Environmental Portraiture

Course Brief :

Portraits are about people. Environmental portraits are location-oriented, combining people with the work they do or the lifestyle they surround themselves with. As such, environmental portraiture lies somewhere between posed studio shots and photographs that capture people in the surrounds of their daily lives - home, work, and play.

The settings in which you make pictures of people are important because they add to the viewer's understanding of your subject. The room in which a person lives or works, their house, the city street they walk, the place in which they seek relaxation—whatever it is, the setting provides information about people and tells us something about their lives. Seek balance between subject and environment. Include enough of the setting to aid your image, but not so much that the subject is lost in it.


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

  • Fully know the characteristics and capabilities of the versatile 50mm "standard" lens
  • Choose aperture and perspective to simulate mild wide-angle and tele-photo effects
  • Work comfortably and effectively at wide apertures in low light situations
  • Have confidence in carrying just one lens to "do it all"

 What you will need:

  • 24mm, 28mm, or 35mm lens or zoom covering equivalent focal lengths
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Willingness to come into contact witih subjects
  • Self-motivation to get the most from this instructor-interactive course

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