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Available Light Portrait Secrets

Learn introductory creative outdoor portrait photography techniques using available light. This two-hour class covers key topics to help you shoot better outdoor portraits using only available light. You’ll study light at multiple location and practice shooting with a professional model.

Topics Covered

  • Location scouting to identify good light and surroundings
  • Understanding the best focal lengths for portraits
  • Understanding light quality
  • Assessing light direction
  • How to make a subject stand out from the background
  • How to leverage a compelling situation into multiple looks
  • How to find undiscovered variations of the portrait
  • How to pose the subject in a flattering manner


This class is targeted for beginner to advanced photographers who would like to improve their outdoor portrait photography. Students should bring their camera and lenses as they will be photographing a professional model during the workshop.


This workshop serves as a great starting point for those seeking to create more compelling and creative outdoor portraits using only available light. Students will work with a professional model in multiple locations in a public park setting. Students will leave the class with greater insight into the necessary elements to create compelling portrait photography outdoors.

Meeting Location

We will meet and shoot at Bull Creek Park. The street address for Bull Creek Park is 6701 Lakewood Drive, Austin. The class will meet at the main parking lot with the official City of Austin sign and public restrooms.

Equipment Required

• DSLR or Mirrorless camera with charged batteries
• Clear Memory Cards
• Any and all lenses you hope to use  

Schedule and Format

This two-hour class consists of outdoor lecture, demonstration and practice. Students will see the instructor demonstrate techniques then students will photograph a professional model using what they’ve learned. The instructor will provide continuing feedback to students during the workshop to help improve their results. A non-commercial model release will be provided as part of this class.

About the Instructor

The instructor for this class is Austin photographer Tim Babiak. Tim is a full-time photographer and a long-time instructor at PCU. Tim serves as Chairman of the Austin Professional Photographers Association and is a two-time recipient of the Photographer of the Year award from the Austin Professional Photographers Association. Tim is also a two-time Bronze Medalist in PPA’s International Print Competition.

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Tier 1: Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund for standard classes. If you register for a tier 1 class and do not show up, your payment will be forfeited. You may reschedule a class only if notice is given before the start time of the class. Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored.



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