People Photography - With Confidence!
Course Price: USD 159.00
Course Price With Skype Call: USD 179.00

Photographing people with a long lens from afar is one thing; capturing those same subjects at closer distances is a whole new level of photographic expression filled with impact, emotion, and a whole lot more.

Fact is - many people behind the camera fear close encounters with strangers.  Shyness and fear of rejection are a part of it. Not knowing just how to handle the situation successfully once you're in it, is another. This online photography course, taught by professional photographer David Bathgate, aims to remove those obstacles - bringing close-in photography of people - total strangers included - well within your reach. The result is nothing short of creative, confident and powerful!

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Work confidently and decisively with a 50mm to medium telephoto lens
  • Establish rapport when approaching strangers for a photograph
  • Make stunning impromptu and environmental portraits in all types of light
  • See people picture possibilities amid the crowd

What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or compact mirrorless camera (film is also fine, but you'll need to scan images for upload to the TCI website)
  • A prime lens or zoom in the 50mm to 105mm range
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Lightroom or Photoshop)
Lesson plan:
  • Using Shorter Lenses
  • Approaching Strangers
  • Making the Best of Perspective and Light
  • Seeing Photos Within Photos
Enroll on this Course:
60 days


I found this course extremely valuable on terms of conquering my hesitancy to just get in there and photograph strangers. And, I had the opportunity to meet (and photograph) some very interesting types in the process. David was extremely patient, helpful and encouraging thoughout the course. He's a professional through and through. And not just that, an excellent teacher to boot. Highly recommended!

- By Jonathan Moldover

Fascinating faces, people on the street, I'd always had a hard time capturing the pictures I wanted. This course taught by the talented David Bathgate, brought me through all this in a most supportive way. His lessons were really enjoyable and their associated assignments led me to a confidence level where I no longer stress over the photos I'm after. Great course, brilliant instructor!

- By anonymous

Enjoyed this course immensely. Best of all, it took me out of my comfort zone to experience a whole other side of me as a photographer.

- By anonymous