Artistic nude photography: how to shoot tasteful images

Artistic nude image using a gobo
Using a gobo or a blind to mould shadows around your model helps to create an artistic image (Image credit: Till Schmitz)

Nude drawings and paintings are easily identifiable as works of art, however, nude photography is often seen as being seedy, pornographic and taboo. It’s true that there is a fine line between an artistic nude and a seemingly pornographic one, but staying on the artistic side of this line is easier than it looks, and it will enable you to take sensual and alluring imagery. 

The best kind of photograph is intimate and engages the viewer, drawing them completely into the scene that you present to them. The removal of clothes is one way to create a powerful and intimate bond between both the subject and the photographer, as well as the subject and the viewer. 

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