Shooting for Adult Magazines: Variety is the Key

If you have a goal to make money from your glamour, nude, or erotic photography by shooting for “Adult” magazines, you’ll need to get used to shooting “image sets.”

An image set is a a series of individual images that comprise a logical and cohesive group.

It’s from these image sets that magazines choose what pictures will be featured in the actual magazine layout.

Within the field of “adult-oriented” nude photography, most image sets begin with the model fully clothed and end with the model fully nude. Essentially, a fairly  obvious “striptease”  type of progression.

Your image sets should consist of between 100 to 150 images. This amount  will give editors and art directors a variety of shots to choose from (without overwhelming them with too many).

It’s important  that your sets include a wide range of different looks.

This range should include a mixture of poses, camera angles, amounts of clothing worn by the model, and degrees of explicitness as far as poses (make sure your poses are appropriate for the magazine you’re shooting for).

You’ll also need to shoot a selection of both horizontal and vertical images.

Some poses work especially well in a vertical format, some work especially well in a horizontal format, and some can go either way. The image seen here is one in which a horizontal format is the obvious choice.

If you typically take the majority of your shots in one orientation or the other, you’ll need to train yourself to mix things up. Ideally, you’ll want about half the shots to be vertical and half to be horizontal. It’s not necessary to be exact, just make sure that your set includes a good representation of both formats.

Remember, the more variety your image sets contain, the more likely you are to profit from them.



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