The Portrait Exposed, Sydney Photography Workshop

AUD $225.00
  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
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In this workshop you’ll explore the fundamentals of portraiture and learn techniques to communicate your ideas. You’ll explore the variables of natural light and how to achieve a variety of styles and looks.

A powerful portrait can challenge and enlighten. Whether you’re taking portraits of family and friends, for business or for exhibition, it’s important to understand the tools and qualities that make portraiture compelling and memorable.

We look at decision-making processes and the technical aspects of composition and lighting. We examine white balance and how use contrast to create mood and atmosphere. We explore bouncing and diffusing light and how to shoot portraits in outdoor situations.

Working with a model is a great way to learn how to pose and communicate with your subject. We give you opportunities to gain confidence in directing and realising your creative ideas.


Workshop format: 

Tutors: A professional photographer and a
photographer's assistant (depending on group size)

Class size: Minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 2 pm on selected Saturdays.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop commences to ensure we start on time

Meeting point: White Rabbit Gallery - 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale.

White Rabbit Gallery is a 10-minute walk from Central Station. By bus, alight at Central Park opposite UTS and cross the park to Balfour Street. Parking is available at UTS Carpark: check the website for fees. 

After a discussion about portraiture and light, we’ll walk to various locations around Chippendale for practical learning.


What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera orcompact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one extra memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!


What does the workshop cover?

  • portraiture and its genres
  • creative controls
  • memory, pixels, file sizes, and storage
  • fill flash techniques
  • how to diffuse and bounce light
  • understanding light
  • exposing for highlight and for shadows
  • advanced creative composition
  • lens perspective
  • how to pose your subject
  • how to work with a model and communicate your ideas
  • setting mood and creating atmosphere
  • choosing backgrounds and setting a style



Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking.



If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577