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The Black and White Nude: Lighting Chiaroscuro with Ann Elliott Cutting (Two sessions)

  • Tuesday (Online)
    September 26, 2023
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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© Ann Elliott Cutting


Hybrid Learning Class

The human form is beautiful to work with photographically. Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider in the creation of a nude image. Chiaroscuro in art is an Italian term that literally means ‘light-dark’. In paintings the description often refers to tonal variations which are used to suggest the volume and modeling of the subjects depicted. This type of lighting lends itself well to the nude due to the lost and found quality is has.

In this two-day workshop we will concentrate on using chiaroscuro lighting while working with nude models on location in a beautiful modern home. The goal of the class is two-fold: first, to feel comfortable working with talent, and secondly, to photograph the nude in a subtle mysterious manner by using this lighting style. Participants will photograph the nude in a variety of locations, experimenting with lighting and directing poses. There will be a short lecture and demo at the start of the day to fill our minds with ideas, then the majority of the day will be spent working with the models and controlling the lighting, setting and poses. The Tuesday online zoom session will consist of a critique and conversation about work created during the workshop.

The workshop will take place on location with nude models. Students are encouraged to bring a DSLR camera equipped with a hot shoe or sync connection.


Ann Elliott Cutting is an award winning editorial, conceptual advertising and fine art photographer. Ann’s images have appeared on the covers of Time, USNWR, Washington Post, Kiplinger, Science and on many album covers and book covers. Her client list includes Nike, Nikon, Lexus, Target, Lee, Pioneer, Kenwood, and Ashworth Golf. Her? images have been published in Photo District News, Black and White Magazine, Communication Arts, Graphis, Rangefinder and Nikon World. Ann received a BA in Biochemistry and cell biology from UCSD and a BA in photography from Art Center College of design where she is currently on the faculty. Ann loves working with all formats, from Diana cameras to 8×10 and any lighting situation.


  • Two-Sessions
  • Dates:
    September 23, 10 am – 6 pm (in-person) and September 26, 6 – 8 pm (online)
  • Enrollment Limit: 12 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode. No lighting experience is necessary.
  • Tuition: $375 + $450 model, equipment and location fee  (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: This is a Hybrid class that will meet at a private Residence, TBA, with an online critique.

A details email complete with the Zoom link will be sent to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please email

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