An exceptional editorial portrait requires more than just great lighting. For an image to truly stand out, it takes a real focus on subtleties of angle, gesture, communication, and connection. This workshop examines all the elements that must come together to elevate portraiture from good to great. From production to execution, Victoria Will walks you through her process for making consistently high-quality portraits in any type of environment, whether a studio or a hotel room shower (true story!).
In this one day workshop, Victoria covers her lighting with in depth demonstrations. She reviews a number of one light setups before moving on to fill and accent lighting to illustrate how to fill shadows and add highlights to really bring your photos to life. Additionally, Victoria shares how she builds a rapport and utilizes clear communication with her subjects—both celebrities and “real people”—to take portraiture to the next level.
Following a morning of demos, she then provides hands on shoot time for participants. Through assignments with models, workshop students develop and execute concepts, while also practicing lighting on the fly. Finally, before the end of the day Victoria reviews the results of her own shoot and some of the workshop participants with a live edit and a brief overview of her editing and post processing methods.
Victoria began her career at the New York Post where she was a staff photographer. In a news environment responsible for headlines like "Headless Body in Topless Bar," Victoria honed her skills and her sense of humor. She has the ability to put the ordinary in an extraordinary light while seamlessly balancing heroic yet natural compositions. No matter what the circumstance she manages to find those honest, real moments. With a focus on portraiture and lifestyle imagery, her photographs appear in newspapers and magazines worldwide, from W Magazine to the Associated Press, The New York Times to Vogue. A graduate from Princeton University, she hails from Washington, D.C., but now resides in New York with her photojournalist husband, their son, and two French Bulldogs.
- 2013 PDN Faces Contest- First Place in the Portrait category
- 2014 PDN Photo Annual Winner
- 2015 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) First Place in Portrait Series, Honorable Mention Portrait Single
Learn more about Victoria at: www.victoriawill.com
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