Introduction to Portrait Photography Workshop
Tutor: Eva Kalpadaki
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next dates: Sunday workshop 14 May 2017
What does this course cover?
You will learn basic simple lighting techniques that will help you control both natural and artificial light along with useful tips and dos and donts in order to capture striking portraits of friends, relatives and strangers and make the best use of your camera. During the practice session, you will explore and experiment with these techniques and you will be given constructive feedback in a non-judgemental environment. Looking briefly at the history of the photographic portrait and taking inspiration from famous portrait photographers you will also learn how to play creatively with ideas and express yourselves using your camera as a tool.
About the tutor
Eva was born in Greece. After she was awarded a Greek State Foundation scholarship she moved to UK to complete a PhD in Arts and Communication at UCA. She is a qualified teacher holding a PGCE teaching certificate from the University of Brighton. She is currently working as a fine art photographer and photography tutor. In her artistic practice she is not using the photographic medium to produce a record and a document of the world, which is what we usually expect to see in a photograph. She is using it to question the nature of photography and to cause a tension in what we are looking at. She is playing between representation and abstraction. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 exhibition among numerous solo and group shows. www.playingandreality.co.uk
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