LEICA AKADEMIE PORTRAIT FUNDAMENTALS
10:00am – 5:00pm
We all take pictures of people, friends, family etc, but for most of us it’s rare that these images are our best. There is hardly a more difficult subject to capture than a portrait, yet the skill of making someone look good and feel more at ease in front of your camera is something you can learn.
This 2-day workshop is designed for photographers who want to gain a more formal understanding of portrait photography. Students will gain insight into the key elements that professional portrait photographers take into account, before clicking the shutter.
Whether you are interested in pursuing portrait photography professionally or you just want to know how to get past someone’s, “camera face,” this program will show you how with a keen eye for the quality of light and the careful placement of your subject, you can go from snapshot to compelling portraits of your subjects.
Topics covered include:
- Philosophy and goals of the portrait photographer
- Lens selection
- Dealing with different forms of available light
- Use of reflectors and diffusers
- Getting to the best pose
- Engaging with your subject
What to expect:
The day will begin with a look at the history of great portraits, providing a solid foundation in concepts of classic portrait lighting. We will breakdown the thought process and considerations that go into camera and lens choices, demonstrating the techniques and communication skills needed to put someone at ease in front of your camera.
In order to be most effective behind the camera it is essential that you know how it feels to be a subject in front of the lens, for this reason we will be photographing each other in the afternoon.
Students will break off into groups to work with models. Each group will have a dedicated amount of time to ensure each model and photographer have a chance to work directly. The groups will start with available light
Shooting both indoors and outdoors; students will focus on choosing backgrounds, posing and “finding the light”.
Day 2 will resume with a recap of Day 1 and review of best images. After the recap, students will break off into groups with introduction to shooting with LED lights and an intro to post-processing retouch.
Students are to bring 5-10 images for critique and image review to see where they are with portraiture. Students may either bring in a series, or different portraiture sessions.
Though this is a beginner class, students must have basic working knowledge of their camera’s basic functions (ISO/Aperture/Shutter, focusing system and accessing the camera menu) . This course will not be focused on knowing the ins-and-outs of your camera, but how to use it in a portraiture situation.
Philip Cuenco began his photography career in the high fashion and celebrity world. Experienced in all forms of lighting, Philip can adapt to the demands of any portrait scenario. Whether it is available lighting or flash, from automotive to wedding, Philip has done it. Though he can still be seen occasionally on the red carpet or behind the scenes at high profile events, he prefers educating. Philip has been published in various fashion magazines, and is now a producer and instructor for the Leica Akademie/North America Team. Philip has expedited work for numerous clients such as Alter-G, Swarovsky, bebe, AFI, Ford Motor Sports, Escada, and more.
Ray Olson has a long history as a sought-out music industry photographer. His work has graced the covers of nationally and internationally known magazines, album covers, tour books and musical instrument ad campaigns. In addition, he has taught studio lighting and color management seminars, as well as classes on professional camera technique. He enjoys teaching in a relaxed easy to understand style, passing along his creative wisdom from his many years of “on-location” experience. Ray is our West Coast Pro Imaging Specialist.
$399. Limited to 12 students.