Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Getting Started In Portraiture

Getting Started In Portraiture

Portraiture is one of today’s most valued genres of photography. Whether it is a timeless portrait of a loved one or a head shot for the corporate world, portraiture is relevant across the broad spectrum of photography.

Having the ability to take your own professional looking portraits can not only serve as a way to save some money on expensive studio portraits but can also be a way to beautifully document the people you love in a way that is meaningful to you and that represents your unique style of expression.

If you want to advance your portraiture skills and techniques and begin taking portrait images that are high in both quality and aesthetic, this class is for you. With the skills learned in this class, you will have full control over all the elements that go into making a successful portrait.

Topics covered in this class will include:

  • Baseline camera settings for portraiture* (white balance, ISO, f/stop, Shutter Speed)
  • Composition (ie: hand placement, camera angle, filling the frame)
  • Posing Do’s and Don’ts
  • Evoking expression
  • Controlling the amount of light falling on your subject
  • Shooting portraiture with natural window light
  • Shooting portraiture with artificial light (continuous studio lights)
  • How to control shadows to be hard or soft
  • How to correct White Balance using a gray card in Lightroom

Information will be delivered in a presentation style as well as through hands-on practice. Come with your camera, memory card, tripod (if you have one). We'll use each other for practice so bring that hair brush hair and get ready to learn as well as make some beautiful portraits!

This class is appropriate for digital SLR or advanced mirrorless cameras. Lenses in the range of 24-70 will work fine. If you have primes such as the 50mm or 85mm, bring them. 

* Participants should have a solid understanding of exposure basics and be comfortable working in either Aperture Priority mode or Manual mode.

Class Limit: 10-12

"Catherine is terrific!  Can't wait to take more of her classes."

"Catherine provided excellent instruction! She was both knowledgeable and very personable. I really enjoyed the class!"

Instructor: Catherine Simmons

Catherine Simmons

Catherine is both photographer and mom to six children ranging in ages from 8-20. She began her photographic journey learning and shooting family environmental portraiture but gradually transitioned to studio portraiture upon discovering its magical possibilities. As a master of both natural and studio lighting, photographing people of all ages has become her passion. In addition to creating portraiture, Catherine loves to teach.  Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has homeschooled four of her six children in years past, tutored students at her local community college, and has taught beginner's workshops through the United Nations Photography Club in Vienna, Austria where she spent a year living abroad with her family.

In addition to portraiture, living abroad and traveling Europe offered her the opportunity to shoot some travel work. Finding the aesthetic in everyday life is what Catherine is drawn to. Whether photographing a place or a person, every person has the potential to take great pictures with the right amount of knowledge and learned skills. It is Catherine's mission to equip others with the skill set to create beautiful imagery and to document the people and places that mean the most to us throughout life.

Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography. She also currently helps out in the photography department at her local community college tutoring students, overseeing studio operations, and assisting anywhere help is needed.

Date: February 16 2019

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM

Fee:

$99

Location:

8130 Porter Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.