Unlock the art of the celebrity portrait and capture beautiful portraits in a strict time crunch.

Celebrity portraits often look like they had all day to set up. The reality is that the shot is often snapped within a few minutes. This course teaches students how to size up a location, how to look for the existing ambient light, how to light the location to match the existing ambient (taking your cues from the location) light even a small space beautifully, and ultimately how to master an environmental portrait on location.. The class goes to a different location each day working with both male and female models.

David teaches master lighting techniques customized for the individual subject. The key light is sculpted to varying degrees based on a trained eye, not formulas or lighting diagrams. The class will emphasize seeing the light, setting the mood for the scene, creating atmosphere, the cascading effects of decision-making (when things go wrong), and separating the subject by making the right tonal values that make or break a great image. Students leave the week knowing how to make interesting images, how to make a more interesting location portrait and how to use the lighting to make the subject the star. 


David Turner

Photographer David Turner started his career in Milan, Italy shooting features for top fashion magazines. Twenty years later he is still a favorite among fashion designers and is known for his magical portraits of Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more. David has used his extraordinary talent in both the fashion and still life field, and has been a major contributor to W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar and Seventeen Magazine. David  has also worked as Staff Photographer for Hearst Publications at Studio D in New York City. David brings to MMW a myriad of resources in the areas of tabletop photography, lighting techniques, posing for portraits, fashion, and advertising, to name a few. His knowledge in the field, combined with his infectious personality, makes David a welcome member of MMW's instructional staff.

What David's students have said:

"David Turner's eye is amazing to behold.  He opens doors of photographic vision."
- Michael Honegger, Paris, France

"David is a fabulous photographer and teacher who shares his knowledge and experience freely and enjoys teaching."


Course Dates

Jul 2 to Jul 8



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