IN PRACTICE - LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH EXPERIENCE
I am excited to launch the Richard Kelly Experience blog - let's call it In Practice with posts about the upcoming Portrait Photography Class - a 14-week look at the practice of Portrait Photography. This is what a student taking the class can expect.
If I were to summarize the experience I hope each photographer has during the course is that they look at the portrait(s) they make a lot differently. Everyone usually has a personal definition of a portrait and may even have a few that they like in their portfolios or hanging on their wall. But my goal for everyone is that we break through the expected and emerge on the other side with new ideas and expressions with our portraits.
We start out discussing what a portrait is? Sometimes we have time to follow up with other questions but one semester we stuck to that question for a whole class and the discussion was heated. We then take a look at four broadly defined genres of portrait photography.
- The Candid Portrait
- The Character study,
- The Environmental portrait
- The Conceptual portrait
Throughout the 14 weeks, we will have in class discussions, demo's, a field trip or two and the occasional guest instructor to wind us through a fascinating look at portraits and how we make them.
This class is not a lighting class, but we do talk about lighting and lighting equipment. This class will look at ideation, intention, and selection of a personal portfolio project that will be the capstone presentation at the end of the 14 weeks.
Together we will discuss pre-production, photographing on location and in the studio, image editing workflow, and post-production options. Whether you want to improve your photography skills at a higher level, follow your curiosity about making portraits and enjoy your hobby with other like-minded people this course will help you hone your photography skills and give you new tools and insights into making better pictures of people.
Students should have an understanding of their camera. You may use any format you choose - we will interchange between film and digital cameras - although most of the demos will be digital capture so that students will follow along with the process. We have had students use everything from toy cameras, tintype, instant film, smartphone cameras and medium format digital as well as D-SLR and mirrorless cameras. It is exciting for, and this course is about expanding your point of view not limiting it. [Originally Published August 6, 2018]