Learn How To Shoot Professional Portraits
Do you want to become a confident portrait maker, a photographer who can use locations and light to your advantage, to work with people to make amazing images?
Then you’re in the right place. Ade from McFade Photography has been shooting fashion and commercial portraits on location (i.e. not in a studio) for longer than he cares to remember and has created this course to help you think and create like a pro.
What is it?
- 8 workshops between June and September 2019
- Aimed at photographers committed to learn and practice the art of portrait photography
- We start with the basics of portraiture and build your knowledge each session
- It’s only available as a full 8-session course
- We know you may be on a summer holiday and miss a session, so it’s priced very competitively to accommodate that
- It runs in Leeds and surrounding areas
- It’s going to be epic and fun!
Who is it for?
- Photographers who understand the basics of exposure – things like Aperture/ISO/Shutter speed – if you don’t know this, we can arrange a 1-2-1 session before to get you up to speed
- Photographers with a DSLR, Mirrorless or advanced bridge camera – if in any doubt, get in touch and we’ll help
- Photographers who want a new challenge for the summer
- Photographers who want to gain confidence in working with other people
- Photographers wanting to make money doing wedding photography
- Photographers wanting to make money doing portrait photography
- Photographers who don’t have access to models and want to meet new people
- Photographers who can commit to most of the 8 sessions so we can all learn at the same pace and progress as a group (we know you may need to miss 1 or 2 for holidays – that’s ok)
How does a pro work?
Most of it is done on autopilot, just like you do when driving your car – you need to do dozens of things to get from A to B, but having practised over decades of driving, you will not consciously think of everything, every journey.
For you to operate on auto-pilot too, you need to learn gradually and practice often – this is why we are offering this course as a block 8 workshops over the summer rather than ones you can book individually.
Location portraits – Skills
Here’s a list of things we want to teach you, it is essentially a non-exhaustive list of what a professional photographer thinks about when planning a portrait photo.
What lenses work
Be chatty and friendly
Help the model with encouragement
Keep things moving – don’t take the same thing 100 times!
Shutter speed settings
Avoid motion blur
Helps with Aperture/Shutter
Creating cold/warm exposures
Focus point positioning
Single point focusing
Move focus point to correct position
Back button focusing
Look for shadows and light
Where do you put the model?
Back to the light
Angle to the light
Cloudy and diffuse
Sunshine and direct
Separation from background
Textures and shapes
Rule of thirds
Avoiding usual mistakes
Getting low down
Getting high up
Shooting “along” things
Things to look for
Reflections – windows or water
Alleys and things with perspective (lines)
Frames – doors, windows, openings
Props models can use – simple as leaning on a wall etc.
As the course progresses, we can add in some extra sessions* for flash and processing for those who’d like to really transform their work
- Flash sync speed
- Flash position
- Flash modifiers – softboxes, umbrellas etc.
- Flash exposure
- Balancing flash with ambient in a photo
- Using 2 flashes
- Using 3 flashes
- Lightroom processing – what you can do
- Look up tables
- When to use Photoshop
* extra sessions would not be included in the 8 session package
Where are the sessions?
Here’s a list of potential locations we can use within Leeds :-
So we can shoot at any of these locations over the summer, and discuss with the models the type of look they could bring to each session.
The first session will take place around Brewery Wharf and Dock Street.
Who are we photographing?
We’ll be working with friends and fashionistas we’ve met over the years – most of whom are in the gallery at the top of this page.
They are all friendly, fun and patient – and love getting togged up for a shoot. Plus as the summer progresses, you’ll get to know them better and really gain confidence in talking and directing them.
Any questions before we start?
If you’re poised to book but unsure about anything at all then give Ade a shout at [email protected]