I am creating four how-to books to teach aspiring photographers. Whether you are interested in glamour or art nudes, newly getting into the craft, or just want to expand your horizons, each book will give you step-by-step information about how I make my images. From equipment to models, I take you start to finish, through the studio and into Photoshop.
The books will be self-published under my own imprint and will be available on Amazon, although other rewards are exclusive to Kickstarter backers (as marked.)
There are four titles:
- True Confessions of Nude Photography (An overview. Best if you want only one book and can't decide.)
- Figure Lighting: Visual Guide to Illumination
- Model Connections: How to find models and conduct photo shoots with them
- Exquisite Curves: Composition and Posing
If getting less than the whole set, please specify desired title(s) at the time of your pledge. Unspecified pledges will receive True Confessions.
Most nude photography guides deal with only the technical, leaving you on your own to figure out how to recruit a model. I don't. The book Model Connections tells you how to find models that are seeking to partner with you.
Funds raised will be used to pay editors, register ISBNs (international catalog numbers), compensate models, and of course print, pack, and ship the books.
True Confessions of Nude Photography
A major update to my all-around book on nude photography. If you're not sure which one you'll like best, choose this one! 55,000 words and hundreds of images. A step-by-step guide to recruiting beautiful models, lighting, the studio, Photoshopping, and maybe even getting paid to do it.128 pages, 200 images.
Figure Lighting: Visual Guide
A detailed guide, dedicated to lighting the unclothed body. From the plainspoken to the artistic, each lighting configuration is diagramed in painstaking detail. Learn the art and skill of using light and controlling shadows. From indoor to outdoor, studio to location, you’ll learn what can be achieved and how to make it work for you.
Basics include contrast, modifiers, how many lights?, accent lights, quality of light, and equipment kits. 20 lighting diagrams, including location, studio, and outdoor. Special topics include light writing, common problems, and lighting lessons. 110 pages, 130 images.
Model Connections: Recruiting and Working with Models
Clear and effective techniques to approach and recruit models. Avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions. A major update of my recruiting book, with a new title and cover. 110 pages focused on establishing and strengthening connections with models. 130 images.
Exquisite Curves: Composition and Posing
The contours of the female body are a masterpiece of nature and were the inspiration for the title of this book. There are an infinite number of ways to represent this beauty. The photographer’s role is to create work that is appealing, fitting, and meaningful. This book takes a two-pronged approach: first by teaching the academic and second by encouraging hands-on creativity. 120 pages, 300 images.
- 8.5x11 inches/22x28 cm
- 70 lbs paper & high quality printing
- 100+ pages, 100+ images in each book
- Available as softcover ($25), hardcover ($50), or 200dpi ebook PDF ($10)
These are all new versions of my four books, including major revisions and two new titles. They've been updated with new high-resolution images. They are being printed on heavier paper with better inks. If you own some of the original editions and are wondering how much has changed, see this page for comparison. Available to the public in 2017, available to you this December.
Limited Edition Prints
Small 7x10 inches (included with collector packages)
Medium 16x24 inches, 61x41 cm (included with choice and super collector packages)
More options for 16x24 inch prints (specify at time of pledge if you want a different design than the one above.)
20x30 inches (included with super collector package)
Rewards will be sent out by December 2, 2016, allowing three weeks before Christmas. Actually delivery times will depend on your location. US backers will have no trouble. Europe has a fair chance of Christmas delivery depending on customs and Australia will probably receive theirs after New Year's Day.
Q&A: All backers have the option to ask me questions about any topic in the books. This can be to clarify something in the books, ask for a critique, or solve a specific problem. I may not always have the answer but I will respond promptly. You're guaranteed at least one response for each title you order, and will allow more if I'm not overwhelmed with questions.
Personal Critique: Be one of the first 20 backers to order all the hardback set and receive a personal critique of your work. First 10 have the option of a 30 minute phone call.
Late Comer 4+1
Did you miss one of my past art nude photobook Kickstarters? Add the book of your choice to this set of instructional books. $285 for all 5 books.
If we can hit $6,000 I will offer a set of 52 "photo tip" cards. These will be the size of bridge/poker cards. They will offer various tips on posing, shooting, lighting, and composition such as shooting assignments and posing diagrams. They will be designed to be flipped through randomly to inspire and challenge models and photographers during a shoot.
The decks will be an add-on of $29 or less (depending on volume of demand)
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project. I have have done this before and the books are almost finished.
If you live far away or have slow import customs, you might not get your book before Christmas. I will provide "IOU" certificates to download and present to gift recipients.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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