Portrait Photography

What You'll Learn

Learn the secrets to compelling portrait photography - a blend of technique, artistry, and psychology - even if you're on a budget! When you learn to dispel judgment and put your subject at ease, you'll move into the moment to create a better portrait.

This workshop examines the location portrait shoot, from preparation to execution to post-production. You'll learn to compose great shots with one light and reflectors, though you can extend these principles to more sophisticated studio lighting. We'll emphasize getting great results and minimizing post-production headaches.

This workshop will cover:

  • Pre-visualization and pre-production
  • Scouting and choosing a location
  • Making the subject comfortable
  • Composition in portraiture
  • Basic on-location lighting
  • Avoiding common mistakes

Who Should Take This

Photographers with a solid understanding of DSLR manual controls who wish to improve their people-shooting skills. You should take the Hands-On Introduction to Digital Photography first if you're not fully comfortable with your camera.

Presented By Stephen Collector

Stephen Collector

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Stephen Collector has over 25 years of freelance experience. Originally specializing in tabletop photography, his attention to detail and lighting techniques were applied to working on location for editorial and corporate assignments. Stephen's magazine clients include Esquire, Outside, Men's Journal, Field & Stream, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, and the New York Times. Corporate clients include United Airlines, Ball Corporation, Shell, Hain/Celestial Seasonings, Horizon Dairy, United Technologies, Oracle, and Sears Roebuck & Co., among many others.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

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Customer Comments

"excellent...great summary in a very limited window of time."Chris
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I very much liked the evening on portrait photography. I learned a lot and found the evening stimulating and highly interesting. Would have liked to have it last a little longer! :) I really liked Stephen Collector as a teacher and a photographer. ~ Thank you!Leni on 1/29/2015
It's just great to listen to the thought process of an accomplished photographer. The stories that accompanied his examples were wonderful.Elizabeth on 4/30/2014
Jessica is awesome! And the class supplied loads of information that I can apply to improving my photographic abilities. The instructor was full of knowledge and great tips that I can apply to getting the job done!Susan on 4/30/2014
This class was very helpful to me. Lots of tips on posing, lighting and helping clients feel comfortable in front of the camera. Well worth the time and cost, very happy that I took this class.Marlisa on 1/9/2014
enjoyed learning the basics of portrait photography.anonymous on 1/8/2014
"excellent...great summary in a very limited window of time."Chris on 1/8/2014
Learned good general advice and tricks. [The instructor had] good energy, was easy to understand, a professional/expert in the field.Laine on 5/1/2013
Its always nice to be reminded of what you should be doing.Ruth Roslyn on 10/9/2012
Even though the subject was photography, the lesson was surprisingly life-affirming as a whole. It was very encouraging.Heather on 4/27/2012
Learned about the essence & soul of a portrait. Thank you!Helen on 3/24/2011
[He] shared experiences to get good photographs - mostly practical ideas rather than technical. Good philosophical perspective.Bill on 12/14/2009
Excellent, very inspiring. Very thorough.Vicky on 12/9/2009
We're expanding our photography knowledge from wildlife to portraits and this session provided a good overview.Judy on 12/9/2009


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