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The Dynamic Portrait

Starts May 16

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, 10am-5pm

Become a savvy portrait photographer! This fun and challenging hands-on workshop for beginning to intermediate level photographers will both increase your technical know-how and help you develop better communication skills with your subject.

In the first session, we’ll start by creating portraits using natural light with the large banks of windows at FilmNorth. You’ll expand your understanding of selective focus, depth of field, and shutter speed choices. Next, we’ll make dramatic portraits using hot lights, a bounce, cutters, and diffusion. These consistent light sources are great for learning as you see the results of changes as you make them. After lunch, we’ll review some of our images. For the final part of Day 1 we’ll set up strobes (with a softbox and/or grids), the modern gear that most photographers use. This setup will include remote triggers, tether cords, and other common studio devices. You’ll also learn how to use basic grip gear like super clamps and C-stands.

On day 2, you’ll be given an editorial assignment with an array of lighting challenges. Participants will share the roles of photographer and assistant so you’ll learn how to not only better communicate with your client, but with your crew as well.

Talent (model/actor) will be on hand both days for photo shoots. A DSLR or film camera is required; no phone cameras, please. There is a lunch break each session.

Tuition: $235 regular/$175 member/$130 low-income

Ted Hall is a commercial and fine art photographer. He specializes in location portraiture and also enjoys outdoor adventure photo opportunities whenever possible. In addition to using his digital gear, Ted loves film. He shoots much of his personal work with his trusty 4×5 Calumet. Ted’s short film, “The Negative,” was awarded Best Short Narrative at the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. He believes the modern noir lighting he and his crew created helped set the tone for the film. Lighting strikes again.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




May 16 @ 10:00 am
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
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