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Portraiture Photography Course | Sydney | Focus 10

Focus 10 Andrew Thomasson
LocationArtarmon, NSW
Duration480 mins (8.0 hrs)
FormatInstructor Led
Max Students10
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  • $390

The definitive Sydney 'serious amateur and semi professional' Portrait photography course.

• 8 hrs
• iconic Sydney locations
• outdoors
• studio setups
• assignments
• small groups
• portfolio presentation
• free portraits
• detailed notes


The mark of a true portrait photographer is a the ability to consistently produce high quality images... getting control of light is a combination of experience, expertise, instinct.... and that is what this course is all about. Its showing you different types of portraiture.....from candid to formal, reportage to environmental, how to shoot babies, children, families, groups, friends....and to develop your style... whether this is creative and experimental, stylised or formal, shoot from the hip or paparazzi style, outdoors or in the controlled environment of a studio.

Photographing people in all walks of life is hugely popular yet it is usually done poorly. We train you to recognise the quality and direction of the light, to implement creative composition, to understand poses, backdrops, lens perspective, colour cast, to make your subject relax, to look for unusual locations, to come up ,with new ideas, angles, viewpoints... to shoot for dramatic impact or to flatter your subject with a dreamy ethereal quality to the image.

The Focus 10 portraiture course will impart a high level of proficiency to the serious amateur photographer or to someone considering a career in portrait photography and to shoot at a professional level.
It assumes a proficiency in digital camera handling and technical knowledge. Ideally you will have completed our Digital 1 course or be able to demonstrate a similar level of competency. You will be given a number of assignments to complete which will be assessed, graded and awards given. The group will be limited to a maximum of 10 people for a highly personalised training experience.

You will move up several notches learning how to shoot high quality portrait images, quality studio and outdoor portraiture and fine arts portrait photography. We also also look at the camera gear section with a ‘horses for courses’ approach depending on the type of portraiture work. Your instructors are professional portrait and wedding photographers and you can draw upon that accumulated knowledge throughout.


Learn how to use every feature on your film and/or digital camera to the full

Knowledge on the best camera/lens combinations for portraiture work

Get unbiased advice on what camera gear is best suited for your needs and budget

Your eye will be trained to recognise the quality and direction of light

Advanced tips on setting up portrait shots

How to create a mini portrait studio in your own home or space

How to shoot weddings and corporate portraits

Fast track your technical and artistic skills

Small groups (10 persons maximum)

Souvenir portraits and e-album

A professional portfolio and certificate of achievement

Free camera shopping service & ongoing technical support


Advanced digital SLR camera functions

35mm / medium format film cameras welcome

Choice of lenses, accessories and props

Body positioning/ eyes / noses /hands

Exposure bracketing, compensation and ISO

Channels & parameters, colour temperature

Creative use of depth of field

Black and white portraiture

Reportage, documentary formal, candid, environmental, stylised, point n’ shoot & studio

children, babies adults, groups, corporate, fashion

Skin tones, reflections, white balance

Unusual viewpoints & tilting / lens and linear perspective

High contrast / colour harmony / blurring / freezing of motion / conveying movement

attractive suitable clothes, interesting accessories

Planning: weather, location, time of day/season

Getting your models, make up/ hairstyles

Operation of external flash unit, rear/2nd curtain synch flash

Use of fast prime lenses

Model releases, technicalities, copyright

Brief post production coverage including, iphoto and Photoshop


Date & Time Meeting Location
Full day

(10am to 5pm)

Dragon Image Artarmon NSW


Andrew Thomasson with photographic assistants


Digital 1 course (or equivalent) or a sound grasp of photography - (an email test can be provided if you are unsure)


DSLR or film camera such as a Canon EOS 40D, 550D, 7D, 5D Nikon D80, D200,D90, D7000, D700, Nikon F100, Mamiya 645 etc.

Any DSLR camera will suffice . Its more important to have at least one prime lens such as a 50mm f1.8 or f1.4

At least 2 quality lens such as a Nikkor 18-200mm or a Canon 24-70mm and other prime lenses

We strongly recommend a 50mm f1.4 or 1.8 prime lens and/or a 85mm f1.8 prime lens

Memory Card(s) We recommend at least a 4 GB card for each 8 hour course

Any camera accessories - such as a tripod, polarizing filter

Charged camera battery and a spare if you have one

Next scheduled courses:

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Instruction from professional photographers

Detailed notes

Camera, lens and accessory shopping service

Free portraits

Personal assessment and critique of your portfolio

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