Mastering Portrait Photography Workshop

Workshop Description

Students will spend six action packed hours learning the ins and outs of portrait photography, both in the studio and on location (weather permitting). Students will learn largely by hands-on practice under the guidance of our instructor combined with short lectures. All the methods and techniques taught in this workshop are used in the studio and on-location by us on portrait shoots. Students are encouraged to bring a model, see below in “Requirements” for details about bringing models!!


Workshop Topics Include

  • Location and Studio portrait techniques.
  • Basic lighting for portraits. Please see our Lighting Workshop for advanced lighting techniques.
  • Individual and group posing.
  • Flash techniques for portraits.
  • Matching the flash exposure and ambient light exposure to evenly light the subject and background.
  • Fill flash.
  • Camera settings for portrait photography.
  • Filters used in portrait photography.
  • Lens choices for portraits.



A digital SLR and lens.
A hot shoe mounted accessory flash is helpful but not required.
Student will use their cameras in Aperture Priority/Aperture Value for most of the workshop and Manual for a part of the workshop. Students do not need experience with these exposure modes but they will be required to use them during the workshop. We will teach them what they need to know about these modes (Canon users will likely need to use Manual more than other camera brands).
Students may bring a model with approval 1 week or more prior to the workshop. If you would like to bring a model, you must e-mail us at least 1 week prior to the workshop for approval, no models will be permitted without prior approval. All models must who attend must allow all students to photograph them.


Workshop Size

2 to 9 students. Most classes have 7 to 9 students.



1 day.
6 hours.

Weather permitting, 3 hours will be in the field usually at a local park. In the event of bad weather, the on-location portion will be in the studio and classroom, simulating real world locations.

Starting Date: To be determined.
This workshop may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or small private group lesson.

To be placed on our waiting list or if you have any questions, please contact us.



To download the registration form and register by mail click here.

Register by phone at (513) 742-4552

Online registration is available for scheduled dates here (if the link is blacked out there are no available seats in the currently schedule workshops).



$130.00 per student for scheduled group workshop.

$130.00 for 1 to 1 Personal Lesson.


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