Brighton photography courses and workshops

Portrait Photography Beginners

A low-key photo showing half the face of a female student who is looking downwards with closed eyes in full black background.Photo by Amy Drury.

Sunday 12 May 2024

Cost: £68


Duration: 6 hours

                10:30 - 16:30

Where: meeting point to be confirmed

Group Size: up to 8 students 

Note: The workshop will be rescheduled in case the weather is not good.

Black and white photo by James Harrison Bodle showing only the face of a bald man with stripes of light projected on his forehead while he is looking upwards to the right.

Portrait Photography Beginners

- Introduction to Lighting

  • Types of Light (natural vs artificial)
  • One Light Source Characteristics
  • Hard, Soft, and Diffused light and more...

- Common Mistakes

- Posing Tips

- Looking at Portrait Portfolios

- Practice indoors with continuous studio


- Optional outdoor practice (self-guided)

Portrait Photography Beginners

Brighton Outdoor Workshop


This workshop aims at introducing you to the fundamental principles of Lighting and Posing in Portrait Photography. You will learn simple techniques in how to be photogenic and how to control natural and artificial light in order to capture striking portraits and make the best use of your camera. Feel free to bring a friend or family member to help you apply what we will be learning.



At the end of the workshop you will be able to:


- demonstrate a critical understanding of the basic lighting and posing principles of portrait photography by identifying and discussing different aspects and elements of a portrait photograph


- demonstrate a practical engagement with portrait photography by taking your own photographs


- critically reflect on the making of your own images and discuss the making process in terms of how you thought about controlling lighting and posing



General Workshop Outline

10:30- 11:30 


Beginning of theory session – PART I – explaining and demonstrating the basic principles of lighting and one basic lighting set up (Rembrandt Lighting) with student contributions and questions


11:30 – 11:40

Tea Break


11:40 - 12:45 pm

Continuation of theory session – PART II – Discussing common mistakes, posing tips, and looking at interesting portrait photographers


12:45 - 13:15 

Lunch Break 


13:15 - 15:15

Play Time - theory into practice – with feedback in parallel – PART I

You will be taking photographs of each other based on specific tasks I will be giving you.  I will be guiding you giving you individual attention and feedback with practical tips on how to achieve your desired results by controlling your camera, your lighting, and instructing your model.


15:15 – 15:25

Tea Break


15:25 – 16:20

Play Time - theory into practice– PART II

Continuation of practice and group feedback. Looking at each other’s photographs, commenting on them in a non-judgemental environment, suggesting new ideas, and reflecting on your creative process of lighting and posing your subject.


16:20- 16:30

Summing up on the workshop themes, leaving your workshop feedback, and suggesting ideas for further workshops based on your needs.



After the end of the workshop, I will be sending you e-handouts by email.

Camera guidelines

A DSLR or mirrorless camera are ideally the best types of cameras you can have if you want to really explore and experiment with photography. However, all camera devices are welcome, including smartphones or tablets and you will still benefit from the workshop

Refund & Cancellation Policy

No refunds:

- if you cancel within 15 days from the start of the course.

- if the course is cancelled but a new date is scheduled

- if you stop attending it or any sessions of it

Minimum Age

16 years old is the minimum age for participants to attend the workshop on their own. For younger children please contact us.