I recently hosted a 4 hour portrait workshop for 4 people. This was a fascinating workshop and I explored different styles and fairly simple studio lighting set ups. The workshop was open to anyone and it was an all male show. Obviously portraiture for male and female subjects need slightly different attributes but the essence is still all about flattery. I will be doing a live stage slot at The Photography Show this March 20th at 12 pm and the theme is ‘The Art of Flattery’ in conjunction with PIXAPRO. My model at the show will be Zara Watson so I will be concentrating on lighting for a woman. I’ll be on the PIXAPRO stand doing demonstrations for the 4 days so if you’d like to come a see the demos there – we will be very happy to see you.
So in the 4 hours we had on this workshop with the 4 men who I had never met before I gave some important portrait tips and we had fun exploring some techniques to bring out the character of the subjects and after my initial demonstrations, they got stuck in to photographing each other. These were my initial demonstrations and in the short time I had, it was necessary to explain how important it is to make your subject feel relaxed. One of the ways to do this is to be relaxed yourself! That relaxed attitude is infectious. It is also important to bring look at everyone as an individual and make them the most important person in the room.
A couple of weeks after this workshop I had the pleasure of being photographed myself by a very talented photographer – the results of which made me very happy indeed. It is a nice feeling being photographed if done the right way and I would encourage every photographer to have their picture taken so they can see the positives of being photographed well and even the negatives if that session isn’t how you would have liked it.
Thanks to the following for attending this workshop and in order of the pictures here:
Thanks to PIXAPRO for supplying some of the lighting here, notable the CITI 600.