Mastering B&W Nudes – Stand Apart From the Crowd

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Author: Dan Hostettler

In today’s crowded, fanciful colored, digitized (social) media world, B&W imagery creates impact more than ever and has not lost its purpose at all. On the contrary! This style lets your work and vision stand out.

Certainly, the way we capture and process these photos has changed over time. But the emotion, love, and allure of your B&W artwork will keep inspiring, and always be its heart.

In this workbook, Dan introduces his revived style of sexy BW Nudes photography. Technically adapted for the digital era but yet based on the classic, visual, strong and lasting values that have been evolved over the past 170 years.

Discover the Power of Diversification

Do you want to –

  • Stand out?

Tip: B&W is a branding argument. It’s a bold choice in diversifying and expanding your portfolio and commercial services.

  • Gain purity?

Tip: B&W deliberately focuses on composition and visually accelerates shapes, forms and patterns.

  • Highlighting beauty, not beautification?

Tip: B&W helps to strongly emphasize emotions, not gloss. It deeply enhances emotional substance.

  • Explore an artistic look?

Tip: B&W sparks the feel of class, timelessness and artful appeal. And yes, it’s an artistic choice!

Dan is exploring extensively the 4 most influential key topics for today’s modern digital demands:

  • WHY still to bet on B&W imagery
  • WHEN to utilize this style
  • HOW TO approach this style in particular
  • The CREATION itself

Dan’s hands-on method is a down to earth, practical, understandable look at B&W, without confusing technical jargon or excessive philosophy, it’s easily accessible.

Extensive Showcase: “Femininity: Hanna in Berlin”


The practical part of the workbook is dedicated to four creative case studies, shot with the wonderfully talented Canadian Art Nude Model Hanna – an austere beauty with raw emotions!

Learn from the various conceptual outlines, (‘Sensual’, ‘Romantic’, ‘Femme Fatale’, ‘Vanity’), the grayscale look planning, the shot creation, the full post-processing and different, fine-tuned B&W conversion methods.

Every set lets you follow each step of the way from start to finish, helping you to replicate the various styles in the easiest possible way!

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Easy to Follow and Beautifully Presented

This workbook is generously and attractively designed in landscape format, great for any screen! The new lightweight PDF is fast and pleasant for any tablet. Let’s take a look inside –

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Essentials, Trainings & Dan’s Recipes

  • Workbook Parts: Hands-on Theory & Showcases
  • B&W Style: Reduced to the Essentials. Color vs. B&W, What Changes if we Shoot B&W, Why Still Shoot B&W, Aesthetics, and more
  • Starting out with B&W: Train Your Eyes, Tools, and more
  • Composition: B&W helps! Basics, Rules, Hints. Visual Pathways, Lines, Shapes & Forms, Rule of Thirds vs. Golden Ratio, Focal Points, Optical Triangle, Light & Shadow, Framing/Cropping, and more.
  • Shades of Gray: Zone System, Dynamic Range, Tonal Range
  • Lighting: Quality, Direction, Characteristics Choice, Shadow Quality & Manipulation, and more
  • Shooting: Location Selection, Creative Lens Usage, The Right Model, Accessories, and more
  • Styles & Looks: Classic Art/Figurative Nudes, Bodyscapes, Erotic Portraits, Beauty Nudes, Glam, Fetish
  • Camera Settings & Hacks
  • Pictorials: The Nude Sequence, Lustful & Erotic Details
  • Conversion: 10 Effective Methods & Strategies for Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Plugins, Presets
  • Creative Hacks: Split- & Duo-Toning, Analogue Film Emulation, Tonal Range/Grayscale Process, Influencing Contrast, Clarity, Structure, and more
  • Dan’s Complete Digital Post-Production Workflow, incl. Retouching – Step-by-Step
  • 4 All-Inclusive Case Studies feat. Art Nude Model Hanna – Production Planning, Photo Concepts, Look Characteristics, Technical Parameters, Light Characteristics & Set Analyzes, Set Plan, Extensive Pictorial, Contact Sheets, Complete Conversion Strategies, and more.
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What You Will Get

