Digital portrait photography using natural light with Andrew Hasson

Photography and digital image manipulation

Ref: SWE11940

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About this course

Learn how to get the best out of your subjects in any situation – whether on the street, at home or at a wedding with your DSLR camera. Using available light (no studio lighting) take fresh, interesting photos that really capture the mood and personality of a person. A working knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required.

Course Description

Using available light (no studio lighting) you will learn how to take fresh, interesting photos of people – portraits that really capture the mood and personality of a person at a specific moment.

You will learn:

• How to use available light.

• How to break the rules of composition and take a new perspective.

• How to establish mood, personality and movement.

• Ways to experiment with framing, lighting and composition.

• How to make imaginative use of surroundings.

• Ways to establish mood, personality and movement.

A working knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • A photography session with a portrait model on Sunday morning.

What students need to bring

  • A fully working DSLR camera, fresh batteries or charger and the camera to computer leads.
  • Instruction manual.
  • A tripod and any other accessories.
  • A notebook and pen.
  • A USB memory stick to save work in progress and at the end of the course.
  • A note of your Adobe login if you have one, would be useful

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB memory stick
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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