Natural Light Portraits – Full Day Workshop

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Natural Light Portraits - Full Day Workshop

Natural Light Portrait Workshop

*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person

Sunday, 8am-4pm at The Spot Studio (NEW TIME SCHEDULE)
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

Photos of the people in our lives are often among our most prized and meaningful possessions. Portrait photography is a true art that memorializes the essence of a person in a moment of time.

Note: We have combined the Photographing Kids Workshop and Photographing Teens Workshop into one and have added adult models to the mix. This will give you more opportunities to try the techniques you learn with any or all of the age groups.

This portrait workshop is for any photographer wanting to learn to capture stunning portraits of people of any age. Whether you are a parent wanting to take better pictures of your own family and friends, a photographer looking to start your own portrait photography business or if you simply want to learn some great skills for taking better portraits, this workshop is designed for you. You’ll learn how to take your basic DSLR skills and apply them to create beautiful and stylish natural light images. The techniques apply to any age subject and will help you become a more versatile photographer.

The workshop is a combination of lecture and hands-on shooting with live models of different ages. We will be shooting in and around Deep Ellum for this workshop, but will be discussing many other location and style options for creating a unique experience and final product for your subjects. You will walk away with new tricks and tools to create better portraits that reflect the unique personality of your subject. This class will be taught by Margie Woods Brown, a local children’s, senior, wedding and portrait photographer. For more information check out Margie’s Bio and Margie Woods Brown website.

You should already be familiar with your camera and comfortable shooting in Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes, using single point focus mode and have a basic understanding of ISO, f-stops, depth of field, shutter speed and motion blur. If you’re a beginner (or have been shooting for a while but still aren’t comfortable with these concepts) you can take our DSLR-1&2 evening classes or the Beginner DSLR Full Day Workshop first or some other equivalent training.

What you’ll learn in the workshop:

  • Which combination of exposure and shooting modes create the look you want to achieve for your portraits
  • How to use available light and shade to create stunning images
  • How to select backgrounds and environments to bring interest, emotion and fun into your photos
  • How to find flattering and interesting perspectives
  • Which lens(es) to choose
  • Effective and age-appropriate techniques to create a rapport with your subjects
  • How to create a personalized experience and look to compliment each subject’s personality and style
  • How to use wardrobe and posing to bring out the personality of your subject and make the images uniquely theirs

8am-10am: We will meet at The Spot Studio for a discussion covering basic concepts and how to prepare for a portrait photo shoot. Margie will review the basic exposure and focusing modes and show some of her portraits, illustrating the tips and concepts to be used on location.

10:30-12:30am: On location in Deep Ellum (or another location if there is an event that blocks access in Deep Ellum). We will spend about 30 minutes scouting for the best light and backgrounds and going over the basic concepts of selecting backgrounds, and using available light and shade to our advantage. We’ll then be joined by our models and will spend about 2 hours shooting. Margie will be shooting alongside you demonstrating, and will be available to answer your questions and help you to get the images you want.

12:30-2:00 We will break for lunch and you will hand over your memory cards so Margie can download them for the afternoon session.

2:00-4:00 We’ll meet back up at The Spot Studio for a review and discussion of the shoot, as well as a live edit of everyone’s images. The day will end with a group slide show showcasing your new skills.

What you’ll need:

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a suggested prerequisite.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use
  • A handheld reflector if you have one
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in

What’s not included:

  • Cost of lunch
  • Parking (if necessary)

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