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Portrait Photography Workshop

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 2:00 PM

The art of portraiture is one of the most established forms of visual art. This workshop aims at refining the skills that make great portraits. Whether we are aiming to take better photos of our family and friends or to develop our skills as a professional portrait photographer, there are specific skills that can be developed to improve our photographs.

The various aspects that need to be considered to make a successful portrait have been thoroughly explored by many great artists throughout the history of art from posing to lighting to composition. Photography poses additional challenges as the portrait is just a brief instant and so communication becomes an important skill, to make our subject comfortable, to direct them in the to pose and to facilitate them evoking expression. We will be working both with a model and with each other to practice the skills of portraiture.

Topics covered:

• Communication

• Making the subject comfortable

• Rules of composition for portraits and developing the skill of composing

• Lighting for portraits

• Principles of posing and directing subjects

• Evoking expression

Our model for this workshop will be Babushka:

Contact me if you have and questions or suggestions :-)

michael [masked] 

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  • Gilles

    Thank you Michael as well as Joe, David et bien sur Babushka, for an engaging portrait workshop. Although initially I wondered if it would be much like the lighting workshop, the focus here was on engaging with the person in front of the lens and creating a mood/expression as well as composition.

    2 · April 28, 2014

  • Michael T.

    Thank you everyone for making this such a successful first portrait workshop. It was really amazing watching all of you trying all of the techniques and seeing the results. i'm looking forward to seeing your work.

    April 27, 2014

  • David

    Michael is a talented and enthusiastic presenter that effectively engages and educates participants with his extensive skills. He runs a workshop that is topical and appropriate to the described topic and engages great models. Thanks Michael.

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • Michael T.

      Thank you David, I'm glad that you found it useful. I look forward to seeing your work.

      April 27, 2014

  • EglEye

    hi michael do you have a max no of ppl in mind for the workshop..? just wondering about the ratio..

    April 21, 2014

    • Michael T.

      Hi Chamal, Thank you for pointing out to me that i had forgotten to put a maximum number of places on this workshop. I've changed it now and there is a maximum of 8 spots.

      April 26, 2014

  • Ashley

    Hi Michael, having recently attended the studio lighting workshop, I was just wondering if there is much overlap between that workshop and the portrait workshop.

    April 18, 2014

    • Michael T.

      Hi Ashley, there is very little overlap between the two workshops. Although lighting is addressed to some extent, the focus in this workshop is in composition, posing (especially for "ordinary" people i.e. not models), communication and evoking expression.

      April 19, 2014

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