Indoor Portraiture

Safari Series to Refine Your Skills

Quick Details

Beginner Indoor Portraiture

This three-hour, hands-on portrait photography workshop in DC provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using window light and affordable studio lighting equipment. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern and facial position are covered and photographed. Students will use each other as models.

Intermediate Indoor Portraiture

You’ve seen classic portrait in books, magazines, and websites. Have you ever wondered how portrait photographers achieve that flattering look around the eyes and how they manage to have one side of the face slightly darker than the other? Also, how do they manage to achieve a pose and an expression that brings out the subject’s personality?

This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner Indoor Portraiture, which – or equivalent portrait photography experience – is a prerequisite for this course. It teaches the participants how to use window light and affordable studio lighting equipment to produce classic lighting patterns for a variety of facial positions. Demonstrating the use of a main light and a fill light to achieve that flattering triangular “butterfly” lighting pattern around one eye, and how to measure the amounts of light falling on each side of the face. A method is taught to determine which lighting patterns flatter each particular subject.

Advanced Indoor Portraiture

This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner and Intermediate Indoor Portraiture. Participants will work with professional lighting equipment to achieve the classic portraiture lighting techniques to replicate the great master portrait artists. Techniques to accentuate masculinity in men and femininity in women will be demonstrated. Students will use each other as models.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Lenses in the range of 35 mm to 110 mm (do not buy a lens if you do not already own one)
    • Extra charged battery
    • Extra memory card
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet at 4614 Linmar Court, Alexandria, VA, 22312. Here is a map!

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • Instructor Joseph Tessmer has been awarded the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Associate Fellow of Photography professional degrees. He has completed his term as governor of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association and is actively involved in the Washington metropolitan photographic community. Hundreds of his photographs have been published in national and international magazines. He has taught a variety of photography courses at the amateur and professional level. In recent professional competition, one of his images won best of show and two others received Court of Honor ribbons and have been included in the photography international loan collection. Currently, his work is on display at Dulles International Airport to welcome visitors to Washington.