Portrait Course

After years of thinking about it and months of waiting for it I finally did the 2 day Portrait Workshop with The Trained Eye. I can honestly say that it was well worth the money and the wait.

The first day was spent in the studio looking at the theory and business side of Lifestyle Photography. I kind of wish they had included a bit of a shoot on the first day as I'm not good with classroom learning, I switch off, I wander into my own little world. But shocker, I kept may concentration in this classroom as it was pretty interesting.

Over the next few weeks I will want to get out, if the weather lets me, and experiment with the photography elements we spoke about within the classroom and I'll write some post's about them such as lighting, background and subjects.

On the business side of things, I was not sure I wanted to go professional in the photography business but this course has spured me on to think about it a little bit more and since the course I have a couple of Photography sessions planned in the Warrington area which I'm looking forward to.

On the second day of the course it was a full on day of Lifestyle photography shoot's. Starting at the studio at 9:30am we were photographing pretty much all of the way through to 4:30pm. I'd never realised how tiring this game could be. To start with we were in Henley with two young female models. Very pretty and great to work with. We had about 45mins - an hour with each model in our small groups. It took a while to get use to working with models and talking to them and I felt that just as I was getting use to the model we were swapping and needed to build a rapport with the new model. But then David did say that we just had to get over this barrier and force our personalities upon the models and it would get easier the more photography sessions we got under our belts. We moved location working with a couple and ended with an amazing family to take photo's of.

The equipment that I used was my Canon EOS 400D. I mostly used the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM which I hired from the amazing Lenses For Hire. This company was great, after a little slip up on my part with the dates they worked hard to get me the lens for the dates I needed it and they are cheap with no need for a deposit. As my camera is a crop sensor I was glad I kept my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II to hand as the 70-200 was a little bit long at times and I was even allowed to have a go on David's Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM this was a great lens with a real nice look to it's images.

Some examples of the images are here in the post for other's check out the Portrait portfolio.