While it is enjoyable and often challenging to make photographs that celebrate the human form, there is also opportunity to create other types of images within the genre. Personally, I think what drew me to photography was a desire to tell stories, and it has guided my path throughout my career. Creating images that have […]Read More
If you are looking for a personal mentor to teach you how to take great fine art nude photographs, you’ve come to the right place.
If you read on, you’ll see that I’ve been immersed in professional photography for over three decades, both as a commercial and fine art photographer. So the skill set is clearly in place. But from experience, my guess is that you are looking for someone who has the ability and maturity to communicate and mentor in a kind and nurturing way. With over twenty years of lecturing and teaching, I take pride in explaining complex concepts in a manner that is fun, and easy to understand.
Making exceptional fine art nude photographs takes technical prowess, creative vision and an ability to collaborate with models. With my experience, I can help in every one of those categories.
Having started in large format film photography doing traditional black and white zone system work, and consulting for Kodak, I have a keen understanding of how to make the perfect exposure, even under the most challenging of conditions. And having shot assignments in studio and on location, I have a deep knowledge of strobe and continuous lighting both as a sole source of light and in conjunction with available light.
Certainly the technical aspect of shooting has to be mastered, but equally, if not more important is developing a personal style. In this new world of ours, you’ll see lots and lots of photographs of nude models. If all you are looking for is to make a glamour shot, there are lots of places to learn those skills. But if you want to learn to develop a voice, to make images that say something, it’s a different matter. I started shooting nudes because I wanted to make a statement with the work, and if that is what you are aspiring to, I can be a guide and sounding board in that exploration.
These two components apply to any genre, but the last one of how to collaborate with talent is the most important skill to develop. You are, after all, asking another artist to bring your artistic vision to life. So being able to communicate your ideas clearly, and direct in a supporting, nurturing manner is key. Having worked with both professional and non-professional talent for so many years, I can share tips for how to create a powerful collaborative environment within which a model can make your images better than you even imagined.
So there it is. Whether you are brand new to the genre, or looking to up your skills in any of these categories, I am eminently qualified to assist you. All mentorships are individually designed based on your interests and timetable, so if I may be of service, please contact me.
Allen Birnbach has worked both as a commercial and fine art photographer for over thirty years. His commercial assignments for advertising and corporate clients has taken him to over twenty countries around the world. His photographs have been recognized in The New York Art Director’s Club One Show, The ARC Annual Report competitions, Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, Photo Design Magazine, Photomethods, and Photo District News.
His personal work has been exhibited in galleries internationally, and can be found in numerous individual and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. Select images have been recognized by The Black and White Spider Awards, The International Color Awards, DoubleTake Magazine, and in the books, “The World’s Greatest Black and White Photography,” and “Erotica 3.” An interview with Allen about his approach to fine art nude photography is online at ARTnudes Network. Examples of his work, a client list and an artist resume are at BirnbachFigureworks.com, BirnbachImages.com and AllenBirnbach.com.
Allen is as passionate about teaching as creating his own images. He has taught photography classes for the UCLA Extension, The Panasonic Digital Photo Academy, The Santa Fe Workshops, Focus on Nature (Iceland), Working with Artists, Colorado Photographic Arts Center and The Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Past participants unanimously say that Nude Photo Workshops are the best workshops they have attended. That’s because the focus is completely on you and your artistic growth in how to photograph nude models. All in a nurturing, well organized environment.