In-person course
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Portrait Photography: Essential Skills and Creative Approaches (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University



Most of us wish to be able to take great portraits of our family and friends, as well as be able to capture striking images of people and cultures when travelling. However, taking pictures of people can be a challenge, even for the most experienced photographer. This very practical course will therefore help you take your portraits to the next level, control the light to capture the best shot, and gain confidence as a photographer. During the course, you’ll be working with a professional model and learning how to edit your photos with Lightroom and Photoshop to create images with the wow factor. On this course, you will: - study the great photographers and dissect their images - learn about light and its behaviour - direction, intensity and quality - explore lighting on the move, and how to get the most from natural light and speedlights. - learn about composition and backgrounds - explore different approaches, including candid and corporate portraits. The course will suit photographers at all levels of skill and experience. You’ll find it helpful to have some knowledge of using your equipment in manual mode. This is not a purely technical workshop that endlessly discusses gear - instead, it’s a pragmatic, hands-on course in the art and science of portrait photography. What will I gain? By the end of the course, you’ll have an appreciation of the challenges and joys of photographing people. You’ll leave with images for your portfolio, and the technical skills and knowledge to continue taking great portraits. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No portrait experience is required, though being able to work with your camera in manual mode will be useful. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You’ll find full-size photography studios, equipped with backgrounds and Profoto lighting, and comprehensive Mac editing suites with software for photography editing including Adobe Creative Cloud. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Tutor profile: Crash Taylor has become one of the world’s finest wedding photographers - in 2009 he was voted one of the UK’s top ten wedding photographers by Professional Photographer magazine. In 2010, he was editor-at-large of Turning Pro magazine, and has been featured in numerous national UK magazines, podcasts and radio shows. After retiring from wedding photography in 2016, Crash now spends his time lecturing at Nottingham Trent University, photographing exclusive homes in Nottinghamshire and taking portraits for clients and personal projects. He still finds time to photograph the occasional wedding for friends and family. He is completely addicted to photography and loves sharing his knowledge and skills with his students. Click through above to book your place online. If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

What's included in the price?

Ten hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Maximum class size: 10


5 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.



50 Shakespeare Street, , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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