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Portrait Photography and Studio Lighting Course

Learn the History and Concepts
Behind Photographic Portraiture

Portrait Photography and Studio Lighting Course in London

Our Portrait Photography Course is a fun and informative introduction to the fundamental elements of portrait photography with an emphasis on the importance of light and how to control it.

It is a highly enjoyable one day course with plenty of hands-on practice shooting portraits in our studio.

But what is portraiture? A simple document taken in a photo booth? Yes. An elaborate set-up in a studio? Yes. A lucky shot of an old man or a cute kid reading a book on the floor? Yes. It is all of this and much much more. Therefore, the course will discuss what a photographic portrait actually is, why and how we choose to shoot particular subjects.

We will be also exploring the different ways in which we can use studio lighting and photographic equipment to achieve the results that we want.

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Course key facts

Course level 1 Intermediate Photography
Group size 4 students optimal tutor attention
Duration 1 day 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location London
DSLR Photography Courses
Wimbledon Art Studios
10 Riverside Road
London SW17 0BB

Introduction to Photographic Portraiture and Studio Lighting

  • Explore a little of the history and concepts behind photographic portraiture, including the many different ways in which a portrait may be shot and even interpreted.
  • Learn the fundamentals of portraiture composition.
  • Look at the underlying principles of light such as Quality, Quantity, Colour, Contrast and Direction, how to recognise, appreciate and ultimately control it, whether in a studio or just using “available” light.
  • Get hands-on practice of setting up and shooting in different studio lighting scenarios, including the standard “one light” setups such as Split, Rembrandt, Loop, Butterfly, Broad and Short lighting.
  • Develop a practical understanding of typical lighting setups, with one and two lights, including the concepts of “key” light, “fill” and “rim” lighting.
  • Consider different ways of posing and directing the subject.
  • Understand how lenses and focal lengths can totally alter the nature, expression and, ultimately, even the intention behind a photographic portrait.
  • You will leave the course with an appreciation of just how broadly the term portraiture may be interpreted.
portrait photography course London - learn how to use studio lights

Portrait photography is an excellent skill to develop for anyone who owns a camera.

Whether you’re thinking of taking better pictures of your family or want to purchase studio lights and build out your business’s portrait portfolio, this course is a fantastic starter, and it will enhance both your technical and creative skills.

The portrait course is a stimulating combination of presentations, demonstrations and discussions.

During the first part of this course, our tutor will cover the history and concepts behind photographic portraiture, the equipment and methods used in portrait photography.

Next will be a guided practice with a model, tips on lens choice, composition, metering and how to control the light in different scenarios.


Please note
– for all demonstrations and during practice in this class we use continuous lights.

We also have a workshop that is entirely focused on flash lighting. If you are already familiar with all the concepts of portrait photography and are looking to advance your skills even further, please follow this link to the Creative Studio Lighting with Flash course page.

It is assumed that those attending will have a basic knowledge of photography and have an understanding of aperture, shutter speeds, ISO, or have already attended our Beginners DSLR or Intensive Beginner courses.

We recommend bringing a 50mm, 85mm or 100mm lens. If you have a range of lenses please email us after making a booking and we will recommend the best lenses for this course.

Tripods are not required.

Creative, Inspiring, Enjoyable

Our Portrait Photography courses already helped hundreds of photography enthusiasts, here’s what some of them had to say!

London photography courses satisfied students

I discovered a whole new world which I hadn’t realised existed. I will now move into portraiture with greater confidence. The theory was really interesting and informative, the practical activities eye opening! A well balanced course.”

Mike BondCanon 500D

“LIGHT, LIGHT & MORE LIGHT – an amazing eye opener for me! Posing & model positioning, slight movements making so much difference. Plenty of hands-on helping to make things stick. Very good value – very professional!

Steve PelletNikon D7000

“The course and the tutor was excellent! I have learnt more about portraiture today then all the reading I have done. I only wish I had heard about the course before. Thanks also to the model – she was very professional.”

Terry TaylorCanon 650D

Start Learning Today!

With groups no larger than 4 students we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips.

Date Day Time Course Places Price
23 Oct 2022 Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm only 3 left £165.00 Book now
18 Nov 2022 Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm only 3 left £195.00 Book now
03 Dec 2022 Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 4 £195.00

One to One Tuition

One to One photography tuition with an experienced photographer is the best way to learn about your camera and how to use it to its full potential.

