PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
The Current Session is fully booked but you can pre-book the next session starting in September 2017
Our Portrait Photography Course is fun and informative introduction to the fundamental elements of portrait photography with an emphasis on the importance of light and how to control it. The course is suitable for all photographers wishing to learn about controlled lighting and working with a nude model to producing high quality photographs.
This course will introduce participants with the practice of portrait photography; from camera handling, shooting and developing film and darkroom practice. The course is creative and experimental with assignments that will encourage you to expand and develop your practice.
On this course you will learn and/or have an introduction to :
- Explore a little of the history and concepts behind photographic portraiture, including the many different ways in which a portrait may be shot and even interpreted.
- 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 such as: Rembrandt, Loop, Butterfly, Broad and Split lighting.
- 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.
- Have an introduction to metering and studio flash.
- 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 WILL I LEARN ?
- Light – explore the role of light in this type of photography and learn the different styles (hard lighting, soft lighting, low key, high key).
- Light Meter – metering your subject and metering modes explained in depth.
- Lighting equipment – discover the different studio lighting equipment you can use.
- Technical aspects – improve your images by exploring your camera settings in depth, including the light meter and metering modes.
- Lenses – what type of lenses are best for nude photography? We’ll discuss focal length and lenses classification.
- Props – learn how to use a range of props for nude art photography.
- Working with a model – develop the skills needed such as composition, posing, directing.
- Studio set up – you’ll be taught how to set up the studio for a nude art shoot including backdrops, props and lighting for your mood or style.
- Composition Techniques – understand the compositional elements of a photograph and how they can be used to create stronger images..
- Filters – understand the effects and appropriate use of different filters for different types of photography (fashion, portrait, landscape etc)
During this 8-sessions long Portrait Photography Course, students will be introduced to the work of key practitioners and will have the opportunity to work with individual subjects. We 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.
Students will learn the foundations of film photography through talks, demonstrations and practical exercises. Students are also expected to perform some specific homework before each lesson. The course is divided into eight lessons, one every two weeks and six home project assignments. Students are expected to have a full set of films and some specific books ready from the first lessons, to perform classroom exercise and home assignments.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE COURSE ?
The course is a stimulating combination of presentations, demonstrations and discussions.
During the first part of this course our tutor will cover the history and concepts behind photographic portraiture, the equipment and methods used in portrait photography.
Next will be a guided practice with a model, tips on lens choice, composition, metering 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. You need to have your own film camera (35mm or medium format).
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 and flash metering..
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. If you don’t own your own camera then you can hire one of our spares for the course duration. Please let us know in advance if you need to borrow our equipment so we can make sure we have it ready for you.
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 fuldamentals of camera and studio ighting.
Through weekly shooting assignments, lectures, and critiques,
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.
Based on ideas suggested in two seminal writings on photography, John Szarkowski’s The Photographer’s Eye and Stephen Shore’s The Nature of Photographs, this lesson functions as a primer of visual literacy for photographers; students will learn about balance, tempo, ways of organizing space, the significance of geometric structure, and why the edges of the frame are important.
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 - James Thurber once wrote, “There are two kinds of light—the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.” But what are “glow” and “glare,” actually, and how does a portrait photographer use them ? 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, emphasize features, or adjust the separation between subject and background.
HIGH KEY AND LOW KEY PORTRAIT LIGHTING - Both High Key images and Low Key images make an intensive use of contrast, but in a very different way. When approaching a shoot of a dramatic portrait, the decision of making it a High Key, Low Key or “just” a regular image has great impact about the mood that this picture will convey. While High Key images are considered happy and will show your subject as a tooth-paste poster; Low Key portraits are dramatic and convey a lot of atmosphere and tension. Let’s explore those two dramatic lighting alternatives.
HARD AND SOFT PORTRAIT LIGHTING - Understanding the different qualities of light is fundamental. Hard and soft light sources produce such different results that most all photographers spend a great deal of time thinking about (obsessing about) quality of light.
- Hard light coming from a source that's small compared to the subject, casts hard shadows and has high contrast. Outdoors you see this light on a bright sunny day. The sun may be very large but it's also far away and small in the sky so it casts hard light on subjects.
- Soft light falling on the subject from a source that's large compared to the subject, wraps light around the subject, filling shadows and lowering contrast. Outdoors you see this light on a cloudy bright day when the entire layer of clouds is the light source.
ADVANCED STUDIO LIGHTING FOR PORTRAIT - Luca Monti sets aside the assumption that lighting must be done with a specific number of lights placed in a given position and modified in a prescribed way. Rather than subscribing to the theory that lighting must be done in a textbook fashion, Luca use traditional lighting setups as a springboard for radically altering the lighting effects to produce fine-art portraits that subjects can regard as art, as highly personal pieces. Let's develop a unique style !
PORTRAITURE FROM A TO Z: BREAKING THE RULES - Learn the pleasures of taking formal and informal portraits as well as small- to medium- size group portraits! 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. Students nonetheless learn the basic elements, such as nding character, location versus studio, lighting, the use of props, posing, makeup, gesture, and the age-old dilemma of flattery as opposed to stark realism.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW - Individual review of Your selected prints and all your works include assignments and projects. Students need to provide a presentation of minimum ten minutes showing a max of 20 prints. Students will receive a review for the print portfolio, their home assignment and for their home project. This tree review will concur to determine Your final evalution.
Please note : this will be not a group session but for maximum two students at time, then a different schedule will be settled for this final lesson..
- Please remember to bring all the material for Your portfolio and all the films and contact prints.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Most photographers stumble when it comes to the question of how to make a photography portfolio. It can be difficult to know what you should include, how to present your work, how your work compares to others, and what a photography portfolio is even supposed to be for.
You may have your portfolio reviewed online or in-person.
Online: You may submit a selection up to 15 small jpegs (no larger than 2mb each) and /or a link to your website. Please note website with images galleries of small dimensions will not be considered for portfolio reviews.
For a Photoshop review, please send two to three un-flattened psd files with some notes about your working flow. Flickr sites or similar will not be considered for portfolio reviews.
In-Person: Portfolio review is for maximum two people only at time. Digital portfolio but be composed of a minimum of 8 files in jJpeg format to a maximum of 25 files. Printed portfolio must be composed by a minimum of 12 prints of A3 size or bigger to a mime of 20 prints.
A4 printed portfolio will not be considered for portfolio reviews.
iPad portfolio will not be considered for portfolio reviews.
I would recommends a test run of your portfolio with a friend or colleague who isn’t familiar with your work. Having them review it will allow for a sense of the pacing and time it takes to go from front to back and experience the images. This may also provide insight as to which images spark conversation and how to prep for any questions that may arise.
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CONTINUING EDUCATION TRACK
New sessions begin every term
The Continuing Education Program (CEP) is a three-term program open to 12 students in total from all walks of life who want to pursue photography at a higher level than they might ever have before. Students can begin the program in the fall, winter, or spring. In their First term, students enroll in the first of three seminars exclusive to the CEP curriculum.
In this weekly seminar, students examine contemporary and historical ideas surrounding photography, and participate in weekly critiques of new work supported by critical and theoretical readings and discussions. In addition to the CEP seminar class, students generally enroll in one or two elective courses each term, selected from the broader Continuing Education course offerings. A total of three CEP seminars and six elective courses is required in order to complete the Continuing Education Program.
Course dates - Not currently available
Length - One evening a week for ten sessions
Day and time - Monday, 6pm to 8.30pm (excluding bank holidays)
Maximum class size - 8 people
Contact hours - more then 25
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