Making mistakes is a process of learning, and when you are new at something, you’re gonna make a lot of them. But why not avoid them if you can? In this video, Michael Sasser points to eight most common mistakes of beginner boudoir photographers. But, he also gives suggestions on how to fix them and raise your photos to a higher level.
An example of my teammate Clinton Lofthouse showed us how a single photo can cause a flood of hilarious trolling on Facebook. This happened recently in a houseplant hobbyist group after a guy posted a shirtless selfie with an orchid he’d just bought. This quick snapshot caused some users to get dramatic over “posting porn to the group.” As a result, other members started trolling them by posting their own nude selfies with houseplants.
The upcoming March issue of British Vogue features Gigi and Bella Hadid on the front and back cover. However, the photo inside the magazine, where the sisters are posed together, has recently shocked the public. Hadid sisters are posed completely nude in a pose that many people described as “distasteful,” “gross” and even “sick.”
Canadian photographer Julia Busato had her profile banned from Facebook because of a photography project she’s been running. Some Facebook users criticized her photos of naked women posing behind a mannequin, and reported her. As a result, Facebook banned her and she’s unable to access her personal profile and page.
19 year old Courtney Marie Mulkentine from Gympie, Queensland, posted photos of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend to Facebook and removed them after Mulkentine received a phone call from the victim, but by then it was too late.
After pleading guilty to “using an electronic carriage service to harass or offend”, the Australian teenager has been banned from using social media for six months, after the act of “revenge porn”, an increasingly common and worrying practice.
Cooph and pro photographer, Greg Gorman, have teamed up to put together this collection of invaluable tips for nude photography (I guess some of them apply to other types of photography, too). To make the video clip, they set up in a 600-year old castle located in Austria, which makes for a pretty beautiful setting.
Take a look at the video, then scroll through some of the images Gorman captured during the shoot using the very tips he’s sharing.
If you feel that magazines show beauty standard that is hard to match up to, you are probably right, aside the massive photoshopping that sometimes goes into the image creation process, the models are being aided by flattering lighting and calculated poses. Both of which have tremendous impact on the look of the human body.
Photographer Gracie Hagen chose to challenge that practice with Illusions of the Body. She does so by exposing us to two different exposures of the same person. In one exposure, the person is beautifully lit, and its pose is crafted to perfection. The other exposure is juxtaposed: horrible lighting and bad pose. The result help the viewers to understand that even the prettiest of persons are getting ‘some help’ in their magazine photos.
We asked Gracie a few questions, which you can find after the jump.
[The series is full frontal nude, so only hit the jump is you are not offended by frontal nude.]
Artist Angelo Musco created what, at first glance, seems to be a digital feather. But upon closer inspection (and I mean if you go really up close), you see that this is not a feather at all.
Musco composited tens of thousands of nude photos to create this feather and the details of the finished feather (as well as the individual bodies) is staggering.
(Some artistic nude after the jump)
1.Yes, it is possible to make a living doing this. But it takes a lot of hard work and a good reputation. For every hour spent in front of the lens or canvas, roughly nine million are spent networking, updating portfolios, organising work, advertising, applying to castings, travelling to and from locations, packing/unpacking for jobs/trips (because even nude models are expected, often, to bring props/accessories/items of clothing) and attacking what I like to affectionately refer to as ‘the email mountain’. We are grateful for the email mountain; it keeps us in business; we just wish we could hire some hobbit minions to live underneath it and help us out every now and then (perhaps with purpose-built sticks and digging equipment) so that we don’t accidentally offend the creative types who grow more and more anxious by our lack of reply (because we are busy modelling by day, or sleeping by night, or, you know, doing other important stuff).
There is a controversy brewing in Jacksonville, Florida as some local authorities and citizens are not just speaking, but crying out over a new photography exhibit by photographer, Angela Strassheim. The collection features a nude photograph of a pregnant woman stretched across a couch–not unlike some of the paintings that also grace the walls in The Museum of Modern Art. However, Strassheim’s photo caught the attention of City Council President Clay Yarborough, who emailed Mayor Alvin Brown, asking for the Mayor to withdraw a $230,000 grant the museum is set to receive from The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Yarborough has insisted the photograph was pornographic, “and works against our efforts to promote a family-friendly Jacksonville and downtown.”
You can see a copy of the photo in question here (All you see is the women’s breasts, but, head’s up your boss might still be deemed NSFW) before you make any decisions for yourself, but if you’re like much of the art and photography world, you’ll probably find the claims to be a bit nonsensical. Fortunately, supporters of the photograph, as well as MOCA officials, have publicly defended the work and it’s right to hang in the museum and, at least for the moment, the photograph will remain in the exhibit.[Read More…]