Concordia University


Course Code: CEPH 235
In medieval days, if the King didn't like your portrait, it could mean losing your head. Today, it probably means losing a client. When done well, with artistry and technical ability, portraits have the unique ability to capture the essence of the subject, and not just their physical appearance. Let's face it, everyone wants a great portrait of themselves, particularly for social media or professional exposure. And when you're finished this course, you might just be the person they turn to for a great shot. Here, you'll learn the fundamentals of portrait photography, composition, lighting camera settings and more. In short, everything you need to know to keep your head and your clients.

Your take-away

This course is a great way to help you:
• Learn the fundamentals of portrait photography;
• Understand the importance of composition, including the rule of thirds, centering, framing, eyes and camera angles;
• Learn the basics of camera settings and lighting, with an emphasis on natural/available light;
• Gain experience building and maintaining relationships with clients;
• Develop an ability to recreate different lighting scenarios.

Our approach

In this course, you'll gain in-depth knowledge, hands-on experience and the latest industry techniques from seasoned pros. You’ll also get plenty of opportunity to explore your creative potential shaping light on location and in professional-quality photo studios.

Who benefits the most?

• Students who have completed CEPH 109 and CEPH 219 and want to continue their studies.
• Anyone considering a career in photography.
• Anyone who wants to broaden their photographic abilities.
• Photographers who want to expand their professional offer.
• Art directors working in advertising, marketing, sales or communication.
• Entrepreneurs who manage their own visual communications.

Important details

Students are required to have their own DSLR, 35mm or medium-format camera.

Alumni discount

Concordia University Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni, based on the information maintained by the Office of the Registrar, are waived from paying registration and late registration fees when enrolling for courses at Concordia Continuing Education. In addition, Concordia University Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni will receive a 10% reduction on their tuition fees. The Alumni discount is automatically calculated when students enroll on-line.


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