Neil Simmons Photography | Intermediate Portrait Workshop


Take your photography skills to the next level with advanced camera, flash, and posing techniques, as well as intermediate Photoshop and Lightroom editing techniques.   Perfect for people who have taken my beginning class.   

Intermediate Portrait Workshop

$195 for 1 day  (limit 8 people)

Sunday April 15, 2018

Intermediate Portrait Workshop April 15, 2018


Topics Include:

  • Getting to know your flash!   Understanding TTL mode on your external flash.   Using a remote with your flash "off-camera".
  • Portrait posing and composition, along with the psychology of working with clients
  • Working with a live model with challenging sunset lighting.   
  • Photoshop and Lightroom editing with workflow demonstrations for portraits
  • Natural light demonstration and understanding principles 
  • Understanding light modifiers, soft boxes, umbrellas, reflectors, etc.   


Potential Locations: Capitola Beach, Seabright Beach, Seacliff Beach, North Coast/Davenport *TBD

General Spring Timeline: 12:00 p.m. start time for in-studio instruction, demonstration, questions, etc.  Dinner break 4:00 p.m. Head to locations (TBD on weather) 5:00 p.m., sun sets at 7:40 p.m., finished at 8:30 which gives us an hour to play with "off camera flash" at dusk.

*Click here to learn more about Workshop FAQ's and our Cancellation and Rainy Day Policies


Prerequisite Knowledge:

  • Basic knowledge of manual mode settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO)
  • Basic knowledge of manual shooting, RAW files, F-stops, aperture, depth of field, composition
  • Post-processing, Lightroom/Photoshop basics

Required Camera Gear:

  • Digital SLR camera & manual
  • Portrait or wide angle lens

Highly Recommended Gear:

  • External Flash also known as a speedlight.  I use the $600 Nikon ones but you can get decent results with a Nikon/Canon $250 flash.   Or some people like the Yongnuo flashes for $100-150.   

Additional Items To Bring:

  • Water
  • Food & snacks
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Warm, weather-proof layers
  • Sturdy shoes