Fine Art Studio Portraits


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Learn to embrace darkness in your photography! This course explores portraiture with a more painterly style, taking the lead from the Old Masters. We’ll learn about maximising detail in darker imagery through lighting and post production, and a range of approaches to posing, sets and styling.



Join instructor David Shoukry for a fine art portraiture experience

David will take you through from concept to execution, covering a range of simple (but effective) lighting styles and also some tethering tips in Capture One Pro and Lightroom. We’ll also discuss editing and retouching techniques in Photoshop to bring your image to life and give it final polish. You will be working with a model under studio flash lighting.  You’ll be able to practise retouching in this style, and feedback on your work will be given!

This workshop is limited to a maximum of 4 students.

Workshop Content

  • What is low-key lighting?
  • Choosing lighting patterns: broad vs short.
  • How to create separation.
  • Putting it all together: photoshoot with model.
  • Post processing and review of images.

Once you arrive day we look after you until the course ends! We provide a simple buffet lunch so you won’t be wasting valuable time going out to find somewhere to get lunch.

Included in the price:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch

Image from the course
Image from the course

This Fine Art Portraiture Photography Course is a mixture of classroom-based illustrated presentations and hands on practice.  The afternoon session comprises of a studio shoot, working with a model under studio flash lighting, after which there will be opportunity to review and process images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC under the guidance of the tutor.

In order to benefit from this course, you will need at least basic computer skills and some basic knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC.

The Tutor

David studied Music at Oxford University then worked as a musician and teacher before becoming a professional portrait photographer.

David has travelled widely and has spent recent years working in some of the most beautiful parts of the world. Now based near Bath, David works extensively with musicians, ballet dancers, stage actors and other performing arts professionals to produce publicity and editorial photography.

David has extensive teaching experience and expertise as a professional fine art portrait photographer – a field that demands the production of images of the highest quality for both web and print.  David’s work can be seen on his website

David Shoukry - Photoshop CC
Fine Art Portrait 2

Thank you so much for a superb day. I learned an enormous amount and identified areas I need to work on to improve my standard.  David was very generous with both his knowledge and time and I enjoyed learning from him.  It was great to get so much hands on practice. –   CH

This was a great day.  The group size was perfect, with just 4 students, we all had plenty of shooting time with the models and also lots of excellent support one to one from David when we were reviewing and editing our images. –   AT

Additional information

Course Dates

28 October 2017, 14 April 2018, 14 October 2018