Edge Lighting with Tiffany

Tiffany volunteered to help me with some single light bodyscapes using a single bare speedlight. She hit some very nice poses and helped as I was experimenting with the lighting. It is a finicky lighting setup where a couple of inches or degrees can really change how the light hits the body. I’m very pleased with the results and I have a few more experiment shoots planned to really refine the technique. I specifically stayed away from tutorials and how-to-videos so I could play with this on my own without having preset ideas and rules in my head.

Laying on her side, I did use 2 bare speedlights for this images aimed at the shoulder and glute

Single light, full length image. Just a single strip of lit skin.

Simple seated image with the light coming across her back

Lines of her raised back

Using two lights to side light the model

- The Athletic Implied Nudes series is an exploration of the human body under muscle stress— understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Clean backgrounds, hard lighting, and black & white photography work together to eliminate distractions and highlight the muscle groups and figure of my subjects.

Beginning with Mixed Martial Artists and Boxers, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly firing muscle groups at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to freeze my subjects at the peak of their motion. Discovering a better understanding of the human form with this project has transitioned into my commercial fitness work, maximizing composition and positioning to best showcase the human form.

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.