Get it right in camera

I am sure that you have all heard of the above expression many times.

What does get it right in camera mean?

When I say to get it right in camera, I take into account:

1. Photographic technique: correct exposure, good lighting for the subject, sharpness, depth of field, correct white balance etc.

2. Framing and composition: I do not like to crop my images unless I am shooting for a specific publication or layout that dictates the framing proportions. So I put a lot of effort into how my image is framed, understanding the leading lines of the viewers eye, a good balance of objects (subject) and negative space ( background), is the image for a left hand page or a right hand page or maybe it needs to be for a cover.  I will always give my client a variety, full length, bias left, bias centre, bias right, the same with threequaters and close up shots.

 

Why is it so important for me to “Get it right in camera”

The reasons I want to get right in the camera is firstly that a technically correct image is a solid base that I strive for for all of my personal and my client photographic shoots images. A major point to make clear at the start. “I am a photographer not a digital artist or technician”.

My reasons for being a photographer are that I love to wright with light, I also love every aspect of setting up a shoot, expressing various aspects of emotion, feelings, energy, communication with my subject, expressing myself through my images.

For me if I have not achieved what I desire to see in the final image at the time of shooting no amount of post production is going to add that special magic dust to my images.

During my training to be a photographer our technical objective was to achieve a grade 2 negative ( a negative that would give an acceptable print with a good white, a good black and a good range of tones in between) or a correctly exposed image with as much detail in the highlights and shadows as was possible under the lighting conditions that we had or we manipulated the light to bring the brightness range to fit the technical limitations of the film and or processing.

This was before we get to the image content, framing, composition etc. A good building block for creating technically good images that I still adhere to today.

A good in camera image gives you a good solid starting point to build the final image from, a weak image in camera will always be a weak image and will likely cause a host of problems that need to be corrected to make the image an acceptable final image.

I for one do not have the time to do 2 hours of post production on my images. I am also finding it hard to make clients pay for the time that it takes to adjust all of the little things that were not thought about when shooting such as creases in dresses, colours that were not quite right etc, correcting or adjusting aspects of the model, skin colour texture a little curve to be pulled in a bit here or there.

Of course an other excellent reason for achieving good images in camera is the time and effort saved in post production. I like nothing better than creating images that all I need to do is a a small amount of curves to lift the contrast, some times if I am converting to black and white I desaturate and add a little colour layer and thats it. Pretty much the same choices as when finishing images in the darkroom with the choice of film stock, film developing process, choice of photographic paper and developing process.

 

My digital black and white:

Select an image that will convert well to black and white or shoot with this in mind i,e with good contrast, simple composition and good exposure values.

1: Desaturate the image.

2: Increase contrast using curves until there is still highlight and shadow detail.

3: Add a solid colour layer, (I choose an amber colour,)

4; Select hard light

5: Reduce opacity to c25 to 75% (depending on your subjective choice.)

6: Back in curves adjust contrast to taste.

You can decide to this as adjustment layers to save any degradation of the image.

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When I first started out as a photographer way back in the 1980’s we did not have the post production program photoshop.  Back then if images needed to be retouched it was a very expensive process that your average client would not pay for, it was only the big advertising agencies or top magazines that would spend the money on retouching and composite image manipulation.

So when shooting for clients we had to “get it right in camera” which meant, good lighting, good photography technique such as exposure control. It also meant finding models that had good skin, healthy hair a good figure right for the shoot whether for fashion, beauty, swimwear, lingerie etc etc. It also meant the make up artist also had to be very good to so we could not rely on anything to correct our mistakes or alter reality.

I can remember back in the early 2000’s hearing the art director of a client I was shooting a bridal wear collection for saying the words, don’t worry about this or that we can fix that it photoshop. The statement shocked me, after all of my years shooting and making sure every aspect of the images was right, which I may add takes time and attention to detail.

This was the beginning of the downward spiral of photography.

I am doing my best to keep my photography pure and not to rely on fancy footwork in photoshop or add ons, plugins etc etc to achieve my images.

 

If you feel the same as me regarding this and are interested in learning the true art of photography, get back to me or check out my fashion, portrait or nudes photography workshops which are all based around “Get It Right In Camera” not we can fix that in photoshop or as said by someone that teaches fashion photography workshops, “The magic of the image begins in post production”. I nearly died when I hear this..

 

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Another image shot on film in the early 1990’s

What you will learn and experience during Bruce’s photography courses and photography workshops will definitely help you become a better photographer.​

 

Bespoke live hands on photography courses and photography workshops in how to photograph fashion, portraits, boudoir, dance, weddings or fine art nudes photography that will add the professional edge to your own images.

 

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Photography training courses and workshops especially designed for photographers of all levels in small groups with individual mentoring depending upon your own photographic technical learning needs. For those that are looking for a very individual learning process Bruce provides one 2 one professional photography mentoring and courses.

