Learn How This Vintage Nude Pin-up Portrait Was Lit and Photographed

The pin-up model was one of the most iconic styles of the 20th century, and even today, decades after its heyday, it is still a very recognizable and eye-catching look that makes for great portraits. In this great video tutorial, you will learn how a vintage nude pin-up portrait was conceptualized, lit, and photographed. 

Coming to you from Lindsay Adler Photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you how this vintage nude pin-up portrait was created, lit, and photographed. As Adler details in the video, fine art nudes focus on the human form, and as such, she aims for a straightforward but elegant look to the lighting, using two strobes for the backdrop, a Westcott Optical Spot on the key light, and a medium umbrella with diffusion to provide some fill to soften some of the shadows. As you will see, while that gets Adler an excellent foundation, it takes a bit more work in post to fully finish the vintage look, which includes desaturating the image a bit, adding some warmth, and doing some local cleanup. It is a fantastic exercise in concept design, posing, lighting, and editing. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Adler. 

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Lorin Duckman's picture

LOOK, hard not to love Lindsay and her desire to educate. But WHO has this space or equipment or staff? She is a great influence and deserves mucho credit, but please consider the audience.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Your complaint makes no sense. She usually works in the confines of her backdrops which is not large. Also, she usually works alone. This specific article is about how she lit a vintage nude pin-up portrait, not grumpy old men. Not every article or video is going to cater to everyone.

And speaking of considering your audience, not everyone wants to see your grumpy shirtless self portraits. This is at least the 2nd time you've posted that image in this site alone.