Portrait Photography Course (Natural Light)

Includes 2 hour photoshoot with model

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Portrait Photography Course (Natural Light)
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October 2021

The Portrait Photography Course (Natural Light) is for those wishing to take more control over their portrait photography and take their first steps into this area of photography. Perfect for enhancing your photos of friends or family or to build the foundations for working commercially.

Understanding how light affects a portrait and the importance of positioning and composition will allow you to create beautiful portraits with a minimal amount of gear.

The Portrait Photography course is run in our own purpose built training studio, the day starts with some tutorial and practical hands on learning before heading outside to carry out a number of small photo-shoots.   After the photo-shoot you will return to ‘The Old Clubhouse’ for a debrief. We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.

To get the most out of the Portrait Photography Course (Natural Light), it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course.

ONE DAY COURSE            10:00AM – 4:00PM

This Portrait Photography Course (Natural Light) is a mixture of classroom-based illustrated presentations and hands on practice.   The afternoon session includes the opportunity to go out and about in Lacock with a model, under the guidance of the tutor, before returning to “The Old Clubhouse” to review the techniques for enhancing your images.

On the Portrait Photography Course (Natural Light) we will cover;

● Equipment selection – the benefits of different focal lengths of lens, aperture use and also additional tools which can enhance your imagery. This includes the use of reflectors and basic lighting / flash equipment.

● Handling the light – looking at what light is available and how best to use it for your portrait shoot.

● Positioning – Looking at a scene and understanding the importance of positioning your subject in complimentary ways to enhance the image.

● Compositional rules – An overview of compositional skills and awareness required for portrait imagery.

The Tutor – James Andrews

James has been working in photography training for over a decade and is a highly capable portrait, event and wedding photographer. Previously James had been responsible for the development of courses and tutors at Jessops Academy photography school and helped thousands of customers from beginner level up to the working professional to get more out of their equipment.

Because of his career, there’s not much that James hasn’t photographed! He’s been fortunate enough to travel in pursuit of wildlife and sports opportunities as well as photographing events and commercial work in the UK. Nowadays it’s not unusual to find him tracking down wildlife or working on a new camera trap on the organic farm where he works.

In terms of equipment, James has had extensive hands on experience with pretty much all brands – he currently shoots on a mixture of Sony and Canon equipment and strongly believes that 3rd party equipment should never be underestimated.