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the art of portraiture

with elle walker

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In this four week workshop, you will be given the opportunity to explore portraiture across a multitude of genres; including classical, lifestyle, fine art and stylised portraits. Whether you shoot client sessions, or prefer to photograph your own children or family on a daily basis, you will learn how to take portraits that allow you to communicate more than just the physical attributes of your subject. From capturing personalities, interactions between subjects and those everyday routines and events, to making conscious decisions on a technical level that will help you to achieve your desired image, are all topics covered over the duration of the course. Packed full of feature artist interviews, visual examples and guidance, this course will equip you with the skills required to create strong, emotive portraits that truly reflect your inner artist.
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“Whether you shoot client sessions, or prefer to photograph your own children or family on a daily basis, you will learn how to take portraits that allow you to communicate more than just the physical attributes of your subject.”

Commitment
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4 weeks

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daily shooting encouraged

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4-6 hours of work per week

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this course has prerequisites

Prerequisites

Students should have a sound understanding of the exposure triangle, and be comfortable with their camera of choice.

Instructor

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Elle Walker is an Aussie Mum of two who comes from a formal background in Speech Pathology. She is passionate about communication and non-verbal language & expression within her imagery, and she specializes in both fine art & portraiture work. Her portfolio is available here.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

Categories

Shooting
Intermediate

• 4 Weekly Printable Lesson Downloads with Assignments (outlined in syllabus)
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students receive instructor and TA critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.

Welcome & Preassignment

Lesson One:

Reading: Classical Portraiture.
Assignment:

Lesson Two:

Reading: Lifestyle and Environmental Portraiture.
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Lesson Three:

Reading: Stylised and Fine Art Portraiture.
Assignment:

Lesson Four:

Reading: Exploring the Genres. Students will be introduced to a number of specific sub-genres, including newborns, weddings, a-day-in-the-life, birth, maternity and families.
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The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.

Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.



4 Comments

  • Larissa says:

    I enjoyed this class and would recommend it to anyone who is looking into shooting portraits more seriously. The nice thing about it is that not only does it cover what makes a nice classical portrait (lighting, etc.), Elle covers the other genres that fall into portrait photography. If you are new to taking pictures of people or looking into figuring out how to approach portrait photography with clients, I’d recommend this class. The assignments are fun and the material is informative. I am sure I’ll reference it often. Elle’s feedback, critique, and answers to questions are also terrific. She walked me through some processing questions via video and I really benefited from being able to view her instruction. So if you are new to taking portraits or looking into doing so more seriously, this is a great class in which to enroll.

  • This was probably the toughest class for me- Portraits are not my specialty, but I really wanted to learn, Elle’s course material was incredibly well written, but I find that her critiques were the most help for me. I had taken a number of CM courses before and find them all rewarding, but from Elle’s course, I took away more knowledge about how to be more aware of lighting- whether I’ve blown a highlight or I’ve underexposed… she payed attention to the details, and I needed that. I can hear her encouragement and her lessons when I take photos now, even if they are NOT portraits, and even when I edit my photos. I highly recommend this course if you are ready to be pushed and ready to learn from your critiques. Her lessons are worth your time.

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