If there were a musical equivalent to photography, it would probably be songwriting—and portraiture would be like playing your song to a live audience with only an acoustic guitar. By its nature portraiture is stripped down and intimate, designed to get at the heart and soul of a subject's inner state of being.
This workshop focuses on the art of creating portraits with a heightened sense of emotional resonance. Through simple and practical instruction, Kurt Iswarienko—a noted celebrity portrait photographer and film director—leads participants through an exploration of the lighting and composition techniques, as well as the philosophical decision making, that set the stage for cinematic portraits.
Kurt guides participants through in-depth, hands-on demonstrations of these tools of the trade, often using equipment from his own collection for a very personal glimpse into his process. Each day consists of a morning lecture addressing a vital component of cinematic portraiture and an afternoon assignment, where students make their own portraits based on the principles discussed earlier in the day
Special emphasis is placed on continuous lighting instruments, lens choices, and different camera formats, and we look at ways in which various options can influence the creative outcome of a portrait.
We complete our time together with sharpened technical knowledge and a renewed sense of empowerment to go out and create your own boldly evocative cinematic portraits.
Get acquainted with some of the previous work that was generated in this class: .
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Working knowledge of artificial lighting, digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Lighting equipment is provided in the Santa Fe Workshops studio.
On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Tuition includes a meal plan of a Sunday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception with
light dinner, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner at the Friday
evening Image Presentations.
About the instructor
Kurt Iswarienko is a portrait and advertising photographer known for eliciting emotional performances from the world's most prolific actors, musicians, and personalities. His cinematic visual style developed over years of working as a lighting technician for some of Hollywood's most revered cinematographers; thinking he would become a cinematographer himself, Kurt picked up a still camera to learn how to expose film. The autonomy and simplicity of telling a story with just a camera and lens swiftly captivated his imagination, and today he lends his eye to photographic campaigns for top advertising and entertainment clients, from AT&T to Netflix.