The Strange Case Of Casual Nude Posing

This may seem hard to believe, but as far as nude model poses go, capturing a shot like this one isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, it can be extremely difficult.

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Why is this the case?

Admittedly, from a technical standpoint, it’s a very simple image. The absence of sharply defined catchlights and the soft and relatively flat lighting is good evidence that a very simple lighting setup was used. In fact, since the light is uniform throughout the shot (even in the background), it’s quite possible that nothing more than natural light was used.

So far, very simple. Additionally, her makeup is fairly light and her entire wardrobe consists of a single bracelet. Once again, very simple.

As far as her pose, she’s simply sitting on a bed. She’s not smiling or making strong eye contact. To be honest, she looks a little disinterested in the whole process. Oddly, these are the factors that make this image more difficult to capture than you might think.

Taking pictures of models appearing casual and extremely relaxed is not easy. The main reason for this is that experienced models have a difficult time turning off their instinct to “pose” and inexperienced models are often too nervous or unsure of themselves to truly relax.

So, how do you get a shot like this one? Patience, patience, and more patience.

Do you have any tips about achieving casual poses from your models. If so, leave a comment and share it with the other readers.

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