Winter Portrait Shoot

  • January 6, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Following up on the PORTRAIT WORKSHOP we've had in december, this is a hands on PORTRAIT SHOOT, where I will show you some of the trick and tips we learnt at the workshop. So if you couldn't attend the workshop, yet you would like to attend the shoot, you're mor than welcome to.

This photo-session will split into two parts:

STAGED PORTRAITS (1 1/2 hour)

* understanding the briefing

* how to pose your sitter for STAGED PORTRAITS

* tips on achieving nicer looking images and flattering angles

* composition, backgrounds, textures

* natural light and how to use it in your favour

Note: I will take you through all this and then you will be shooting yourself and put into practice what you've learnt; also, we will be using each other as models for staged portraits and the people around us for the environmental ones.

ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS (1 hour) - candid

* understanding the briefing

* how to 'see' / what to look for

* how to achieve what you look for

* composition, mood

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Meeting Point: 12pm - outside the National Theatre

Shoot Duration: 12-4pm

Shoot Level: all levels / especially beginners

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  • Michael G.

    It was fantastic, the group is friendly. I love it

    January 12, 2013

    • Chessie

      Hi MIchael, nice meeting you too and very nice to hear you enjoyed the shoot. Hopefully you will join us at others soon. have a great weekend

      January 12, 2013

  • Michael G.

    Fantastic, Haaaa the challange I just love it.

    January 12, 2013

  • Marc G.

    Full of great tips and useful information as always. Challenges really useful for getting us thinking. Thanks Chessie!

    January 7, 2013

    • Chessie

      Anytime Marco :)

      January 11, 2013

  • Robert W

    Really helpful feedback on the many questions I had ; -), and I also met loads of cool people with shared interests. 5 out of 5 stars! See you at Ronnie Scott’s.

    January 8, 2013

    • Chessie

      See you at the social Robert, good to hear you've got some good tips at the shoot :)

      January 11, 2013

  • Gloria B.

    was great to meet up! my first time, I found it rich in terms of information as well as creativity. Thanks very much Chessie for all your tips; I will definitelly join you again on a next one :)

    PS. for those in my group or anyone interested in seeing all the pictures I took, you can find them on my flickr set 'black & walk:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloriabetancur/sets
    *send me an e-mail if you require a better resolution copy

    January 11, 2013

    • Chessie

      you're very welcome Gloria and thanks for uploading your photos, you've got some lovely ones. See you at the social.

      January 11, 2013

  • Ana

    This was my first Meet-up experience and it was amazing. Have learned, shared experiences, and enjoyed the time with all. 100% recommended!! Look forward to see you all again.

    1 · January 7, 2013

    • Chessie

      Excellent Ana, look forward to seeing you at many more to come :)

      1 · January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first MeetUp with any group and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I thought it was well organised, well structured and the assignments were a great idea and challenging (especially the last one where I'm sure I looked dodgy as hell trying to take shots of people without them noticing!). It's only through challenging yourself though, taking you out of your comfort zone that you learn and grow and I'm ready for many more challenges. Thank you Chessie and my fellow enthusists - I hope to see you all again soon.

    1 · January 7, 2013

    • Chessie

      Great job on staying until the end and bravving it Rob; look forward to seeing you and the rest at many more events to come :)

      January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought this was one of the best photographic meet ups I have been on. Well organised and full of very useful tips. I especially enjoyed the mx and helpfulness of the more experienced. It's great to come across a group so passionate about wanting to take quality pics as well as showing off their gadgets!! I am just envious ...

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      It was great to meet you too Yee-Liu. I am actually quite impressed with the creative eye and good hand that so many of you had today considering you are all beginners. If you keep it up, you'll set up your own business in no time :)

      January 6, 2013

  • barbara

    challenging and some time frustrating for a beginner like myself, but very nice and interesting people. I took home some very good tips, and the desire to go ahead learning. Thanks

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      No no Barbara, this is how you start but you're definitely on the right track already :)

      January 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Barbara I thought you had some tremendous pics. You obviously have natural gift.

      January 6, 2013

  • Ben R.

    I wasn't sure what to expect as this was the first 'meet-up' I had attended, but I really enjoyed it! I felt that the assignments were a great idea, obviously with such a large group individual assistance/ critic wasn't practical but I still felt that everyone was involved and feel I learned a fair bit. The main thing I took away however was, confidence; that being forced to shoot a certain style in a short space of time provided.

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Good to hear you enjoyed it Ben. We also have photo critique events where you can bring your photos for feedback if you wish :)

      January 6, 2013

  • Nan W.

    I've uploaded some photos to share. Although some of them keep disappearing ..

    January 6, 2013

    • Nan W.

      Yes Chessie understood. Many thanks for your comment

      January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Thanks Nan, appreciated and you've certainly got a great eye :)

      January 6, 2013

  • daniel

    brilliant tutorial and practical assignments,id like to goto more shoots like this!thankyou chessie!

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Pleasure Daniel, we shall have more of these coming :)

      January 6, 2013

  • David R.

    Well organised and good discipline. Great to meet like minded souls.

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Glad to hear you've enjoyed it David :)

      January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Superb day - loved it!

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Good to hear Jay and can't wait to see your final shots :)

      January 6, 2013

  • Paul

    Really great insights into approaching a portrait shoot. Lots of food for thought. .... Thanks Chessie!

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Paul, anytime :)

      January 6, 2013

  • Nan W.

    Well organised, informative and great to meet and learn from photography enthusiasts

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Lovely to meet you Nan, glad you enjoyed it :)

      1 · January 6, 2013

  • Theresa

    Great fun, and I learnt a lot about taking good portraits, now just to practice.... The assignments were challenging but fun, looking forward to the post processing.

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Keep it up Theresa, photography is a never-ending business in terms of learning :)

      January 6, 2013

  • David R.

    Hi Chessie. I wanted to get the photos completed before the start of the week. I have uploaded my 10 to the meeting album. David

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      well done, David, look forward to seeing more if you have more :)

      January 6, 2013

  • David R.

    Chessie: For reference: Photos as follows: Group 2 for the first assignment, group 4 for the environmental assignment.

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Hi David, indeed, I swapped some of them on the day to suit each group's skills :)

      January 6, 2013

  • Chessie

    We wil be there in 5 :)

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Nan, I don't know but I'm standing underneath the big reg welcome sign!

    January 6, 2013

    • Vipul T.

      Hi Robin, you can contact Chessie at[masked] and she should be able to guide you.

      January 6, 2013

  • Nan W.

    Hi everyone: where is the meet up point at the national theatre?

    January 6, 2013

    • Vipul T.

      Hi Nan, you can contact Chessie at[masked] and she should be able to guide you.

      January 6, 2013

  • Vipul T.

    Hi guys, if you can't find the group, contact Chessie at[masked]

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Chessie, are you planning to repeat the workshop too, or just the shoot?

    January 6, 2013

  • Ami

    I'd like to attend if the space is still available?

    January 6, 2013

    • Chessie

      Hi Ami, unfortunately this event is sold out however there is a repeat in February that I have just set up, feel free to RSVP and join us then. Thanks

      January 6, 2013

  • Chessie

    Hi guys. For the ones on the waiting list, I will repeat this shoot in February. Make sure you secure your slot then. Cheers

    1 · January 5, 2013

  • Carol W.

    I'd have liked to do this, but I am in Derbyshire on Saturday so won't be back in time. Happy New Year to all.

    December 31, 2012

  • David R.

    Looking forward to it. Sounds fun and a good start to the new year.

    December 20, 2012

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