At the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland
Coming Summer 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$115.00 ($90.00 for members of the Delaplaine Art Center)
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Learn techniques for photographing people using existing light and artificial light. Students will work with a model both indoors and, weather permitting, outside. Class will cover camera settings, lens selection, location and specific lighting setups to produce compelling portraits. A significant section of the class will be spent photographing a model using topics covered in class. Please bring your camera to class.
There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. Lunch is not provided.
To register, contact the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center:
In person: 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701
By phone: 301-698-0656
Most students in my classes bring the mid-range zoom that came with their camera. Since there are better lenses for portraits, here are my recommendations if you wanted to use a different lens. Of these, I find the short telephoto and macro the most useful. A macro is for a head-and-shoulders portrait since some telephoto lenses have too great a minimum focusing distance (usually 2.5 to 3 feet) that will keep you from getting close enough to fill the frame with the model’s face.
For ASP-C cameras. (If you have a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera and do not know if it is ASP-C or full-frame, it is probably ASP-C. Full frame cameras are larger, heavier and more expensive.)
Normal lens: 35mm
Short telephoto lens: 50mm lenses designed for a full-frame camera, either f/1.4 or f/1.8. On an ASP-C camera, this works out to about a 75mm lens angle of view. (For Fujifilm X cameras, look at the 50mm f/2 and 56mm f/1.2 lenses).
Macro lens: 60mm f/2 or f/2.8
Moderate telephoto lens: 85mm lenses designed for a full-frame camera, either f/1.4 or f/1.8. On an ASP-C camera, this works out to an angle of view getting close to 135mm. (For Fujifilm X cameras, look at the 90mm f/2 lens.)
For full-frame cameras:
Normal lens: 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8
Short telephoto lens: 85mm f/1.4 or f/1.8
Macro lens: 90mm, 100mm or 105mm f/2.8
Moderate telephoto lens: 135mm f/2
For additional information, see Lens Selection for Portraits