Couple other thoughts on lighting / composition:
"Soft" light is often the most flattering to skin. A pro photographer might use a big lightbox or umbrella. You can use the light from a north-facing window for free. Or hang a lightweight white sheet over a window that gets direct sun to soften it up.
"Hard" light (like a focused lamp) has its uses when you want to show off texture or profile.
If your phone has a portrait mode, make use of it - playing around with what's in focus and what's not can help steer the eye to where you want your viewers to look.
If you've got a regular camera, zooming in and using a wide aperture (like f/1.8) will have only a small part of the image in focus. One of my favorite recent examples of that is a picture from yesthatkat in #girls in late August (with a plant draped over her).
A very well put together guide Zeph! You truly are deserving of the premium role on 7a
This guide really showcases how Zeph is one of the top tier members who post in #nsfw. He is someone members should look up to when posting high quality nudes 👌
Hello all! o/
A couple people requested me to help give advice on how to post good nudes and what you need to have good image quality.
I like shooting mine, I don't think it's top notch, but ultimately I had fun and it's an adventure to discover more of yourself.
Note: If someone has better suggestions, tips or tricks, feel free to comment below! Much appreciated
So, here it goes:
- Explore other parts of your body instead of zooming in on a specific thing. The more you show, the more possible themes and ideas, emotion and narrative you can put on those shots.
- "Smirk" with your body, suggest or imply. This means using a different angle, object, clothing and some parts of yourself.
- Pick an idea or a "story" and stick with it for a couple shots. Don't exaggerate, simplify.
- Poses can imply movement. Example: removing a piece of clothing slowly, implies strip. Even if the image is still, make it so removing creates a line where it makes the viewer part of the image.
- Crop your face, but you don't need to completely, make a suggestive bonus, tease. If the mouth shows. Smile, smirk.
- Film instead of photographing if you want to make gifs or take frames for natural poses. For example, masturbation is good for this because there are moments you can't time your camera to take the shot. Record everything and take key frames as shots.
- You don't need to show completely, shy can be sexy. Sometimes.
- Put music, specifically dance music to make up the mood. Act like you're on a show.
- Be patient. There will be times you might make more takes for this specific important detail.
- Relax and have fun
- Use a timed shot. Time it for 5/10 secs and rehearse what you're going to do.
- Use Pinterest for boudoir pose ideas.
- Use objects that may imply sexual suggestions. Food: Cherry or Peach, for example.
- Bend your arms, curl fingers. Practice poses on a mirror until you understand what type of narrative you can do with your hands. That excludes fingering or jerking off. Challenge yourself.
Equipment: ( Software | Hardware )
- Tripod - I highly recommend getting a tripod with a shoe mount - for a camera, like a DSLR or - a phone clamp, like this one - Here. This clamp does justice very well.
- A good quality camera or smartphone. It both needs decent photo and video properties. Good bonus - Stabilization tech that the camera or smarphone has.
My devices: Huawei P20 Pro or Canon 700D.
- A Gif Converter App or Website - If you want to make gifs from videos.
Website - Ezgif, Giphy
Android - Gif maker
iOS - Gif Maker
- A Video Editor - If you want to take frames from footage you recorded instead of shooting.
Editors - VideoPad, or Adobe Premiere Pro, if you have the moneys.
- An Image Editor - There are multiple free open source programs.
Editors - Gimp, for example
- Articulated lamps or other - lighting is your best friend.
Technical Aspect ( Light | Composition | Editing )
By: Wisco Dave
In regards to "Soft" Light as per Dave mentioned, you can use vegetal paper and cover on an articulated focused lamp. Use a spare rubber band and simply create a temporary filter around the lamp.
For "Hard" Light, try practicing placement on different levels of the target background. (Where you will be placing yourself for the shot), that way you can understand what works best for you and what type of body part you want highlighted.
For the last two tips:
Rules of Thirds - By following this reference, be sure to focus on the 4 major points of focus.
If you were to make a narrative line ( from a to b) : from this example, if you were to place an object or person on the bottom left point, there is a higher chance for the viewer to follow through your story or message. In nudes: if you want the viewer's eyes from a to b on your body and object: feel free to experiment with horizontal, diagonal or vertical lines. It doesn't have to be rigorous. One other way is to form a triangle with your body, by combining three parts of yourself or an object close to you, like a sex toy. Mirrors are good for this. Imagine the same grid in portrait or landscape on the mirror and experiment.
I might make this post better in the future, but right now this is all I can offer. Thank you for reading!
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