Michael Charles has updated his book, SKIN: How to Take Stunning Nude Photos, and I would have to say it’s a great improvement over the previous version. The book is packed with Charles’ personal advice, experience, and coaching and comes in at over 240 pages. There are also two smaller bonus books, and a short video that features real models, some experienced and others just moments off their first-ever shoots, telling you about working with photographers from their own perspectives.
IMPORTANT: The author’s background is in Adult media, so be aware that you’re getting a view into that world. Some of the photos may be considered explicit, and explicit photography is definitely covered here. If you’ve ever considered trying your hand at earning money shooting for modern Adult magazines, I’d highly recommend this book to you. Charles will walk you through the entire process and give you plenty of real-world tips along the way. So, no, this package isn’t simply a guide to artistic nude and erotic photography. That being said, there is plenty of good information that can be easily applied to working with models for purposes other than Adult media.
If any of the following might be useful to you, you should take a closer look at this package. I would have gladly spent $29 to have benefited from the advice Charles gives on just ONE of these topics back when I started working with models.
- How to find models
- How to stay confident and productive from your very first shoot
- How to build a good rapport when working with models
- Creating a professional, positive environment for your shoots
- Posing techniques and how to work them into your personal style of communicating
- The Video: Real models tell you exactly what makes a good shooting experience for them
Of course, he covers all of these topics in-depth. There’s also plenty of basic photography instruction and other useful information, depending on what you want to accomplish. One thing’s for sure, if this is something you’re interested in, SKIN: How to Take Stunning Nude Photos is an absolute must-have, and the price is extremely reasonable.