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Capturing a compelling portrait: A masterclass with Carolyn Mendelsohn (London)Capturing a compelling portrait: A masterclass with Carolyn Mendelsohn (London)


Capturing a compelling portrait: A masterclass with Carolyn Mendelsohn (London)

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Capturing a compelling portrait: A masterclass with Carolyn Mendelsohn

Saturday 22nd June, 10am - 1pm


Carolyn is known for her compelling photographic portraits, and in particular, her current award winning series Being In-between. This presentation and workshop will explore how to create a compelling portrait, and give the participants practical starting points and tips that they can use straight away to develop their own portrait photography practice. Carolyn is a great believer that in order to learn how to take great photographs, you should allow yourself the opportunity to make mistakes, get things wrong and occasionally take risks and fail; and it is only by being open to doing this, that you will begin to really learn and to achieve great things in photography.

This session is created to inspire you, and to free you up to progress further on your photographic journey. In the practical part of the session, Carolyn with be working with you on how to use light, and recognizing good light.

You will look at what lenses and settings to use, and most importantly how to connect with your subject, guiding you through how to take great portraits. As well as giving you an opportunity to take portraits on location in London. Providing you with practical examples that you can use after the workshop.


10am - Carolyn Mendelsohn will present her backstory, the art of portraiture and her personal project Being Inbetween.

11am - Questions and Refreshments.

11:20am -

- Connection and rapport/How to develop it.

- Practical exercises using your camera including camera settings for portraiture and the importance of using a variety of lenses.

- Exploring lighting - what to look for, how to handle and work with natural light on location

- Taking portraits on location around London.

- Questions and feedback.

You will need:

- DSLR Camera

- Lenses/prime lenses (if you have them)

- Memory card

- Reflector (optional)


Carolyn Mendelsohn

Carolyn Mendelsohn

Carolyn  Mendelsohn  is  known  as  a  portrait  photographer  and  as  an   artist  who  uses  photography  and  film  and  sometimes sound  to  realize   creative  ideas  rooted  within  the  lives  of  individuals,  their  story  and   location.  Alongside  this  she  works on personal  portrait  commissions  and   commercial  briefs,  lifestyle  and  fashion.

Her  work  is  crafted  through  a  rigorous  process  of  social  research  and   collection  of  material.  It  follows  a  visual  narrative and  usually  has   emotional  content  and  she  is  known  for  creating  compelling,  powerful   portraits.

Carolyn  has  received  many  awards  including  British  Journal  of   Photography  Portrait  of  Britain,  RPS  IPE  159  gold  medal, Professional   Photographer  of  the  Year  2013  –  lifestyle  Category.  In  2018  she  was   shortlisted  for  the  International  Women Photographers  Award.  Her  work   has  received  awards  from  The  Arts  Council,  England,  and  she  has  been   sponsored  by organisations  such  a  FujiFilm,  ArtLink,  and  CC  imaging.  In   print,  her  photography  has  appeared  in  The  Guardian,  The Sunday   Times,  The  Telegraph,  The  Independent,  The  Mail,  The  Yorkshire  Post,  La   Monde  (online),  Professional Photographer  Magazine,  Photo   Professional,  Photography  Monthly,    F2  and  BJP,  Click  Magazine  and  has   been  broadcast  on GMTV,  C4,  BBC  Radio  4,    and  the  BBC  Big  Screen.