Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 3 August 2020
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Most of us wish to be able to take great portraits of our family and friends, as well as be able to capture striking images of people and cultures when travelling.

However, taking pictures of people can be a challenge, even for the most experienced photographer.

This very practical course will therefore help you take your portraits to the next level, control the light to capture the best shot, and gain confidence as a photographer.


During the course, you’ll be working with a professional model and learning how to edit your photos with Lightroom and Photoshop to create images with the wow factor.

The course will suit photographers at all levels of skill and experience.

You’ll find it helpful to have some knowledge of using your equipment in manual mode.

This is not a purely technical workshop that endlessly discusses gear - instead, it’s a pragmatic, hands-on course in the art and science of portrait photography.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have an appreciation of the challenges and joys of photographing people.

You’ll leave with images for your portfolio, and the technical skills and knowledge to continue taking great portraits.

Tutor profile: Crash Taylor has become one of the world’s finest wedding photographers - in 2009 he was voted one of the UK’s top ten wedding photographers by Professional Photographer magazine.

In 2010, he was editor-at-large of Turning Pro magazine, and has been featured in numerous national UK magazines, podcasts and radio shows.

After retiring from wedding photography in 2016, Crash now spends his time lecturing at Nottingham Trent University, photographing exclusive homes in Nottinghamshire and taking portraits for clients and personal projects.

He still finds time to photograph the occasional wedding for friends and family.

He is completely addicted to photography and loves sharing his knowledge and skills with his students.

Find out more about Crash:

http://nottstv.com/photographer-taking-500-hauntingly-beautiful-pictures-nottingham-strangers/

https://www.instagram.com/crashtaylorphotographer/

http://www.instagram.com/strangersofnottingham/

https://vimeo.com/crashtaylor

https://vimeo.com/crashtaylorphotographer

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • study the great photographers and dissect their images
  • learn about light and its behaviour - direction, intensity and quality
  • explore lighting on the move, and how to get the most from natural light and speedlights
  • learn about composition and backgrounds
  • explore different approaches, including candid and corporate portraits.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £575.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £575.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418