SHOOT IN THE STU­DIO

Cap­ture nude por­traits suc­cess­fully in con­trolled con­di­tions

Digital Photograper - - Master The Art Of Creative Nudes -

This tu­to­rial is based on a unique way to light nudes, us­ing flu­o­res­cent strip lights as your main light source. This style of light­ing is one of my favourites. What you need is four flu­o­res­cent strip lights, two large (150cm 49W) and two small (57cm 14W). one of the in­ter­est­ing things about shoot­ing with flu­o­res­cent strip lights is that it can give you such beau­ti­ful wrap-around light­ing. of course there are many other op­tions avail­able with this light­ing setup; i quite of­ten lay them on the floor next to the model, as in the fi­nal im­age here. i’m us­ing a canon 24 to 70mm lens. i use this be­cause it’s a very fast lens and main­tains great sharp­ness when us­ing wider aper­tures. for all my me­ter­ing i use a Mi­nolta flash Me­ter iii which i’ve had for years; i feel they’re the best on the mar­ket be­cause you can switch be­tween flash and am­bi­ent in a mat­ter of sec­onds. al­though you can see a tri­pod in the set-up shot, i don’t ac­tu­ally use one, and also the floor light was not used – this is just to show the setup with the cam­era po­si­tion. i al­ways like the free­dom of be­ing able to move around the model fast, se­lect­ing bet­ter an­gles – it re­ally helps the shoot flow too.

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OR­GAN­ISE PROPS

The first thing i do is sort out any props that i’m go­ing to need and make sure that i have them on hand. for this shoot i’ve cho­sen a se­lec­tion of masks/ rope/drum props.

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DAY OF THE SHOOT

ar­range the lights how you wish for dif­fer­ent re­sults, i’ve cho­sen a par­al­lel setup with the lights level with the model. This adds shadow sculpt­ing to the model’s body.

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SCOUT­ING AR­EAS

i of­ten wrap around coloured light­ing gels – again this gives you so many vari­a­tions to use within your im­agery. i gen­er­ally pre­fer to use or­ange, blue and pur­ple.

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CAM­ERA SET­TINGS

i gen­er­ally use 125 at f2.8 to 5.6 with an iso of 800 to 1600, with colour bal­ance set to auto. some­times i set the cam­era to bracket so as to take three shots in quick suc­ces­sion this way i have the op­tion to blend shad­ows and high­lights later.

5

THE SHOOT

next we need to de­cide on an ef­fec­tive light­ing setup for our in­tended im­age. as you can see i made two light­ing set­ups, one stand­ing and one ly­ing down. The fin­ished im­ages re­flect both of these set­ups.

6

EDIT IN YOUR STYLE

The se­lected im­ages from the shoot were all then given my usual edit­ing. This is to make sure that the fi­nal im­age is a recog­nis­able stu Wil­liamson im­age.

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FIN­ISHED IM­AGE 1

What i par­tic­u­larly like about this im­age is al­though she’s ly­ing down and the lights are on the floor next to her, it clearly looks as though she is de­tached from the back­ground.

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UP­RIGHT SHOOT

i chose to keep the im­age in B&W al­though i have se­lected a very light warm tone to en­hance the feel. i have also placed a bor­der around the im­age to give it an an­tique arty feel.

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