 

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All of the photography courses are held at Chateau Fengari, near Bordeaux, France, a creative residential retreat set up to offer the perfect space for the creative and learning process with luxurious surroundings and accommodation with a private chef and staff to take care of you during your stay.

 

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All photographic courses and workshops are tutored by Bruce Smith and top professional photographers as guest tutors.

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In the words of past student.

“The 3 days were crammed full of shooting, with a different model each day, and doing 4 different sets with each model.

Not only is Bruce a talented photographer, he is also passionate and truly inspirational.

Throughout the day, Bruce provides guidance, feedback and encouragement.

As well as working alongside Bruce, I also got to work with the stylist, make up artist as well as the agency models, which have all contributed to some amazing images for my portfolio, as well as increasing my knowledge and confidence.

Chris Hobday”

 

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“The fine art portrait photographer in Monaco that captures your inner self and your outer beauty, a portrait that tells a story about you”

Bruce Smith an intimate portraiture photographer in Monaco.

Portrait photographer by Bruce is devoted to capturing beautiful portraits of people and their personality.

Bruce’s portraits can go beyond a photo of a smiling person. There are many different sub-genres or types of portrait photography to choose from to suit your own ideas of how you see yourself, below are just a few samples of Bruce’s portraiture photographs.

 

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Most used labels for styles of portrait photography

Traditional Portraits, lifestyle portraits, environmental portraits, candid portraits, glamour or boudoir portrait photography, fine art portraits, erotic portraits, sensual portraits, intimate portraits, fine art nude portraits, nude portraits, conceptual portraits, couple, mother and daughter, mother and sone or any combination of family and group portraits.

Call the portrait as you wish, for Bruce a portrait is a reflection of who you are and how you wish to be seen at the moment your portrait is captured, the story is about you and how you wish to be portrayed, it s not about a label.

 

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Portrait photography sessions in Monaco

There are several options to choose from for you portrait photography session. As a guide we have prepared three portrait session package options, these all include either a silver, gold or platinum portrait session depending which package you choose, a selection of your chosen images as matted mounted fine art prints in either The Art Folio, The Reveal Box or The Leather Artists Portfolio, for which we have included a finished wall fine art matted mount unframed print ready for framing. 

There are many other finished art options to choose from that we can give you costings for when we know more about your requirements. These can be talked about during your free consultation, your session or on your reveal day.

Please read more about Bruce’s portrait session packages:

 

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Contact portrait photographer Bruce Smith

If you wish to talk about a portrait photography session with Bruce please fill out this form with your contact details and we will get back to you ASAP.

 

 

 

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“LEARNING TO PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE WITH BRUCE SMITH”

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Bruce Smith’s photography courses, workshops and 1-2-1 private photography training are not cheap but they are exceptionally good value for money.
 
How are they good value for money ?, you may ask…
 
Answer.
 
Bruce uses only professional stylists, hair and make up artists and agency models for his courses.
 
Imagine what it costs to put together a high caliber team in order to give you a course that includes a professional fashion shoot experience.
 
 
Typical creative team and talent costs.
 
Agency model fee………………………. £1500 per day
Fashion stylist fee ………………………..£ 500 per day
Hair and make up artist fee…………… £ 350 per day
Studio hire……………………………………£ 500 per day
Location fee………………………………….£1000 per day
Normal Bruce Smith fee to shoot……..£1500 per day
 
 
On top of the above you also benefit from Bruce’s 37 years experience.
 
His courses on average are £250 to £350 per day depending upon which type of course you take..
 
 
With the above figures involved in setting up a professional shoot in mind, decide for yourself if our courses are exceptionally good value for money.
 
Researching into other courses you will find that they are often not using professional teams of talent as well as are often not taught by active profesional fashion photographers or they are relativly new to the industry.
 
How can people teach a master class in how to shoot professional fashion photography when they are not actively producing professional fashion assignments and are not experts with extensive experience.
 
Bruce’s experience has been vast, shooting advertising fashion, editorial fashion and commercial fashion.
 
The productions he has produced have taken to him to most parts of the world, for all of his fashion shoots he looks after every aspect of production, along with having to produce fashion images that work for his clients, very often under impossible conditions.
 
Bruce produces fashion shoots in UK, Alaska, Thailand, Moroco, Kenya, Scotland, Portugal, USA, France, Borneo, Vietnam, Australia, Austria plus many more.
 
If you take a course with Bruce you will be benefitting from his 37 years experience.
 
Some key factors that are essential personal skills needed to be a great photographer of people that you will learn, on top of the obvious lighting and technical skills on a course, workshop or 1-2-1 personal photography training run by Bruce Smith;
 
Understanding your reasons to have to express yourself through your photography.
 
Developing an open mind.
 
Communicating with your subject and exchanginggGreat energy.
 
Directing feelings and emotion in to a visual story.
 
Taking control of every aspect of your shoot from managing the production to the technical skills and knowledge to achieve the images you have in your mind and what clients expect.
 
