April 13, 2011-May 18, 2011
Six sessions on Wednesdays from 7pm-10pm
Enrollment limit: 15 students
Capturing a person’s essential nature and character while holding true to the basic principals of photography is the portrait photographer’s greatest challenge. In this six-week intensive workshop, open to all levels, students will learn techniques to unmask their subjects and encourage them to reveal their true identity. Participants will learn how to break the ice, gain trust, and establish a safe and comfortable environment so that their subjects are willing and eager to project a natural and realistic self-image. Establishing good communication and a collaborative spirit is vital to the process, but equally important is the ability to produce a distinctive look, mood and setting that will manifest the subject’s unique personality and character traits. In addition, students will learn how lighting, composition, cropping, perspective and most importantly, intention - what you’re trying to say about your subject - contributes to the overall visual rendering.
This workshop will help both professionals and hobbyists shoot with greater confidence, skill, and artistry to produce portraits with soul and substance. Weekly assignments will be reviewed and critiqued. Open to film and digital users alike. Students are encouraged to bring a portfolio to the first class session.