Your 1to1 session will be 100% tailored towards your photographic needs and your camera gear.

You will get plenty of hands-on practice, instant feedback on your pictures, and lots of tips.

One to One tuition is available on weekdays and weekends.

Please feel free to get in touch with questions.

1to1 Tuition

Gift Vouchers

Photography Courses Gift Vouchers make perfect presents to celebrate a Birthday, Fathers Day, Christmas or any other occasion

Group studio course

£ 195

6 hours class
  • In-person tuition
  • Up to 4 participants
  • Many dates available
  • Professional tuition
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One to One Tuition

£ 300

4 hours tuition
  • In-person tuition
  • Your own private tutor
  • You choose the date
  • 100% tailored to your needs
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Studio Practice

£ 225

3 hours practice
  • Private studio hire
  • All equipment included
  • Flexible dates
  • Professional help
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How do the gift vouchers work?

To redeem a gift voucher, its recipient must visit our website, choose a suitable date, and register on the course. We will send a welcome reply email with the booking confirmation, course outline and directions to the studio.

If you have a voucher for a 1to1 tuition – please get in touch. We will arrange everything to suit your calendar and your photography needs.

All our photography gift vouchers are valid for 12 months – giving recipients plenty of time to redeem their gifts.

What happens after I buy a voucher?

It is very important that you provide us with the full name of the gift voucher recipient. If you haven’t done so during the checkout process, please email us. Without that information, we can not print and send the voucher.

Along with the glossy voucher, you will receive a beautiful handmade card, a copy of the course outline and information on how to use the voucher.

There is plenty of space inside the card for your personal message or Christmas wishes.

Have a Question?

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I registered for the course, what now?

First of all – thank you for booking a class with us!

If you booked a group Beginners Photography Course you will shortly receive a confirmation email with course outline, meeting place and all the joining instructions.

If you booked One-to-One or online tuition, we will email you soon to arrange the tuition for you.

How can I pay for the course?

Paying for the course is straightforward, secure and only takes a second. After completing the registration process you will be taken to the Order Summary page where you can choose to pay with PayPal using any credit or debit card.

You can also pay by bank money transfer – please email us for details: info@dslrphotographycourses.com.

If you have a gift voucher and would like to use it as part or full payment for the course, please get in touch with your gift voucher number and we will make a reservation for you.

What should I bring to the course?

For the photography for beginners course, all you need to bring is your digital camera, a lens, fully charged battery, and have some space on the memory card.

But generally, you are welcome to bring as much or as little gear as you like.

Do you offer free camera hire?

Yes, we offer a free camera and lenses hire for the duration of the beginners class.

It is a popular option as you can learn about all the different camera functions before buying one.

For the beginners photography course, we have Nikon and Canon cameras available.

Please let us know before making a booking.

What happens if I’m late or miss a course?

We start classes promptly and keep to stated hours. Please try to arrive 10 minutes earlier to prepare your camera and all the gear that you have.

If you are running late or can not find us, please let us know so that we can help you and provide directions.

If you find out that you can not make it on the day, we would appreciate it if you notify us as soon as possible. We can try to make some alternative arrangements for you.

If you would like to cancel your attendance and give us enough notice, we can offer you a full or partial refund. Please scroll down to a relevant question about refunds and cancellation policy.

If I can not make it on the day will I get a refund or a credit for another course?

If you find that you can’t make it on the day of the course but you give us at least 14 days notice, you will be given the choice of a full refund or a credit for another course.

If you can’t make it on the day but you give us at least 7 days notice, you will be given the choice of a full refund only if we manage to re-sell it or fill this place from the standby list, otherwise, we will refund 50% of the total paid for the course.

If you notify us less then 7 days in advance and if we manage to re-sell your place or fill that place from the standby list you will receive a full refund or a course credit. Otherwise, unfortunately, we will not provide a refund.

If we are only notified on the day itself, or if you fail to present yourself at the course then we regret that there will be no refund.

Contact us

If you can not find what you are looking for please submit a question to us. We aim to reply within a few hours.

Alternatively, just call us on 020 8947 8118.
Our business hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

You can also contact us by emailinfo@dslrphotographycourses.com.

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