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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

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: Masks are optional.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at info@capitalphotographycenter.com.

Class Limit: 8-10

What People Are Saying About Aaron

"Terrific class....learned so much! I especially appreciated the opportunity to both be off on my own and to have some one-one time with each of the instructors throughout the afternoon. Many thanks!"

Instructor: Aaron Clamage

Aaron Clamage

Based in Washington, DC, Aaron Clamage specializes in editorial, portrait, corporate and event photography. 

Growing up as the son of a successful filmmaker has informed the way Aaron approaches photography.  Whether capturing an intimate portrait or documenting an event, he always has the same approach.  Assemble and craft the pieces, but let the subject do the talking.

Aaron’s work has been published nationally and internationally.  Some of his clients include The Washington Post, NBC, The Kennedy Center Honors, Scholastic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, Linkedin, GM, The Sierra Club, American Girl Magazine, L’Oreal and The National Academy of Sciences.

Aaron's work can be viewed on his website: www.clamagephoto.com

Aaron teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Editorial Portraiture
* Photographing Events In-The-Field
* And more

Date: February 25 2023

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fee:

$99

Location:

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.