Portrait Workshop - February 2009


This is the second year in a row that Hank hosted a Portrait Workshop at his studio exclusively for our club.

This time, he did four separate sessions for us in order to accommodate our growing membership. Hank spent two full days plus preparation on this, but he said that he has so much fun with this that it’s all worthwhile.


Hank does all kinds of photography; Family, Wedding, etc., but specializes primarily in High School Senior Portraits.

Each session began by Hank explaining how his studio is set up. He explained all about the lighting he uses and his backgrounds. He even explained his workflow, from his initial processing to sending out his images to his favorite lab, Oak Color, for printing.

He then took readings from each of his lights to determine the correct camera settings to use and explained how critical the White Balance setting is in our cameras.

Then, one at a time, we shot the White Balance target and adjusted our aperture settings to achieve the best setting in Custom White Balance.

While photographing this year’s Rosamond High School graduating class, Hank discovered several beautiful young students, Andria, Amber and Jessica who were eager for some modeling experience and agreed to pose for our workshop.

This worked out better than we hoped for, since the girls not only had the looks, but seemed to have a natural talent for knowing how to pose.

They automatically changed position between each shot into another pleasing pose, or they were more than willing to pose as each photographer wished.

During the process, Hank was always there to offer suggestions as appropriate, like “Bend your left elbow”, “Tilt your head to the right”, etc. This helped the girls refine their posing techniques and helped us get better shots.

Hank recently acquired a classic Honda motorcycle which was used as one of the props during the sessions. This extended our opportunities for unique poses to as much as we could imagine.


All of us had ample time to take lots of shots of the models in different outfits under a great lighting setup. We learned about posing, studio equipment and our camera settings. Besides that, we had a lot of fun.

Thanks Hank, for all the time and effort you put into doing this workshop for us, and to the models for being so patient, co-operative and overflowing with enthusiasm.

Great workshop.




Article by John Shedrick
Pictures by Arley Clark unless otherwise noted

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