Location Portraiture

Instructor John Francis
Duration Time 3 Sessions (1 per week) 6pm - 8:30pm (1 Sat. shoot) 9am - noon
Location Harmon Photo, 1808 N. Orange Ave., Orlando FL 32804
Class Description

In this information-packed three-session class, students will learn to photograph people on location. The first week will be spent in the classroom reviewing the technical and compositional aspects of location portraiture. You will learn how to deal with – and eliminate – distracting or ugly backgrounds, how to recognize and use elements present in any location to your advantage, and how to recognize good light, as well as handle bad lighting conditions. Students will also be exposed to the use of off-camera lighting, and be shown how to use it to enhance or replace the existing light in any location. The points will be illustrated by numerous images, many of which were taken during previous Location Portraiture classes.

During the second class (usually held on the following Saturday morning) we will go on location with models where you will have plenty of time to put into practice the ability to recognize good locations, and visualize, manipulate and create light in order to capture great images. We will use both natural light and flash, and all lighting equipment will be provided.

The third week will include a constructive critique of students’ images from the weekend’s photoshoot, and a discussion of some post-processing techniques designed to get the most out of your location portraits.


“A fantastic presentation! I feel sorry for any that missed it. Truly hands down the best portrait presentation I have ever been to.”
Misty M.

Price $150

Topics Covered
  • Creating great images in any environment
  • Controlling the light
  • Using lenses effectively
  • Dealing with busy or unattractive backgrounds
  • Using reflectors and flash on location
  • Editing techniques for location portraiture
  • Feedback on student’s images
  • Four hour shoot on location with one or two models
Materials Needed
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual exposure modes and interchangeable lenses
  • Fully charged camera battery & memory card
  • Lenses in the range (35 – 200 mm)
  • Photo 2 or equivalent skills
Register for this class:
Class price: $150

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Professional Photographer
A professional educator, John has been involved in photography for over 30 years. Together with Susan, he is co-owner of both Harmon’s School of Photography and Catchlight Studios Photography. John is mainly a people photographer, but also enjoys travel and fine art photography.