Course Summary

This portrait photography course is everything you need to get started!

CAE’s Portrait Photography Masterclass provides students the basic knowledge needed to take portraits using available light (both natural and otherwise). Students will learn about the two main types of portraiture- headshots and environmental portraits- and will be given useful tips, both practical and technical. They will also learn how to work with available light, whether indoor or outdoor. Through hands-on shooting exercises and class reviews, students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learnt and gain valuable feedback.

Course Sessions

Saturday, 6th April - 1 class

Session ID HDAN8002C
6 Apr - 6 Apr 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$189 / $180 (conc)
Krystal Seigerman

Portrait Photography Course contents:

  • An overview of the two main types of portraiture – head-shots and environmental portraits.
  • Working with your subject – building rapport, posing, expression.
  • Technical considerations and optimal camera set up for portraiture.
  • Aesthetic considerations and compositional techniques for portraiture.
  • Understanding and modifying available light.
  • Hands-on shoots, class reviews and feedback.

Gain the technique and importantly, the confidence to take portrait photographs that you will be proud of!

Krystal Seigerman is a Melbourne based photographer specialising in the areas of portraiture and documentary photography. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaches photography in a variety of tertiary and community contexts.

In 2003, Krystal completed a Bachelor of Media Arts (Photography) at Deakin University and has since regularly exhibited her work. She has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and the Incinerator Art Award as well as the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture on three occasions. Krystal’s work has appeared in publications including The Big Issue magazine, Australian Art Monthly, The Australian and Australian Geographic magazine. She has also contributed her images to several books including Beyond Reasonable Drought, Remembrance and Heartland: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Australian Conservation Foundation. Her work is held in the permanent collections of Horsham Regional Art Gallery and the State Library of Queensland. Krystal has been a member of MAPgroup (Many Australian Photographers), an independent association of documentary photographers, since 2006.

See Krystal's website for further information about Krystal and examples of her work 

This course is for students who have completed CAE’s Digital SLR Photography course or who have an equivalent skill level (e.g. you need to be confident in controlling your camera manually and have an understanding of the basic principles of aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc. as this will not be covered). Please note – this course is also suitable for mirrorless cameras. If you are unsure whether your camera is suitable, please feel welcome to call us on 9652 0611 to discuss.

Please bring your Digital SLR or mirror less camera (any brand) to class, along with a notebook and pen. Ensure your camera batteries are fully charged and that there’s plenty of room on your memory card (preferably have it empty). Please also bring the instruction manual if you have it.

Last updated: March 25, 2019 12:35pm