Portrait Photography with Punch!

Jonathan Mortimer
Category : Intermediate, Advance
Portrait Photography with Punch!
  • Duration : 60 days

Course Brief :

Portraiture is one of the oldest and most practiced forms of photography and thus it constantly evolves and changes. This online photography course with London portrait photographer, Jonathan Mortimer, is designed to encourage you to really think about how you portray your subject. It will help you select the best lenses and approach your sitter with confidence and imagination to create telling portraits that reveal more than just what’s skin deep.

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 present before the camera. 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 portrait photography course will lead you to think outside of conventions - use space, light and your subject’s environment to best 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
  • Self-motivation to get the most from this instructor-interactive course

Instructor :

Jon Mortimer is a professional portrait and documentary photographer.  Jon began his career in photography in the 90's, working as a studio assistant at Click Studios in London, where he assisted photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, David Simms, Tim Brett-Day and Kim Knott. From that point he started his career as a photographer specializing in fashion and portraiture and has worked regularly for The Observer Magazine, The Independent, Burberry, Eurostar and Adidas. His sitters have included John Malkovich, Ralph Steadman, Beth Ditto, Lauren Leverne and Damian Lewis. Jon has also shot and directed several short films and commercials and continues to develop his personal photographic projects in India and documenting the Le Mans Classic vintage car race in France.

For a more extensive look at Jon Mortimer's work, visit his personal website.

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