FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES
Photographing Family and Friends
This workshop will show you how to get good shots of family activities, outdoors or indoors, using natural light.
Learn how to photograph friends and family, including children at play, and take a mixture of posed and candid shots.
This workshop includes two practical photographic sessions, and an opportunity to review your photos as a group.
You Will Learn How To:
- compose pleasing portrait shots
- make your subjects look natural
- control focus for a sharp subject and a blurred background
- capture moving subjects
- correctly expose your images
Take a look at an album of student images >>
course on 8th August at Hardwick Hall was fantastic. The
volunteers were extremely obliging and so nice to work with.
Having attended a number of Going Digital workshops in the past, the portraiture in natural light, proceeded in the usual way. Jan made a presentation on how to achieve a good portrait, and what to look for when taking the portrait shot, and the settings on the camera. This was followed by a short practical session, when the participants of the workshop can check that they know, and fully understand, how to set up and adjust the camera settings.
We then worked our way through a worksheet, by taking pictures of other workshop participants. Where we attempted the practical application of the skills we had been shown. This was quickly followed by a short critique. In order to highlight the mistakes we all made, in order for us not to make them at the main event of the day. The day was dry and cloudy (so no contrast problems (black eyes, shadow under the chins etc.).
The main event was amazing!!!! In the grandeur of the main entrance to Hardwick Hall, stood five ladies and two gentlemen and one poor scullery maid, all dressed in Elizabethan clothing. The Ladies in the finely embroidered dresses, the gentlemen in their finery (and the scullery maid, she had a shawl and a bucket). The afternoon just flew by; it was both exhilarating and exhausting. All of the ladies and gentlemen (and scullery maid) were most helpful and co-operative. At the end of what seemed to be five minutes, we adjourned back to the park centre for the final picture review. This was to show that all of the workshop participants had some good shots. My thanks to you Jan for all of your help and guidance, but it has to be said, most of all my thanks to the ALL of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Hardwick Hall. Hey Jan when’s the next one?
Hardwick House, Jan Slack. This was an absolute treat. Punchy. Crisp. Professional. Impressively delivered in a relaxed environment amongst the most gorgeous of settings. This lady knows her subject and knows it well. Framed by the theory which was taught at the start of the day, this course culminated in an amazing opportunity to photograph a number of volunteer models in authentic period costume around a stunning National Trust property. When we reviewed what we had achieved at the end of the day, every single member of the group had some images which were simply outstanding. To go from pretty much a standing start to outstanding in the space of a few hours is clear testament to the quality of the tuition on this workshop. Highly recommended. Can't wait to book another!
Just to say thank you again for the great course at Clumber Park yesterday. I learnt so much and really enjoyed the course structure i.e. plenty of time to do the practical stuff (which is what we're all trying to improve) and the critique at the end, it worked very well for me. As I mentioned, there are some very expensive courses around but without the personal tuition/feedback, so I really think you've structured the course well. And people seem to do several of your courses which is the best feedback really.
Thanks so much for a superb workshop. It has answered my main questions and given me the confidence to try some new stuff. I now understand some of the techy stuff in the magazines! See you again soon.
About This Workshop
We recommend that you have attended our Explore Your DSLR/Compact System Camera Part 1 workshop, or have a clear understanding of aperture and depth of field, focal point and ISO.
If in doubt, please contact your local tutor for advice.
A tripod (full height) and a reflector.
Most of our workshops run from 10am to 4pm, but please check your Joining Instructions for full details.