Being Present: Building Connections in Portrait Photography

Level: Lighting - Confident Beginner

Consider portrait photography as a conversation between the photographer and his or her subject.
A beautiful conversation can happen, even between strangers, when they are drawing from a rich vocabulary (the body language of the subject and the technique of the photographer) and when they have something interesting to say (the idea behind the portrait).

Too often, the conversation of portrait photography becomes a monologue of the photographer, unless we learn how to listen and respond to our subject. You don’t need to be an extrovert to connect to people and you don’t need tricks or gimmicks, but there are things you can do that might help you become more confident when photographing strangers.

In this 2-day workshop with Sara Lando, you will look at portraiture from many different sides, in order to understand how to turn ideas into compelling images. Most of all, you will learn how to communicate effectively with the person in front of the camera, how to take care of them and direct them, how to create a relationship with them, even if you only have a moment to forge that connection.

To experience a range of personalities, you will work with a model as well as with subjects who might not be comfortable in front of the camera. The aim of this intense experience is to give you the tools to feel more comfortable photographing people and experimenting with portraiture in real life situations.

Intended to break down the intimidation of being behind the lens, this experience will be fun, crazy, raw, and it will change the way you approach portraiture.

 

TYPE

Two day workshop

You are a confident user of all the manual shooting modes on your camera for exposure control

You have no previous experience with lighting equipment. You would like to be introduced to basic lighting terms, concepts and equipment.

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.


 To benefit from this workshop, you are expected 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  is available for those who book this workshop - please contact us to avail of this offer once you’ve made your booking.

who should attend

You are a confident user of all the manual shooting modes on your camera for exposure control

You have no previous experience with lighting equipment. You would like to be introduced to basic lighting terms, concepts and equipment.

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.


 To benefit from this workshop, you are expected 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  is available for those who book this workshop - please contact us to avail of this offer once you’ve made your booking.

* Your 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)

* Your sense of adventure and willingness to work hard and have fun

* On Day 2, bring all pictures from Day 1 as well as your laptop with a copy of Photoshop CS3 or above. Adobe Photoshop is now part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud plan. You can sign up here for the Creative Cloud - Photographer Plan at US$9.99 per month, or you can utilize Adobe’s free 7-day trial, which can be downloaded here. You must install Photoshop on your laptop and check that it is working correctly prior to attending the workshop.

What you should bring

* Your 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)

* Your sense of adventure and willingness to work hard and have fun

* On Day 2, bring all pictures from Day 1 as well as your laptop with a copy of Photoshop CS3 or above. Adobe Photoshop is now part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud plan. You can sign up here for the Creative Cloud - Photographer Plan at US$9.99 per month, or you can utilize Adobe’s free 7-day trial, which can be downloaded here. You must install Photoshop on your laptop and check that it is working correctly prior to attending the workshop.

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.

Tuesday, February 5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 6
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Includes UAE VAT 5%

Regular Price: AED 2620

Early Bird Price: AED 2358

This session is limited to 12 students only.
Workshop Location
  • You can cancel and/or exchange your GPP Photo Week 2019 workshop until January 4, 2019. No refunds or exchanges after January 4, 2019.
  • If you cancel your workshop before January 4, 2019, 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.