The Basics: How to Make Great Portraits with Your Digital Camera
Description: This weekend long workshop will get you using your digital camera creatively. On the first day we will learn to use our cameras manually, gaining a solid understanding of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, and motion blur. We will also talk about different lenses and the basics of composition.
The second day we will work on applying these skills to portraiture. We will look at examples of portraits and talk about what makes an engaging portrait. Then we will make portraits of each other exploring the figure/ground relationship, the use of creative perspectives, and lighting. The workshop’s main objective is to provide participants with a technical fluency that they may apply when making their own photographs. At the end we will go over options for editing software, focusing on Adobe Lightroom.
This is a great class for anyone that wants to make better pictures! No experience necessary.
Bio- Jennifer Calivas is a photographer who grew up in Maine and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA in Photography from The Yale School of Art in 2018 and has shown her photographs at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City and LTD Los Angeles. She currently teaches photography at Wesleyan University where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and will be spending her summer in Maine as a resident at the Monhegan Island Artist Residency.