One of the greatest problems I see in teaching photography is that photographers can get tunnel vision while shooting. They see something they like compositionally, and then keep working the scenario for an extended period of time, often times overstaying their stay.
I certainly think it is important to be focused on one image until it is optimized. I say optimized, not perfect, because I do not believe there is such a thing as perfection in the three dimensional world. That said, once you’ve done your best with a particular image, it’s time to explore the arc both in 360 degrees around the subject, and 90 degrees from ground to overhead if possible. Changing location, and changing lens focal length can reveal new opportunities for more, and possibly better images.
The key is balancing patience and intuition, knowing when it is time to stay in a situation, and when it is time to move on and push into new territory. It’s a fine line, one that is different for every photographer I observe and mentor. Allowing the flow of images to evolve is a liberating experience, and everyone grows from it artistically as well.
The key approach of my nude photo workshops is that I do not shoot for myself. Rather, I spend time observing what a photographer is shooting, and their lens choice, and position in relation to the model. Then, I will look for other vantage points, camera angles and lens options to expand their thinking. Then, I show these pictures to the photographer to help them see another way to look at their work.
The images here are not finished, as I did not direct the model, but they give a sense of how I teach this approach.