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Environmental Portraits

Bobbi Lane

Environmental Portraits

Bobbi Lane

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

12:30 AM

Online Meeting (See Instructions/Get Zoom Link Emailed)

Environmental portraits tell a story, by allowing a glimpse into the world of another individual, with a depth that surpasses the expressive capacity of a studio formal portrait. The subject is revealed by the photographer’s use of design, and composition of the background setting, with special attention to light, posture, expression, composition, and rapport. Each element divulges another aspect of the subject’s personality, requiring careful attention to detail. Direction, quality, and depth of light all combine to match the concept of the portrait, so lighting skills are important. The technical concerns about light, camera angle and lenses, backgrounds, selective focus, and composition can sometimes overshadow the importance of making a connection with another human being. Honoring, respecting, and communicating with your subject are the first steps to making a meaningful, and storytelling photograph. However, it’s imperative to use excellent light, either natural or flash or a combination, to create the mood and capture the essence of the subject.

Bobbi shares her many tips, and multiple experiences in both the common place, and exotic locations. This presentation will help you connect with people, develop a deeper understand of what all humans have in common, and assist you to make photographs that emotionally effect and enlighten the viewer.

Bobbi Lane

Bobbi Lane, a Fujifilm “X” Photographer, is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane's multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 40 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Her corporate and editorial work includes corporate websites, annual reports and hundreds of environmental portraits for a wide variety of magazines. As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students in workshops held worldwide. She is widely known as the “Mistress of Light”, teaching portrait lighting techniques with both natural and artificial light. Combining her love of travel, photography and teaching, Bobbi also leads international photo travel workshops such as Venice Carnival and Iceland. Her dynamic workshops are always both education and entertaining!

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3 Garden Drive

Carver, MA 02330

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