Sunday, February 24, 2008
Something Different From Me
For some time, I've wanted to try shooting female nudes, and more specifically, I've been interested in trying what is called "Boudoir Photography." For one, I want to know if I am any good at it, and do I have anything to offer that makes my work stand out from others? I don't want to be a glamor photographer, nor do I expect to try and compete with the pros out there, but I am interested in trying out some techniques and seeing if in fact, my results might be worthwhile, and if the person posing would be happy with the results. Another thing -- the internet is awash with skinny, siliconized women, and I'm not interested in that. Real women with real figures that can be photographed in a way that brings out their best, and leave some imagination for the rest. Maybe I'm a bit old-fashioned, but leaving some things to the imagination is better than showing every detail. To me, that's what eroticism is about.
So, last week, a friend of mine who was willing to be a test, spent the better part of an afternoon at my place and I shot mostly with my Nikon D-70 and an assortment of lenses and filters. I probably shot a few hundred exposures, and was really happy with quite a few.
My lighting setup was pretty simple - two fluorescent bulbs with white umbrella reflectors, a large piece of white foamcore, lightstands, a backdrop for some shots, and a tripod and a stepladder. With the space available in my living room and the limited size of the paper backdrop, there is only so much I can do. Some shots were done on the couch, which worked out very well.
I decided to forgo using flash, even though I have it available. I wanted the softer look of the lights, and that is why the tripod is so important. So is making sure the model stays very still. Overall, we were both happy with the results, and the time just flew by. I realized that I have to keep things simple and not try and do too much right off the bat, but note what works and what doesn't. This is a learning process for me, too.
Here are a few samples from the afternoon. Of course, if you are a woman and reading this, I'd like your feedback, and if you are local, and might like to pose for a CD of images, contact me and I'll see what we can arrange.