Studio Portrait Photography

Level: Lighting - Intermediate

Portrait photographer Brian Smith shares his use of lighting modifiers to control and shape light and shadow to create bold iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities.

You’ll learn how to work quickly under pressure, on productions both small and large. You will also learn how to control the quality of light and how the choice between hard light and soft light allows you to control the mood.

From his simple problem-solving approach to both sculpting light in the studio and overcoming harsh daylight by blending strobe with ambient light, you’ll learn how to take cues from reality to make the most of great light when you find it and to create it when you don’t. Smith will share celebrity portraits from his books 'Art & Soul' and 'Secrets of Great Portrait Photography'  to demonstrate ways you can make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.


Type

1-day workshop

You are a very confident user of priority shooting modes and may even been using full manual exposure control.

You are familiar with simple lighting set ups and have had some hands on time with lighting equipment. You understand and can set up the different triggering systems.

You are aiming to consolidate your understanding and improve basic techniques as well as be introduced to some new ideas and techniques that will give you the confidence to experiment with different creative outcomes.

who should attend

You are a very confident user of priority shooting modes and may even been using full manual exposure control.

You are familiar with simple lighting set ups and have had some hands on time with lighting equipment. You understand and can set up the different triggering systems.

You are aiming to consolidate your understanding and improve basic techniques as well as be introduced to some new ideas and techniques that will give you the confidence to experiment with different creative outcomes.

  • Your DSLR or Mirrorless camera with fully charged batteries
  • Lens that hits any focal length in the range of 50-105mm
  • SD/CF card (8 GB or larger recommended)
What you should bring
  • Your DSLR or Mirrorless camera with fully charged batteries
  • Lens that hits any focal length in the range of 50-105mm
  • SD/CF card (8 GB or larger recommended)
About the Instructor
Brian Smith

Miami photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He won a Pulitzer Prize at 25, he’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, hung with Richard Branson on Necker Island, gotten drunk with George Clooney, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on…

 

For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

 

His books include: Art & Soul (photographed in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony), which pairs Smith’s iconic portraits of celebrities from film, television, stage and music with their personal messages about the importance of funding the arts; Secrets of Great Portrait Photography, which shares his stories from his last 30 years photographing portraits of the famous and infamous; and Sony A7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

 

He is president of APA/Editorial Photographers, a Sony Artisan of Imagery and X-Rite Master Coloratti.

Booking Closed

Thursday, February 8
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Includes UAE VAT 5%

Cost $375
This session is limited to 12 students only.
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  • You can cancel and/or exchange your GPP Photo Week 2018 workshop until January 7, 2018. No refunds or exchanges after January 7, 2018.
  • If you cancel your workshop before January 7, 2018, you get back 70% of the workshop value.
  • If you want to exchange your workshop for a different one, it must be of the same or higher value, providing that you pay the difference for a more expensive workshop.
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