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Film Production & Photography

“If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.” - Stanley Kubrick

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Course Overview

Kendal College photography tutor and photographer, Dave Willis creates dramatic character portraits for national magazine titles including the BBC and in this workshop he will teach you some professional approaches to creating successful portraits on location and in the studio.

Portrait photography is an essential skill for any aspiring photographer, and this is an excellent way to begin to learn the art of portraiture. The workshop will guide you through classic portrait lighting, the kit you need and the techniques that are used.

The workshop begins with some studio lighting skills and understanding portrait set-ups, before adding more complex lights and studio accessories to discover just how creative you can be. You will also learn about improvising backgrounds and props and using hard and soft lighting techniques to control shadow and highlights. With a basic understanding of lighting and managing the portrait, you will be able to transfer this knowledge to natural light on location, making the most of any situation.

This workshop is a 'skills' course without formal qualifications or assessments and is suitable for anyone with a good level of existing technical and creative photography skill, who is looking to expand their learning. The course aims to provide an introduction to portrait lighting skills to enable learners to continue their learning independently in their own practice.
Lighting stands, modifiers and accessories are provided but learners will have to bring their own camera.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications for enrolment but a good level of technical photography knowledge and skill is essential for learners to benefit from this workshop. It is assumed that learners will have their own cameras and would be able to access some lighting options at home or in the workplace.

After Your Course

This workshop is tutored by an experienced professional photographer and teacher, helping to support learners into independent progression, in their own work and practice. It is ideal for aspiring photographers and those working in creative businesses, who could benefit from learning how to produce professional looking portraits and head-shots. It would also be useful for existing photography/film/video students who would like to expand their knowledge of lighting.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses. There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc.

This course is not funded by the government and is full cost. As such, the course is the price stated for all students. If you are paying for your course, there may be the option to pay by instalments if the course fees are over £200 and the course duration is 15 weeks or more. Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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