HOW TO TAKE BETTER PORTRAITS
People photography is my speciality, both in the studio and on location. I am, after all, 'The Portrait Guy'.
It is one of those subjects that many photographers feel understandably nervous about, as it is far more than knowing how to use your camera. So many good photographers are nervous about taking the first steps into this genre because relating to the person you are photographing and being confident and prepared are more important than fiddling with your camera. So few photographers have photos of themselves, yet don't even try to take self portraits.
In this talk for Camera Clubs, I share my thoughts, ideas and experience to help you create better portraits by understanding how location, lighting, subjects, posing and editing all play their part to create the final image.
I visit camera clubs in my area during normal times, but also do Zoom talks to any camera club, for which I normally charge a fee of £50. I am based in Exeter in Devon. Contact Me for further details.
Here are some of the topics I cover in my talk.
Finding models can be hard but I explain how this can be done and how to get out of the 'Catch 22' situation.
Indoor portraits with natural light can be wonderfully effective and I show how to use the different indoor locations creatively.
Posing can be difficult but I share the hints and tips I have learned for helping people look good in front of the camera.
Studio portraits allow you to control the whole look of the image and I talk about how you can do this to great effect.
Location portraits can be magical and I explain how to open your mind and find them and how to get the most from any location.
Editing can turn a simple portrait into something amazing. I show you what you can do to make your portraits stand out.
June 2021 - Nick Thornton (Vale Photographic Club, Ystradowen)
'Thanks again for stepping in at the very last minute and giving us such an interesting and useful presentation. Many of those who were on the receiving end have told me how much they enjoyed it and were wowed by your Lightroom and Photoshop skills..'
May 2021 - Petra Mackay (New City PS Milton Keynes)
'A very interesting and informative talk last night thank you.'
May 2021 - Malcolm Rapier (New City PS Milton Keynes)
'I was one of those present when you gave your presentation to New City PS last Thursday evening. Firstly, I would like to say how much I enjoyed the evening and your advice to would be portrait photographers. I count myself amongst those you described as being a little 'scared' of tackling the subject for all the reasons you outlined.'
March 2021 - Hilary Forward (Yeovil Camera Club)
'Thank you so much for last night's talk. I really think you inspired us to have a go at it. As you saw we only have one member that takes portrait photographs and hopefully he will be able to point us in the direction of a couple of models when we get back to meeting in the club and we will rectify this.'
March 2021 - Garrod Gray (Yeovil Camera Club)
'I just wanted to say how inspirational your talk on portraiture was last night.
I have my ‘L’ plates on when it comes to photography. I too have an interest in portrait work for my own pleasure, and like you, I have a small garage studios so was intrigued how you achieve such stunning images from a studio shots.'
March 2021 - Peter Paniccia (Yeovil Camera Club)
'Thank you very much for your talk this evening. After which the members had a discussion and all were agreed it was excellent and very informative and gave a better understanding to Portraiture Photography.'
Talks I Have Done
25 Jun 2021 - Vale Photographic Club, Ystradowen (Zoom)
24 Jun 2021 - Virtual Camera Club (Zoom)
06 May 2021 - New City PS, Milton Keynes (Zoom)
22 Mar 2021 - Yeovil Camera Club. (Zoom)
25 Nov 2020 - Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club (Zoom).