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Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Folks,
I have just attended Bruce's Masterclass in London and will recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their photography in the fashion genre.
We shot some fabulous models and had the services of an amazing makeup artist, Michelle from Court on Camera, and the services of Joey Bevan who arranged the fantastic styling for us. 
Most of all the other 'model' related courses in the UK you can practically teach yourself by trawling through various online sites. Bruce teaches you that something not readily available online as well as teaching you about your timing, workflow, client requirements etc etc etc.
Hopefully this is within the realms of acceptability for MM but do feel this needs a good plug. I learnt a great deal from it and thought i would let others know how i feel.
This is a totally unsolicited post. Anyone can feel free to contact me for any further info if required.   
Alec
Nov 13 12 07:16 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
L A U B E N H E I M E R
Posts: 8,543
Seattle, Washington, US


I hadn't heard of Bruce....

but Google became my friend.

http://www.brucesmithphotographer.com/Bruce_Smith_Photographer/Bruce_Smith_Fashion_Photographer_Portraits_4_files/Fashion%20Book_90.jpg

http://www.brucesmithphotographer.com/Bruce_Smith_Photographer/Bruce_Smith_Fashion_Photographer_Fashion_10_files/DSC_8681ret.jpg
Nov 13 12 08:30 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
In Balance Photography
Posts: 3,370
Boston, Massachusetts, US


AlecD wrote:
...
Hopefully this is within the realms of acceptability for MM but do feel this needs a good plug....

I enjoying hearing about good education opportunities even more than I enjoy hearing about new gear.

Nov 13 12 08:35 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Sorry folks, that was Bruce Smith.
Nov 13 12 08:35 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
tenrocK photo
Posts: 5,412
New York, New York, US


Michelle and Joey are a first rate team and with Bruce I can see the draw for a complete package worth the trip.
Nov 13 12 05:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Drew T
Posts: 134
London, England, United Kingdom


Considering the quality of your work already, that is high praise indeed!
Good to hear that you had a great time. smile
Nov 14 12 02:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dan Brady
Posts: 605
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


Trying to get enough people together in Perth to have him booked down here!
Nov 14 12 05:55 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bruce Smith
Posts: 1,007
London, England, United Kingdom


Mark Laubenheimer wrote:
I hadn't heard of Bruce....

but Google became my friend.

http://www.brucesmithphotographer.com/Bruce_Smith_Photographer/Bruce_Smith_Fashion_Photographer_Portraits_4_files/Fashion%20Book_90.jpg

http://www.brucesmithphotographer.com/Bruce_Smith_Photographer/Bruce_Smith_Fashion_Photographer_Fashion_10_files/DSC_8681ret.jpg

Hi Mark

Hows things my friend

Regards

Bruce

Nov 14 12 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bruce Smith
Posts: 1,007
London, England, United Kingdom


In Balance Photography wrote:

I enjoying hearing about good education opportunities even more than I enjoy hearing about new gear.

Thats good to hear

:-)

Regards

Bruce

Nov 14 12 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bruce Smith
Posts: 1,007
London, England, United Kingdom


Drew Tommons wrote:
Considering the quality of your work already, that is high praise indeed!
Good to hear that you had a great time. smile

:-)

Nov 14 12 11:53 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bruce Smith
Posts: 1,007
London, England, United Kingdom


Dan Brady wrote:
Trying to get enough people together in Perth to have him booked down here!

You know I really want to come to Perth.  I shot swimwear there few years back.

Hope your well Dan

Regards

Bruce

Nov 14 12 11:53 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bruce Smith
Posts: 1,007
London, England, United Kingdom


tenrocK photo wrote:
Michelle and Joey are a first rate team and with Bruce I can see the draw for a complete package worth the trip.

Sure is worth the trip.  I have had photographers come from all over the world from Alaska to Jakarta. 

Best regards

Bruce

Nov 14 12 11:55 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


I have been tempted but the price tag also buys a lot of studio time/team.
Nov 14 12 12:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Drew Tommons wrote:
Considering the quality of your work already, that is high praise indeed!
Good to hear that you had a great time. smile

Thanks for the appreciation Drew but I realise am still not up there with the big boys yet. Bruce really made me think differently about my work.

Nov 15 12 12:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


liddellphoto wrote:
I have been tempted but the price tag also buys a lot of studio time/team.

Its still well worth the money!

