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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 headshot 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 aesthetics, 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 (optional). We'll use each other for practice so bring that hair brushed 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: 8

NOTE - Students will be required to follow COVID-19 Safety Practices, conduct a Self-Screening Health Assessment and sign a Waiver of Liability prior to attending a class. These items can be reviewed on the class registration page.

What People Are Saying About Catherine

"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!"

"Catherine is very passionate about the topic and had a lot of great material to share with people."

Instructor: Catherine Simmons

Catherine Simmons

Catherine is a studio and natural light photographer specializing in headshots and fine art portraiture. She has spent countless hours over the past 8 years fine tuning her skills in the studio and in Photoshop. When Catherine isn’t photographing, she can be found in the classroom sharing what she has learned with others.

Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has been a popular instructor at Capital Photography Center since 2018. Additionally, she volunteers tutoring photography 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.

Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography.

Catherine teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Getting Started In Portraiture
* Family and Children Photography
* Editing for Portraiture

Date: January 31 2021

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM

Fee:

$99

Location:

8130 Porter Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042

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Cancellation Policy for registrations after June 1, 2020

  • When canceling a class, we would prefer and appreciate as much notice as possible.
  • If you are feeling ill, are exposed to a person who has COVID-19, or answer yes to any of the questions on the Self Screening Health Assessment, we ask that you stay home. Our policy for these situations is that you can choose a credit code for the full amount of your purchase which can be applied toward the purchase of any future in-person class.
  • If there is another shutdown due to the Pandemic and a class is canceled due to that, we will issue a credit code for the full amount of your purchase which can be applied toward the purchase of any future class.
  • If we cancel a class due to low registration, you can choose a credit toward a future class or a full refund.
  • Students wishing to switch classes or dates will need to give 5 days notice. At this time there will be no fee to change.