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Natural Light Portraiture

Natural Light Portraiture

Natural light can offer a gorgeous, soft, and appealing look when it comes to portraiture. However, it often comes with challenges. This class explores the benefits and hurdles associated with photographing people in natural light and will cover ways to overcome these challenges.

Topics include:

  • Exposure tips and lens considerations
  • Composition and posing
  • Model basics
  • How to maximize the use of light modifiers, such as scrims and neutral density filters to take control difficult situations.
  • How to create a specific natural light setup to create an in-studio look
  • How to take advantage of bracketing in harsh lighting conditions
  • Background considerations for both environmental and studio portraits
  • If time allows, we will have a brief editing demo at the end of class

Whether you are new to portraiture looking for an affordable place to start or an intermediate who wants to dive a bit deeper into working with the unpredictability of natural light, you will walk away from this class with a new set of tools to approach natural light portraiture with confidence.

Participants will be able practice techniques photographing model(s). (We may have more than 1 model depending on number of participants).

Participants will get the most out of this class if they have a solid understanding of exposure basics and are comfortable working in either Aperture Priority mode or Manual mode.

COVID-19 Safety Practices: We are following whatever the CDC Guidelines are at the time of the class. 

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit: 8

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: October 23 2021

Time: 2:30PM - 5:30PM




8130 Porter Rd, Falls Church, VA, 22042

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Class 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.
  • Please check the name and date of the class carefully. 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.