Nov 15 12 12:32 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Olsan
Posts: 1
London, England, United Kingdom


I was on the Bruce's master class with Alec and I would wholeheartedly recommend Bruce to anyone seriously wishing to improve their photography (and have fun in doing so!)
Jan 04 13 10:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Snowmonkey Design
Posts: 4,633
London, England, United Kingdom


AlecD wrote:

Thanks for the appreciation Drew but I realise am still not up there with the big boys yet. Bruce really made me think differently about my work.

hmm, your not far off it though...sensational portfolio...what I hope to aspire to one day. smile

Jan 04 13 11:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Thanks Snowmonkey, appreciated.
Mar 27 13 05:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Phil Drinkwater
Posts: 4,732
Manchester, England, United Kingdom


Bruce is great at making your realise that expression is key and giving you some tools to get it.

I ditched my current folio 5 years ago when I went on one of his courses. I realised my shots had no expression at all.

I'm constantly amazed that photographers (including myself) miss this key ingredient.. but spend thousands on kit and lighting courses.
Mar 27 13 05:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
PhillipM
Posts: 6,415
Martin, Tennessee, US


Doesn't always come down to

Great Locations
Great Make-up artist
Great Models
Great Editing

?
Mar 27 13 06:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bruce Smith
Posts: 1,007
London, England, United Kingdom


Maybe this thread should continue.

I like what I am reading.

If you feel like giving me a bashing for plugging my courses..  no I didn't start it no instigate it,

Many thanks to those that have shown their appreciation for what I have taught them.  I put as much into my teaching as I do my own shoots.

Regards to all

Bruce
Aug 13 13 12:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


PhillipM wrote:
Doesn't always come down to

Great Locations
Great Make-up artist
Great Models
Great Editing

?

It sure does Phillip, however i know of a load of so called 'photographers' who even if they had all that, would cock it up royally as they havent got a clue otherwise.

Sep 07 13 10:23 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ash Photographic
Posts: 378
Cirencester, England, United Kingdom


Bruce Smith wrote:
Maybe this thread should continue.

I like what I am reading.

If you feel like giving me a bashing for plugging my courses..  no I didn't start it no instigate it

But you did choose to resurrect it after 6 months and your loyal friend Alec bumped it again today.

There's fresh spam, there's stale spam and there's just plain old spam - no points for guessing which this is.






Ash.

Sep 07 13 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kaouthia
Posts: 3,152
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom


Bruce is a top bloke.  I need to get my 50mm and my iPhone charger back from his place. tongue

Phil Drinkwater wrote:
I ditched my current folio 5 years ago when I went on one of his courses.

He had a similar effect on me the first time I met him. smile

Sep 07 13 10:59 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
WIP
Posts: 15,406
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom


I had a model suggest I run some sorts of workshop class ... but what I know can be learnt of youtube and a few Google technical searches.

Light travels in straight lines what more does one need to know.
Sep 07 13 11:01 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,817
Los Angeles, California, US


c_h_r_i_s wrote:
I had a model suggest I run some sorts of workshop class ... but what I know can be learnt of youtube and a few Google technical searches.

Light travels in straight lines what more does one need to know.

Chris, it's a good way for a model to bank a bit. Obviously, some photographers feel they really benefit from a specific focus. Expressions, for instance and different poses.

I am lucky. My friends. When it comes to cinematography, lighting, my friends here really know their world. My best friend's wife, exhibits in galleries, does documentaries, and another really great friend has directed films, commercials, shot with the lastest digital cameras, including the Red, and another very close friend has had his photos placed in magazines around the world, gets sponsored, and thus, workshops aren't a priority for me.

But I can see some use for people who don't have the kind of access I have here.

Sep 07 13 11:39 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Drew T
Posts: 134
London, England, United Kingdom


Ash Photographic wrote:

But you did choose to resurrect it after 6 months and your loyal friend Alec bumped it again today.

There's fresh spam, there's stale spam and there's just plain old spam - no points for guessing which this is.






Ash.

and there's always someone who wants to piss on someone else's fire with nothing positive to contribute themselves.

Sep 07 13 11:59 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Ash Photographic wrote:

But you did choose to resurrect it after 6 months and your loyal friend Alec bumped it again today.

There's fresh spam, there's stale spam and there's just plain old spam - no points for guessing which this is.






Ash.

Hey Ash
Just for the record. I dont get on MM that often hence the late bump. Am also no loyal friend of Bruce's I met him once at the workshop and have since never really been in contact with him. I honestly thought that Bruce was worth a plug and if you feel its spam then thats entirely up to yourself and your narrow thought process.
Looking at the 4 pics you have, maybe you could benefit from a workshop or two!

