What a professional wants you to know about photographing dark skin tones

Jade Keshia Gordon
(Image credit: Jade Keshia Gordon)

For a long time the photography industry made it seem like it's difficult to shoot darker skin tones, either because of studio lighting or just capturing the different tones within their skin. But what if I told you that everything you do for lighter skin tones can be adapted to darker skin tones?

As photographers I believe that we should have the ability to be able to shoot all types of skin tones, and doing our research before a shoot minimizes any problems on the day. I don't think that you'd turn up and tell a model that you couldn't work with their clothes or hair color. Skin color is no different. 

Jade Keshia Gordon
Jade Keshia Gordon

Based in London, Jade is a fashion and beauty photographer who works with brands and bloggers alike, as well as manufacturers, such as Manfrotto and Lastolite. She has created content for Nike and Canon, among others, and runs her own talent agency.

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