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.
- 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 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.