Black-and-white brings out the shapes, tex­tures and form of the hu­man body

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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

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