We’ve started the fine art nude photography workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A wonderful group of participants came in from all over the U.S. to create nude photography in the splendid locations of the Southwest.
After an opening reception Tuesday evening, we held a portfolio review Wednesday morning and looked at images from the history of fine art nude photography by the masters. After lunch, we traveled to an amazing landscape that had wonderful sandstone formations, and the participants took turns directing both male and female models under dramatic skies. Afterwards, time was spent going through how to process color images into black and white using Adobe Lightroom.
Thursday morning we began the day with a review and critique of the images participants made the day before. The opportunity was there to celebrate successes and discuss ways to improve composition, posing and the relationship between the figure and the landscape. After lunch, we traveled to a remote piece of land north of the city. The key lesson participants learned was how to separate skin tone from backgrounds when shooting black and white photography.
Some wonderful images have already been made, and it’s fun to see how quickly people catch on this wonderful genre of fine art nude photography.