Portrait Photography Workshop
Learning portraiture is more than where the light goes, or how to turn the shoulders. It is about the style of the photograph, the idea of the photographer and the way the portrait can be presented. In this workshop you will learn how to master your camera, the light, the art direction, model posing and directing, developing a personal style and finally the post-production.
These are intensive training sessions, designed to build a photographer’s toolkit with real world approaches to commercial and artistic portraiture.
WORKSHOP KEY FACTS
- Number of Sessions: 4
- Dates: Friday 1 - 8 - 15 - 22 of March
- Timing: From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Location: Studio Charles Cremona, Roumieh industrial zone, on the main road of Roumieh's Pr*son
- Group size: Limited places available
- Fee: $250/person for 4 sessions
- Prerequisites: It is assumed that those attending will have a basic knowledge of photography and have an understanding of aperture, shutter speeds and exposure.
- Suggested equipment: All the equipment needed is available at the studio. You can bring your camera if you wish so.
ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL LEARN AND/OR HAVE AN INTRODUCTION TO:
- The basics of portraiture composition.
- Look at the underlying principles of light such as: Quality, Quantity, Colour, Contrast and Direction, how to recognise, appreciate and ultimately control it, whether in a studio or just using “available” light.
- Get hands on practice of setting up and shooting in different studio lighting scenarios, including the standard “one light” set ups.
- Develop practical understanding of typical lighting set ups, from one light to three light scenarios, including the concepts of “key” light, fill, rim and background lighting.
- Consider different ways of posing and positioning the subject, including head shots and full length shots, and the principles of: Profile, Three quarter, Direct and Seven eighths head positions.
- Have an opportunity to explore how we can shoot successful portraits using natural light, including such considerations as depth of field, lens choice and posing outside of a studio environment.
- An understanding of how different focal lengths can totally alter the nature, expression and, ultimately, even the intention behind a photographic portrait.
You will leave the course with an appreciation of just how broadly the term portraiture may be interpreted.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ?
Explore the role of light in this type of photography and learn the different styles (hard lighting, soft lighting, low key, high key).
- LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
Discover the different studio lighting equipment you can use.
- TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Improve your images by exploring your camera settings in depth.
What type of lenses are best for portrait photography? We’ll discuss focal length and lenses classification.
- COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES
Understand the compositional elements of a photograph and how they can be used to create stronger images.
Students will learn the foundations of portrait photography through talks, demonstrations and practical exercises. Students are also expected to perform some specific homework before each lesson. The course is divided into four lessons, one every week.
During this 4-sessions long Portrait Photography Course, students will focus on the importance of light and how to control it, as well as the relationship between photographer and the subject. The resulting images can then be used as a foundation for a portrait portfolio.
First we will cover the concepts behind photographic portraiture, the equipment and methods used in portrait photography.
Next will be a guided practice, tips on lens choice, composition and how to control flash in different studio lighting scenarios.
WHO'S THIS COURSE FOR ?
The course is suited to those with an interest in developing their knowledge and skills beyond a basic level. A basic knowledge of camera operations is a prerequisite. This course is not suitable for total beginners.
This course is for anyone who is looking for new directions for their photography, would like to enhance their technical and creative skills, or maybe thinking of purchasing own studio lights and would like to have an introduction to studio flash.
WHAT I WILL NEED ?
The only thing you need to take part in this workshop is a basic knowledge of a camera including aperture, shutter speed, camera lenses and ISO including exposure modes.
Participants will also be required to use a professional or semi-professional camera, either a DSLR or a compact equivalent with manual exposure.
FIRST LESSON ON THURSDAY 1ST OF NOVEMBER 2018
- COURSE INTRODUCTION
In this preliminary session we will set a technical common ground to start and operate all from the same level. We will discuss the cultural aspect of portrait photography and as well the technical aspect of it. We will focus our attention over the fundamentals of camera and studio lighting.
- THE GRAMMAR OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographs tell stories. A writer might use cadence, sentence structure, or even the sounds of words themselves to convey meaning. In a similar manner, photographers use light and shape; they make choices about where to stand or how to frame a scene in order to make meaning clear.
Exercises in this lesson will make participants more attentive to how we see what we see, and allow students to produce stronger, clearer pictures as a result.
- THE FUNDAMENTALS OF STUDIO LIGHTING
- HIGH KEY AND LOW KEY PORTRAIT LIGHTING
- HARD AND SOFT PORTRAIT LIGHTING
How to master artificial lighting that is simple and powerful — a single light source—and progresses through setups with additional lights and modifiers that can be used to soften contrast, emphasise features, or adjust the separation between subject and background.
- ADVANCED STUDIO LIGHTING FOR PORTRAIT
- PORTRAITURE: BREAKING THE RULES
This course is designed to give each student the maximum ability to create portraits from his/her own perspective, often breaking the “how to” rules of classic portraiture.
Basic portrait retouching.