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Images that leave the viewer with feelings of seeing into and believing in the story created by the photographer and his or her creative team takes a great deal of personal and technical skills.

The best way to learn these personal and technical skills needed to create amazing images of people is to learn these skills directly during live classes, courses or workshops with a people photographer that already achieves what it is that you want to achieve in your own images.

Interested in learning more about these facts, check out the one 2 one photography training in shooting fashion and fine art nudes with published fashion and fine art photographer Bruce Smith the author of several best selling books on how to shoot fashion plus books of fine art nudes, portraits and fashion photography.

 

 

 

READ MORE ABOUT ONE 2 ONE PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING WORKSHOPS COURSES AND MASTER CLASSES IN CREATING FASHION AND OR FINE ART NUDE IMAGES

One of the shrewdest investments I’ve made in my photography training was a residential workshop with fashion photographer Bruce Smith, author of Pro Digital Fashion Photographyand Black and White.

Inspired by ground-breaking greats like Cecil BeatonNorman ParkinsonDavid BaileyHorst P. HorstIrving Penn and Richard Avedon, Bruce is a master of location, light and story-telling – and is especially known for his great directing rapport with models.

I booked his workshop as the ultimate ‘sink or swim’ experience – to stretch my skills to the limit and find out what I could really achieve under pressure, and in the company of other students who I suspected would have far more experience (and kit!) than me. (And they certainly did!)

Working with Bruce in a live shooting scenario at privately-owned stately home Prestwold Hall, with top designers, couture fashion pieces and a pro team of models, styling, make-up and hairwas a real eye-opener for me into the planning and mechanics of a successful commercial shoot.

Bruce is an expert in how to put together and manage a productive, creative team.  His 35 years of experience in the industry have taught him how to bring all the elements together and plan ahead, but then to think on the fly and solve problems quickly and efficiently when things (inevitably) do not go quite as expected.

I learned so much on this workshop – identifying all the gaps in my knowledge.  Finding my own weak spots helped me to gain hugely in confidence, as I knew what areas to work on in the future to help me improve.  The most important thing was to trust in myself and have faith in my ideas.

I proved to myself that it is definitely not all about the kit, when my shots were picked up and published by designers SparklewrenJacq Brill, and Chantal Mallet and selected by Belinda Chorley of Beyond Burlesque to feature in an ad in Brides Magazine.

It was so exhilarating yet nerve-wracking to be stretched, working alongside other photographers with so much more experience than me.  I have continued to be inspired by the meteoric career progress of fellow students including Brazilian-born glamour photographer Eveline Bueno, Brighton & Hove wedding photographer Vicky Lamburn and Kuwait-based beauty photographer and retoucher Adnan Kamal.

Bruce’s tips on idea generation, location scouting, shot-planning, set lighting, vibe creation, flow-posing and rapport-building come with me on every shoot I’ve done since.

Find out more about his unique workshops at the Bruce Smith Academy.

How it is done two:

Deconstructing Paris fashion photographer, Bruce Smith’s fashion photography lighting techniques.

How I created the fashion photography lighting technique for shooting natural looking  artificial light mixed with daylight that you can not tell were lit with flash.

With the exception of Image 3, for which the flash failed to go off for this shot, so there is just the available light exposure showing,

I rather like it but the image was quite underexposed so a little grainy but still charming effect.

Flash power on all 5 heads was set on lowish output to give me a flash meter reading of F4 from the models face, the meter pointing towards the camera position and on low power so the flash recycle time is short.

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Re creating late afternoon or early morning sunlight lighting with flash: Read more:

An informative description of how Bruce Smith uses his fashion and nude photography lighting techniques, produces and finishes his fashion and fine art nude photographers images. Become a member of Bruce’s newsletter list to receive links to these “How it is done” articles also to keep up to date with the latest re Bruce’s personal projects, fashion and fine art nudes photography workshops and courses.

 

How to light, shoot and do some simple quick post production in Photoshop for a beautiful sensual fine art nude photographic portrait with a touch of old wet photography darkroom techniques.

 

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How it is done one:

Creating both mood and contrast using a one light set up.

Fashion Photography Lighting Tip Of The Week

As with most, if not all of my fashion lighting sets ups, I keep it simple but effective. 

A simple set up using one flash head, a small octa-lite or small soft box or a beauty dish can give you amazingly results.

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