Workshops & Courses

Upcoming workshops:

2017 dates available on request

Photography Workshop: The essential guide to portraits

 

I love all forms of photography, but nothing comes close to the passion and enthusiasm I have for portraiture. Whether its photographing family or friends, shooting contemporary lifestyle images or the glamour and pressure of weddings, I love the challenge of delivering high quality, creative and appealing portraits. I’ve spent the past 7 years gaining expert advice from fantastic portrait photographers, dvd’s, books and magazines, that have improved my own photography, and I fully appreciate the benefits that a little personal tuition provides. As you’ll discover, taking great portraits doesn’t require the most expensive or extensive photographic equipment. A budget DSLR and a 50mm lens is all you need to get started. What’s more important is a good eye for composition and detail, a decent understanding of your camera, knowing the basic lighting techniques whether you’re using natural light or flash or both; and above all developing strong interpersonal skills with your subjects and having fun while you’re taking pictures.

Workshop content

1. Introduction to portraits Learn how to set up your camera’s key functions for shooting great portraits 2. Exposure Find out how your camera’s metering works to help perfect your exposure 3. Composition What to think about when composing portraits 4. Focusing and depth of field Ensure a perfect balance of sharpness and blur 5. Portrait Lighting Good control of lighting lies at the heart of every good portrait photographer. We explain the skills needed to control lighting like a pro 6. Manipulating daylight The basics of how to handle ambient light 7. Indoor lighting Learn how to use ambient ad artificial light sources at home to illuminate your subjects 8. Creative flash Key functions of your flash systems expaloned 9. Studio flash explained We reveal how easy studio lighting systems are to use. 10. Take your best family photo’s From babies to teenagers, we reveal the secrets to taking perfect photos of your loved ones 11. Digital techniques Photoshop and post-production techniques to try 12. Black and white portraits The fundamentals to great mono images 13. Portrait equipment Our choice of the best gear for portraits

What you’ll need for this workshop: The essentials:

  1. A DSLR camera and the equivalent of a 50mm lens. The more lenses the better.
  2. A laptop with some type of image processing (comes standard with most digital cameras on a disk)
  3. Your memory cards
  4. A charged battery J

Nice to have’s:

  1. An external flash unit
  2. A tripod
  3. Flash triggers (will be explained)
  4. A reflector/diffuser (will be explained)

FAQ’s Q: Is this workshop only for portrait photographers?

A: No, anyone interested in taking images will learn loads of new techniques.

Investment: R850.00 The cost includes:

  • Course notes
  • Lunch
  • Teas and coffees

Times 8:30 – 17:00

Bookings Please send an email to info@swissphotography.co.za to book courses or get more information, or contact Jurgen on 082 449 6064

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