JUNE 2017: Portrait Photography for Beginners with Cliff Capatais (PixelComa)

As a hobby-snapper, it’s not every day that you have the luxury of finding yourself shooting in a real studio full of professional equipment, with a professional model, while a professional photographer shows you the ropes. In fact, for almost every one of us, this was a first-time experience.

We were incredibly lucky to have Cliff Capatais of PixelComa generously share his studio, time, and wisdom with us this week at his “Portrait Photography for Beginners” workshop.

Cliff, a professional portrait and food photographer, possesses two things I absolutely love: a charming, disarming personality, and a preference for clean, natural photography without drastic re-touching and over-processing. Going over Portrait Photography 101 from him was perfect: clear, easy to follow, and – thanks to the hands-on workshop – very exciting!

Many of us, yours truly included, love shooting portraits of people. Many times, however, it’s intuitive; I have never worked in the controlled environment of a studio, seriously considering things like light direction and intensity, model interaction, background colours, different types of external flash units, and so on.

Speaking for most, of not all, of us, I can say that it was an exciting first step towards being more serious and thoughtful about portrait photography, and we’re incredibly grateful to Cliff and the lovely model Felicia Lucienne for the awesome introduction!

Here are some examples of Cliff’s work:

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If you’re interested in booking a workshop yourself, please check out his schedule of upcoming events. He speaks fluent German and English.

And here are some photos taken by the members of our crew:


See you at our next event and, until then, happy snapping!