Better Portraits A workshop at chirpy

This is a proposal for a workshop (or workshops) focusing on "Better Portraits" using digital photography to be run at Chirpy during Spring / Summer 2017. It would be open to all, including beginners. Everyone, even those with expertise, will learn (and have the chance to practice) principles which will enhance their photography and make them more confident taking portraits.

This is only one of a range of photography workshops that I would be interested in and capable of running, including:

  • Get to know your digital camera: an introduction to photography
  • Walking the streets: an introduction to street photography
  • Learning to love the light: an introduction to (off-camera) flash
  • After you press the shutter: an introduction to editing images, and photobooks

PORTRAITS is an obvious choice for a workshop. It is likely to be popular. It can be daunting to take portraits. A few simple rules can make the challenge more manageable and the process more rewarding.

In proposing this workshop I am building on my experience running on-line classes.

See my contributions to the !Afterclass! group on Flickr:

In addition, I have run portrait workshops at the Leeds Photocamp for Exposure Leeds and workshops in portraits and in street photography for a range of organisations. The link below is to a (rather busy and cluttered) website built for a previous portrait workshop.


Workshops to be announced in the next CHIRPY leaflet. Price £35-45 for workshops involving one or two sessions. (If two sessions, they could be held a fortnight apart, with a chance for participants to do some homework and to discuss one another's portraits at the second session.) It would be good to get at least 8 participants for each workshop. Perhaps we should limit it to 10. I would email participants with a web-page similar to this one supporting the workshops, and could build a website for displaying their work.

In the first instance I would pay money to Chirpy only for the hire of the room. Let's see what the take up is and what the feedback is like. I will certainly use Facebook and other social media (Twitter, Instagram, Flickr) to publicize the workshops. I would be happy to use my skills with a camera to assist Chirpy with any of its other promotions. I could, for example, come across and take some photos of the other workshops held at Chirpy.

[Above and below: my portraits of my daughter, Nikki]

All the portraits here were taken by me. It might seem that they are very diverse, but they all illustrate very simple principles... secrets, if you like... which make it easier to get better portraits. If, Jo, you would like me to explain those principles, I would be glad to.

Thanks, Jo, for inviting me to let you have this proposal.

Let me know what you think. I would be happy to come across to Chapel Allerton again to talk further.

My email is

My mobile 0 798 33 92 96 0

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