Dark Portraiture: Shooting Low-Key Portraits

Fall in love with the “Dark Side” of portrait lighting!

Dark Portraiture

Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Date: Sunday 9 December 2018
Duration: 3pm – 5pm
Cost: $79
Instructors: Seng Mah
Location: Venture Studios, Suite 5, 133 High Street, Fremantle
Maximum participants: 8


Our first “Dark Portraiture” workshop was so popular it sold out in days. So, by popular demand, we’re running a second one on the 8th December: with new models!

Be bold and venture into the dark side of portrait photography lighting. This workshop is all about understanding low-key lighting, a style of lighting that’s all about letting shadows dominate and having light sculpt the form, figure and face. Low-key lighting produces dramatic portraits, inspired by the Italian and Dutch masters of portraiture, including Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

This is a hands-on shooting event, where you’ll learn about achieving low-key dramatic lighting by actually doing it! Learn how to control light, manage light fall-off, feather light, obtain a black background and to pose your portrait subject for heightened drama and emotion in this style of lighting.

If you’re a fan of darker, more dramatic portraits and want to learn how to set up and use low-key lighting, you mustn’t miss this mini-workshop. Places are limited to 8 participants.

  • An interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or mirrorless).
  • Lenses that cover focal length ranges of 35mm all the way to 200mm. Prime lenses in the 85mm and 50mm range will also be suitable. Fast lenses are recommended, such as those that can open up to f/2 or f/4.

* You don’t need a tripod or flash for this workshop.

This workshop is suitable for digital cameras with manual controls (P, A/Av, S/Tv and M modes) including DSLRs and interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.


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