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

Date: Jul 1-7, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $1295
Class Size: 12

Image Credit: David Turner

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.

Below: Image credit © Kara Birnbaum, behind the scenes with David Turner

Below: past student work (left to right): Christina Venturini, Pat Trotter, Frank Bitetto, Martin Ruetschi 

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Instructor: David Turner

Photographer David Turner is best known for his 25 year career in NYC working for top magazines like W Magazine photographing the latest fashions to a beautifully lit portrait of designer Ralph Lauren to a still life of the newest fragrance. Constantly running to the newstand to see other popular photographers from the New York Times Magazine or Italian Vogue to competitively compare or secretly admire the beautiful and powerful medium of photography, Turner has had to keep a pulse on this constantly changing industry not from the outside looking in but from the inside where all the decisions are being made by Editors, Creative Directors and leading Designers.