All too often nude photography comes across as either titillating or trite. For the fine art photographer, the goal is to create work that makes a statement while challenging the viewer's expectations of what's possible. Or, in other words, create cool images that aren't pornographic.
In this hands-on workshop, photographer John Mireles will break down the mystique of working with a nude model. Participants will receive instruction on techniques and equipment for working with nudes, hands-on practice both in-studio and outdoors photographing nude models, a critique on their images as well as lessons on digital post-processing specifically for black and white nudes.
The day will start with instruction on the general approach to nude photography - what to look for, where to shoot, posing etc - as well as what equipment to use. John will cover what to look for in a nude model and how to best find the best talent for your shoot.
The class will then break down into two groups. One will work a nude model in the studio using a mix of natural light and strobe lighting. The other will work on the studio rooftop using natural light as the sole light source. After lunch both groups will change places. John will provide instruction and critique during the photography.
Images will be downloaded to a computer and a selection of each participant's images will be critiqued by John. Finally, John will demonstrate final image processing techniques. He'll go over his workflow and the methods he uses create the work found on his website and gallery prints.
Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is appropriate for photographers of all skill levels and experience who are interested in the nude subject. Basic understanding of camera operations and photographic principles is required however. The instructor will not sacrifice the class experience to teach one individual the basic functionality of his/her camera.
When and Where?
The workshop will take place on Saturday June 18, 2011 at the photographer's studio in San Diego. Start time is 10:00 AM.
What gear is required?
Bring your digital SLR, a selection of lenses and your imagination. The use of prime lenses is encouraged.
Will a female model be provided?
Yes! Depending on class size, two models may be present.