Inviting all aspiring and established photographers to work with and learn from an acclaimed photographer Teddy Mitchener.
Portrait photography is one of the most popular genres of photography, with good reason - Portraits tell stories of not just people but also of time, culture and experience and place. Good portrait photographers are able to capture the personality and emotion of people around them, along with earning money via fashion editorial photography, wedding photography, executive portraits, family photography sessions, and so on. Shooting portraits of people is a difficult thing, as you have to manage not only technical parameters involving the camera and lighting but also the person's posing and expression.
About the instructor:
In this course by a professional photographer, Teddy Mitchener, you will delve into the essential conceptual and technical tools that will enable you to develop your practice, whether for a hobby or for business. A Washington DC native, Teddy is the head photographer at House of Fotography, based in Nairobi Kenya. A graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Teddy credits the institution with broadening the limits of his creativity and instilling in him the love of other art as well.
The merging of different mediums in art is what now informs Teddy’s personal projects and inspires his creative photography concepts. He takes part in local and international exhibitions, as well as, private commissions for commercial advertising agencies, corporate companies and individual clients. Additionally, he is an accredited CANON professional photography trainer for the EMEA region.
In this master class, you will learn to:
- Shoot professional portraits.
- Make use of natural ambient lighting to get the best out of your portraits.
- Take better portraits by moving subjects into the right backgrounds
- Take better portraits by creating better angles of the body
- Capture candid moments without interrupting the scene
- By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Understand light better and have an easier time seeing it
- Create wonderful flattering portraits
- Learn how to check surroundings for distracting objects.
- Make your portraits pop and you feel better equipped to take on any challenges.
Master Class Structure:
This course is intended for beginner and Intermediate Photographers looking to break out of the norm and produce more professional-looking portraitures.
Each participant has a task before the beginning of the master class – to execute a series of 10 portraiture shots (any portrait genre). A review of each student’s work will be done on Day 5 of the workshop
Day 1 - Mastering the Exposure Triangle and Composition Tips
If you're serious about photography, you need to understand the Exposure Triangle - Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed, and how these three components work together to create an actual exposure or photograph. You can then use your Knowledge of these three components to manipulate your picture for different effects. The composition of an image is simply the way all the individual subjects within our frame combine to form the final image. Composition has the power to convey exactly what you want to say with a photograph, guiding a viewer's eye seamlessly across the frame
Day 2 - How to set up 10 Essential Poses
You don't need to memorize hundreds of poses to create dynamic and engaging shots of your subjects. Instead, you can learn just 10 essential poses, and make slight modifications to them to create an endless range of looks and create dramatically different photos. In this class, you will understand what the camera sees and vary 10 simple poses with posture changes and camera angles.
Day 3 - Fashion & Glamour Portraits
Our daily lives are saturated with fashion images, magazines and blogs. The amount of fashion and glamour editorial production and publishing seems to now almost equal that of daily newspapers! On this day, Teddy teaches students how to apply the concepts of fashion and glamour photography to create vibrantly artistic and commercial fashion images. Using simple props, an unusual location, lighting, and model posing & styling, Teddy shows how to give that unique edge to create truly striking images.
Day 4 - Candid & Street Portraits (Location: The Heritage Village)
The beauty of street photography is that it allows the photographer to capture humanity in its various forms. It is art that tells the story of life, humanity, and cultures. With so many of us now living in urban environments, being able to create an image that resonates and tells the story of urban life is more valuable than ever. Teddy will teach how to capture people moving through everyday life in artistic ways. There’s often no set-up. But the photographer is inspired by the position the person is naturally taking, the light, the environment or any number of other factors.
Day 5 - Participant Sessions
Teddy critiques the pre-class homework of each participant, and work produced in-studio and during the walkabouts. This session will enable each participant to learn to create their own style, follow their own path and be unique. The aim is to ensure each participant does not go out and recreate others work, but looks at portraiture photography objectively and use it as inspiration!
About the instructor
Teddy Mitchener is the head photographer at House of Fotography, based in Nairobi Kenya. A Washington DC native, Teddy is a self-taught photographer, having picked up his first camera in 1992 under the tutelage of his father, Willie Brown. For Teddy, photography is simply one of the many mediums he uses to express his creativity. A graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Teddy credits the institution with broadening the limits of his creativity and instilling in him the love of other art forms such as plaster and stone sculpting, wood work, pencil drawing and painting. The merging of these mediums is what now informs Teddy’s personal projects and inspires his creative photography concepts. Teddy takes part in international exhibitions of these art projects as well as private commissions for commercial advertising agencies, corporate companies and individual clients. Additionally, Teddy is a CANON trainer for the Africa region.
* Students need to bring their own Digital Camera (DSLR) and any of these basic lenses: 18-55mm | 24-105mm | 70-200mm
48 hours prior to course start with full refund
15 and older
Al Ain Tower