Being stuck in the house means a bit of a squash on my creative juices when it comes to wanting to take photos. With spring time bringing warmer weather there is a lust to go outside taking interesting photos. Of course right now that is not an option. Photography is limited to around the house which gives its own challenges. Since this is the place where most people take photos I thought I’d describe some of the ways I get round taking sexy photos in a domestic setting, since most of us don’t have access to a professional photography studio.
To give further information to our situation we have two young children. Photos are limited to evening time only. We also don’t have any flat walls thanks to the previous owners fetish for ugly Anaglypta wallpaper, more likely than not to hide the cracks of walls of a mid terrace that is almost 100 years old. Getting the shot I want is a challenge. For these purposes here are my thoughts on getting a sexier shot from avoiding the distractions of a domestic setting. I’ll try to be inclusive of others since I know that not everybody has a SLR camera or light room editing.
Taking The Photo
Picking the right location
This is completely dependent on the dwelling you find yourself in. Larger and more well lit areas are your best bet. Our living room is our main choice for this as it has both of these qualities compared to the rest of the house.
Making use of other rooms when time allows can boost creativity. A study / home office can give a more professional setting. The bathroom can provide a different scene, especially as it is a place where nudity is expected. A voyeuristic image can be made with little effort.
We have experimented with photos in the bath. Colours can be added with baths bomb or dyes. Milk can make the water cloudier and hide parts of the body and reveal others. I know littlegem is a fan of that quality when it comes to hiding parts of her body she isn’t so keen on showing.
If you have access to a garden then this may also be an option. The natural look of outside heightens the feel of some shots. But many may struggle with privacy, not wanting Moreen from next door getting a sneaky look at you in the altogether. Or you maybe not, its your garden after all (public nudity laws vary). Think about some of the garden, is there brick, wood or stone that could create a different feel to the image?
The brickwork from a house makes this photo feel a bit more seedy, in a good way
Aperture is your Friend
On the assumption that you aren’t going to completely fill the camera with a body, although that is a valid option, there is going to be a background that you may not want those viewing the photo to see. Using an aperture setting that narrows the breadth of focus is a good way of doing this. By having the parts of the photo you want viewed in sharp focus with the rest in blur directs the eye to where you want it to. This can also be done in opposite, blurring a body to allow the viewer to be more imaginative with what they are seeing.
By having the focus point of the shot in the foreground the background is blurred. In this case the taps of the bath give off a bokeh effect.
Using Props to Draw the Eye
Props are a great addition to a sexy photo. They are objects that don’t need to be sexy in nature but bring something to the scene that is being created. Props also have the advantage of obscuring parts of the scene or wall you may not want on show. Things like wall plugs that, although they wouldn’t ruin a shot, you may not want to include.
Sewing machines aren’t sexy but can look beautiful in detail, adding a topic of interest that let to more comments than usual (From None Sew Pretty).
Find the Right Angle
Being creative with the angle of your shot can add variety to your photos. It’s amazing how the body can look different depending on where the picture is being taken from, you may need a partner to be able to take full advantage of this.
Photos that are taken straight and in landscape are most likely to have unsightly objects in the background. Angling either up or down shortens the horizon distance therefore reducing the chance of needing to move one half of a room out of the way just to get a photo.
Taking a picture pointing straight down lets no other distractions get in the way (from Handle with Care).
If you want to hide the rubbish you around your home then there is no better solution than getting a big blanket and covering it up. Out of sight, out of mind. Lay it on a sofa, or over a curtain rail or wherever you want. More often than not sheets or blankets aren’t nearly as big as you want them to be. Getting closer to the action may be your only option to fill the image with your backdrop. Backdrops can also provide a different feel by having adding texture to the image.
A white sheet was used as a backdrop for this image before fake snow was added and dropped in front of the camera (from Winter Gaze).
In most instances when it comes to light you are looking for as much as you can find. During the day is the best, obviously. You can play around with natural light with objects such as blinds.
If night time is your only option then you’ll need artificial lighting. Without the benefit of studio lights the only ones you have are the LED energy efficient bulbs you bought at the hardware store. There are other sources of light that can create a different mood. Lamp shades, lantern, torch or even just the light from your camera can change the look. What this also does is darken the surrounding area, as far as the viewer is concerned you could be anywhere. Natural colour filters and objects that block light to create shadows are also worth exploring.
Shining the light of my phone through a colander produced this image, I particularity like that the light catches both her nipple bars (from In the Shadows).
Editing the Image
Black and White
As much as I love using colour there is many benefits you using black and white. Bright parts of the image that you don’t want seen get washed into the background. After all you want the focus to be on the person in the picture. As a side note if littlegem’s Rosacea flares up it reduces its impact.
Black and white was used in this image because it focused on the shine of the black latex gloves (from The Shiny Sexy Suprise)
Get Inventive with Highlights, Shadows, Blacks and White
Most editing software allow you to play with the balance of darker and lighter patches of an image. You may want to make part of a image pop out or fade into the background. It can also be taken to extremes to create a completely different image altogether.
This photo was taken in our living room with no backdrop. Harshly increasing the white parts of the image make it look more dreamy (from Denying Orgasm)
Adding a Vignette
Long before I even knew how to pronounce this word I was using a vignette to focus the eye of the viewer. It’s a fairly simple concept, darken or lighten the edge of the image to redirect attention to the middle of the image. The gradient and intensity of the vignette will vary on how you want your finish image to look.
The purpose is to highlight what is going on in the middle of the picture, not the distractions around it (from Cock Worship and Blowjobs)
Some editing programs, including free ones, will allow certain colours pop out. These colours may be changed, brightened or dulled depending on the mood of the image you are after.
The purpose of this image was to exaggerate the rope. The colour purple was isolated and all other colours were reduced.
The Only Limit is Your Imagination
While not strictly true there is always something that can be done to create sexy images at home. Turning it from functional and domestic into a sexy home boudoir. Lets face it, we’re not going to be anywhere else for a while.