Environmental Portraits


What makes a portrait compelling? Above all, it’s about developing your own unique way of seeing. This course will give you the opportunity of working in different surroundings and situations. Students will work with each other as models to explore the many levels of portraiture in black and white and in color. We will observe the essence of environment and subject through composition, metaphor and relationships using natural light and flash as fill in light. Our final class will meet at the photo center to look at and critique work. All photographs must be printed out and ready for presentation. Must know how your camera works and be familiar with all of it’s functions such as f-stops and shutter speeds.

Prerequisite: Camera proficiency required. Equipment to bring: Flash and lenses – SLR or DSLR – no point and shoot camera, or iPhones. Wear good walking shoes, bring water and a bite to eat.

Location: HMPC – Photo Exhibit Room Small (West) & Field

3 Week Course

Saturdays, Dec 2, 2017 – Dec 16, 2017

11am to 4pm

Fee: $225.00

3 Week Course

Saturdays, Feb 24, 2018 – Mar 10, 2018

11am to 4pm

Fee: $175

*Last day to register is one week prior to the start of class.

Suzun Lucia Lamaina

Suzun Lucia Lamaina


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50 Scott Street, San Francisco

(Map It)

Operation Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-10pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

*Lab operations end 30 minutes before close


Gallery Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-9:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-5:30pm