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In the words of a student of one of these wonderful fashion photography courses and fine art nude photography courses run by Bruce Smith. “Some things you just can’t learn from fashion or fine art nude photography How To Shoot Books, Youtube Videos or DVD’s”

 

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I could have bought all the fashion and figure photography books on Amazon, and not learned what I did in a few days with Bruce, which he himself learned from decades of successful work in the industry.  In September 2015 I joined Bruce in a chateau near Bordeaux, France for a four-day, one-to-one workshop in ‘sensual fashion.’

 

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We had two models, an excellent hair and make-up artist, and a photogenic, characterful location.  By the end, without doubt, the course had left an indelible mark on my stylistic development and competency as a photographer, for which I’m very grateful.

Bruce is obviously an accomplished photographer and renowned authority, but he is also an excellent instructor and personable coach—an invaluable combination.  Much of what I learned from him was through his selflessly attentive coaching: unique feedback about how I performed in the situations he’d set up with the models, location and brief.

 

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Irreplaceable and empowering, he broke down technical issues in straightforward language, and could immediately see and explain what I was doing and how it could be improved.

I grew a lot as a photographer over just a few days.  By the end, he shadowed me on shots that I set up. I decided to take the course with Bruce to explore a part of photography I was interested in, but found very inaccessible looking at the sector from the outside.

 

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Previously, I had started to professionalize my passion for photography, and eventually produced documentary photo essays that were later published.

As a journalistic style, this focused on observation and visual documentation of a social issue but wanting to develop in a different area of photography, to have beautiful images and to eventually become commercially viable, I looked to begin developing in fashion and figure photography.

 

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However, my previous documentary photography skills were mismatched for fashion and figure. Any photographer can take a pleasing photo of a model, but it requires difficult development to much higher levels if you want to break through in the industry.

To generate and capture the life and story of a shot in fashion, lingerie or figure photography, which makes all the difference between strong but mediocre shots and first rate shots which the industry expects, demands different skills from which most photographers have or think about, which are neither innate nor obvious.

So, I wanted to learn directly from an expert.

 

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Bruce Smith Fashion Photographer in Paris

 

After some time with Bruce, I understand these different skills, these powerful nuances, and now have a strong foundation to continue my professional and artistic development in this area.

 

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Join this fabulous 2 days shooting bikini models on this group portfolio development shoot on the beach and at a stunning villa in Ibiza in September 2017.

You will be creating amazing sexy swimwear bikinil and fashion images, like those featured on Bruce’s website.

Bruce will be teaching you how to find the good available light and learning how to use it at its very best, bounce it, diffuse it, reflect it and manipulate it.

Bruce will be explaining the various textures of light how and where to use it.

Bruce has been shooting with available light for his many fashion clients assignments all over the world also on his personal fine art work for over 40 years, so you will be seeing exactly how it is done like before the age of digital retouching even started.

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 At last after 16 years working on this project its about to begin

In November 2017 I will be traveling to Zimbabwe for the first leg of my teaching children in Africa photography project so they can express their lives through their own eyes with pictures taken by themselves. And hopefully in the future setting a permanent photography school that provides photography training on a scholarship basis to children from all over Africa.

If you are interested in more detailed information please contact me directly via the message link below.

How you can help make this project a success

I am looking for sponsors to help towards the expenses for this trip and for sponsors with digital cameras and some practical equipment needed for the project. If you are in a position to help in any way get in touch via the direct message link below.

 To raise the initial expenses for this trip I will be creating portraits of the attendees of a Qoya retreat being held in Zimbabwe whilst I am there in November 2017 but as you can imagine this will only cover a small part of the cost. See how you can help below.

Making a cash donation

You can donate money, any amount that you want, every little bit helps. There will be a rewards scheme as a thank you for your donations that are above £10 by way of gifts of limited edition prints or books with images taken during the project as well as vouchers to the value of your donation towards my photographic workshops, courses and master classes tuition fees.

Help by booking a fashion photography shoot or booking photography training

If you book me for a fashion shoot or private portrait session or you book me for a two day one 2 one photography master class, I will donate 50% of the tuition or shoot fee that you pay towards this first trip to Africa.  Please share this with any body that you think would like to get involved.

 

Bruce Smith

 Bruce is also a fine art nudes, erotic and boudoir nudes portrait photographer that shoots his fashion, fine art and fashion nudes photography on location around the world or in studios in and around Paris, Bordeaux, Monaco and London. His favorite place to both shoot and hang out is by his Paris studio in Abbess and the coffee houses of Montmartre.

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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.

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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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