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Portrait Photography: Essential Skills and Creative Approaches

Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG14BU
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Portrait Photography: Essential Skills and Creative Approaches

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8 - 12 August 2022 | Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week only
Nottingham Trent University
£595

Most of us wish to be able to take great portraits of our family and friends, as well as be able to capture striking images of people and cultures when travelling.

However, taking pictures of people can be a challenge, even for the most experienced photographer.

This very practical course will therefore help you take your portraits to the next level, control the light to capture the best shot, and gain confidence as a photographer.

During the course, you'll be working with a professional model and learning how to edit your photos with Lightroom and Photoshop to create images with the wow factor.

On this course, you will:

- study the great photographers and dissect their images
- learn about light and its behaviour - direction, intensity and quality
- explore lighting on the move, and how to get the most from natural light and speedlights
- learn about composition and backgrounds
- explore different approaches, including candid and corporate portraits.

The course will suit photographers at all levels of skill and experience.

You'll find it helpful to have some knowledge of using your equipment in manual mode.

This is not a purely technical workshop that endlessly discusses gear - instead, it's a pragmatic, hands-on course in the art and science of portrait photography.

What will I gain? By the end of the course, you'll have an appreciation of the challenges and joys of photographing people.

You'll leave with images for your portfolio, and the technical skills and knowledge to continue taking great portraits.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No portrait experience is required, though being able to work with your camera in manual mode will be useful.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the NTU City Campus.

You'll find full-size photography studios, equipped with backgrounds and Profoto lighting, and comprehensive Mac editing suites with software for photography editing including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You'll also have access to the NTU library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can't reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profile: Paul Witney has been a professional photographer for over 30 years and teaches on the degree programmes at NTU. He's British Institute of Professional Photography qualified to Associate Level, and has worked in such diverse places as Kabul, Afghanistan and Glaciers in Iceland. He's had an impressive list of commercial clients including Royal Ordnance, Texaco, Local Councils, British Aerospace, Heckler and Koch, Jane's Defence review (small arms), Mercedes-Benz UK, Thomas Cook and Nottingham Forest FC. For eleven years he was also the Head of Photography and Video for a small government organisation.

Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

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