Behind the scenes

My preparation for this shoot was fairly simple, mainly the coordination of the studio, makeup artist, model, assistant, and lighting. i chose a very old and weathered-looking studio with rough-textured walls to try to create the illusion that we were outside. The main preparation with the model,

Alienor, was to make sure she looked tanned as it's very important for the skin tone to be brown—in this case the tan was fake. i had kept the lighting order to the rental company minimal as i prefer to work on nudes with just one light source. i also rented some black panels to control the light,

9:30 As we arrive at the studio in Paris (with fresh croissants) it is filled with natural light.

9:50 Elsa, the hair and makeup artist, prepares her table for action.

10:42 After straightening Alienor's hair Elsa applies her makeup.

11:10 Applying a bronze body cream helps to create contrast in a black and white photograph.

11:10 Applying a bronze body cream helps to create contrast in a black and white photograph.

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11:35 I begin to work with a flac to cast shadows on the wall.

11:45 Some final adjustments are needed before i can start shooting.

11:50 I position the light at an angle that will replicate the slant of the afternoon sun.

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11:55 Alienor starts to go through some poses while i concentrate on crops and composition.

12:40 Alienor's hair gets slicked back for the final set of pictures.

13.00 I try a new series of shots to see how the new hairstyle looks.

13.10 The set closes in around Alienor as i get the light and shadows the way i want.

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the shot i used just one light to shoot this image, with white and silver reflectors in the surrounding areas and a black flag on a light stand between the light and the model to throw a shadow across her body and darken the background. The idea behind this lighting setup was to use shadows on and around her to create a kind of vignette in order to emphasize the parts of her body i wanted to show. i ended up cropping this image quite tightly to maximize subtle lines that would also draw the viewer's attention to certain parts of it.

Checking progress looking at images on the camera screen during shooting is not only great for checking progress but also for keeping the model inspired. I can also check exposure by bringing up the histogram on this screen.

Using a reflector

My assistant held the white side of a reflector above Alienor's head to fill in some of the shadow details with a bit more light. This is particularly important when shooting digitally, as the shadow area is usually very underexposed, and this makes it difficult to extract detail from the shot.

Checking progress looking at images on the camera screen during shooting is not only great for checking progress but also for keeping the model inspired. I can also check exposure by bringing up the histogram on this screen.

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