Arts, Business and Craft of Digital Photography

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Fine Art Nude Photography Workshop

Summer 2013 Session:

Sat. August 24 & Sun. August 25 (9 AM to 5 PM)

in Burbank, CA

Topics include lighting, posing (directing), location and equipment in shooting Erotic Art and Fine Art Nudes.

Participating photographers will have an hour to photograph each model on a one to one basis each day.

Michael and Perry will be available for one on one mentoring during the entire weekend.

The cost is $1,250 for the weekend and will include lunch both days.

Scheduled models may be subject to change.

+ Please contact Perry with any questions at (818) 326-1926 or

Fine Art Nude Workshop – 2013

Michae Helms headshot - Los Angeles actors Had a fun shoot this past weekend. My friend, Perry Gallagher, and I taught a class on natural light nudes! YAY. Of course, I can’t post those photos here, but I CAN post some other stuff I shot. Here’s a fun image. I was trying out some lighting techniques. This is the lovely Keisha.
Next Workshop: Feb. 9th and 10th, 2013

Headshot workshop – Intro – This Sat!

This Sat. Jan 21, 10 AM to 4 PM –

This pictures is not quite typical “actors headshots,” but I played with Dinair airbrush make ups (really easy to use, btw) and I thought this would please my “anime fan” followers!  LOL!

Actors Headshots by Michael Helms

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Fine Art Nude Photography workshop

My great friend and amazing photographer Perry Gallagher and I are putting on another Fine Art Nude Photography workshop this February 25th and 26th.

Please follow the link for the details

Headshot Workshop – NEW DATES – SPRING 2012

Intro Level: Sat. Jan. 21 – 10 AM to 4 PM

Basic Level: Sat. Feb. 11 – 10 AM to 4 PM

Intermediate Level: Sat. March 10 – 10 AM to 4 PM

Advance Level: 2 DAYS – April 21 & 22 – 10 AM to 4 PM.




Workshop – Level One

INTRODUCTION on Sat. Jan. 21st – 10 AM to 4 AM

Call 818. 353. 5855 to reserve your spot.


Headshot/ Portrait Workshop – New Dates!

New dates!

Introduction class – 12 students max –

Sunday. October 30

10 AM to 4 PM

(Students who took the basic in Sep may take this class for free)


Basic class – 6 students max

Saturday Nov. 5th

10 AM to 4 PM


Intermediate class – 6 students max

Saturday, Dec. 3rd

10 AM to 4 PM

Mosh will be modeling for headshot workshop this Sunday

YAY…I got confirmation today from Mosh to model for my workshop on Sunday!!! She is SOOO amazing. I’m happy the people attending the class will get an opportunity to work with this amazing model!

Japan Trip & Workshop – wanna come?

I’m going to be putting together a nudes workshop in Tokyo, Japan!!!! If you are interested – let me know right away!

The price includes round trip fare from LAX to Narita, 5 night stay at the Tokyo Hilton (including hotel to airport shuttle bus fare), a half day guided Tokyo tour with a translator, a full day workshop with moi with a fantastic “american” model (or two models – we many have one Japanese model, too) at a fantastic Tokyo location, and a lot lot lot of fun. Wanna go see Harajuku!!!??
$2500 per person, double occupancy.
$2950 if you prefer single occupancy.
$150 per day extra if you’d like to stay longer,
(Tax and fuel surcharge included)

Shojin Cuisine - Sendai Nov 2010

So far the dates are:
Leaving LAX on Tuesday November 1st, returning on November 7th.

If you LIVE in Tokyo and would like to join the workshop – it will be on Sat. Nov. 5th – 10 AM to 4 PM. ($350 workshop only)

Also I will be going to Sendai after the workshop to check on our house. If you are interested in joining us for journalistic photography tour up there, please let me know. We are going to photograph the recovery efforts of the tsunami hit area there. We will be taking the bullet train and Sendai is 300 km / 200 miles away, and it takes 90 min to get there from Tokyo.


Sendai Temple - Nov. 2010

Workshop – One week away

This workshop is for “everyone” – Sat July 23rd at 10 AM. SMALL CLASS