How to take a good portrait is a fine art, trying to represent your subject in a photograph that communicates the desired result is a skill worth learning. There are many factors to be taken into consideration including: light levels, whether indoor or out, skin tones, background, and many others.
On this course we will look at all the basic elements which make for a good portrait. We will be looking at how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera, the importance of composition, differing portraiture styles, how to light people and ultimately how to photograph a person or subject that represents them as you, the photographer, intend.
This course will major on lighting, looking at using natural light to create portraits, an introduction to using artificial lighting equipment and how to combine the two. We will be reviewing images directly through a laptop, so some image adjustment skills will also be covered in this course.
At the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Recognise the difference between natural and artificial light in relation to photography.
2. Identify different lighting equipment used for portraiture.
3. Choose appropriate camera settings for creating a photographic portrait.
4. Produce a photographic portrait using artificial light.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Timothy Leek
Timothy Leek runs workshops with schools, youth centres and community groups that encourage and explore creativity through photography.
Workshops have included studio photography, digital photography, shooting on location, stop motion animation, video and portraiture. These workshops not only cover technical aspects of photography but also explore the creative side and the performative nature of the medium.
Timothy has regularly worked in collaboration with other visual artists, musicians and performance artists. He is also a part of ANIMATE ARTS COMPANY LTD a community arts company that produces and runs art workshops and projects for schools and the community.
How will I be taught?
We will use a practical, hands-on approach with tutor input and one to one guidance. You will be involved in shooting and appraising your work and will collect a folio of images. The tutor will give one to one guidance and feedback.
What do I need to bring with me?
A working camera, please ensure your batteries are fully charged. An empty/formatted memory card. Pen and paper. A tripod is also useful. If you have any lights, reflectors or kit you'd like to learn with, please bring this too.
What can I do next?
Other specialised photography short courses or longer general higher level courses. Your tutor will be able to give you advice.
What do I need to join the course
Anyone with a basic knowledge of using a digital camera (not a complete beginner). It would be beneficial if students had attended at least a basic digital photography course but those who prefer to use the auto settings are welcome too. Although the course is not specifically designed to cover smartphones, there would still be plenty of scope to learn the basic techniques of taking more effective portraits.
Getting to your course
St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/111441/K/NC.
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