Introduction to Studio Portraits

Convinced that making portraits with studio lighting is too expensive and too complicated? Let's keep it simple!
Upcoming Workshop

Instructor Teresa Berg has been making studio portraits sing for over 20 years and knows that studio lighting is a building process. In this workshop, we’ll start with one light and a reflector to make lots of beautiful portraits of live models in the studio.

One-light portraits can be so compelling that you might not even want to progress to more lights and different set-ups. We’ll explore the benefits and techniques of adding additional lights, so you have the option of going deeper.

We’ll learn about simple posing techniques, how to set up a simple (inexpensive) studio that you can use at home – or on location – and how to get results that look and feel timeless and professional. Best of all, you are learning hands-on with your camera and a professional by your side to guide and help you along the way.

This workshop will be held in-person at Dallas Center for Photography. Please view our COVID policies and procedures here. When you register, you will need to sign our COVID policy agreement and waiver. Everyone entering DCP is required to wear a mask at all times.

What’s You’ll Learn:
  • The value of studio shooting – what are the pros and cons?
  • Types of studio lighting equipment and when to use what
  • How to use a light trigger with flash/strobes
  • Posing techniques to flatter your subject
  • Measuring light in the studio using light meters and your camera’s histogarm
  • Backgrounds: What do they really do?
  • What is a lighting diagram?
  • When to use which type of light modifier
  • How to set up a home studio that works best for you
  • Continuous vs. flash lighting and the strengths and weaknesses of each
What You’ll Need:
  • A mask. Masks will be worn at all times when at DCP.
  • Your camera, a charged battery and an empty, formatted memory card.
  • A pen and something to take notes with.
  • Your camera manual or after-market instruction book.
  • Optional: Any lenses or accessories that you might want to use or ask about.

  • Cost per person is $240.
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join now!
  • This workshop is held at Dallas Center for Photography – 4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, TX 75207.
  • Workshop price includes modeling fees and lunch.
  • Doors open at 8:45am. Workshop starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12. Minimum number to make a class is 6.
  • Parking is available in the DCP parking lot or along Algiers Street.

Q: What is DCP doing to keep instructors and students safe during COVID?
A: The health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students is DCP’s top priority. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.

Q: Do I need to sign DCP’s COVID-19 liability waiver?
A: Yes, any student attending classes and workshops must sign a COVID-19 liability release and will receive a copy for their records. Anyone who refuses to sign the release won’t be allowed in the building and is not eligible for a refund.

Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out,” you can register up until 5:00pm the day before the workshop date.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be providing individually packaged lunches. The cost is included in your fee.

Q: If I am attending the workshop with my friend/spouse/sibling, do we each have to register for the class, even if we only have one camera?
A: Yes, each person attending the workshop must register for a seat.

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

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 7 days or more ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. A cancellation between 5 to 7 days ahead of scheduled date will receive 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 4 days 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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