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PE: Art Nude/ Fetish Critique Tips

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 11:57 AM
As part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.

Today we are looking at the Artistic Nude photography gallery and the Fetish photography gallery, with our Top Tips provided by the wonderful assistance of Nyx-Valentine

An Affront to my Sense by lovelizzieGreen Web series No. 2 by slephotoEtched in Stone by DRSPhotographyHow to hold a candle by TimR01TJF - Mother Nature by LEGENDofLMPF

:bulletpink: The most important thing when critiquing artistic nude or fetish photography is to keep it professional.  Yes, nudity and fetish content can be sexy, or erotic, and you might think the model is "hot."  But a critique is not the place to talk about it.  Critique is for well...critique.  Not hitting on models.  

:bulletpink: Critique is also not the place to focus on things you dislike about the model.  When you start commenting on "She should be a redhead" or "He's too hairy", these are things that the photographer cannot improve upon.  Critique is about technique, not personal preferences for someones appearance.  If critiquing the model, presumably, they have made the choice to look the way they do, and critiquing those aspects doesn't help them improve.

:bulletpink: When critiquing a nude or fetish photographer, they are concerned with the same things every other photographer worries about – is the composition good, how is the lighting, what's the exposure doing for the shot, etc.  Focus on these things in your critique.

:bulletpink: Good critiques for models include things like "This pose would be stronger if you..." or "I feel the concept would have been conveyed more strongly if you had..."

:bulletpink: As with any portrait gallery, please tailor your critique to the deviant receiving it.  IE, if the deviant requesting critique is the photographer, critique the photography, and vice versa.  A critique about the lighting does not help the model improve.

:bulletpink: While by nature, critique can be somewhat harsh, remember that you are critiquing a person who has put themselves in a very vulnerable position, especially models.  Be respectful of that vulnerability, and of them as a person.

:bulletpink: While relevant to both galleries, this is especially important to fetish photography – fetishes are intensely individual, and may seem "odd" or "strange" to you if they aren't your fetish.  If you just think something is bad or wrong about a fetish, or about nudity, it might be better for you to critique something else.  Photographers in this gallery are generally assiduous about making sure their models are comfortable with what is going on, and are consenting adults.  There is no need to "white knight" or comment on how you find something repugnant, and so on.


Want to test out your new found critique skills? Check out the  Critiquable Art  avalaible on deviantART!

Many thanks to :iconquitechildae: for helping write this article!


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slephoto Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I just saw this. Thanks for including one of my images.
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slephoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Buh...? Color me surprised, I had NO idea you'd featured Green Web series No. 2 here. :)
I was doing a late night Google search for "appropriated" images & found this. Thanks for featuring it. :)
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ravynsfaery Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Is it potentially alright to critique the posing of the model, and reference to whether it's too sexy, or too erotic for the intended shot? I'm always hesitant to critique on posing- even though some of them drive me nuts- because the model, or the photographer might take it completely the unintended way.
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Nyx-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's ok to critique the posing, though something like whether it's too sexy is really a personal opinion, so you may not receive a very positive response. If you do, keep it professional, use words like "too much exposure" or "more provocative", not "your pussy is showing" :)
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ravynsfaery Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
:lol: I'm going to be the one who says after reading that, "But what if it is? :C "
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Nyx-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Then I refer back to my other point - if it's just not your thing, and you can't provide a critique without being crude, or disliking the basic content of the image, it might be better if you found something else to critique :)
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ravynsfaery Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
I was joking, but I see your point completely. It was just a thing I wasn't too sure about-- People say 'give constructive criticism', but that's a pretty open to interpretation remark. Thanks so much for taking the time to clarify, and explain how to critique! :heart:
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Nyx-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries! It's a difficult hazy line in the Art Nude and Fetish galleries :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: interesting stuff...I've only ever drawn nudes so this is totally different business.

In terms of intent, I thought the idea with fetish photography was often eroticism (less so with artistic nude) o:
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slephoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Depends on the photographer & the image. I'm often told my stuff bleeds more in to the art realm. If you poke thru my bondage/fetish gallery, some is overtly erotic, some more artsy, and some decidedly UN-erotic. Not in a scary way but in a "absolutely no sex" way.
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