Erotica 3 book features nude photographs by Allen Birnbach

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I’m delighted to be one of just 19 photographers featured in the new coffee table book on fine art nude photography, Erotica 3, The Nude in Contemporary Photography. Twenty three photographs are highlighted over twelve full page spreads devoted to nude photographs of professionally trained dancers in beautiful remote locations.

fine art nude photographs by Allen Birnbach

Many of the images were created before or after the fine art nude photography workshops I teach. For information, go to NudePhotoWorkshops.com.

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fine art nude photo by photographer Allen Birnbach

Just a month away from our fourth Fine Art Nude Photo Workshop October 14th-18th in Joshua Tree, California. The location for the workshop is a private piece of ground that has joshua trees, large boulders, a wonderful cave, a small pond and sweeping views. And as in the past, we’ve lined up some wonderful models for the four days of nude photography. The class is small, and there is a ratio of 3 photographers to each model, so there is lots of time for you to shoot. And the hallmark of my workshops is that I do not shoot for myself. My sole purpose is to provide photography tips to help you advance your photo skills doing figure photograph.

Speaking of that, I do go in a day early to shoot for myself, and provide the opportunity for someone to shadow me while I collaborate with a top flight model. I call it Watch Me Work, and it’s been a big hit with those who have taken it. For information and testimonials go to the page for Watch Me Work. For information on the workshop, go to NudePhotoWorkshops.

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Nude photography in Iceland

fine art nude photo in Iceland by photographer Allen Birnbach

I just returned from my third trip to Iceland. It was a wonderful trip, and included time shooting fine art nude photographs with a gifted dancer. This is one of my favorites. To see another photograph, and learn more about the shoot, sign up for the free newsletter at NudePhotoWorkshops.com.

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Fine Art Nude Photography Workshop in Joshua Tree October 14-18, 2014

fine art nude photo workshop joshua tree california by photographer Allen Birnbach

I’m excited to be heading back to Joshua Tree, California for the fourth Fine Art Nude Photo Workshop October 14th-18th, 2014. The location for the workshop is a private piece of ground that has joshua trees, large boulders, a wonderful cave, a small pond and sweeping views. And as in the past, we’ve lined up some wonderful models for the four days of nude photography. The class is small, and there is a ratio of 3 photographers to each model, so there is lots of time for you to shoot. And the hallmark of my workshops is that I do not shoot for myself. My sole purpose is to provide photography tips to help you advance your photo skills doing figure photograph.

Speaking of that, I do go in a day early to shoot for myself, and provide the opportunity for someone to shadow me while I collaborate with a top flight model. I call it Watch Me Work, and it’s been a big hit with those who have taken it. For information and testimonials go to the page for Watch Me Work. For information on the workshop, go to NudePhotoWorkshops.

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Nude photography in abandoned building

female fine art nude photo in abandoned building

I had great day shooting black and white fine art nude photographs in an abandoned building with a wonderful, adventurous model. The interior landscape of the building was rich with texture, and a wonderful contrast to the smooth skin and sensual pose we created.

To see more of the work I shot, head over to Birnbachfigureworks.com. And to see another image and my thoughts on post production cropping, go to NudePhotoWorkshops.com. While there, sign up for the free newsletter!

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Photography tip for shooting nude photographs

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The weather is getting better here in Colorado, so I spent a wonderful afternoon shooting fine art nude photography in an abandoned farmhouse. The setting was magical. Short of the starlings chirping outside (and sometimes flying through the house), the property was absolutely silent. After a couple of weeks in Los Angeles, and the last two weeks in Denver, being in a space devoid of sound seemed to heighten the experience of creating images.

The farmhouse held many wonderful options for photographing the female nude, and the time flew by moving from location to location. This is the first image I’ve processed, but more will be posted over the next few weeks.

I’ve written an article about this shoot, which you can sign up to receive through my website, NudePhotoWorkshops.com.

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Iceland Nude Photo Workshop registration ends next week

iceland nude workshop led by photographer Allen Birnbach

I’ve traveled to over twenty countries, and Iceland is at the top of my list for sheer dramatic beauty. With all but one of the world’s ecosystems, the opportunities for remarkable images seems infinite.

The models are experienced, professionally trained dancers, and there will be a 2:1 ratio of participants to models. So you are sure to have plenty of time to create stunning images. You can see on video on why I love to shoot in Iceland at the NudePhotoWorks channel.

Registration for the Iceland fine art nude photography workshop ends next week. Go to NudePhotoWorkshops.com to sign up.

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Photography tip on choosing the best lens to shoot nude photography

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Choosing what focal length to work with is part art, part science. The basics are these:

First, objects that are closer to the camera will appear much larger in relation to things further back when shooting with a wide angle lens. Notice the distortion on the leg, for example. That distortion is accentuated the closer a part of the body is to an edge of the frame.

This is further influenced by the angle at which the camera is in relation to the body. Pointing the camera down, for example, will make lines at the edge of the frame bow out. Just look at the effect it has on the windows and drapes.

This is an excerpt from my March 2014 monthly email. Sign up for the free fine art nude photography newsletter at the homepage for NudePhotoWorkshops.com to see the full article and additional images.

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Another fine art nude photograph with Julia

fine art nude photo by photographer Allen Birnbach

Another one of the photographs from a great day in the studio with Julia, shooting for my upcoming book with tips for shooting fine art nude photography. This session was devoted to showing the effect of shallow depth of field to emphasize line, texture, pattern, gesture and emotional content. To me, using a shallow depth of field brought more emotional content to the photograph.

You can see more of my fine art nude photography at BirnbachFigureworks.com. To see an article and more photographs that show the difference varying the depth of field can make, sign up for the newsletter at Nudephotoworkshops.com.

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Photography tip for shooting nude photographs

Fine art nude photograph by photographer Allen Birnbach

Exercising control over depth of field is one of the most powerful tools in creating photographs with impact. There are times when having an image tack sharp from foreground to background makes sense because you want all the elements have equal weight.

But there are times when you’ll want to use a shallow depth of field to emphasize line, texture, pattern, gesture and emotional content. Here’s an example I set up in the studio. Julia has wonderful bone structure, and her freckles only add to that. I wanted to call attention to the raw, authentic beauty of her complexion, something that is so often covered up, and at the same time create a sense of intimacy and romance. Using a shallow depth of field seemed the perfect way to accomplish these things.

This is an excerpt from my February 2014 monthly email. Sign up for the free fine art nude photography newsletter at the homepage for NudePhotoWorkshops.com to see the full article and additional images.

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