• Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

Nude Photography, How to Create Mood.

What is mood, in Photography?

Of the most important, yet difficult, elements to master in photography, especially portrait photography, is capturing emotion and feeling. A really great image is one that conveys a mood and literally pulls the viewer into the scene and the story the photographer intended to tell. Of course, feelings and emotions are subjective, and each of us may feel differently when we look at a particular image but mastering the following techniques of photography could help guide the viewer to your original thought.

Before we proceed here’s is your brief:

  1. Mood in photography is the emotion portrayed by the subject in the frame.
  2. To grasp the concept of mood, it is important to achieve; color, Texture, and Lighting.
  3. Color
  4. Texture
  5. Lighting

1. How Color Effects Nude Photography.

Just as music builds mood, colors can also help create mood. A lot has been written on what each color denotes in a photograph, what emotions it evokes and what message each color helps get across.

If a photograph is created with a contrast, the warmer tones need to be occupying less space as these colors draw away attention. They have an effect of warmth & excitement, which when used in excess can also be agitating. In Nude Photography the following colors have the following effects;

a)Red is the best choice for creating warmth & passion in your photo. Why on earth did you think that Valentine’s Day is all about red flowers, red balloons, and a long flowing red dress? Red with a background in white adds drastic contrast but has an element of grace to any nude photography.


b)Orange is a mixture of yellow and red. It, therefore, brings enthusiasm and warmth to nude photography. Nature’s best hues are when the sun goes down and colors the sky in a confused array of pink, orange and yellow.

A model posing against an orange backdrop. image; google

c) Blue brings a sense of calmness to nude photography, which edges more towards sadness. Someone once said-‘I am feeling blue’. Blue is also a very responsible color, very corporate and powerful when paired with black.

d) Black has varied meanings in different cultures across the globe. Universally, it’s the color of choice for most formal occasions equally for men and women. It makes nude photos retain silhouettes that look slimmer. It takes in all the color and should be used sparingly in photos. Most welcome to be used with warm colors or when the sentiment is serious..

e) Use white and pink to create a softer look. White creates a sense of space and is ideal to give a deeper look to your photograph.

2. How Texture Adds Mood To Nude Photography.

Texture stimulates the sensation of TOUCH.

That makes it one of the most intriguing, even mysterious aspects of nude photography. It stimulates the sensation of touch. Whereas our sense of vision operates at a distance from the world, the sense of touch brings us up close and personal, to the sensitivity of our fingertips, face, and skin.

The Following are sensations created by texture;

Sharp, silky, gritty, bumpy, scratchy. The memories and emotions they stir can be equally varied and subtle. Sometimes the feelings aroused cannot be easily verbalized. They exist beyond words. Not having yet developed language or even sophisticated visual abilities, infants rely on the sensation of touch to experience the world. They explore the environment with their hands and put everything into their mouths.

The texture of hair, skin, lips, a teddy bear, a baby blanket, bubbles, a faint prick of a pin, sandpaper. Just my mentioning these things probably creates within you a distinct sensation, memory, or feeling. This is the power of using texture in photography. It can activate very personal, deeply felt experiences. Because textures stimulate tactile sensations, they seem to physically immerse us into the image. It’s a sense of being close to and “feeling” the subject.

3. Lighting Effect On Nude Photography.


Front lighting might emphasize sharp, bold, contrasty textures, as when bright sunlight comes over your shoulder and shines onto the metal and brick surface of a building.

Side lighting creates fine shadows that accentuate detailed textures, as well as the surface qualities of an object’s three-dimensional form. Imagine the effect of the setting sun on a statue in a field of grass.

Diffuse lighting helps us appreciate the subtle tones of smooth, silky textures, as evident in the foliage of trees under an overcast sky.

Now of course there’s a lot more to say about the effect of lighting on nude photography, if you’d like me to do a detailed review on lighting, comment down below.

Wycliff Peter Oundo

Wycliff Peter Oundo is The founder and Chairperson of Vazi Couture, He is a Journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya and occasionally writes for VC.

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