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Studio portrait photography workshop


Learn how to master studio photography, lighting techniques and poses on this one day hands on workshop where you will create stunning portraits.

I have been working in a photography studio since I was a young girl helping my dad in his. I am now pleased to offer portrait photography courses in my own fully equipped studio, where I will teach you how to master studio and natural light for beautiful portrait sessions. I will demonstrate how to get the most from your subject, working with them to make them at ease in front of the camera using simple direction and posing techniques.

This course is an action packed day of shooting, learning and fun while showing you the practical skills you will need to master the art of working in a studio.


A studio photography workshop is a really busy day of shooting, learning and fun.

You’ll start the day learning how to prepare for your shoots, the type of equipment you might need and camera settings before setting up the studio, where you will position the lights, positioning propos such as posing blocks or a posing stool. We will then move onto teaching studio photography techniques where will work on portrait composition, directing your subject, posing tools, use of dark and light backgrounds, we will use a flattering but simple two-light system of soft boxes, a modelling lamp, off camera flash and natural light.

How to use the equipment and the best camera settings will be explained in detail as we go through the day and you will learn how to achieve the best results. We will also work with a model and you will have ample time to direct your own photographs and build some gorgeous portfolio shots.

At the end of the day we will spend time in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to process your photographs. Looking at Lightroom workflows, pre-sets, cropping, shadows and highlights with both colour images and black and white images.


Carmen is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute with a Diploma in adult education

What the day includes

To ensure that every student gets plenty of time shooting we limit the class size on this course to just three people.

What you will need to bring

The studio

Rakefoot studio is in the heart of Bassenthwaite village, and is fully equipped with soft boxes, backgrounds, posing stools and blocks and can be fully blacked out.

The itinerary for the day

09:00 Coffee
09:15 Camera clinic to ensure you know how to set ISO, aperture manual mode and shutter speed
09:30 Set up the studio, position the lights, posing blocks flash and backgrounds
11:00 Shooting the model – how to get to know your subject to put them at ease, moving the lights to create different effects
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Shooting the model – Posing techniques and using different backgrounds
14:30 Time on your own with the model
15:30 Processing your images, review time and critique.
16:30 Finish

(all times are approximate)



£175 per person
£320 one to one


One day


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