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Continuing Studio Portraiture
6-Session Evening Class

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Mon., July 8–Aug. 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Code: 1K00AY

This photography class is designed as a follow-up to Introduction to Studio Portraiture and explores the special lighting controls of the studio. Classes focus on such topics as lighting and posing couples and groups; special effects using vignettes and diffusion; lighting effects using gels; and outdoor portraits. Students examine the styles of well-known portrait photographers and go on location to create an environmental portrait. Participants produce portfolios of portraits of models and their classmates, using Polaroid film.

Students work in the format of their choice. Polaroid film (used for test shots) and models' fees are included in tuition. At the first session, the instructor discusses a list of materials that each student should bring to class.

Students should have taken Introduction to Studio Portraiture or have knowledge of camera operation, portrait posing, and lighting.

Instructor Marty Kaplan studied with renowned portrait photographer Arnold Newman and operated his own studio for over 20 years.

6 sessions, 3 hours each


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3031
1100 Jefferson Dr, SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)