Throughout history, artists around the world have been drawn to the nude. Photographers, too, have been fascinated by the subject, and many of the medium’s most enduring images have depicted the unclothed human form. But the nude is among the most challenging of subjects to master. The camera’s gaze is indiscriminate and unforgiving, so conveying a sense of artistry and subtlety requires careful control over the posing and, crucially, lighting of the nude.
And that’s where this guide can help. Lighting The Nude (Third Edition) reveals the lighting secrets of some of the top photographers working today. It showcases over 100 images of the nude, in a wide variety of styles. Each image is accompanied by detailed lighting diagrams and an explanation and analysis of what makes the shot work. Whether you’re a beginner to this style of photography or a seasoned professional, you’ll find plenty of inspirational lighting ideas to copy or adapt for your own work, making this an essential reference for every studio photographer’s bookshelf.
Steve Luck is a writer and photographer who lives in West Dorset in the southwest of England. A former editorial director of Ilex Press in the United Kingdom, Steve turned to writing in 2008 and to date has written over 12 books on digital photography and post-production (Digital Photography - Foundation Course; The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Digital Photography; The Complete Practical Guide to Digital Photography; Photoshop Elements - Drop Dead Photography Techniques; Go Digital; the Camera Bag Companion series, and co-authored two of Michael Freeman's Photo School series Digital Editing and Black and White). Steve has also contributed to numerous other titles on the subject of digital photography and post-production techniques, and is a contributor to Digital Photography Enthusiast Magazine. Steve's photographs can be seen at www.steveluckphotography.co.uk