Fri, 12 Aug|
Portrait Photography Workshop
A portrait photography workshop that focuses on the art AND the technical elements of taking amazing pictures. Join us at The Photographers' Gallery in Soho and learn how to take your photography to the next level!
Time & Location
12 Aug, 11:00 – 17:00
London, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, UK
About the event
Suitable for everyone with a DSLR camera, a photography workshop focussing on all things portraiture.
Not just a day for perfecting your technical photography skills, but a day in which to consider the artistry behind truly great portraits, and how they are achieved. It's these two things combined that will help you to unleash your technical and creative ability, and find your own unique voice as a photographer.
We’ll start the day at the steps of The Photographers' Gallery in Soho, London where we’ll have a quick meet and greet, and then head inside to take in some of the photography on display, where we will consider the works on show and discuss elements such as lighting, composition, storytelling, mood, purpose, angles, primary and secondary subjects and exposure values.
With our heads full of creative inspiration, we will then take a stroll through Central London to our next location, all the while considering, discussing and practicing the art of street photography. The Curzon Cinema Bar in Bloomsbury, is an amazing venue with a great variety of spaces and different indoor and outdoor lighting, where we can refuel in a specially reserved area, and we’ll consider some of the more technical aspects of portrait photography. We’ll explore some tips and tricks for using the light, composition, focussing, aperture, shutter speeds and ISO, and also elements such as directing your subject and bringing the best out of them. We’ll take on some challenges to put to use the skills we've looked at. I will be on hand to help you achieve the kind of portraits you want to, using natural light, available light, and camera flash units.
We will be modelling for each other, so come prepared to have your photo taken!
Shortly before the workshop, I will send you an email with some more information, including a short form for you to complete and return, so that I have an idea of anything specific you are hoping to get out of the day.
This is a full day, packed with art, science, socialising, exploration, challenges, new experiences and more!
After the workshop, I encourage you to send me your pictures so I can give further advice and encouragement. I'll also send out a write-up of all the things we covered, so you don't need to take notes on the day.
“Thank you again, for the day. You may remember that my objective was to get closer to making a photo about the person rather than of them and I think I made some really big strides towards understanding what this means, and our conversations in the NPG and Photographers Gallery were massive in this respect, and I have been digesting the lessons of the day ever since."
- John, London
"I had a fabulous day taking photos with Louise. She helped me to discover exactly what my camera is capable of. Lots of good advice. Louise is passionate about photography and her enthusiasm is contagious. I highly recommend a course with her."
- Debs, London
"I’ve been on two of Louise’s courses and they are amazing. She has such an extensive knowledge of photographic techniques and is full of ideas for getting that perfect shot."
- Clare, Guildford
"I really enjoyed my portrait workshop with Louise and a super bunch of like minded photographers.I particularly benefitted from the neat balance of instruction and practical.The group was friendly and very helpful and we shared a lot of individual knowledge. I liked the variety of the portrait gallery, some 'briefed' street photography and the session using different lighting."
- Michael, London
Do I need to bring any Lighting equipment?
If you have a flash unit, then do bring it along, otherwise, just your camera & lens/es.
Do I have to model?
Yes, I’m afraid so! But not much, we’ll all share the load!
How much does the gallery exhibition cost?
The price of the exhibition ticket is included in your workshop ticket price so you don't need to worry about that, although it’s good form to leave a little donation as you leave the gallery.
Will there be any refreshments at the Curzon bar?
Yes, the bar has all the usual drink options, hot and cold, and some truly delicious food on offer also. When we arrive at the bar, we'll have a little breather and get refueled while we chat about what we saw at the National Portrait Gallery.
Is the course aimed at Beginners?
Beginners and intermediate photographers will get the most out of this workshop, as will more experienced photographers if you're looking for a bit of a refresher, a new challenge and a bit of culture, then this is the day for you.
What if I’m running late?
No problem - just let me know and you can catch us up.
What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel, your ticket price will be refunded up to a week before the workshop. If it is less than a week before the workshop, then there will be no refund available, however, I will endeavour to fill the slot with someone else, in which case you will be refunded your ticket cost.