Exquisite Curves: Composition and Posing for Photographing the Female Nude (second edition)

Exquisite Curves: Composition and Posing for Photographing the Female Nude (second edition)

by A K Nicholas


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ISBN-13: 9780985026479
Publisher: Aaron Knight
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

A K Nicholas is an art photographer from the United States who specializes in figurative imagery. A diverse background and traditional art education prompted him to develop a unorthodox aesthetic that blends sensual imagery with a painterly style of manipulated colors.
He was introduced to art through museum visits and other cultural experiences in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. Growing up the Middle East, he saw how women's bodies were hidden from public view. In stark contrast to this, Europeans mostly lacked prudishness. Compare those to the US, where we have a bifurcated culture: half of us celebrate our beauty while the other half shuns it.
He did not become interested in art until high school. Taking a surrealism art history class, he realized he could explore art that interested him and began learning painting.
His initial training with the nude was figure drawing while studying art in college. 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. Although trained in drawing and painting, photography became his concentration by the conclusion of his art degree.
Following art school, he put in his dues clerking and staffing the darkroom of a camera store. In the decades following his first shoot, he has photographed hundreds of nude models for pictorial books, limited edition prints, and his instructional books. In recent years he has dedicated himself full time to being an artist. He collaborates with models to create alternate realities, on what he calls "a journey with no known destination."
With his passion for sharing knowledge, he writes to help you learn from his experience, including how to avoid some common mistakes and to encourage your creativity.

Table of Contents

Why Learn Composition? 7
Beginning with Visual Literacy 8
What is Visual Communication? 8
Left Brain and Right Brain 9
Abstract Forms versus Content 10
Elements of Composition 12
Line and Dimension 12
Shapes 15
Value (Brightness) 18
Color 18
Mass/Weight 27
Depth and the Illusion of Reality 28
Time and Motion 31
Design Principles: Putting the Elements Together 34
Texture 34
Rhythm, Repetition, and Progression 34
Balance 34
Negative and Positive Space 37
Unity and Variety 39
Gestalt Principles 40
Emphasis 44
Visual Pathway 44
Methods of Design 48
Golden Mean 48
"Rule" of Thirds 52
More Armatures 52
Culmination of Design Methods 57
Common Composition Enhancements 57
Six Potential Composition Killers 57
When Details Count 57
The Scene in Composition 58
Technique in Composition
In-Camera Technique 59
Focus 59
Framing 61
Lighting and Shadow 63
High-Key and Low-Key Images 64
Backlight 65
Light as an Element 65
Color of Light 66
Postprocessing Effects 67
Vignettes 67
Controlling Contrast 67
Monochrome 67
Gradient Mapping 68
The Zone System 69
Isolating Images 70
Composites (Montages) 71
Retouching Skin, Hair, and Backgrounds 73
False Depth of Field 73
Abstracting with Software 74
Discussion of Posing 76
Working with the Whole Model 76
Gallery of 110 Nude Poses 81
Standing 81
Floor 85
Furniture 91
Props 97
Discrete 99
Self-Expression and Style
Conscious and Unconscious Intent 101
Why You Make a Photograph 102
Context 103
The Influence of Genre 103
Figure Study versus Portraiture 103
Commercial Design 104
Analyzing Your Work 104
Inspiration 105
Inspiring Photographers 105
Inspiring Models 107
Presenting Your Work 108
Camera Assignments
Visual Themes 109
Nude in Landscape 109
Off-Center Subject 109
Body Paint 109
Implied Motion 109
Levitation 110
Multiple Vantage Points 110
Get Close 110
Fit a Shape 110
Merge with Edges 111
Silhouettes 111
Projected Shadows 112
Experimental Techniques 112
Multiple Exposures with Hand-Held Light 112
Mirrors and Windows 112
Creative Unsharpness 113
Explore Texture 114
Some Words about Equipment 115
Reader's Links 116
Glossary 117
Bibliography 119
Index 120

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