The responsibility of the photographer to produce images that work for clients is of the uttermost importance. You will take away with you the knowledge and expertise to make a start in the professional photography industry.
 
If you are thinking about taking a course in fashion photography please consider all that you have read here. If you have any questions please feel free to email Bruce at b.s@mac.com or call +33768798989
 
A past students comment about the learning experience with Bruce Smith.
 
Dear Bruce:
I would like to thank you (and your excellent team) for a thoroughly enjoyable and invaluable learning experience over the last couple of days. It has exceeded all expectations.
 
I feel the workshop has improved my confidence and the shots I was producing at the end were noticeably better than when I started.
 
I will definitely be looking to attend some more of your workshops in the future.
 
Steve Rostrum
(London Studio Class Student)
 
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSES RUN BY BRUCE SMITH
 
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Book by Bruce Smith
Covers of the best selling books on how to shoot digital fashion, written by Bruce Smith:
 
Available at Amazon.com
 
UK version: Pro Digital Fashion Photography A Complete Guide.
 
USA version: Fashion Photography A Complete Guide
 
Also available in Chinese

Bruce Smith a fashion and contemporary portrait photographer specialising in high fashion couture, classical portraits, boudoir portraits, fine artistic nude portraits in Monaco, Paris and Bordeaux.

What Bruce Smith the fine art portrait photographer loves to create:

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Bruce Smith creates stunningly beautiful contemporary fashion inspired portraiture of woman using his 35 years experience as a published professional fashion photographer, his finished contemporary portraits reflect both your inner and outer beauty providing you with an everlasting memory of who you are right now in your life to look at to see your beauty and to keep for ever.
Who is fashion and portrait photographer Bruce Smith

Whenever the world’s ‘Top Fashion and Celebrity Portrait Photographers’ are discussed, one name which is always mentioned with immense respect and admiration is Bruce Smith.

His 35 years professional fashion and portrait photography experience

Since starting as a freelance photographer in 1983, Paris, Monaco and Bordeaux based photographer Bruce Smith has continued to produce stunning and incredibly memorable fashion images, fine art nudes photography, celebrity portraits, nudes and boudoir style portraiture photography on a specialised skill level which leaves other “great” photographers in complete awe of what he has created.

Teaching his photography knowledge to other photographers for nearly 20 years

Over the past 15 years Bruce has been sharing his knowledge and experience gained over his distinguished career to encourage and inspire other photographers through his fashion, portrait and nudes photography courses, workshops, master classes, fashion, portrait or nudes photography holidays in France near Bordeaux as well as other major fashion cities around Europe.

Fine art books of some of Bruce’s contemporary fashion, nudes and portrait photography

Bruce has recently gone through his astounding archive of images to produce a new fine art book titled “130k Words in Pictures”, which contains a collection of his best and most iconic photographs. It comes as no surprise that it has already been described as a “classic” by many of his peers within the industry.

Considered a legendary fashion and portrait photographer by the professional photography industry

Legend is a very over-used word in the modern day world, but Bruce Smith can be described as a legend within his industry and lifetime, without any contradiction or argument.

Authored by Paul Abraham

(Not my own words, in-fact I was quite embarrassed to read the above when I saw it for the first time)

 

Fine artistic nudes photography workshops

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Commercial, editorial and fashion photography

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Contemporary Portrait Photography by Bruce Smith

A portfolio of a photographer that specialises at creating beautiful portraits for woman, portraiture that reflect their true beauty and love that they are both inside and out.

Portraits created especially for woman themselves, portraits that reflect who they are or who they wish to be, the portraits could be for their partners. The photographic portrait images of people can be what would call contemporary portraits, portraits, make over portraits, cover girl portraits, fashion style portraits, boudoir styled portraits, erotic portraits of woman or woman and their partner or fine art nude portraits etc.  Call the portrait photography genre as you wish.

In Bruce’s mind the creating of portrait photographs of people is a part of who he is.  His natural ability to create a wonderful connection between himself and his subjects, his openness which allows his subjects to express themselves as they wish or feel to the camera lens without the feeling of being judged, a very important attribute for any photographic portrait artist.

Bruce loves to bring what he calls “Believable Theatre” to his portrait photography sessions, so what may appear to be a little bizarre or strange becomes believable art or theatre in the final images.. Most important is that the client/subject has the most amazing experience during their portrait session. This will reflect in the final ages.

Here at the studio or outside on location around the Cateau Fengari, where most of Bruce’s portraiture photo sessions take place, when not shooting portraits in Paris or Monaco, (these can be arranged by special appointment.)  you are made to feel at home in a friendly atmosphere, if you like you can drink champagne and enjoy a lovely freshly prepared lunch.

We will help you with selecting our best outfits, give you a fashion, hair and make up make over so you feel and look amazing even before we begin creating your portrait art. photographs.

 

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