Modern Portrait Photography
Course Price: $179.00 U.S.

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.
Lesson plan:
  • Research and Plan: Know Your Subject and 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:
60 days

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