FINE ART NUDES
Black-and-white brings out the shapes, textures and form of the human body
When the distraction of colour is removed, the lighting is critical! Ben Brain has used a softbox as the main light for this nude study. This produces soft tonal gradations rather than harsh shadows, but it still has a strongly ‘directional’ quality. In black-and-white nude photography there’s no need to worry about colour casts, so you can afford to improvise with the lighting. If you don’t have studio flash equipment, a darkened room with a sunless window will work just as well. Shooting RAW will increase the tonal range available in your pictures, and the extra colour data compared to JPEGs can give better results if you need to apply stronger adjustments.
FEMALE NUDE BEN BRAIN Nikon D700, Nikon 85mm, 1/200 sec, f/ 14, ISO200