Photography and digital image manipulation

Photography – portraits in natural light with Roy Matthews

Ref: S1D10670

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About this course

Discover the secrets and techniques of using natural light when shooting portraits. IT includes sessions on practical photography and editing in Lightroom.

Course Description

This in-depth introduction covers all aspects of natural light portraiture including posing the model, light position, light quality, the importance of background, practical use of depth of field, lens choice, composition and light modification. The day is split into a morning practical and an afternoon Adobe Lightroom editing session, concluding with a critique of the images taken on the day.

Please note that while the tutor will give instruction on the relevant aspects of Adobe Lightroom software, basic computer skills and familiarity with your camera will be assumed.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • A model for the morning session.

What students need to bring

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera (with manual controls), ideally you will need a short telephoto, e.g with 50-200 range or equivalent if using a mirrorless camera.
  • Tripod
  • Remote/cable release (not essential but recommended for the course)
  • Plenty of memory space/cards
  • Charged batteries, battery charger and spares
  • A USB stick to save work to
  • A note of your Adobe ID login, if you have one

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB Memory sticks


Roy Matthews

Roy has been a commercial photographer since the mid 1980's having started his career as a studio assistant before becoming freelance in the early 1990's. He has worked in many different genres including studio, reportage, architectural, portraiture, editorial and sport. Always keen to pursue his personal work as a balance to the commercial world he has been widely published and has exhibited in many locations over the years.

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