Photo 5: Special Interest Group - The Portrait

Date Published: 7/27/2011
Category: Nikon Special Interest Group (SIG) Workshops

Photo 5: Special Interest Group - The Portrait

(Photo by Banhup Teh)

Portrait photography or portraiture is the capture by means of photography of the likeness of a person or a small group of people, in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. As in most portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person's face, although the entire body and the background may be included. A portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the camera. There are essentially four approaches that can be taken in photographic portraiture — the constructionist, environmental, candid and creative approaches. Each approach has been used over time for different reasons like technical, artistic or cultural.

(Photo by Joe McNally)

These are a series of workshops to be conducted for those who want to work more creatively to take portraits of people and to have a better understanding lighting, both in the studio and on location, which is a crucial part of being able to create the desired effect you seek in a photograph. You will gain an understanding of lighting patterns, and learn about the quality of light and lighting ratios. You will learn to incorporate styling, composition and the photographer-subject-client relationships in your photographs. You will discover new ways to set up a portrait and establish a comfortable rapport with subject, as you capture intimate and revealing moments and true character.

You will get to learn about how to create a good workflow after your shoot. You will be learning some cool post processing skills using Photoshop. A panel of renowned photographers will be invited to share with you their experiences and review the images so that you can maximize your learning experience.

More details and the duration of each workshop please log on to or email

Pre-requisite: For those who have completed Photo 1, 2 & 3 or with a general basic working photography knowledge is required. A tripod is required for this workshop. Limited to a maximum of 15 particpants.