The Digital Female Nude [Book Review] - Digital Photography School

The Digital Female Nude [Book Review]

digital-female-nude.jpgFemale nude photography has always intrigued me, particularly how a sense of trust is created between photographer and model.

What I find even more intriguing is how, as Australian photographer Peter Adams does in the majority of this book’s pictures, is how he convinces a model to pose outdoors in and on often forbidding — and uncomfortable natural landforms. Rocks, trees, seashore etc.

Adams pictures are never boring, never salacious and frequently with a touch of humour invested in them. His lighting is impeccable, compositions arresting.

However, The Digital Female Nude is not just a book nudes: Adams takes it further, into tutorial-land, telling you too how to shoot quality nude pictures.

His first message is for you to decide what sort of photographs you want to take, in colour or black and white, then he encourages you to take inspiration from other, successful photographers or the acknowledged old masters in art … da Vinci, Degas and the rest of the crowd.

More help: how to recruit models, choice of location; getting the legals right … release forms, the issue of copyright etc.

Then he gets down to the choice of camera gear. Whilst he admits it is possible to use a point-and-shoot, he stresses that using such a basic camera “can quickly become very frustrating.” His advice: jump in the deep end and acquire a DSLR.

There are a few vitally useful chapters on technicalities: exposure control; speed and lens aperture; ISO setting etc; lighting; useful accessories … and finally, 30 or so pages on the Digital Darkroom.

If you want to move into nude photography, this book would be hard to beat.

Author: P Adams.
Publisher: PIP.
Distributor: Capricorn Link.
Length: 176 pages.
ISBN: 978 1 86108 556 6.
Price: Get a price on the The Digital Female Nude at Amazon.

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

  • http://www.howitookit.com Jeff Thomas

    I actually purchased this book back in late May (I believe) and while I think it’s a pretty informative book, there are many instances in which I thought “DUH, I knew that already”… however, I will be the first to admit I don’t necessarily always remember certain things as I’m shooting. So, reading and continual learning (repetition specially) helps.

    Overall it was a pretty good read. Entertaining at times, and it’s always interesting to go “behind the scenes” of certain photographers and see how they do what they do.

  • http://www.flickr.com/crazydude Arun

    Hmm.. No Comments as yet?! Cool, I’m the first one…

    Well, to say the truth, what you said earlier – “Female nude photography has always intrigued me, particularly how a sense of trust is created between photographer and model” – just so true in my case as well!

    I’m waiting to establish myself, but I think this book is going to help me understand more than what I think it takes to become one such photographer from what you’ve just said… Will look to acquiring this soon…

  • http://www.glamourphotography.co Yucel

    I read and review lots of photo books and very much appreciate the useful info provided by a review.

    It so hard to know what’s in a photo book one buys on line without seeing it.

    These books being so visual and not so many titles being avail, unshrinkwrapped, in stores.

    Am interested to know:

    What kind of content was in the digital dark room section?

    I take it from your review this is largely a how to book and much less of a coffee table picture book?

    Both are valuable, based on the comments here, I am getting the feel that lots of the how to are for the beginner and the photos do not justify purchase on their own. Correct?

    If you too have interest to see photo book reviews, check out currently avail reviews at: http://glamourphotography.co/category/book-reviews/

Some older comments

  • Yucel

    January 29, 2011 03:46 am

    I read and review lots of photo books and very much appreciate the useful info provided by a review.

    It so hard to know what's in a photo book one buys on line without seeing it.

    These books being so visual and not so many titles being avail, unshrinkwrapped, in stores.

    Am interested to know:

    What kind of content was in the digital dark room section?

    I take it from your review this is largely a how to book and much less of a coffee table picture book?

    Both are valuable, based on the comments here, I am getting the feel that lots of the how to are for the beginner and the photos do not justify purchase on their own. Correct?

    If you too have interest to see photo book reviews, check out currently avail reviews at: http://glamourphotography.co/category/book-reviews/

  • Arun

    September 4, 2010 03:08 am

    Hmm.. No Comments as yet?! Cool, I'm the first one...

    Well, to say the truth, what you said earlier - "Female nude photography has always intrigued me, particularly how a sense of trust is created between photographer and model" - just so true in my case as well!

    I'm waiting to establish myself, but I think this book is going to help me understand more than what I think it takes to become one such photographer from what you've just said... Will look to acquiring this soon...

  • Jeff Thomas

    September 2, 2010 09:02 pm

    I actually purchased this book back in late May (I believe) and while I think it's a pretty informative book, there are many instances in which I thought "DUH, I knew that already"... however, I will be the first to admit I don't necessarily always remember certain things as I'm shooting. So, reading and continual learning (repetition specially) helps.

    Overall it was a pretty good read. Entertaining at times, and it's always interesting to go "behind the scenes" of certain photographers and see how they do what they do.

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