Introduction to One Day Portrait Photography - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course provides an opportunity to learn about basic studio lighting and natural daylight to maximum effect in order to take more compelling photographs of the human face.

It is open to anyone with a digital SLR camera with an interest in exploring the creative potential of portraiture photography. Previous experience of using your camera is useful but certainly not necessary as you will be guided through each activity to make better use of your camera and its settings to take more imaginative and composed photographs.

This is a new course for us following some learner feedback and the interests and expertise of our tutor. It is the only course we run dedicated entirely to portrait photography.

You will need to bring with you a model for the day to photograph inside and outside. Over the course you will be encouraged to create some weird and wonderful images using very long exposures, differing lighting set ups and indoor and outdoor settings. We will be taking advantage of the flood meadows next door to the College in Longrun to explore a variety of natural viewpoints and backgrounds.

The course is highly practical. Our tutor will provide guidance and instructions to create high key and low key lighting using College studio lighting set ups, tripods and reflectors to bounce light around to create flattering portraits. There will also be a session using natural light to create some daylight portraits. Tips on camera settings, choice of lens, background, viewpoint, light, posing techniques and making your model feel comfortable will all be covered.

There are no additional costs for the course. However you will be expected to provide the following: A friend or relative to photograph for the day, your own digital SLR Camera fitted with new batteries and a blank memory card, a laptop, tablet or similar for you to review your photographs through the day and a memory stick to store your images.

Assessment Methods

This is a non-accredited course and includes no formal assessments. Your tutor will provide feedback through the day to help you progress. At the conclusion to the day your images will be constructively evaluated.

Progression Options

There is the opportunity to progress to other photography courses starting in the autumn term in both Taunton and Bridgwater campuses.

Course Summary

Course Title Introduction to One Day Portrait Photography
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course excepting an enthusiasm to
photograph others in a range of settings.

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