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The Effective Portrait
The objective of this course is to teach critical techniques to make a successful portrait. When taking a portrait, you discover that as your subject moves their head around, their face changes shape. By exploring the angles of your subject’s face, you discover what feeling and ‘look’ you find interesting and would like to capture. A powerful portrait can relay many messages about the subject, and it is important as a photographer to know how to properly create a portrait.
Although portraits are not typically snapshots, but rather are executed in a well thought out manner, I will teach methods that are universal to all portrait shots, whether candid or set up.
This workshop will teach you:
- How to communicate with your model
- How to find the best angle of your model’s face: profile view, seven-eights view, three-quarter view, two-third view, and full face view
- Where to position yourself while creating a portrait
- How to choose the appropriate lens to accomplish a beautiful portrait
The workshop lasts 3 hours, and is split up into three sections: a theoretic explanation, a hands on practice session, and a debriefing of the class at a near by café. During the debriefing, we will review and discuss the class’ photographs.
The class takes place outdoors at Flagey in Ixelles and will end by the Abbaye de la Cambre.
Photographers need to bring their own digital, film, or Polaroid camera. There is a Canon 60D that is available to rent for 20 euros. Obviously, if a photographer brings a film camera, they will not be able to have their results reviewed.
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