Photographing Black Models Nude
Question? “How do you get those beautiful nudes of black models. Do you over expose or do it in photoshop?”
(aF) In the past, the advice given for photographing models with dark skin was to over-expose by one stop or more, alter the distance of the light to the subject and even use smaller light sources farther away to light the subject having the light fall off on the clothing.
All of this did nothing except confuse me even more. I’ve found that by watch how the light “falls” on darker skinned models is the key. Black models skin can range from almost white to the darkest dark so depending on the color of the skin determines the degree of softness needed.
The other thing I look at is amount of ambient light around the subject. If I’m working with brighter ambient light, I tend to use a brighter light source and if I’m shooting against a black background I’ll using maybe a white umbrella farther away as a extra fill light.
Best of luck and keep me updated on what works for you.
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