Self Portraits

Sara Lando | Confident Beginner

Self portraiture is an excellent photography exercise as it provides an opportunity to explore self-perception while remaining one step removed. You are the photographer, the subject and a spectator of the process at the same time and this dialogue can be easily turned into an amazing artistic conversation.

It can be challenging, awkward, weird, but also extremely fun.

There is a big advantage in being both the photographer and the model: you don’t need to read between the lines, you know when the subject is tired, uncomfortable or hates a particular shot. You also don’t need a release.

Self portraiture can be an extremely valuable tool to practice new techniques before you turn your camera towards your subjects, but can also be a creative path in itself

In this one day long workshop we'll be talking in detail about the technical side of taking a self portrait: you'll learn how to focus on a subject that isn't in front of the camera, how to get a decent framing of someone who's not in the picture and most of all we'll talk about all the creative possibilities that being a one-man-band opens for you. We will talk about posing and lighting, but this will not be a lighting class.

At the end of the day  Sara will show how she post produces her images and puts finishing touches on her photos: she'll cover basic retouching techniques as well as several dirty tricks that can make your life a lot easier.

One-day workshop


What you should bring

* Your DSLR with fully charged batteries
* Memory cards
* Lens with ranges 50-105mm
* A tripod
* 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.

Saturday, February, 6 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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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 16 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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