Natural Light Portraits

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Learn how to use your basic DSLR skills to create beautiful and stylish natural light portraits on location.
Upcoming Classes
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Mar 22
$250
EARLY BIRD PRICE (through 03/15)

$275.00 $250.00 Add to cart

Photos of the people in our lives are often among our most prized and meaningful possessions. Portrait photography is a true art that memorializes the essence of a person in a moment of time.

This portrait workshop is for any photographer wanting to learn how to capture stunning portraits of people of any age. Whether you are a parent wanting to take better pictures of your own family and friends, a photographer looking to start your own portrait photography business or if you simply want to learn some great skills for taking better portraits, this workshop is designed for you. You’ll learn how to take your basic DSLR skills and apply them to create beautiful and stylish natural light images. The techniques apply to any age subject and will help you become a more versatile photographer.

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natural-light-workshop-margie-woods-dallas-center-for-photography-11The workshop is a combination of lecture and hands-on shooting with live models of different ages. We will be shooting in and around Deep Ellum or downtown Dallas for this workshop but will be discussing many other location and style options for creating a unique experience and final product for your subjects. You will walk away with new tricks and tools to create better portraits that reflect the unique personality of your subject.

You should already be familiar with your camera and comfortable shooting in Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes, using single point focus mode and have a basic understanding of ISO, f-stops, depth of field, shutter speed and motion blur. If you’re a beginner (or have been shooting for a while but still aren’t comfortable with these concepts) you can take our DSLR-1&2 evening classes or the Beginner DSLR Full Day Workshop first or some other equivalent training.

 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Which combination of exposure and shooting modes create the look you want to achieve for your portraits.
  • How to use available light and shade to create stunning images.
  • How to select backgrounds and environments to bring interest, emotion and fun into your photos.
  • How to find flattering and interesting perspectives.
  • Which lens(es) to choose.
  • Effective and age-appropriate techniques to create a rapport with your subjects.
  • How to create a personalized experience and look to compliment each subject’s personality and style.
  • How to use wardrobe and posing to bring out the personality of your subject and make the images uniquely theirs.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings.
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a suggested prerequisite.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use.
  • A handheld reflector if you have one.
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in.

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  • Cost per person is $250 early registration, $275 late registration.
  • Doors open at 7:45am.
  • Class starts promptly at 8:00am and ends at 4pm.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Lunch and modeling fees are included in the registration price.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

8am-9:30am: We will meet at DCP for a discussion covering basic concepts and how to prepare for a portrait photo shoot. The instructor will review the basic exposure and focusing modes and show some personal work, illustrating the tips and concepts to be used on location.

10:00-12:30: On location (Deep Ellum or another location). We will spend about 30 minutes scouting for the best light and backgrounds and going over the basic concepts of selecting backgrounds, and using available light and shade to our advantage. We’ll then be joined by our models and will spend about 2 hours shooting. The instructor will be shooting alongside you demonstrating, and will be available to answer your questions and help you to get the images you want.

1:00 Back at the studio for catered lunch together.

2:00-3:00 Set up your laptop to download and edit your photos. The instructor will be available for help and questions while you make your selects.

3:00-4:00 Using a projector, the instructor will comment on selects from each person. We’ll end the day with a slide show of your best images.

Q: What is the cost of the workshop?
A: Early registration is $250/person (up to 7 days before class date) and regular registration is $275/person.

Q: What’s included in the price?
A: Workshop registration, lunch, modeling fees.

Q: Are parking fees included in the workshop price?
A: No they are not.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?
A: You should bring the following:

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings.
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a suggested prerequisite.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use.
  • A handheld reflector if you have one.
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. You should already know some basics of lighting by taking the Introduction to Studio Lighting workshop or equivalent. To participate in shooting photos with your own camera it must have manual exposure control and a hot shoe or PC sync connection. If you have a Sony camera, you may need the hot shoe adapter accessory. If you already own speedlights or portable strobes you can bring them and use them. We will have a few units available for those who haven’t purchased equipment yet. Please let us know ahead of time if you don’t have lighting gear.

Q: How will I know if the workshop makes or not?
A: If the workshop doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

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Margie Woods


Margie has been shooting photos since she was a young girl growing up in Hawaii. She started her commercial photography business in Dallas in 2008 and began teaching the Natural Light Portrait workshops at the (then) Spot Studio in 2010. In 2013 she relocated to Venice, California. She loves shooting portraits more than other types of assignments because with each image captured and shared, she gets the privilege of reflecting people’s inner beauty back at them.

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