CarmineWorx is a semi-pro photographer, not doing it for money, just for the fun of it. The last couple of years he has focused mainly on model photography with a bit of urban/urbex (when he gets the chance).
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I’m a freelance Linux sysadmin/webmaster/programmer and at times it’s crazy busy, but I also get to decide how I spend my time. I basically turned my hobby into my job, so I needed a new hobby. I was always interested in photography, so one day I went out and got a DSLR. I have owned a number of digital camera’s before but nothing that allowed me to approach something resembling a professional level. So I start of with taking photo’s of whatever is around me, urban scenes, architecture, nature (the little we have around here), macro, and abstract. I found out it didn’t matter what the subject was, I enjoyed the technical aspect of photography more that the actual outcome or subject.
Why did you start taking nude photos?
I was asked to do a boudoir shoot for a friend of mine, she wanted to get into modeling and needed some shots for her portfolio. At that point all I did with photography was urban/street and some nature photography. I didn’t think I could deliver what she expected, so I took a model photography workshop. After talking to the instructor he suggested I take the nude/glamour workshop instead. I took the workshop, did the boudoir shoot with my friend, and took a followup workshop afterwards. I found out I enjoyed the interaction between model and photographer, the flow of idea’s that happen when both sides are on the same wavelength, and you get to make something that makes both of you go ‘Wow!’.
You do some amazing model shots. What is your secret when photographing nude models?
In most of the shoots I do I’ll have a single image in mind, I’ll basically work up to that one pose or that one look I’m after. I’ll either get it or I won’t, but in the process I might get something that’s even better. If I’m working in the studio, I’ll take my time depending on the model.
If we’re shooting outside I try to get the image I want as quickly as possible, I tend to shoot in places where I’ll be sent away rather quickly
How do you bring forward the character of a woman?
As cliche as it might sound, communication. Talk to the model way before the day of the shoot, make sure she understands what you’re looking for in the shoot. Then on the day of the shoot, have a chat with her, make her feel comfortable, make sure there is coffee, tea, or whatever she wants to drink, and maybe some lunch if the shoot will take more than a few hours. Walk through the plan for the shoot again. Make sure you sound confident (even if you’re not) and keep talking to her during the shoot.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
I love doing Urban Exploring (Urbex), that’s where you find abandoned buildings, go inside and look around. Occasionally I’ll also take some pictures Unfortunately, I live in the Netherlands and nothing is abandoned here. It either gets torn down or re-purposed straight away. I have to go to either Belgium on Germany for some good locations and I don’t always have the time for a road trip.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I started with a Canon 400D and a Sigma 18 – 250, for no other reason than the feel of the camera in my hands. I currently use a Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-70L as my main lens, an 85mm for portraiture work and a 70-200L for outdoor shooting or if I have a tall model in my studio. I bought the whole set (camera and lenses) in one go almost 2 years ago, and haven’t bought any new lenses.
I spend most of my money on other gear and gadgets, like cheap speed lights, studio strobes, wireless triggers, and my latest purchase was the Lightblaster.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking photos of nude models?
There are a lot of places online that will give far better tips, but this is what worked for me so far :
– Start with a few workshops in model photography and glamour/nude. Don’t worry too much about your camera or lenses, as long as it has a hotshoe or can trigger a studio strobe you’re fine.
– Once you have a few good images in your portfolio, booking a model will be easier. Get an account on a site like Model Mayhem, there are models, make-up artists, and stylists from all over the world on there. Or if you’re in Europe try Purpleport or Purestorm.
– If you’re booking TFP shoots, accept the fact that the model might not show up. It happens.
– Don’t be a creep.
– Make sure you have a model-release, and have the model sign it AFTER the shoot. Most releases will have the line ‘…model performed all poses, positions, etc.. without force, coercion, or threat…’ or similar words. Signing that before the shoot invalidates the contract.
– It’s a collaborative process, communicate with your model.
– Have fun.
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