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Creating Fine Art Nude Paintings With Photoshop

Creating Fine Art Nude Paintings With Photoshop

Not too long ago I had to upgrade my computer to allow me the advantages of Photoshop AI.  For years I've been, by and large, using Lightroom for editing purposes.  Much more recently I've been playing with and learning Photoshop.  Since I upgraded, I've been playing non-stop. 

I'm no where near what I see some people produce that have been using Photoshop for years and years.  But I bet very few are having such sheer fun that I am.  Above creations each started with a fine art nude that I photographed sometime in the last 7-8 years.  Added layers, used AI and brush strokes and other images using overlays to get the final images. So many photos that I have that I can now use as backgrounds. I can no longer get through the day without coming up with a dozen or so ideas for combining and creating.  Some just don't work.  I'll spend hours and the vision just doesn't happen.  Each time that happens, though, I've learned something.  What I've found pretty unbelievable is the depth of Photoshop.  Seems the things you can do with it are endless.  I try and keep my creative desires simple. 

Hope you like.  

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And More Fine Art Nudes

And More Fine Art Nudes

A few notes on these photos.  The model and I likely did between 1000 and 1500 photos together.  On film.  Between approximately 2000 and 2003.  Lots of different types of portraits and toward the end a few very nice fine art nude sessions.

We were both quite comfortable shooting together by that time and as we shot at a studio space at the house my wife was comfortable with me photographing nudes as well.

Wanting to post some of these on Instagram I had to give them a painterly effect to get by their sensor ship algorithms.  Everything I use for the 'effects' are my own creation.  I create backgrounds and overlays from scratch in Photoshop.  And I use photos that I have taken for the backgrounds and overlays as well.

You can see more of this in some of my other posts. In this post (see link) photos of the animals, background and model are all mine:
Compilation Photo

If you are interested in getting some fine art nudes done or some very aesthetic boudoir, please feel free to contact me.

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Keep On Learnin’ – My Photoshop Adventure

Keep On Learnin’ – My Photoshop Adventure

Keep On Learnin’

I’m pretty sure that anyone in the world should never stop learning.  I know, that for a lot of people, schooling kinda kills the willingness to continue finding stuff out. 

But there is a joy to creating things that can’t be beat.  Nothing like it.  A little while back, I figured some basic ‘how to’ things with Photoshop.  I know, it’s not that complicated but it just wouldn’t click with me. 

Then it did.

I’ve been playing with Photoshop since and having a blast.  I’m not in the class of some people that have been working with it for ten or twenty or thirty years. Or so.  But, I bet I’m having way more fun that most. 

This is adding a huge dynamic to my creativeness. 

The photo here started with a walk in the woods.  My wife thought that the tree stump with the lichen on it was kinda cool.  I took a few photos with my iPhone but didn’t have the quality that I wanted.  So, I hoofed it back up the trail the next day with my Nikon and took a bunch of shots with the angles and depth of field that I wanted. 

I had a vague idea of what I was going to do with these backgrounds.  I thought a couple of animals tucked in with a woodsy sprite.  I had to do a little searching of my data base.  Looking for some ‘zoo’ photos from many years ago.  Found a couple of decent shots of a tiger and a cheetah.  Some good poses.

The result is what you see here.   Plus a couple more.

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How To Prepare For Your First Nude Photoshoot

How To Prepare For Your First Nude Photoshoot

Your First Ever Nude Photos

This is from my perspective as a photographer.  The majority of nudes that you see on my website were already friends or acquaintances.  Not all but definitely a majority.  So the ‘First things first’ point (below) was pretty much covered.  Other models were generally referred to me by those already photographed in my studio. 

First things first.

You want to make sure that you are going to feel comfortable during the shoot.  Check out the work of the photographer of your choice.  You will likely have done this already. 

Once you have found a photographer whose work you like, arrange to meet before the shoot.  Make sure that you are comfortable with him or her.  You can read testimonials and ask for references if it makes you feel safer.  Feel free to talk to models who have worked with the photographer previously.

