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Richard Moffett is off-line
18 October 2013 13:18
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So I have an art nude shoot tomorrow and the model asked for some standard nude shots. Im not a great fan of naked for nakeds sake so thought I would try some ultra wide angle nude shots to put a bit of a more creative spin on it. I have the Sigma 10-20mm and am going to give it a whirl tomorrow. I have seen some great examples of glamour and nudes with an ultra wide angle lens but wanted to know if anyone has done this and if so what tips you could give me?
Also if anyone has any examples please do share


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18 October 2013 13:23
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Two initial comments would be:

- If the model is trading her time for images and she wants 'standard nude shots' then you need to shoot to her expectations since that's the deal you've made. TF* is not 'free time to shoot what I want'.

- While I think wide angle nudes could be a worthwhile and interesting exercise, if you shoot with a lens as short as 10mm you're likely to end up shooting from much closer than you usually would. Unless she's up for you shooting from a foot away, this may not end well.


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18 October 2013 13:30
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Quote from Andy_B
Two initial comments would be: - If the model is trading her time for images and she wants 'standard nude shots' then you need to shoot to her expectations since that's the deal you've made. TF* is not 'free time to shoot what I want'. - While I think wide angle nudes could be a worthwhile and interesting exercise, if you shoot with a lens as short as 10mm you're likely to end up shooting from much closer than you usually would. Unless she's up for you shooting from a foot away, this may not end well.



I have spoken with the model and she likes the idea. I have thought about the closeness issue. I was hoping to tripod it from a high viewpoint shooting down or beanbag shooting up. Was trying to get he wide angle look while minimising a negative distortion on the body if at all possible.




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18 October 2013 13:33
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All of the above and that wide angle distortion is seldom flattering. The only thing I can think is the a very low angle of a standing model makes the legs look long. Be prepared to photoshop out light fittings etc.


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18 October 2013 16:42
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Look at work by Bill Brandt. THE doyen (whatever one of those is) of W/A nudes.
Who but a jazz man would say of Bridget Bardot, "Man, what key is she in?"


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18 October 2013 20:25
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Well shooting down on a model with an ultra wide angle is not going to flatter at all. Plus you'll have to avoid the tripod legs unless you're using a boom arm. Still no harm in trying things out but tripods and bean bags I'd leave them out.


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19 October 2013 03:55
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The nude can be an aspect to the photo, the wide composition allowing much more of the scenery to fill the frame with the model giving it interest, you don't have to get in close to fill the frame with huge ratios of flesh, The 10-20mm will allow you to do this without having to get too far back.

Avoid too many architectural verticals though and hopefully any distortion wont be overly evident, once you've got a good composition I'd bracket the capture by moving the camera up/down and trying to zoom in to 15mm-20mm as its likely to give you a better/less distorted images. It can be difficult to judge which images are giving best results on the back of the camera, so covering a few options worth the effort.

Dominic


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19 October 2013 04:12
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It can give you an interesting perspective I think, just spend some time checking that the distortion works foor you (and the model)


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19 October 2013 09:48
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W/A does not entirely fit the bill, here.
The trouble is that there is difference between W/A and fish-eye. Focal length alone will not tell you how much distortion you will get. Bill Brandt used 28mm. lenses in the early 60's when that was a fish eye length.

Distortion from focal length and distortion from angle of shot and closeness are closely related but are diufferent.
Who but a jazz man would say of Bridget Bardot, "Man, what key is she in?"


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19 October 2013 11:50
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Fair point, for the the record, the above is a 15mm sigma on full frame, with a 16-35 I seldom note much distortion really unless you're crazy close, and that can be corrected out with post anyway.



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