The ba­sic set-up

Here’s what you need to shoot a min­i­mal­ist nude

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Two heads

Two flash heads with soft­boxes pro­vide an even bank of soft il­lu­mi­na­tion. The spread of light is more con­trol­lable than from an um­brella, so you can direct it.

02 Black vel­vet

Light-ab­sorb­ing black vel­vet is the per­fect ma­te­rial for a black back­drop. Try to stop your lights spilling onto the back­ground in or­der to keep it as dark as pos­si­ble.

03 Cold com­fort

Think about the model’s com­fort. Bring along blan­kets, cush­ions or bean­bags so that they’re not stuck with a hard, cold stu­dio floor. And turn the heat­ing up too!

04 Lens choice

Wide-an­gle lenses are nor­mally some­thing to avoid with por­traits be­cause the dis­tor­tion can be un­flat­ter­ing, but with a nude land­scape it can add to the ef­fect.

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