The Environmental Portrait
Rick Dahms, Instructor
Oct 13-14, 2018
Tuition: $350 Skill Level: all levels as long as you have a basic understanding of your camera and software
The environmental portrait is a witch’s brew of improvisation, technical mastery, artistic expression, furniture moving and something between psychoanalysis and speed dating – expressed as a photograph. I believe it’s the most difficult, demanding and rewarding of all the photography sub-genres. This course is designed to introduce you to the mindset, techniques, technical intricacies and emotional magic of the environmental portrait and leave you with exciting new tools to explore and expand your own artistic horizons.
Rick’s work has been published commercially and editorially worldwide. His client list includes Forbes, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Wired, Sports Illustrated, Time, Gourmet, Oprah, Disney, Microsoft, Adidas, Chrysler, Chevron, State Farm and many more. He’s won loads of awards and been nominated for a Pulitzer and Magazine Cover of the Year… but you can’t win everything…
- A Digital SLR.
- At least one strobe light that will work as a freestanding light source off camera – this can be a speedlight if that’s all you have but you need to be able to move it, independent of your camera, on a stand. Monolights or “power pack & head” rigs are encouraged. Feel free to bring any modifiers.
- A way to sync the strobe to your camera (sync cord or radio slave).
- A laptop with Lightroom or similar photo editing capabilities, a card reader and a flash stick if you want to share your picture with the class.
- Patience, a kind heart and a supportive attitude. There will be some teamwork involved and each participant will act as both Photographer and Assistant as part of the workshop.