A portrait is no longer - and let’s be honest, never has been a mere record of a face. There are many stories and truths that a portrait can tell us about the subject presented before us. Whether it be the soul-searching simplicity of Richard Avedon”s portraits in his book, “In the American West,” or the big-production values of Annie Leibovitz’s Vanity Fair work, the contemporary portrait can reveal more than you’d first expect. This online and interactive photography course will encourage you to think outside of conventions, use space, light and your subject’s environment to your advantage and approach the portrait as a lot more than an awkwardly-posed moment in time.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Organize and set up a successful portrait session
- Use light direction and quality to enhance your portraiture
- Go beyond "rules" to portray subjects more creatively
- Establish "synergy" between yourself and subject to capture the "moment" in dynamic ways
What you will need:
- A camera – either digital or film. Note, however, that all images must be digitized before uploading to the TCI site. This means, if you shoot film, you will need to scan it before sending your pictures
- Lenses - I would recommend a selection of lenses if you have them - or a zoom covering 35mm to 105m. However, if you have one “standard” (i.e. 50mm) lens you can still achieve amazing portrait results and will be truly pleased with your results in this course.
- Research and plan: Know your subject and your kit
- Using light to aid your portrayal
- Breaking conventions: A portrait is more than just a face
- Capturing subject and moment, synergy and an open mind
Enroll on this Course:
The next session of this course starts on 18 May 2015.
To buy a place on this course, please select the session that you would like to enroll on: