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Fine art nude photography is a genre of photography that has been popular since the inception of photography. When handheld smaller cameras and faster films became the norm for pros and enthusiasts, fine art nude photography seemed to really take off.
What Makes Fine Art Nude Photography Fine Art?
In our previous article 10 Nude Photography Tips, we learned some very practical steps that can help guide us towards creating great fine art nude photography images.
The factors that make fine art nude photography an actual art form are the same things that make other genres of photography qualify as fine art. The control of light, form, texture, exposure values, and composition can all work together or be taken separately.
Fine art nude photography makes an artistic statement. The human form is interesting, sometimes complex, sometimes simple, and can be beautiful. Showing those aspects to others is what makes this genre art.
Fine Art As a Feeling
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One of the things I like about fine art nude photography, whether I’m doing my own or enjoying the work of someone else, is how this type of art gets right to the core of art and evokes emotion. It’s as though stripping off clothing strips off distraction and all that’s left is the art.
It really doesn’t matter what the emotion is, just that it’s an emotion. Depending on how it’s shot, fine art nude photography could evoke a light, airy feeling, a dark and somber mood, an air of mystery, or a sense of wonder.
Looking at those 10 Nude Photography Tips, you can find a way to express any of those thoughts and feelings, as well as others that come up in your creative process.
Boudoir and Erotica Are Seperate Arts
Boudoir photography is one of the hottest types of commercial photography currently. Erotica has been around since before photography was even invented, just look at the frescoes of Pompeii.
Both of these are photographic art, but fine art photography will generally take things a step beyond. For instance, while a pose or composition of these art forms might be sensual, fine art nude photography can strip down the emotional response to pure sensuality.
It’s actually pretty simple to move the photoshoot from boudoir to fine art nude photography while in the same session. Sometimes, though it might be a good idea to schedule these arts as separate sessions. Depends on the model, the photographer, and the relationship between the two.
It Can Help You Be a Better Photographer
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One of the hidden gems of engaging in fine art nude photography is the potential for personal growth as an artist. Art is Art, true, but developing the skills necessary for enjoyable and meaningful images will bleed over into all other aspects of your photography.
Some of the skills concern photographic lighting, rules of composition, posing, exposing for high key or low key, selective focus or deep depth of field tricks, exposure compensation, and use of different focal lengths will be immediately usable in architectural photography, landscape photography, wedding photography, environmental portraiture, and even small product photography.
If you have always wanted to try out fine art nude photography, go ahead and take the steps needed. Be sure to follow all of the other fine art nude photography tips and techniques so you can start it off successfully.