The basic set-up
Here’s what you need to shoot a minimalist nude
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.