More Tattoos

Last week I had the opportunity to take photos of another friends' tattoo - a really exquisite cherry blossom. From a technical point of view, I still have some work to do on lighting - although there is only so much you can do with a couple of flashguns. The black backdrop works well with pale skin, while the washed out backdrop gives a good high-key effect. I was particularly pleased with a couple of the photos - the lighting was just about right and the poses were excellent (considering this was her first time doing anything like this, the poses were elegant and natural-looking). Contains some mild nudity. ...
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More Art Nudes

A couple of weeks ago a group of us got together for another studio day of arty nude photography, much like the one in December - this one was up in Barlow just outside Chesterfield, which meant a long day! Again, some really good results, and some quite different effects with the lights and projections - many thanks to the models, and to the other photographers who brought along much more inspiration than I did! ...
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Art Nudes

A couple of weekends ago I ventured up to London (a rare event) to take part in an art nude studio photography day. This was organised by a naturist friend and was a clothes optional event, which made for a really good environment with the models, and was probably a bit unusual for them - I think they're used to being the only naked ones. What was very noticeable was that the day wasn't just men photographing women - we had almost as many male models as female, as well as women taking photos. Several people did stints on both sides of the camera. If you've seen any of my work you'll know that I don't photograph people very much, and certainly not in a studio, so this was quite a new experience. My main learning point is to come up with more ideas of my own, rather than relying on the models (who were excellent). On the whole though, I...
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Tatt-two

Second part of the tattoo photos, now that it's been completed - and rather splendid it is too. Also some photos of another friend who fancied getting theirs photographed - a really interesting design with great colours, which also worked surprisingly well in B&W.    ...
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Tattoos, part 1

Next up in the backlog we have some tattoos - a friend of ours is getting quite a substantial one done and wanted some shots of it in development as well as when it's done. I know they're not to everyone's taste, but when they're creative and done well (as they are here) they can be really interesting. Unusually, this is being done in the pointillism style, by an artist in Bath. Part 2 will obviously come when it's completed - actually, it has been finished but needs to settle down a bit before we do the photos....
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