  • Practical workbook for the complete digital workflow
  • Techniques are suitable for all digital cameras!
  • Fundamental knowledge, case studies and modern approach on BW Nudes
  • Extensive hands-on theory part to strengthen your practical work
  • Full equipment lists for beginners & pros
  • High-quality nude imagery/pictorials in theory part and case studies
  • 4 all-inclusive case studies: Concept, look, shoot, post & conversion
  • All technical parameters used during the shoots
  • Detailed explanation on light directions, impact on shadow cast & quality, light interplay, and location/set composition
  • 260 pages in total
  • Over 330 tasteful art nude images throughout the workbooks
  • Over 180 behind the scenes & illustrative images
  • 10 light pattern analyses by Dan
  • BONUS 1: 6 Videos (4x Shooting documentary & 2x Interviews) – 1080p, Full HD, ca. 70 min
  • BONUS 2: 4 Photo Essays with Hanna. Photo concept & another 40 pages full of inspiration! (PDFs)
  • New layout in landscape format: Beautiful & modern presentation
  • Instant PDF download for immediate use on your PC, Mac, iOS & Droids
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BONUS: Videos & Essays


Opt for the Premium bonus package and receive added value in form of –

  • 6 Videos. 70 minutes. 1080p, MP4. Multi-Cam/-Angles.
  • Video documentary of the shooting process with Hanna in Berlin.
  • In 4 sets you observe the action, communication, and obtain even more facts and insights from the interviews with model Hanna and Dan himself.
  • 4 Photo Essays. 40 pages/110 photos. PDFs.
  • An inspirational photo essay collection, containing another four sets with Hanna, shot in Prague. These exquisite pictorials are meant to accelerate your imagination further!
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About The Author

Back in the days, Dan studied at the School of Art & Design (Switzerland) to master his way of visual expression. Monochrome imagery was the starting point for his exploration of forms, lines, lighting, conceptual composition, and more.

B&W photography literally helped Dan to see things differently and led to develop his classy and classic eye.

Being a successful Sexy Women Photographer for more than 15 years – mainly in the field of glamNudes -, Dan got internationally published and featured on/in GQ Online, The India Times, FashionONE TV, FotoTV Germany, amongst many others.

Today, Dan’s deeply buried passion for bold B&W photography & BW nudes is back and he’s hiding absolutely nothing behind the glitz and glam façade anymore!

Get ready for your next B&W photo shoot the Hostettler way

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10 reviews for Mastering B&W Nudes – Stand Apart From the Crowd

  1. dweaver

    I Would recommend it even though you may only shoot nudes occasionally or convert to B&W!

  2. Anthony DellaCroce

    Excellent book, highly recommended.

  3. Alex Lim

    Very good resource to learn!!!

  4. Neil Hubbard

    Inspirational is the best way to describe this class. Would recommend to anyone interested in this genre

  5. [email protected]

    Excellent book, highly recommended. Easy to follow instructions with lots of instructional photos. A great addition to your library of photo books. Will get plenty of use from this book.

  6. [email protected]

    Really excellent product, so glad I purchased it. Inspirational would be the best description for this!

  7. [email protected]

    It’s a really good piece of knowledge, I’m glad to have it in my digital library.

  8. Guillaume Giordanino

    A really nice introduction to B&W photography and wouah this model is beautiful !

  9. [email protected]

    Ok, this a a fantastic book. I treated myself to this as a little Christmas present while it was on special and I’m so glad I did. Dan Hostettler is a wonderful photographer and really passed on his passion of the black and white image to me. Some of his images are so deeply moving that I felt that they alone were worth the price. The fact that he talks you through how to set up lights, camera and post process the images takes this pack into another league. If you love black and white and own a camera just buy it. Really.

  10. Kevin Weinert

    The replacement files downloaded perfectly – a great set of vids and ebook!

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