Portrait Photography: Insight and Natural Light

Used by contemporary artists as a means to explore identity, the photographic portrait has moved away from its commercial roots. People make portraits of their friends and family members not just as a historical record of the individual, but also to push the boundaries of what a photograph can say about its subject. During this class, students will explore the world of contemporary portrait photography. They will be encouraged to practice formulating ideas prior to photographing, while also learning how to constructively critique one another's work. Some focus will be placed on the non-traditional portrait by exploring its narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects. Students will work with tableau (staged) and documentary (candid) photographic styles. In doing so, they will develop the ability to recognize the quality of natural light and to combine it with other essential tools for creating excellent portraits. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of Mac OS X. Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop helpful, but not required.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook. USB drive or cloud storage option for saving work. Digital SLR camera.

What to wear: Comfortable clothes, clothing suitable for working outdoors.

Register Before: September 5
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before August 12 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

PH 9527 FA19
Date Start: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Date End: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30–9:30 p.m
Main Building, Room 303
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Photography and Filmmaking
Working knowledge of Mac OS X. Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop helpful, but not required.