Photography masterclass: taking the perfect portrait

Online course

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Join experienced photographer and Times+ tutor Nigel Wilson, for this day-long course to find out how to achieve the best portraits with your camera.

Drawing inspiration from influential and ground-breaking photographers, you will learn a variety of camera techniques and approaches that will bring the most out of your portraiture.  During the day you will analyse the work of David Bailey, Martin Parr, Jane Bown, Richard Avedon and many others to explore in detail the dynamic between photographer and sitter. 

You will learn: 

  • technical considerations
  • which equipment is best, including essential lenses
  • how to explore light: natural v artificial 
  • an appreciation of inspirational portraiture styles.
  • how to consider context 

* Some understanding of aperture and shutter speed would be beneficial on this workshop

Numbers on this course are limited to enable maximum interaction with the tutor.

About your tutor:

Nigel Wilson is an experienced teacher and photographer, leading inspirational classes at many institutions, including New York University and London's famous Camera Club.  He is currently lecturing at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and teaches a variety of classes for The Royal Photographic Society

Here’s what some previous attendees have said about our Times+ photography courses:

"such an interesting and informative day!"

"Covered key points in a memorable way"

"Great structure...friendly atmosphere, thoroughly informative"

"hugely enjoyable and inspirational"

"I will definitely improve as a result of the course"

The course will be taught via Zoom and participants will be required to have their microphones and cameras on during the day.

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