The Human Portrait Online Juried Exhibition DCP invites you to enter our juried competition, The Human Portrait, with photographs that illustrate the human connection. Cash prizes will be awarded and selections will be featured in a virtual exhibition on the DCP website. Submission deadline is November 29.

Posing Your Subjects For Natural Portraits

Whether in the studio or on location, giving direction to people you are photographing is a valuable skill. In this class, learn tips and techniques to create a portrait that feels natural and un-posed.
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Ask anyone if they prefer a posed or an un-posed (or candid) portrait, and they will ALWAYS say un-posed. Why? Because we all want to look natural and relaxed and confident in our photos –instead of the way we REALLY feel in front of a photographer.  It’s like asking, “Do you like natural or unnatural light?”  But there is more to posing than telling someone where to stand. For most photographers candid portraits are usually more difficult to achieve. And posing is scary.  Let’s explore all the adjustments, large and small, that create a compelling portrait.

  • How to give direction to your subjects so that they look (and feel) comfortable during a photo shoot
  • Various setups in the studio or on location to capture genuine portraits
  • What to do differently when working with a group of people vs. just one subject
  • What techniques to use when the photos are turning out too artificial or forced

  • Cost per person is $40 early registration, $50 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Class starts promptly at 6:00pm CST and lasts no more than 1.5 hours.
  • Please plan to be on camera for the class. It lets us all connect a little better and help keeps your instructor happy and sane!
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20.

We encourage you to enter DCP’s photo competition The Human Portrait. Click here for more information and details about submission. Instructor Jennifer Spelman will be the juror for this competition.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?

A: Like in the classroom, this online session is a demonstration class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Teresa Berg

Teresa Berg is a nationally recognized photographer and co-founder of Artists for Animals. She specializes in contemporary, artistic portraits for a sophisticated clientele. Additionally, she donates much of her time to animal and children’s charities.

Berg’s work has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, The Today Show online, BBC Radio, The Dallas Morning News, The Toronto Star, Professional Photographer Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Reader’s Digest Magazine, Guidepost Magazine, Bark Magazine and numerous blogs.

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