About the Course
The ability to photograph attractive portraits is one of the fastest routes to making new friends.
When I ask my students, “What do you like to photograph” – “People” is often the first answer. We indeed photograph people more than any other subject.
I find that amateur photographers simply look to “capture expressions” rather than “work the light”. There’s an old saying, "Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light.”
I believe that this weekend workshop will be the most enjoyable workshop that I have facilitated so far.
Topics CoveredSaturday morning – working the camera in the Manual or M mode
• LOSE the dependence on AUTO and PROGRAMME MODES. Use the MANUAL MODE instead
• Set the ISO, APERTURE and SHUTTER SPEED depending on the available light and subject
• Improve the quality of the photographs that you make in LOW LIGHT by using the above settings to your advantage
• Choose a relevant DEPTH OF FIELD for every photograph that you make
• Set the appropriate LIGHT METERING MODE, WHITE BALANCE, PICTURE STYLE etc.
• COMPOSE powerful photographs
• Understand the role of WHITE, GOLD and SILVER reflectors in photography
• Using a SUNLIGHT DIFFUSER
• Making portraits in NATURAL LIGHT (outdoor and indoor)
Saturday afternoon – introduction to flash photography
• Understand the different types of FLASH available
• Use the flash in the MANUAL mode to control the exposure of the photo
• Understand what makes a GOOD PORTRAIT
• BLEND flash light with natural light
Saturday evening – using off camera flash
• Understand how to use the flash off-camera using WIRELESS TRIGGERS
• Understand and use LIGHT METERS
• Understanding LIGHT MODIFIERS
• Making PORTRAITS DURING SUNSET using natural light and reflectors
• Making portraits during sunset using FILL FLASH and reflectors
• Photograph portraits using SIDE LIGHT, BACK LIGHT, and THREE-FOURTHS LIGHT etc.
Sunday morning – Getting serious
• The 6 LIGHTING TECHNIQUES used in portrait photography
• Working the lighting techniques in natural and flash light
Sunday afternoon – recap and pack up
• Recap of everything that has been done during the two days
• Leave the village by 2:00 pm
Who should attendYes, you will be comfortable at this workshop even if you have no prior knowledge or experience of working with cameras; even if you’re using a camera for the first time – it has been designed in such a manner!
Pre-requisites• Our off-camera flash system is compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. If you do not own a Canon/Nikon DSLR camera, we will have one spare DSLR camera that you can use
• Alternatively, if you have a DSLR camera of a different brand or a bridge or mirrorless camera, please write to us for a solution
What you need to bring• Please carry a fully charged camera battery and a spare camera battery if possible. Electricity at the village is erratic but please carry your battery charger. You can recharge your battery when possible
• If you have more than one lens, please carry all of them!
• If you are carrying your own flash, please carry adequate spare batteries.
Key Takeaways• USE THE CAMERA IN THE MANUAL MODE Understanding the manual mode will help you maximise the potential of your camera – this will be the foundation of all your photography endeavours
• WORK THE LIGHT You will understand how to observe ambient light and create stunning portraits with or without the need for any additional accessories
• REFLECTORS Add magic to portraits made using natural light or flash
• USE THE FLASH IN THE MANUAL MODE This knowledge will help you create stunning portraits indoors as well as outdoors
• FLASH MODIFIERS Understand how to modify flash light using modifiers such as soft-boxes, umbrellas and snoots etc.
• AFFORDABILITY The accessories used during this workshop are available in the market at affordable prices. For example you can set up a 3-point lighting system (3 flashes and all the additional accessories involved) at your home or office or any small space for less than Rs. 20,000.