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Outdoor Lighting: Nudes (Outdoor Lighting) [Paperback]

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Item description for Outdoor Lighting: Nudes (Outdoor Lighting) by Cathy Joseph...

The freely nude body and nature just seem to go together, and this lushly designed guide--aimed at professional, keen amateur, and student photographers--reveals the many facets of lighting nude photography outdoors. High-quality color and black-and-white images, drawn from a range of contemporary international photographers, demonstrate a variety of beautiful effects, all using the sun as the principal light source. See how to make the most of light and form, create a mood, and situate the figure within the landscape. Each spread is self-contained, with one or two images illustrating a specific topic, such as working in shade or using flash. The accompanying text explains the background behind these pictures, illuminating the thought processes of the photographers and detailing how composition and location are used to fine effect. Lighting plans, including a diagram of the sun's position and information on any supplementary devices (such as a reflector), will be invaluable for anyone trying to achieve similar results.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.14" Width: 8.96" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   1.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2003
Publisher   AVA Publishing
ISBN  2884790381  
ISBN13  9782884790383  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cathy Joseph is an experienced photography writer. Previous titles include "Photographing Weddings, Location Portraits" and "Photographing Buildings" for RotoVision. Cathy is mother of two children with a special interest in family photography. She lives and works in London.

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Home Run!  Dec 2, 2005
Outdoor Lighting: Nudes - Cathy Joseph

Anyone who read my review of Cathy Joseph's book, `Outdoor Lighting: Fashion & Glamour' knows that I instantly became a Cathy Joseph groupie. That was the photography book that I would have written if only I had talent.

So I was overjoyed when the publisher AVA Photography notified me that Cathy Joseph had written two additional books in the series, `Outdoor Lighting: Nudes' and `Outdoor Photography: Portraits'. Immediately I ordered both from this

I was performing that twice yearly ritual here in the Midwest (converting the lawn tractor from mowing to snow-blowing duty) when the books arrived. Grimy from rolling around on the garage floor... cursing at stubborn bolts and the like, I ran into the house anxious to see if Joseph and AVA could deliver that second most difficult task in publishing, writing a sequel that won't disappoint (the first most difficult task in publishing appears to be writing a valuable photography book in the first place!).

The same team that delivered a home run with `Outdoor Lighting: Fashion & Glamour' also created `Outdoor Lighting: Nudes' and Ms Joseph is kind enough to acknowledge them: Sarah Jameson for finding the photographs used in the book and Gavin Ambrose for the book design. This is definitely an All-Star team.

Blessedly, this team doesn't wander far from the formula that worked so well in the Fashion and Glamour book. Back is the raw technical data for nearly every image. Included also for each image is a brief on: The Concept, The Location, Composition, Lighting and Technique. This is again, a book written for photographers! Amen.

And, in a nice change from our technology obsessed culture, Ms Jameson found, and Ms Joseph used, wonderful images cheerfully made by a cheap camera which `some people call the worst camera ever made'. Most of the photos shown here were made using only the sun, very few with complicated lighting setups. You get the idea, this is a book that celebrates the image above all.

And what wonderful images they are! This book celebrates the human body, artistically photographed. There is nudity here yes, pornography, no. Ms Jameson found wonderful images, and they are used to great effect by Ms Joseph. Because of this book I've discovered a new idol in photography, Arnold Henri. His images are stunning and provocative. Check out his images throughout the book, but especially on page 114.

Is there anything at all wrong with this book? A little. Ms Joseph so spoils us that, like a perturbed child, I pout that there is no detail on the wonderful photographs that start each chapter. I want details! You've hooked me, now give them to me! That said, there is more useful information in this one book than in an entire library of most photography books.

The bottom line? As I said about `Outdoor Lighting: Fashion and Glamour' also, this book WILL make you a better photographer.

So? While I realize that the Swiss/British publisher and the British writing team of this book probably won't appreciate the analogy, this one too, clears the fences. Let's just say that this is a sequel that certainly doesn't disappoint.

Well done.

Buy it.

Now, can this great team deliver in the third title in this series, `Outdoor Photography: Portraits'? You'll just have to wait to find out... back to the tractor!
Disappointing  Apr 22, 2005
The cover photo by Eric Boutilier-Brown is one of the best images shown. While this book may be helpful to the beginning photographer of outdoor nudes, I found the lighting information to be very basic. The selection of mostly color images is largely uninspiring, and includes a number of kitschy photos that may look fine on someone's web page, but hardly belong in a book. There are a few truly excellent images, but they are not worth the price of the book in my opinion.
For lovers of all that is truly natural.  Jun 8, 2004
What is more natural than the human body in natural light? For those who love to use natural light to bring out the best of the human form, this book is a godsend. Amazing pictures and the tools on how you can re-create similar pictures for yourself. What more could you ask for. A third book in this series maybe? Cathy, are you reading this?

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