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Portrait Photography Course | Perth, WA | 3 hours

University of Western Australia  |  3 hours  |  $220

Sun, August 25th

The mark of a true portrait photographer is the ability to consistently produce high quality images - getting control of light is a combination of experience, expertise, instinct and that is what this course is all about. Its showing you different types of portraiture - from candid to formal, reportage to environmental, how to shoot babies, children, families, groups, friends. Learn to develop your style - whether this is creative and experimental, stylised or formal, shoot from the hip or paparazzi style, indoors or outside.

Photographing people in all walks of life is hugely popular yet it is usually done poorly. We train you to recognise the quality and direction of the light, to implement creative composition, to understand poses, backdrops, lens perspective, colour cast, to make your subject relax, to look for unusual locations, to come up with new ideas, angles, viewpoints - to shoot for dramatic impact or to flatter your subject with a dreamy, ethereal quality to the image.

This portraiture course is taught in conjunction with Focus 10 Photography and is also run in Sydney and Melbourne. We will impart a high level of proficiency to the serious amateur photographer or to someone considering a career in portrait photography. You will be confident to shoot at a professional level. It assumes a proficiency in digital camera handling and technical knowledge. Ideally you will have completed our Beginners course or be able to demonstrate a similar level of competency. The group will be limited to a maximum of 6 people for a highly personalised training experience.

You will learn how to shoot indoor and outdoor portraiture photography. The appropriate selection of camera gear is an important component to this course which we will tailor to your individual requirements. Your instructors are professional portrait and wedding photographers and you can draw upon that accumulated knowledge throughout.

  • Learn how to use every feature on your digital camera to the full
  • Knowledge on the best camera/lens combinations for portraiture work
  • Get unbiased advice on what camera gear is best suited for your needs and budget
  • To recognise the quality and direction of light
  • Advanced tips on setting up portrait shots
  • How to create a mini portrait studio in your own home
  • How to shoot weddings and corporate
  • Fast track your technical and artistic skills
  • Small groups (6 persons maximum)
  • Souvenir portraits
  • A professional portfolio taken by yourself
  • Advanced digital SLR camera functions
  • Choice of lenses, accessories and props
  • Accessories, props, reflectors
  • Body positioning / eyes / noses / hands
  • Exposure bracketing, compensation and ISO
  • Channels & parameters, colour temperature
  • Creative use of depth of field
  • Black and white portraiture
  • Reportage, documentary formal, candid, environmental, stylised, point n' shoot & studio
  • Photographing babies, children, adults, groups, weddings, corporate, fashion
  • Skin tones, reflections, white balance
  • Unusual viewpoints & tilting / lens and linear perspective
  • High contrast / colour harmony / blurring / freezing of motion / conveying movement
  • Unusual locations, attractive clothing, interesting accessories
  • Planning: weather, location, time of day/season
  • Getting your models, make up / hairstylists
  • Operation of external flash unit, rear / 2nd curtain synch flash
  • Model releases, technicalities, copyright
Serena Pearce and/or Andrew Thomasson
  • Start time: 2.00 pm
  • Finish time: 5.00 pm
  • Meet at: University of WA - Winthrop Hall stairs
Beginners course (or equivalent) or a sound grasp of photography - (an email test can be provided if you are unsure).
  • Instruction from professional photographers
  • Camera, lens and accessory shopping service
  • Free portraits
  • Personal assessment and critique of your portfolio
  • Certificate of completion (on request)

Food and beverages

Paying for your course in full upon booking will confirm your attendance. Places are limited on all courses.
We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to inadequate enrollment, bad weather, instructor illness, or an 'act of God'. We also reserve the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been cancelled. As our costs for each training event remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. If withdrawal occurs within the 14 days before the course starts we will try to put you on an alternative date if places are available. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.
Workshop Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographic, (both still and video) records of any of our workshops/courses which may be used for promotional purposes, submissions, advertising and records. We grant permission for participants to use any images captured by them during this workshop for self-promotion only. Participants may not make any financial gain from any images captured during this workshop/course.

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