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Photographing Children: Rising to the Challenge
Instructors: Cheryl Machat Dorskind                                                          Duration: 4 Weeks            Cost:US$169     

“Good portraits show you not what somebody looks like, not the geography of their face, but actually what they are about.”

~Duane Michals

Whether you are a photographer looking to break into the business of children’s photography, a pro looking for inspiration, or a parent striving to capture compelling childhood memories, Photographing Children: Rising to the Challenge provides all the skills, creative insights, and technical know-how you’ll need to capture spirited portraits of children in timeless photographs.

Join this exciting online course and learn to capture children naturally — honest-beyond-the-cliché photographs. Empowered by Cheryl’s tips, techniques, and thoughtful critiques, many students have stepped forward into the flourishing field of children photography.

This class covers the following topics:

  • Camera fundamentals (ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, exposure modes)
  • Equipment essentials for children photography
  • Action photos, literal portraits, lifestyle and environmental portraits
  • Posing and rapport strategies
  • Composition, color theory and wardrobe
  • High-key and low-key strategies (exposure compensation)
  • Natural light – intensity and direction
  • Supplemental light: reflectors and fill flash
  • Location and background considerations
  • Photo session management strategies

Course Requirement:

Digital SLRS, High end point-and-shoot or bridge camera (with manual capability), or a Mirrorless camera.

Recommended Gear: (but not essential): auxiliary flash, flash diffuser, and reflector.

Instructor: Cheryl Machat Dorskind

Cheryl Machat DorskindPhotographing and painting since she was twelve, Cheryl Machat Dorskind is the best selling author of “The Art of Handpainting Photographs” and “The Art of Photographing Children” and the eBook, Photographing Children Naturally (published by Trey Ratcliff, available @ Flatbooks). She is also a New York Times acclaimed photo artist, a workshop instructor, a college professor and a fine art mentoring expert (FAME).

Cheryl shares her passion for photography and her knowledge of art, literature, music, and color on her blog (“Between Loads: Photo Thoughts”). A member of the ASMP, she actively participates in conversations on Google Plus and Facebook. She has been a photo instructor at The Perfect Picture School of Photography since 2006. Her students and photo clients describe her as “communicative,” “caring,” “artistic,” and “real.”

Corporate clients include: Random House, Niche Media, The New York Times, Newsday, The Southampton Press, Epic Records

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