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Old 03-07-2006, 01:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I had the opportunity to shoot my first figure studies (or artistic nudes) this past weekend. First, I have to say that it was much more difficult than I expected. I learned what many of you already know well, which is that clothing does a nice job of hiding both flaws and unwanted folds in an otherwise perfect epidermis. Seeing shape only, instead of worrying about color, clothing, hair, etc. seems like it would simplify things...but this was a whole new challenge. Don't get me wrong, it was a challenge I enjoyed; but it was clearly work.

I know that the skin tones in these two images don't match...but I made no attempt to match them. The tones are simply a result of me screwing with the levels differently in each image.

I post these here because I want honest feedback, so lemme have it.








I don't like the purple fingernail in #2, but haven't yet figured out how to change it effectively.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi !

What bothers me about the first picture is the head. I personally don't like the crop straight through the middle of the face. The lighting of the head and the harsh shadows under it make it almost as if the head belonged to a different photograph - just not as smooth as the rest. Also her right breast seems to have a ditch ...

All these things are much better in the second picture!


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Old 03-07-2006, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good first attempt. I wish that mine had been this good. I agree with the purple nail polish and would put the red lipstick in the same group. I prefer subtle makeup, that way it does not take attention from the form.

In regards to the lighting I would use lighting that has more contrast.

You are on the right path, keep shooting.

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Old 03-07-2006, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, Peter. You're right that the head looks odd. I had her sitting forward of a strip light above her, and was filling with a 7" reflector head. So the face got none of the softbox, and only the harsh reflector. I need to crop it out completely, but don't like the way the neck looks without the head...I should have had her look up to minimize the shadow. Lesson learned.

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Thanks, Glen...and nice shot! I was initially trying to do the high contrast shots, and was failing miserably. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I'm going to work on that next chance I get. It was as much a problem with lighting as posing. This isn't easy! haha

Also, I was planning to do b&w conversions, so I wasn't worried about her nail color...but I liked the warm skin tones and didn't do the conversion. Lesson learned there, too.

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