Training Courses

Professional Portrait Photography

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One Day Course

Classroom Based


Designed for those with no formal photographic training but who need to take professional quality portrait photographs as part of their job. This course covers understanding your digital camera, structuring your shoot, professional lighting techniques, composing your shots and ways to digitally enhance your images for both print and web publishing. This course is designed to radically improve the quality of your images.

No formal photographic training is required. You will need to bring a digital SLR camera capable of being used in fully manual mode. We will provide lights and reflectors.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction

    Digital capture
    • Getting the best from your camera
    • Understanding file formats
    • When to use different ISO settings
    • f-stops: shutter speeds explained
    • Understanding colour temperature
    • Setting the white balance

    Lighting techniques
    • Direction, form and quality
    • Ambient and natural light
    • Lighting with flash
    • Lighting techniques for portrait photography
    • Bracketing your shots
    • Primary and secondary reflectors
    • Achieving a colour light bounce
    • Controlling contrast
  • Crafting images
    • Composition
    • Movement
    • Colour and black and white

    Shoot management
    • Interpreting the brief
    • Relating to your subject
    • Structuring the shoot
    • Single portraits vs groups

    Basic image manipulation techniques
    • Image size and resolution
    • Retouching and cropping
    • Using levels and curves
    • Using hue and saturation
    • Creating a contact sheet

    Marketing your images
    • Ways to publish your contact sheet online
    • Presenting your portfolio
    • Useful websites

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

Comfort + Location
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Our Clients

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We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 20709 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20709
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

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