on equipment, lighting concepts, exercises, lighting problems, outdoor and studio lighting. The lighting configurations use softboxes, umbrellas, snoots, gels, booms, diffusers, parabolic reflectors, and a beauty dish. Topics include backlighting, isolation, shadow, water nudes, accent lighting, and fill light. You’ll see the difference between using a reflector or a strobe for outdoor fill. This guide contains quite a few notes about what pitfalls to avoid too. Practical tips show you ways to more easily achieve results. Do-it-yourself advice will help create lighting arrangements on a modest budget. Lights Camera Nude! includes eighteen lighting setups and over seventy example photos as well as a link to online bonus material exclusively for readers.

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. Use coupon code QGNNUCPE at checkout to save 25% and get this book for only $17.17

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7543 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Double Ink, International (29 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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After purchasing A.K. Nicholas first book: The confessions of a nude photographer.
I was eager to get my hands on his follow up book. A guide to Lighting The Female nude.
The book takes a more in depth look at what is required and how to achieve stunning nude photographic results.
Where as his first book, The confessions of a nude photographer focused mainly on studio photography.
This book is defiantly a more comprehensive visual step by step guide leading the photographer on a journey from the basic onto the moderate and then on to the more challenging set ups. Each outlined with the kit required, the equipment settings and visual diagrams with a beautiful model to illustrate where and how to position your lighting equipment. The book breaks down the barriers, with full explanations on why a certain kit is used to achieve perfect results on location or out doors. Once applied in practice, a new photographer is able to understand in theory by means of visual examples and guided explanations what is required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. 18 Jan 2013
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This book really helps, as the reader, to give you a basic understanding of lighting the nude. A really good foundation to build on and get more creative. Prompt delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight-Forward 27 Jun 2014
This is a well written book which takes the reader through a variety of lighting set-ups on a straight-forward , how-to-do-it , basis . Plenty of sensible advice , well-illustrated - the photographs included have a lot of style . Great book , thoroughly recommended .
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