If you’re like most photographers, there have been times you wondered how exactly to take nude photos which were artistic and beautiful instead of sleazy or dirty. Whenever you say you’d like to do something like that, other people jump straight to the wrong conclusion but, historically, the nude has always been one of the purest and most beautiful of artistic expressions. Some of the greatest artists that have ever lived have painted, sculpted and photographed people in this manner, so why not you?
Perhaps it’s a bit of an overstatement to call any photographer a “great master,” but there are certainly some that will qualify in future generations. There’s no shame in wanting to take nude photos; indeed, it’s a form of art that is rapidly being pushed aside to make room for a glut of bland, meaningless photographs that say and express nothing.
Even when this is your bread and butter, and you photograph food or furniture for a living, there is always the artist inside that cries out for release. And for some, the drive to take nude photos is always there… we recall Michelangelo’s work, and da Vinci’s, and Botticelli’s; and some few of us recall Bernhard, Brigman, and Weston.
The cultural sensitivity in America makes it difficult to pursue these noble goals. While some few among us do see the beauty in the nude figure, the art in its careful arrangement and capture, whenever the subject of how to take nude photos is broached – the perception is always that the photographer is doing something dirty or crude.
You shouldn’t let the uneducated majority prevent you from reaching your potential as a photographer though. There are a range of books on the topic, from which you can teach yourself to take nude photos artfully and tastefully. Get one written by a professional, someone who has made a living from the taking of such photos, and you’ll be able to find out about all the techniques and secrets that will raise you from amateur wanna-be to up and coming professional.