Course Summary


This portrait photography masterclass provides you with everything you need to take beautiful portraits in available light (natural and otherwise). Learn about the two main types of portraiture (headshots and environmental portraits) and be given useful tips, both practical and technical. You’ll also learn how to work with available light whether indoors or outdoors. Through hands-on shooting exercises and class reviews, you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned and gain valuable feedback.

portrait photography course

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.

By the end of the course you will have gained the confidence and techniques to take portrait photographs that you will be proud of!

Who is this course for?

This course is for students who have completed CAE’s Digital SLR Photography course or who have at least an 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 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 call us on 9652 0611 to discuss.

What should I bring on the day?

Please bring your Digital SLR or mirrorless 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.

Delivered by:

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 


CAE offers a wide range of Photography and Film courses. For details of upcoming courses please refer to the CAE website or phone CAE Customer Service on 9652 0611.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email to register your interest.

Last updated: August 4, 2020 04:35pm