Portrait Photography Workshop
CHF 350.-

Starting 31 October 2022 Flexible schedule: weekday or weekend, book your date directly with Oliver

Portraiture Photography Workshop

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

  • Theory in the morning and practical photography in the afternoon
  • The workshop is one day 10h-17h30 week or weekends
  • Book your date directly with Oliver 078-765-39-23 oliver.ohanlon@me.com
  • Individual workshop CHF 350.-
  • Additional participants CHF 100.- / 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: off camera cobra flash, diffusers and accessories, radio triggers and receptors, camera settings, creating form and contrast, using flash outdoors
  • Creative visuals: focal perspective, depth of field, composition, environment


  • 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
  • A review session is organised after the workshop

Workshop Address

  • 4, Esplanade de Pont-Rouge, 1212 Grand Lancy (Geneva city: Etoile / Acacias area).
  • Public transport: tram 15 buses 21, 43, D stop P+R Etoile. Train station: Lancy Pont-Rouge.

Student photographs

Here are samples from intermediate courses, including portrait photographs. You can also check out the introduction and advanced galleries here

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