About the book

Nude photography can be intimidating, for both the artist and the subject. Creative concept, psychology, and technique all need to be considered and executed seamlessly to achieve a photographer’s desired artistic and professional result. Author Lou Benjamin has built a career studying the intricacies of creating the perfect nude photo and he has compiled what he has learned for you in this second edition of the best-selling book, The Naked and the Lens.

This revised text updates and builds upon the key concepts presented in the first edition and guides photographers from refining your vision  to planning a shoot and finding models all the way through to post production and presenting work. New material includes discussions of the latest equipment, software, web publishing options, as well as fresh and more diverse photographs and interviews.


Part I

1 Focusing In
2 Art Photography Laid Bare
3 Fleshing Out the Idea

Part II

4 Portraying the Body
5 The Camera vs. the Eye
6 It All Starts with Light
7 Inside the Frame

Part III

8 Tripping the Shutter
9 Collaborating with Models
10 Working in Digital
11 Showing Your Stuff

Praise for the first edition

“Beyond the fact that the book features fine art nudes and the discussion thereof, it is also an incredible photographic resource for the information it contains regarding the art of photography and digital capture. The tech info alone easily makes this a 'must-have' photo guide.”

— James Sullivan, 1ProPhoto.com, Host of NewsFromTheSetCart.com

"Rather than a photographer, I consider myself an artist who uses a camera. The Naked and the Lens is a book I would not only appreciate having in my library, but I would actually purchase it to give to amateur and professional photographer friends of mine for their own collections. It'll be dog-eared in no time!"

— Charles Laurier Dufour, Fine Art Nude Photographer, www.du4photo.com

"As an experienced fine art nude photographer, I found the The Naked and the Lens to be a very comprehensive look on the subject. It covers the gamut from the basics of photography as applied to this genre to finding models and how to work with them to achieve the results you want. I use many techniques mentioned to achieve my own artistic vision. As someone who has moved from the film to digital world, I especially appreciate the emphasis on digital techniques in camera and post processing. I even learned some new techniques! I highly recommend the book to both new photographers starting to explore nude photography as well as experienced ones to refresh your knowledge on nude photography as an art form, or learn something new if you are exploring digital camera or post processing."

— Eric Scott, Fine Art Nude Photographer, www.ericscottfoto.com

"[A] must for any photography library.”

— Midwest Book Review

About the author

Louis Benjamin is a fine art and portrait photographer and a member of the faculty of the International Center of Photography in New York. His work has been exhibited in galleries and juried exhibitions around the US. In addition to The Naked and the Lens, his writing includes five books and numerous technical guides on Photoshop, Lightroom, and digital photography.

Purchasing and resources

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ISBN 978-1138829404