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Crash Course: Quick & Dirty Portraits

  • 736 Bushwick Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11221 (map)



Making a great portrait doesn't necessarily require expensive gear.  Take for example one of the most famous portraits of all time, Steve McCurry's Afghan Girl, shot for the cover of National Geographic in 1985 using only a 35mm camera and natural light.  It's not the tools themselves that do the job, but rather the mind creating with them.  In this illuminating Crash Course we'll help you to observe, visualize and control natural light, demonstrating how light and shadow, as well as different focal lengths, affect the dimensions of the human face.  You'll get valuable practice photographing people and learn to put subjects at ease.  Make vivid portraits a part of your everyday.


Who should take this class?

Anyone who wants to learn how to make surprisingly awesome portraits quickly, easily and without a lot of fancy equipment.


What to bring?

Your digital camera and additional lenses if you have them.



Understanding of manual exposure control.  It is recommended to take an intro class like Crash Course: Camera Basics1-Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up! or Digital Photo I: The Basics prior to taking this class.




Earlier Event: July 9
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