Outdoor Portraiture

Safari Series to Refine Your Skills

Quick Details

Beginner Outdoor Portraiture

This three-hour, hands-on DC photography workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using natural light, on-camera flash, and simple reflectors. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern, facial position background selection is covered and photographed. Students will use each other as models.

Intermediate Outdoor Portraiture

This workshop expands on the techniques covered in beginner outdoor portraiture. Selection of lenses to control the background, using structures to create pleasing lighting patterns on subjects, and photographing individuals around water will be covered.

Advanced Outdoor Portraiture

This workshop expands on the techniques covered in intermediate outdoor portraiture. Selection of lenses to control the background, using structures to create pleasing lighting patterns on subjects, and photographing individuals around water will be covered.

  • 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
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Beginner Outdoor Portraiture meets at 4614 Linmar Court, Alexandia, VA 22312. Here is a map!

    Intermediate Outdoor Portraiture meets at Meridian Hill Park. Here is a map!

    Advanced Outdoor Portraiture meets inside the entrance to Green Spring Gardens in Alexandia. 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.