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A+ Dynamic Portraits

Portraits are one of the most potent kinds of photographs. A great portrait is enduring whether it memorializes a person’s life or just a single instant. The difference between a snapshot and a good portrait is more narrow than you’d think. Learn what constitutes an A+ portrait and how to incorporate the techniques used by professionals to create your images. In this class, students will study a wide variety of outstanding portrait photographs from three centuries of photography, including examples from advertising, editorial, fashion, music, documentary, sports, war, travel, and celebrity portraiture. Students will learn the varying components that make up a successful image, including posing your subject, lighting, angle, color, lense, mood, expression, and composition. Learn how to maximize each of these, elevating their portrait work from average to A+.


Registration & Fees: $175
Members Enjoy 20% Off Tuition


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Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.



Class meets three Wednesdays:
April 14th, 21st, & 28th
7 - 9 pm CT


Capture, Lighting, Present

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection
Digital Camera with 'Manual' Mode
Flash-drive (or external hard drive)
Notebook and pen


David Knox