The Secrets of Studio and Environmental Portraiture

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Indianapolis, IN 07-OCT-2013 Greg Stangl $649 $724 Sold out

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Learn Location and Studio Portraiture with Master Photographer Greg Stangl

Master Photographer Greg Stangl will guide you through a personal journey toward becoming the portrait artist you’ve always wanted to be. In this 3-day interactive workshop you will be exposed to a series of lectures, slide shows, and lighting and posing demonstrations that will make your learning experience fun and meaningful. You will learn to pose the male and female form while also understanding how to pose couples and groups. This workshop will help you discover and develop your creativity while offering you lessons in studio, window light, and environmental portraiture.

Emphasis is placed not only on learning and understanding the material, but being able to put these lessons into practical everyday use. You will be exposed to various types of studio lighting as well as on-location equipment, such as the use of light reflectors and flash modifiers. Whether you’re a relative novice or a seasoned pro, you will find the workshop lessons detailed, interesting, and challenging.

Students are encouraged to create images during the class as a way to build a personal portfolio. You will be given specific portraiture assignments to complete in class in order to gain a library of images to review after the class is over. These assignments will also allow the instructor to gage your progress. The class is about 2/3 studio and classroom work and 1/3 field work.

Since 1985 Greg Stangl’s portraiture workshops have brought together people from all professions, ages, and nations. What these participants all have in common is an interest in the creative process, a spirit of curiosity, and the desire to explore and harness the power of their imaginations. These portraiture workshops can help you to improve your portraiture and your photography in general through the use of studio and location demonstration, portraiture analysis, critique, and guided visualizations.

This class is a must-have for any photographer considering a career in professional portraiture or anyone that needs to increase their understanding of photographing people. Greg strongly believes in “learning by doing” so come prepared to be an active part of the class. Greg has a proven track record of helping students become better photographers. Greg’s detailed workbook guarantees that the lessons you learn will become a permanent part of your creative arsenal.

If you have a passion for growing your portraiture skills, learning to pose, understanding how to light the human form, and learning to work with a variety of subjects, then this is the class for you. You will go home with new skills, ideas, and the passion to take your photography to the next level.

• Learn practical techniques to stimulate creativity, imagination, and innovative thinking

• Get over creative blocks and paralyzing self-criticism

• Find new sources of inspiration in everyday life

• You will learn to become more creative

Class outline

Day one: studio/classroom

• Lighting terms and definitions

• The five lights of portraiture

• Lighting styles

• Lighting ratio

• Three-point lighting setup

• Four-point lighting setup

• The perfect exposure everytime

Day two: field and environmental

• Window light portraiture

• Ubran/street photography

• On-location photography

• Using reflectors and on-location lighting

• Portrait composition and design

Day three: studio/classroom

• Posing basics

• Posing the female form

• Posing the male form

• Photography of couples and groups

• How to pose hands

• Working with difficult subjects

• Where to find models

• Workflow plan

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your funds, less a $75 fee, if you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop. If you cancel between 15 - 29 days before the workshop, then we will refund 50% of the workshop amount. If you cancel 14 days or less before the workshop, then we will not refund the workshop fee.

  • You will learn

    • The skills needed to become a better people photographer
    • How to use lighting styles and lighting ratio to create better portraits
    • How to use a hand held flash meter
    • How to pose the male and female form
    • How to become more creative and more at ease when working with your subjects
    • How to use depth of field to create better portraits
    • Where to find models that are eager to have you photograph them
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Camera
    • Variety of lenses (i.e. 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, 200mm)
    • Sturdy tripod
    • Memory cards
    • Batteries
    • Pen for filling in workbook
  • Optional

    • Laptop computer with image processing software such as Adobe Lightroom 4
    • Hand held flash meter
    • Portable camera flash
  • What is provided

    • Three full days of intensive instruction
    • A complete workbook
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


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Following The Secrets of Studio and Environmental Portraiture workshops are organized in Indianapolis, IN:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
07-OCT-2013 Greg Stangl $649 $724 Sold out

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