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Striking images about body image

THINKING: Time and again I find models saying how they don't feel attractive or have one or many defects in their bodies.

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Instant Backgrounds, Stage Sets and Structure

Shooting with Julie Waterhouse, a very proficient dancer and model, I wanted to put together a stage set that Julie could improvise around.

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Underwater photo shoot with Leah. 7 images and how to make an underwater set.

These were shot in the studio this week, with the brave and fearless Leah Axl (the water was VERY cold!

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You can create easy lomo style images with the lensbaby

THINKING: A typical way of creating out of focus areas within an image is to use a tilt-shift lens. This type of lens is made principally for architectural photography.

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Zara Watson - 1 Way To Use High Contrast (video)

"Nudes Deconstructed" - a short YouTube video discussion of an image.

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AOP part 65: How to photograph a model suspended from the ceiling.

Depending on the pose Maja has a greater or lesser control of her position. The silks can wrap, deliberately or as part of their own accord.

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Dancing with drapes

One of the beauties of my studio space is that it has a very large coved area where dance movement and action have lots of room to flow.

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Why you want to make your lens take blurred pictures - or lomo on himo.

THINKING: The continual mantra of sharpness is so prevalent in photography that we often forget the pleasure of a "pleasing lack of definition".

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How to select simple but effective props - free book excerpt

Remember the black infinity scarf? Well this is its red version. I've added red tights from my collection of props to make a real splash of colour.

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AOP part 63: How to pose and frame your shot to maximise the impact of the outfit

To really show of the intricacy of the halter top we really need to get a close up image. If I had not done this you would never see the detail of how the individual straps weave in and out of each other.