by John Denton Published 01/12/2013
A double-width roll of Storm Grey provided the backdrop. The lighting was changed with a 7ft silver umbrella providing the key light from camera right and two Elinchrom 130 by 50 cm strip boxes providing the rim lighting from the back and sides. The whole set was metered to f5. I would have liked to go to a smaller f-stop but wanted to keep all the lights recycling quickly so Lotte wasn't waiting too long between shots and thereby getting cold. The stage was set so back to the studio to collect the team. Lotte was now covered chest to toe in black paint. It was the simple ready-mix paint you can get from most art shops rather than specialist body paint. The type of stuff you give to kids for finger painting; a much cheaper option if you're just going for coverage and fairly easy to wash off afterwards. Before doing a shoot like this though make sure both model and painter are on the same artistic wavelength.
The easiest way to apply a smooth finish is by hand and needs to be smeared everywhere, literally everywhere! I was so fortunate having Lotte and Lou on the team!
A quick walk across the yard, hair-piece in place and final test shot and we were ready to shoot. Note Nicola carrying another important piece of equipment when working with nude models outdoors!
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