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Photographing People: How to Shoot Stunning Travel Portraits

03 Feb 2023
Photographing People: How to Shoot Stunning Travel Portraits

Photographing the people you encounter can be one of the most rewarding things about travel, yet it is the things that many people struggle with the most. Many photographers get intimidated about approaching strangers, and just end up stealing a shot from afar. They rush a shot without any thought or creativity then hurry away before they get confronted. This means that they have a bad experience of the whole process, and crucially so does the person being photographed. It also means that they come away with disappointing pictures: with little or no feeling or empathy.

This engaging and lively workshop will teach you all that you need to know to approach people, engage with them and come away with stunning portraits that really capture something of their personality. It will cover some of the practical technical and creative decisions you will need to make when shooting a portrait as well as helping you with ways to overcome any shyness and natural reservations. By making these decisions in advance - before you approach someone to ask permission, you can be more relaxed and creative. You will also learn the best ways to approach people and how to go about the mechanics of shooting different styles of portrait. Crucially Steve will share his own technique for achieving engaging eye contact. We will also take an extensive look at candid/street photography, and how to take pictures without permission, but crucially without causing offence.

This Masterclass will be accompanied by comprehensive notes. Illustrated with many of Steve's portraits from around the world, this Masterclass will include:

  • How to see pictures and previsualise your portrait style
  • Approaching people and achieving eye contact -
  • Optimal camera settings for perfect portraits
  • Techniques for non-intrusive street photography

For smartphone, compact, mirrorless, DSLR

Steve Davey, Photographer, Writer