Natural Light Portraiture Workshop (FREMANTLE)

Instructor: Seng Mah
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Dates: Saturday 21 March 2015
Cost: $275
Location: Venture Studio, Suite 3 (Upstairs), 133 High Street Mall, Fremantle. (Find us here!)
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT (Please contact us if you would like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation)

Workshop notes provided

Come and join us in a workshop dedicated to the art of portrait photography using natural light. This workshop is a 100 per cent hands-on workshop will show you how to expose, compose, light and pose your subjects using natural light indoors and out!


Natural Light Portraiture


You’ll learn how to find available light for portraiture and use the right light for your shoot – hard light, soft light, front light, side light, rim light and more! We’ll show you how to best use available light and give you tips on working with your portrait subjects to create great portraits!

You’ll learn the technical side of things — from the best lenses for portraiture, to the best techniques for using your camera for natural light portraiture, to learning the value of using a reflector or a scrim. But this workshop is more than just about camera settings and techniques; we’ll give you posing tips and show you why composition is so important in the creation of compelling and beautiful portraits. You’ll be shooting with our model into sunset, where we’ll look at how to use the light of the golden hour to create magical portraits.

The workshop consists of two parts:

The Interior Portrait

You will work with window light in the studio in an indoors portrait shoot. Learn how to feather with window light, and how you can use curtains and drapes to control natural light in an interior setting. You’ll also find out how to best use a reflector when working with window light.

The Exterior Portrait

We then move outdoors to work with natural light in a range of locations. You’ll discover how to look for and make use of natural light outdoors — look for open shade, back light, top lighting and learn how to use each to full effect in your portrait photography. Find out the benefits of using a reflector and how you can use a scrim when shooting in bright sunlight. We finish up with a sunset shoot with our model where we’ll make full use of the warm late afternoon light to create soft and wonderful portraits.

The Natural Light Portraiture workshop will give you the technical and creative skills to ramp up your portraiture work and to get great portraits in a range of different lighting situations! Places are limited to 8 to ensure that all photographers have ample time to work with our model and receive assistance and support during the workshop.


What you’ll need:

  • Your DSLR or mirrorless camera with Aperture Priority and Manual Exposure settings (A/Av and M modes).
  • A lens with the focal length in the range of 50mm – 200mm. Recommended lenses are 50mm and 85mm f1.8 or f1.4 prime lenses, 70-200mm f2.8 or f4.0 zoom lenses.
  • Memory cards and a spare battery for your camera.



I had a great time, it was informative and fun. I am currently doing my diploma of photography via correspondence and this workshop gave me the opportunity to have hands on experience with some of the modules i am learning. Would not hesitate to do this or any other course with venture photography again, loved it. (Craig Tonkin)

Really had a great day. Relaxed atmosphere, easy to communicate with Seng. No question he won’t answer. Very professional set up with studio, lighting, refreshments and of course an experienced professional model. I have already booked into my next course. Thank you, Seng. (Trish Mathees)

Was a great day and again a fantastic workshop thanks Seng, models and clickers see you next time! (Jenni Banfield)

Attended the Natural Light Workshop on Saturday. What a fantastic day we all had. Seng’s method of teaching would suit any style of learner. Both informative and information rich and super practical experience with two great models. Would recommend to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of camera techniques. Not only did we all learn a great deal we had heaps of fun and laughter. Totally awesome day Thanks Venture Photography, I will be back for more. (Julie Gordon)

Thanks heaps Seng, I certainly feel more confident can’t wait to put them into practice. (Sherrilyn Morgan)

I recently did a course on Natural Light Portraiture with Seng. Apart from providing technical details of camera settings, subject framing, looking for the light source etc, Seng eloquently explained the dynamics between subject and photographer in order to get the captures you are after. I would highly recommend the course to anyone wanting to take their photography to the next level, be it the enthusiast or the person wanting to get into photography professionally, and I’m sure even the current professionals would learn a lot (Ken Roxburgh)

The Natural light workshop was really good information and hands on practice. It helped to have models with great personalities that shone through in the shots taken. (Terry-Lynn Wood)


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