Erotica: Not nude?

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The Beauty of the Erotic in a Facebook World

Erotica but not nude? A seductively clothed model can be much more erotically attractive than the completely naked figure. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to combine the erotic with the aesthetic.

Why do you take photographs?

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Take better photos to sell

Why do you take photographs? This is a question of often ask students and occasionally ask myself. It seems a bit of an odd question when first asked but I find that the answer can be surprising and for many people there can be multiple reasons.  Why you take photographs or what you want to photograph effects the techniques you need to learn and the equipment you might need to buy.

The Nude in Photography

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What is real and what is fake? Are models just seen as shop dummies? Black and white nude from film original

The nude female form elicits a number of, sometimes conflicting, potential responses from the viewer of an artwork. It can be seen as the depiction of a human being as a sex object, an anonymous manifestation of beauty or the nudity can be used to foreground aspects or themes within the picture. The most common criticism levelled at photography is that it simply imitates another art form.

The Concept – Taking Better Photographs

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Taking better photographs depends on a lot of factors. I recently took part in a critique where a photographer put up a technically perfect but aesthetically boring picture of a nude. He commented that he had no concept or message when taking the picture but would like to do more ‘artistic’ work. I suggested that if he worked on having the former then the latter might naturally flow.