October 2nd, 2023
HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM START TO FINISH
FINE ART PORTRAIT
Start Creating Incredible Dramatic Portraits
Are you tired of creating images that look good but not great? It happens to all of us. My workshops are designed to take a deep look at all aspects of portrait photography and leave you feeling confident and able to overcome the boundaries you struggle with. I'll discuss each phase of the process, from planning a shoot, equipment and both high and low budget options to get amazing results. We'll also work together in the studio and look at lighting and working with models. Each of the participants will have the option to create images that they can use to grow their portfolio. Then, we'll take a deep diver into Photoshop and ways to make your images look even more amazing using techniques to make your portraits stick out and get more clients. I look forward to taking this journey with you!
9AM - 9:45AM
Arrival at The Studio
10AM - 11AM
Class Discussion & Demonstration
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, the class will start at exactly 10:00 AM.
Introduction and brief group discussion
Creating a concept
Inverse Squared Law
Basic Studio Lighting & Posing
Advanced Lighting Techniques
Posing Tricks and Techniques
Full Photo Shoot Demo
11AM - 1PM
Each participant will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our models. You are encouraged to see what my lighting set up is, but also to explore and be creative. In these workshops you're encouraged to not be afraid of "failure" and try things that may or may not work.
1PM - 2PM
2PM - 5PM
Advanced Techniques with Camera Raw
Blending Raw Layers
Working with Channels
Tips and Tricks
Final Image Finishing
We will end the day with a Q&A session and a final discussion.
Class will wrap at around 6pm
Each participant will receive a free 32” x 48” Canvas Wrap PRO from ProPrints, valued at $104.95
What Lens Should I bring?
My favorite lens in the studio has always been the 24-70 EOS 2.8, so something along that range would be my preference. 50mm is a good choice as well since it isn't too zoom or too wide. 35mm for me might be just a little too wide and give a bit too much distortion, even though I used to use the Sigma 35 Art whenever I traveled. Lately I've been using my 85mm more just for some of my shallow depth of field work, but in a workshop environment that can be a bit too zoom for the amount of space we use. So, to answer the question, around a 50mm is good.
Do I Need My Computer?
No. You are welcome to bring your computer, however I recommend that during the editing portion of the class you focus on what I'm demonstrating and then edit at home with the video. Of course, if you would like to bring your computer, I will be happy to help you work through your edit.
What Level Should I be in Photoshop
For the best experience, you will want to have at least an intermediate understanding of Photoshop. We will cover things such as camera raw, smart objects, layers, adjustment layers, curves, frequency separation, blending modes, filters and layer masks. So if you feel comfortable with those terms, you're probably fine. However if you're not, don't worry...but you may want to head over to YouTube and brush up. That being said, I have had many people in my classes who were complete beginners with Photoshop who were a bit lost, were motivated by the class to develop their skills and now are using the program at an advanced level.