Share some ideas of what you want.  What do you want to achieve from the session?  There are lots of ideas on places like Pinterest, Flickr and other websites.  Make it clear what you will be comfortable with and what not.  This being very new, you may not be certain what you are going to be OK with.  Communicate.

As a photographer, I often set up a place on Pinterest or something similar to share ideas.

Goals

Get some ideas together to use as a starting point.  That way you have some idea of what you want to achieve.  You can get creative from there.

Practice. This goes for any type of modeling, even just for headshots.  Get in front of a mirror and get an idea of what different expressions and angles of the body will do.  Amongst other things, see what different expressions do to your face.  Does an expression that feels sultry actually look sultry?  And you likely don’t want smiles for every photo.

I’ve put a couple of links at the end, one of which is designed to help make your smile more natural.

Clothing and props.  You may feel more comfortable starting with some lingerie, a man’s large white shirt, a hat or some such.  Work into the nude poses as you get more comfortable.

Make-up and hair and general appearance. Decide what level of make-up you want.  Simple or glamour or something in between.  Having at least some basic make-up done before you arrive will help.  Bring it with you for touch-ups and for accents through the time of the photoshoot.  The same goes for hair.  Are you going to have it done before the shoot?  Do you have ways to change it up throughout the process?  Do your nails, fingers and feet.  Shave as necessary. 

Before you arrive. Stay hydrated.  Eat well.  This is important.  It will keep your skin looking clean and healthy.  No drinking and junk food for a few days at least before your appointment. Alcohol is not kind to your skin.  Arrive rested, on time and not stressed.

Put your phone away.  Silence it.  Give all of your attention to what you are doing.

The colour red.  Fingernails, toenails, lingerie.  The colour red always punches up any kind of photo.

Agreements.  As a model, establish with the photographer ahead of time what you are willing  to have shown online.  Are you OK with your face being shown in photos online or not?  Under your name? A stage name?  These things need to be stated ahead of time.

If need be, on this point, write some basic things down beforehand.  Your photographer will more than likely want to display photos from the shoot online somewhere.  He or she will not want you to have full veto, so make sure you both know what is what.  Again, communicate. 

Take a friend. If you have checked references and are comfortable with the photographer’s portfolio this is very likely not necessary.  If you do want to bring a friend, make sure that is communicated to the photographer.  Ideally, there is an adjacent room where your friend can sit and read a book. 

Relax. Find a way to relax and have fun with it.  Have some music playing in the background that you like. 

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Steve Hanks Inspired Nudes

Steve Hanks Inspired Nudes

These three photos are from a series I did in the early 1990s.  In a make shift photography studio with construction lights. I recently scanned the negatives.  A lot of loss and damage to the negatives over the years.  I spent some time fixing them up.  They are not perfect but are still some of my most treasured photographs. 

Inspired by a favourite artist:  Steve Hanks.  You can see his work here: Steve Hanks Work  

Steve painted nudes but had much other material as well.  Amazing water colors. The detail in his painting is unbelievable but the emotion is what draws you in.  Unfortunately Steve passed away in 2015.   HIs work lives on, though.  Check it out.  There are dozens of websites out there displaying his work. 

I’ve also lost track of the model. Would love to shoot with her again even though more than 25 years have passed.  Julie is somewhere in Florida, I believe. 

I still have the quilt and now much better lights and modifiers, if anyone is interested mimicking more of Steve Hanks work... 

I’ve also put these three photographs through a ‘painterly’ filter.  You can see those on my Instagram Account: @portraits.by.martin  The only way these are acceptable to Instagram is to either block out the nipples or make the photo into a painting. 

I’ve converted a number of photos into paintings using various apps and Photoshop.  Photoshop has a feature where you can add brush strokes to an image.  It’s time consuming and sometimes doesn’t work but I’ve gotten some very cool ‘paintings’ this way. 

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