Adventures in Expressive Portraiture

Sara Lando | Confident Beginner

If photography is a language, portrait photography is a conversation between the photographer and the subject. Lighting and composition are the grammar we use to write, but if we want to tell a story, we need to have something to say and something needs to happen.

We can use our language to describe how the person in front of us looks, which is what we do most of the time when we take someone’s picture, but we can also use it to describe how they feel, or even shoot someone and describe how WE feel.

In this intense two days workshop we’ll talk about rules only to break them repeatedly. We will explore movement and blur, we will use traditional as well as unconventional lighting and we will use our cameras in ways that are not described in the manual they came with.

We will start from a concept and build a picture one layer at the time, adapting and adjusting to what happens in front of us. But most of all we will work towards building a connection with our subject, learning how to guide them and direct them.

You will work in groups as well as individually with a model. You’ll spend some time in front of a camera as well as behind it and you’ll be asked to assist and work hard to help other people get their photo. We are all in this together: it will be fun, it will be crazy and it will change the way you approach portraiture.

What you should bring


* Your DSLR, 
* Lens that hits any focal length in the range of 20-105mm
* Memory Cards 
* Your laptop and a card reader.
* Your sense of adventure and willingness to work hard and have fun
* your laptop with a copy of Photoshop CS3 or above (Download a 30 day trial from Adobe here). Please make sure you don't download it too early as it only lasts for 30 days.

About the Instructor
Sara Lando

Sara Lando is an Italian photographer specialized in portrait, beauty and commercial photography…and playing with cardboard. Her work combines exquisite lighting, extreme creativity and experimental techniques, blurring the lines between photography and fine art. Whether she’s crafting her conceptual images into dioramas or creating memorable portraits using a simple backdrop and classic lighting, Sara’s strength is in photographing people. She shoots for major clients and teaches photography.

Wednesday, February, 10 10:15 AM - 6:45 PM

Thursday, February, 11 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Booking Closed
Who Should Attend

You are familiar with aperture, shutter, ISO and understand how these work together to create a correct exposure.

You shoot in Aperture or Shutter Priority modes and can use the basic features on your digital camera confidently

You would like more opportunities to practise and consolidate what you already know and also to stretch yourself a little further both creatively and technically.

This session is limited to 12 students only


To take part in this workshop, you also need to have a good understanding of Photoshop basic tools as the instructor will not be able to give you personal attention if you are not at the right level for this class. If you'd like to catch up on this knowledge, please consider taking GPP’s regular workshop Introduction to Adobe Photoshop or equivalent. A 10% discount on Introduction to Adobe Photoshop workshop is available for those who book this workshop - please contact us to avail of this offer once you’ve made your booking into this workshop.

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