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Saracen House - 13th October 2019

What You Will Learn

The technical skills you need to shoot a variety of portrait styles: you’ll be prepared for anything!
How to interpret a brief: make sound creative decisions that match the purpose of the portrait
Ways to communicate with your subject effectively: be insightful and make all the right choices

In this hands-on, one-day workshop, we study the many forms of photographic portraiture. From classic fine art to more contemporary styles, we cover everything you need to reflect the mood and personality of your subject. An essential part of the course is also about communicating and directing your subject, whether a professional model or an inexperienced sitter.

Before we get stuck into shooting, the morning session begins with the simple question: what is a portrait? With reference to a variety of different portraits and winning competition images, we explore the photographic style in detail. During this session, you will consider the many purposes of the genre from beauty portrait to character study, classic headshot to environmental portraiture. You will learn how purpose has a critical effect on the choices you make, from lighting to lens and everything in between.

We also cover the importance of effective communication. Talking with your subject gives you the opportunity for subtle analysis. It helps you decide on the optimum pose and camera angle to capture character, enhance physical attributes or disguise aspects of a sitter’s appearance that they may not like. In simple terms, getting to know someone is a necessary part of the portrait process so we devote a certain amount of time to the subject.

By about midday, you will be ready to begin the practical, hands-on element of the your day’s training. You will photograph both a male and a female subject and, with a maximum of 8 photographers on the course, there is plenty of individual shoot time. You will receive group and personal instruction on the following specifics:

  • Actors headshots
  • Classic male and female portraits
  • Commercial headshots
  • Lighting patterns
  • Creating natural light with studio flash
  • Selecting modifiers
  • Using reflectors
  • Low and high key
  • Studying face shapes
  • Lens selection

            and more…

  • Refreshments on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Classroom tuition from an award-winning trainer
  • Hands-on practical shoot time to practise and embed your learning
  • 2 models
  • Comprehensive course slides

You will need an interchangeable lens camera that can shoot in manual and has a standard hot shoe.

We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.

Full Frame Sensors. 24mm - 200mm

APS 1.5 Crop 18mm - 150mm

MFT 2x Crop 14mm - 100mm

This is an intermediate level course.

You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode. Manual focussing is not required. 

I've been on several of Andrews courses, workshops and trips and have to say they have all been superb.. His training style is relaxed and informal, reaching all levels of expertise  in the one course whether you are a beginner or an accomplished photographer you will always learn something from him. . the courses I have been on have given me ample shooting time (its not all classroom work and watching the trainer do all the shooting - as some trainers do) . Andrew is on-hand to help you out if required whilst you are shooting . If you are looking for a great trainer I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Andrew  and any of his many courses.. I intend booking on  more workshops in the future. Howard Ashton-Jones



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Venue Phone: 01908 410092

Venue Website:

5 Furtho Court, Towcester Road, Old Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK19 6AN, UK


Saracen House Studio

We’re Milton Keynes’ premier photographic studio facility for hire to photographers, whether amateur or professional.

For those visiting by car, Old Stratford is just off the main A5 dual carriageway that runs from the North to South of Milton Keynes.  We have plenty of private parking in our courtyard right outside the studio entrance.

From the A5 roundabout, head into Old Stratford, on Towcester Road, past the Hyundai Dealer on your left.

Furtho Court is located on the left hand side between Cedar Close and Wharf Close and is opposite Mounthill Avenue.

Upon entering Furtho Court, please park only in the reserved bays for Saracen House, which are situated to the rear of the court.  Additional on-street parking is available in Mounthill Avenue opposite.


  • October 13, 2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm