The practical aspect of this class involves taking portraits of a model, indoors with studio lights or outdoors with natural light, uploading these to a computer and translating your unique vision into a strong photograph. You will also look at the intention, role and meaning of portrait photography and consider how contemporary art photographers now deal with the theme of the ‘photographic portrait’, exploring the ‘staged’ aspect of portrait photography.
Each student will be given 15 minutes to take a portrait of the same model, in any style, indoors with studio light, or outdoors, natural or staged. Then together you’ll upload the images to a computer and compare the portraits taken by each student. From here, a discussion will follow regarding how each individual sees the world differently, and how to translate your unique vision into a strong photograph.
The session will end with discussion and advice regarding Photoshop techniques.
Petrina Hicks primarily works with people. Her works transcend the boundaries of portraiture as she finds beauty in perceived imperfections and renders idealized beauty strange. Her images of adolescents elegantly capture the ambiguities of youth. Whilst she uses digital interventions, they are almost imperceptible, creating instead a polished hyper-reality. These subtle contrasts within the image play with photography’s dual capacities as both a revealer of truths, and a perpetrator of lies. Hicks’ photography embraces the scope of what it means to be human.
You will need to bring a digital SLR and USB lead to download images onto the computer. USB thumb drive or blank CD or DVD.
Sunday 24 June 10am to 4pm
$116 (includes the cost of a life model)
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