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washington d.c.

JULY 31 & AUGUST 1ST

LEARN THE CRAFT OF FINE ART PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

PORTRAIT MASTERCLASS WORKSHOP

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Welcome!

 

Thanks for dropping by. To quote Obiwan Kenobi, "You've taken your first step into a larger world." First off, let me tell you how excited I am that you're here and considering investing in your future. I know you have a lot of options these days. There is nothing that makes me more excited than connecting with new people and growing, not only to become better photographers, but healthier and more fulfilled adults.

 

You may find my approach to workshops a bit different than others. I believe in a holistic approach. Where are you in your life? What barriers do you find ourselves hitting up against over and over. In my workshops we'll focus on building a supportive team and working together through the anxiety and confusion and start creating amazing images. We'll discuss how to move forward and create beautiful works of art that not only fill you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, but also provide financial stability.

Is The Portrait Masterclass Right For Me?

Whether you're an experienced photographer or just getting started, my workshops are designed to help everyone who is serious about growing and developing their craft. It's not only about how to develop technically, but we will also discuss how to overcome obstacles that keep us from getting to the next level in both your work and private life. Each class is a supportive community that will help you get through your barriers and fears and take the next steps to becoming a high end (and high paid) portrait photographer.

I have a simple philosophy that sometimes goes a little against the grain of traditional learning. I believe the most important aspect of learning anything is jumping right in and failing. What does that mean? From a young age, most of us are taught that failure is bad. We all want to get straight A's. So when we do badly at something, we feel like it's wrong. I believe the truth is actually the opposite. Instead of sitting in a boring class while a teacher goes over a power point presentation and you get about half of what they're saying. I think it's better to jump in and learn as you're doing. Just like we did as kids. Therefore, even if you are just getting started, I feel you will learn more just jumping in and learning as you go rather than waiting on the sideline until you feel like you finally know enough to get started.

what will I learn?
 

To put it simply, you're going to learn....a lot. In fact, you'll probably get sick of learning and just have fun experimenting with our awesome models. But I basically discuss everything I have ever learned. What I do before, during and after shoots. Creating mood boards. How I pose and work with models. Ways to get amazing light with or without a budget. Tricks for making your images really pop. And how to take your already amazing images and make them a thousand times cooler in Photoshop. Honestly, nothing makes me happier than hearing participants have "a ha!" moments, and usually it happens a lot. On a side note, I understand that the Photoshop part of the class can get a bit complicated, so I also provide a video that walks step-by-step through each of my techniques.

CLASS BREAKDOWN

 

DAY ONE

9AM - 12 NOON

Lighting and Posing

Class begins at 9AM sharp. We start with a quick overview and discussion of lighting techniques as well as working with clients who have absolutely no experience posing. I want to know what is causing you frustration and keeping you from getting to the next level with your images. After a brief introduction, we jump right in. In my class we learn by doing! So we will walk through a typical photo session. I will discuss everything from lighting to posing and all the the little tricks I've learned over the years to make sure your pictures are amazing. Then it's your turn!! Each participant will have the opportunity to take their own pictures with the model and lighting. If you have never taken photos in a studio, I'll be there with you to get your through it.

1PM - 2PM

Lunch

We usually just order some pizzas or something simple, we'll also have snacks and drinks.

2PM - 5PM

Editing in Photoshop

 

This is the part of the class where we really get down and dirty and start taking a good picture and turning it into a work of art. I will show you all of the tricks I have developed over the more than 20 years I've been using Photoshop. I recommend you have at least a working knowledge of Photoshop to be able to keep up with what I'm doing. So if you understand layers, blending modes and masks you'll be in good shape. But if you don't know what I just said, I would at least take an introductory course on Photoshop before the class.

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DAY TWO

9AM - 12 NOON

Lighting and Posing

Day two is where the real learning happens. Back when I used to do one-day workshops, I realized that most of the pictures that we were taken were using light that I had set up. So, in order to really learn how to light on your own, we will break up into teams and you will be responsible for lighting your own image and working with the model. Of course, I will be there to guide you through it all.

1PM - 2PM

Lunch

Same as before, we'll have something simple to munch on but also snacks.

2PM - 5PM

Editing in Photoshop

Editing for the second set of images will involve a bit more playing with compositing fx and really creating drama in the image. Then we'll wrap things up with a final discussion and wrap up.

What You'll Need

 

A DSLR Camera. If you have an on-camera flash, feel free to bring it as a trigger.

Lens around to the 50mm 1.4 or 35mm*

Basic to intermediate understanding of Photoshop

Laptop with Photoshop and Camera RAW installed**

 

*If you're looking for a good starter lens I recommend the 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm for cropped frame. My favorite lenses are the 24-70mm and Sigma 35 Art 1.4

**If you prefer to just watch me edit and not bring a computer that's ok too. You will recieve a few videos that you can follow along after the class

HOST

 

Artist Circle Studio

260 Shepherdstown Ct, Purcellville, Virginia 20132

www.cbellphotos.com/

703 831-2665

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Attendees of the Portrait Masterclass Workshops will be required to provide proof of vaccination. This is in order to insure the safety of all attendees, models, and your teacher. The use of a mask is also obligatory for times when social distancing isn't possible. We will make sure that antibacterial gels and proper protocols are followed during the workshops. If you are not willing to follow these precautions, you will be asked to leave.