Portraiture Photography Workshop
CHF 600.- for 3 people

Starting 31 October 2022 One Saturday or Sunday including a review (week night)

3 people CHF 600.-

Portraiture Photography Workshop (Geneva)

The elements of representation

  • Capture authentic expressions
  • Learn how to deal with the person in front of your lens
  • Discover a range of lighting techniques


Schedule and pricing

  • 7h00 hours of teaching and shooting
  • Saturday or Sunday
  • Price CHF 600.- / 3 people
  • CHF 150.- / per extra person



Perhaps the most gratifying, but most difficult, form of photography is the portrait. Capturing the essence of someone – anyone from loved ones to acquaintances to enemies to strangers – is a skill that requires both elevated technique and a desire to really see and interact with people. But with a few focused lessons, you can be well on your way! We’ll cover all technical and practical issues in depth, with a special emphasis on communicating with your sitter. In this workshop your artistic expression and individual approach is paramount: we’ll discuss non-verbal communication, intuition, and sensitivity for your best results. I will present a range of lighting techniques and a series of slideshows to help you get inspired.



What you will learn

  • Psychology of portraiture: self-marketing, social media, beautification, cultural norms
  • Types of portrait: natural, action, reportage, posed, reaction, presentation, commercial
  • People skills: talking, interacting, having fun, silence, confidence, re-assuring
  • Natural ighting: window lighting, ambient lighting, outdoors, using a reflector
  • Flash lighting: studio flash, off camera cobra flash, diffusers and accessories, radio triggers and receptors, camera settings, creating form and contrast, using flash outdoors, basic studio lighting concepts and set ups
  • Creative visuals: focal perspective, depth of field, composition, environment



  • 9h45: Tea and coffee at studio
  • 10h00-13h00: Theory presentations, slideshows and demonstrations
  • 13h30-14h30: Lunch at a nearby restaurant (meal not included in workshop price)
  • 15h00-17h30: 3 outdoor locations for taking portraits, with flash and without

Photo Review

A review session, with individual feedback, is included at my studio on a weeknight after the workshop has taken place. The Photo Review date for your workshop is organised directly with Oliver.


Student Photo Galleries

Please also view the STUDENT GALLERIES

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