Portraits, Props and Beauty Techniques

Sara Lando | Processing - Confident Beginner

If you think that the reason you can’t take a good portrait is that you don’t have access to a great wardrobe and expensive props, or if you are stuck using the same headpiece over and over again because that’s the only one you own, this fun two day workshop is the right one for you.

We will build our own props and then use them to stage a quirky portrait with a weird fashion flair.

During this workshop you will learn how to pose your model and light her for a beauty portrait and how to make small adjustments that make a big difference in the final image.

I will talk about the importance of creating your photo around a strong concept and communicate your ideas to everyone working with you on set, with the help of references and moodboards.

A beauty portrait isn’t over when you download your images on the computer, and post production can make or break your shot. I will be going over some Photoshop tools as we work together on a few images from my demo photo shoot. I’ll be covering skin retouching techniques, some basic compositing and toning and you will be given a set of actions and images to take home with you and experiment with, so that you will be able to practice right away what you learnt in class.

Two day  class

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What you should bring

* Your DSLR with fully charged batteries
* Lens that hits any focal length in the range of 50-105mm
* SD/CF card with 8 GB or larger recommended
* On Day 2, all pictures from Day 1 and 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.

Limited Spaces

Sunday, February, 7 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday, February, 8 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Booking Closed
Who Should Attend

You are currently at least at the level of shooting in Aperture or Shutter priority modes and can use the basic features on your camera confidently to create a correct exposure.

You have a basic understanding of the entry-level image adjustment features of this software and can apply simple enhancements to your work.

You are looking to consolidate your understanding, increase your repertoire of tools and learn some more creative techniques.

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  and flash, 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 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop or equivalent as well as Small Flash 101Studio Lighting 101, or equivalent.
A 10% discount on GPP's regular workshops is available for those who book this class with Sara  - please contact us for more info. 
If you are not sure this workshop is for you, please do contact us on info@gulfphotoplus.com and we will be happy to advise you.

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