Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits

at BKC - Bushwick

Course Details
$85 10 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Feb 08, 11:00am - 2:00pm

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Bushwick, Brooklyn
736 Bushwick Ave
Btwn Hart & Lawton Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11221
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this portrait photography class:

Making a great portrait doesn't necessarily require expensive gear.  Take for example one of the most famous portraits of all time, Steve McCurry's Afghan Girl, shot for the cover of National Geographic in 1985 using only a 35mm camera and natural light.  It's not the tools themselves that do the job, but rather the mind creating with them.  

In this illuminating Crash Course we'll help you to observe, visualize and control natural light, demonstrating how light and shadow, as well as different focal lengths, affect the dimensions of the human face.  You'll get valuable practice photographing people and learn to put subjects at ease.  Make vivid portraits a part of your everyday.

Who should take this class?
Anyone who wants to learn how to make surprisingly awesome portraits quickly, easily and without a lot of fancy equipment.

What to bring?
Your digital camera and additional lenses if you have them.

Understanding of manual exposure control.  It is recommended to take an intro class like Crash Course: Camera Basics, 1-Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up! or Digital Photo I: The Basics prior to taking this class.

Be in a weather-appropriate attire for going outside.
Bring charged batteries (and spare if possible), and a clean memory card.

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Refund Policy
Students must give notification 72 hours or more in advance to receive full refund/transfer credit. Request made within 72 hours will be charged a 25% withdrawal fee. No refunds granted after the beginning of class.


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11:00am - 2:00pm TBD 1 $85
2:30pm - 5:30pm TBD 1 $85

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Question from DNR
How is this workshop split between theory and practical session time?
Answer from Jane S. Verified Student
The first hour or so is focused on theory, the rest is mostly practice. Then the group reconvenes at the end to look at famous photographs and discuss which techniques were used.
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi DNR! The Quick & Dirty Portraits class is split about 40% theory and 60% practical, including shooting and testing light and concepts.
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Reviews of Classes at BKC (319)

(319 Reviews)
Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits
Reviewed by Anonymous on 1/22/2017
Didn't cover the last module. Had fun, but don't feel that I really learned that much. Lighting module was good.
Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits
Reviewed by Alex T. on 10/11/2015
Learned quite a few new things with white balance are you so rule of thirds. It was great getting outside and taking photos of people. But would like a little more time outside shooting candids. Overall great class!
Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits
Reviewed by Lindsay M. on 6/1/2015
When I first registered for this class I thought it would focus on taking portraits with the certain style of the example photo, but it is more portraiture in general. The instructor Alan was great, I liked the amount of time we spent in the classroom understanding the importance of aperture and depth of field in portraits. I also enjoyed playing with the light bouncers outside, I really see a difference. I would love them to add one more hour and also take some portraits indoors.
Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits
Reviewed by Josh D. on 2/1/2015
Instructor was knowledgeable, but spent way too much time on technical basics - we barely had 1/3 of the class for taking photos or even discussion specifically about portraits
Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits
Reviewed by Nelson Arce on 8/1/2014
Excellent class, highly recommended! The instructor Justin was knowledgeable and patient. I walked away from the class with a solid understanding on what to work on in order to take better photos, thank you!
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BKC is a photo, video and creative education center located in the heart of Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Our basic philosophy is simple: cut the crap.  We’re founded upon the idea of learning by doing, whether it's hands-on classes in studio lighting, a workshop on shooting HD Video for Youtube,...

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