WARNING: This post is intended for mature audiences only. If the idea of posing naked for sexy photos offends you, navigate your page elsewhere.
Who doesn't love boudoir photos? A chance to pose in classy, sensual photos designed to titillate your lover can be a deliciously empowering experience. To ensure that your naughty photo session is a total success, I'm going to post a series of professional tips.
This will be a mini-series. The deal is: You can ask me ANYTHING you want pertaining to these posts and the material contained within, except how I know this stuff. It's a good story, but it's also a secret. Shhhh.....
Okay, let's begin!
Boudoir photos, like a really good burlesque performance, are all about the tease.
They are moments (caught on film) where you could be revealing more, but are choosing not to. As in, YOU have the power (even if your pose is demure, shy, blushing, playful, frightened, etc). This means that even if you're fully naked, your poses are more about inviting your lover to please you than spreading your legs.
Now let's talk about lighting.
Lighting can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It can influence the mood of any photo, or overpower you completely.
(Seriously, never EVER take a photo set lit with fluorescent lights. If Hell has electrical lighting, it's fluorescent. They make everyone look bad. Just don't go there.)
How do you avoid looking yellowed, overexposed (haha), and sallow?
As much as possible, arrange to have soft white light ambient to your set.
(This is what diffused lighting kits generally look like)
Multiple light boxes with diffusers is ideal, but at the very least use white light bulbs in lamps set on either side of your set (directed at you for minimal shadows), and cover them with white fabric or paper for diffusing (never put material directly on a bulb...the only fire you want is the one these photos ignite in your lover's loins).
(an example of a multi-light setup, to minimize shadows)
You can absolutely use natural light, especially if you're out of doors. However, dial back the exposure on your camera so you don't end up a blinding white blur, or utilize cloud cover.
(Here's me, on a beach, using some fog/cloud cover to create that diffused ambient light effect. A layer of thin white clouds like that is BRILLIANT for outdoor shots. Softens everything right up!)
And since you can freely Photoshop these pictures, here are some cheats to correct lighting goofs:
For those overblown shots where there was too much light, or those times where there are shadows casting sharp angles all over you, switch the photo to black and white.
Essentially, you're going straight to artsy with this.
(Voila! You can still tell the lighting was off, but B&W brings out the contrast instead of overloading you with "gah! too might light!")
For photos where your lighting casts too much yellow on the picture, and you'd rather not mess with the RBG or Cool Tone settings....try it in sepia tone. Too much sepia and you'll like like a Louis L'amor book. But sometimes, in just a shot or two, it can correct all manner of ills.
(Ok, not sepia tone, but you can see how the editor played with the lighting after the shot was taken, washing out the color (except for her lingerie) to make it more artistic and to even the skin tone. You can tell from the right side of the photo and the way the light is on her skin there, that things weren't exactly balanced, lighting-wise.)
Part Two coming soon....
*Copyright notice: Unless I'm IN the photo, I don't own it. I did random internet searches to find examples to illustrate my tutorial. If any photographer or model requests that I remove their photo, I will do so immediately. Enjoy these in the spirit with which they were posted....and please don't sue me. Thanks!
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