This comprehensive online class runs in two parts according to following schedule: Two consecutive Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (October 29th and November 5th, respectively), and is limited to 8 students. The class is designed and taught by photographer Dave Strauss, and will help you dramatically improve photographs of people - such as head and shoulders portraits. You will learn to use available light and simple artificial light sources to optimize your portraits. The class consists of online lecture, slide presentation, discussion, demonstrations, and camera-in-hand shooting exercises. This experience is perfect for anyone who wants to get beyond snapshots or “grin at the camera and say cheese” pictures and make distinctive, absorbing, authentic portraits using cameras with controllable aperture and shutter speed, especially DSLR, mirrorless ILC, and medium format cameras. (Point & Shoot cameras are not well suited to this class.)
The class is most appropriate for people with INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED photography skills. We’ll cover camera settings, a variety of ambient and artificial lighting methods, backgrounds, and posing tactics that will help you capture genuine moods and expressions rather than artificial “camera” faces. Dave will show and discuss lots of examples. At the end of Session 1, you’ll get "homework" shooting assignments that will help you learn and internalize techniques covered in the session. You’ll be asked to email your best shots to Dave prior to part 2 of the workshop, and these images will be reviewed and discussed during the second part of the class.
PREREQUISITES: Please be sure you are familiar with your camera’s basic controls and functions. You’ll be asked to set shooting mode (usually Aperture Priority or Manual) and you should know how to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO values.
ZOOM CONSIDERATIONS: For this online course, we’ll be meeting up from the comfort of our own homes using the Zoom video meeting application. Desktop or laptop computers with big screens work best. Even better, link your computer to your TV for the largest image possible. Using a tablet, iPad, or (horrors!) a cell phone will be frustrating. We’ll schedule a short Zoom check-in 15 minutes before the first class session to resolve any questions or problems with participants’ Zoom connections. This will help us get started the day of the class efficiently, so we can jump right into the learning (as opposed to troubleshooting!).
You can see examples of portraits on Dave’s website here: https://www.dscomposition.com/portraits.html