I love sharing my passion for fine art nude photography, and along with the workshops I do, I also teach private nude photography instruction. Sometimes it’s because an individual’s schedule doesn’t mess with my workshops. But often it is that someone has specific goals in their pursuit of making nude photographs and wants a program tailored to their needs.
Such is the case with one photographer from New York who wants to understand how to use studio lights in photographing the female nude. Yesterday was the first of three days of work in the studio with dancers under a variety of lighting situations. Already we’ve explored grids, umbrellas and softboxes of various sizes to see how the different modifiers affect the bare light of a strobe unit.
It was fun to see the quick progress the photographer made in understanding when to use the different approaches to light, and by the end of the day he was surprised by how he could identify which kind to use for a new image. Today we’ll play with fresnel lights and start mixing different lighting effects. Should be a great day.
This photograph was from my demonstration using a small umbrella positioned above and slightly behind the model to maximize shape and depth.