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The Naked and the Lens, Second Edition

A Guide for Nude Photography

By Louis Benjamin

© 2016 – Focal Press

244 pages

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Nude photography can be intimidating, for the artist and the subject. Technique, creativity, and psychology all need to be considered and executed seamlessly to achieve a photographer’s desired artistic and professional result. Author Louis Benjamin has built a career by studying the intricacies of the perfect nude photography photo shoot 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 that guide photographers from finding models and planning a shoot, all the way through to post production. New material includes discussions of the latest equipment, software, web publishing options, as well as fresh and more diverse photographs and interviews.


"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,

Praise for the First Edition:

"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,

"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,

"[A] must for any photography library." - Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents

— Part I Seeing Beneath the Skin —

1 - Focusing In

2 - Art Photography Laid Bare

3 – Fleshing Out the Idea

— Part II Photo Anatomy —

4 - Portraying the body

5 - The Camera vs the Eye

6 - It all Starts with Light

7 - Inside the frame

— Part III Making Nudes —

8 - Tripping the Shutter

9 - Collaborating with Models

10 - Working in Digital

11 - Showing Your Stuff

About the Author

Lou Benjamin is a photographer specializing in fine art and portraiture who teaches at 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Lighting
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Portraits
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Nudes