Oct 23 13 08:42 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fred Greissing
Posts: 6,324
Los Angeles, California, US


AlecD wrote:
Folks,
I have just attended Bruce's Masterclass in London and will recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their photography in the fashion genre.
We shot some fabulous models and had the services of an amazing makeup artist, Michelle from Court on Camera, and the services of Joey Bevan who arranged the fantastic styling for us. 
Most of all the other 'model' related courses in the UK you can practically teach yourself by trawling through various online sites. Bruce teaches you that something not readily available online as well as teaching you about your timing, workflow, client requirements etc etc etc.
Hopefully this is within the realms of acceptability for MM but do feel this needs a good plug. I learnt a great deal from it and thought i would let others know how i feel.
This is a totally unsolicited post. Anyone can feel free to contact me for any further info if required.   
Alec

Pictures?

Oct 23 13 09:34 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


On my port. The 3 obvious ones. Nice port Fred.
Oct 23 13 02:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jim Lafferty
Posts: 1,916
Brooklyn, New York, US


Bruce is SOLID  big_smile

I love his interview on the Candid Frame:

http://thecandidframe.blogspot.com/2012 … smith.html

Count me as a huge fan, both of his work and everything he shares here.
Oct 23 13 05:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fred Greissing
Posts: 6,324
Los Angeles, California, US


AlecD wrote:
On my port. The 3 obvious ones. Nice port Fred.

Thanks Alec.

You have some very nice work too.

Which three are you talking about?

Oct 24 13 09:49 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Thanks Fred, appreciated.
Pics 5,6 and 7 on my MM port with Michelle Court and Joey Bevan.
Pics of Chloe, Agata and Juste.
Oct 25 13 06:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fred Greissing
Posts: 6,324
Los Angeles, California, US


AlecD wrote:
Thanks Fred, appreciated.
Pics 5,6 and 7 on my MM port with Michelle Court and Joey Bevan.
Pics of Chloe, Agata and Juste.

Not your best fashion images. Much more fashion potential in your other images.

The best advice I got from a big fashion editor was that it's all about the woman.

Oct 25 13 10:30 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ash Photographic
Posts: 378
Cirencester, England, United Kingdom


AlecD wrote:
Hey Ash
Just for the record. I dont get on MM that often hence the late bump. Am also no loyal friend of Bruce's I met him once at the workshop and have since never really been in contact with him. I honestly thought that Bruce was worth a plug and if you feel its spam then thats entirely up to yourself and your narrow thought process.
Looking at the 4 pics you have, maybe you could benefit from a workshop or two!

Thanks for the unsolicited critique.

Funny that you should bump this again (from, where was it, page 20?) just a few weeks before the date of another of Bruce's courses!

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7094420 … 313b01554c

He really is lucky to have such a loyal supporter on the forums here.



Ash.

Oct 25 13 10:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlecD
Posts: 31
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Thanks for letting me know Fred. And for that little snippet.

Ash, nice of you to help promote Bruce's workshop, am sure he will be pleased. And yeah, am always a loyal supporter of any photographers who give good workshops.
Nov 04 13 04:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
K E E L I N G
Posts: 39,777
Peoria, Illinois, US


Somebody said this is the new Events Section where people who don't know about each other and have no ulterior motives like bumping the thread of them after 6 months!  Cool Beans!!!!!

I'm having a workshop in Peoria, Illinois in a couple of weeks and I'd love it if everyone would come, and I highly recommend my Workshop Series to anyone who wants to learn in the future!

It's ok to say that here isn't it... Bruce?  Since you aren't advertising anything in this thread you don't mind if other people recommend stuff too do you?  Because you know, we don't have any ulterior motives now do we?
Nov 04 13 06:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
K E E L I N G
Posts: 39,777
Peoria, Illinois, US


AlecD wrote:

Hey Ash
Just for the record. I dont get on MM that often hence the late bump. Am also no loyal friend of Bruce's I met him once at the workshop and have since never really been in contact with him. I honestly thought that Bruce was worth a plug and if you feel its spam then thats entirely up to yourself and your narrow thought process.
Looking at the 4 pics you have, maybe you could benefit from a workshop or two!

That was way the hell out of line considering the Moderators have let you and Bruce get away with this advertisement cleverly disguised as a forum thread for this long.  Show some respect.

Nov 04 13 06:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
K E E L I N G
Posts: 39,777
Peoria, Illinois, US


AlecD wrote:
Thanks for letting me know Fred. And for that little snippet.

Ash, nice of you to help promote Bruce's workshop, am sure he will be pleased. And yeah, am always a loyal supporter of any photographers who give good workshops.

Good, I expect my next workshop banner to be up on your profile page by the end of the day.

Otherwise you can start putting your Workshop Ads here where they belong, like the rest of us do....

http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=79

Nov 04 13 06:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom


AlecD wrote:
On my port. The 3 obvious ones. Nice port Fred.

Nice work Alec.

A very enjoyable portfolio to look through too.

Nov 04 13 07:19 am  Link  Quote 
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