When you want to improve your portrait photography, the biggest challenge can be finding people who know what to do in front of a camera – and are willing to pose for you!
Meanwhile there are plenty of models who want to build a portfolio, but struggle to find photographers to work with.
So…we’re bringing two worlds together. We are excited to announce an afternoon of portrait photography that brings photographers and models together…and let the creative sparks fly!
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
Andrew Goodall has been a photographer for thirty years and has been teaching photography workshops around the Sunshine Coast for over a decade. Many people who attend his specialised workshops are repeat customers who keep coming back for more due to Andrew’s easygoing, plain-English style of teaching…plus the fact that he always strives to deliver great content and value for money.
Roz Bannan was originally one of Andrew’s students, but has gone onto to create an impressive body of portrait photography. Her work has been published at home and internationally, and her reputation among local models is such that now she doesn’t have to go in search of new models – they come to her.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE WORKSHOP?
Scheduled for Saturday March 2nd, we have gathered together a group of models ready to pose for your photos. There will be a variety of ages, looks and body types. Models will choose their ‘look’ for the day and may even do a quick-change or two to add to the variety of photo opportunities. Our location offers plenty of outdoor settings including grassy areas, old tree stumps and some old structures that offer a more rustic backdrop. Each model will move from place to place so you can shoot different people in different places throughout the afternoon.
This is primarily an OUTDOOR portrait workshop, but if time allows and the photographers are keen, there might be a chance to set up some lighting in the undercover area for a more studio-style shot as well.
Roz will be working with the models, and at the same time demonstrating to the photographers how she guides them towards those ‘money-shot’ poses. Camera technique is only one part of portraiture; learning to guide and interact with the model is probably the most important aspect of the photoshoot. Andrew will be moving from group to group, answering your questions and providing tips on camera technique, use of lenses, and the attention to detail that can turn a nice opportunity into an exceptional photo.
HOW MANY MODELS? Our aim is to have at least three models, and if we get plenty of bookings we aim for one model for every three photographers. Working in small groups is the best approach; you can collaborate on ideas and help each other out with reflectors (an essential bit of gear for an outdoor portrait) without crowding the model. Both the photographers and the models will move from place to place around the venue so you will work with a variety of people in multiple locations. So the more bookings we get, the more models you will have to photograph.
As well as your learning opportunity on the day, you will also be networking with models and other photographers you may be able to collaborate with in the future.
IMPORTANT: A RULE FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS: The models have agreed to participate on a TFP (Time For Photos) basis. That means that in return for their services, you are expected to provide them with photos they can use to add to their portfolios. Five photos sent to each model who poses for you: that is the number we have agreed upon. If you are not willing to abide by this rule, please do not book for this event.
WHERE: Rocky Creek Campground, Old Gympie Road, Landsborough. Directions will be sent to you by email after you make a booking.
WHEN: Saturday March 2nd, 2.00pm until sunset.
WHAT TO BRING: Your camera (obviously) and any lenses you have. Telephoto and macro/portrait lenses create a narrow field of view and a shallow depth of field, and are probably the lenses you will use most. But bring other lenses too if you want to try for some different styles. If you have lens hoods for your lenses – even if you don’t normally use them – bring them along as they help reduce lens flair when pointing into the sun. Your tripod (although you may not need it). If you have any special portrait gear like reflectors, diffusers etc. please bring them. We will be supplying enough to go round but the more the merrier. Make sure your battery is fully charged (bring a spare if you have one) and also have plenty of space on your memory card.