Portrait - capturing the face


Portrait - Capturing the Face
online photography class 

Since the invention of film, the human face has been the most photographed subject on the planet. Anyone can take a snapshot, but making a powerful portrait is much more than point and shoot and hope that it looks good. Understanding and working with light, composition, equipment, locations and your subject - this course will help you discover and develop your own personal vision and individual style and push yourself to get images you’ve always imagined. With knowledge and ideas from this course, you will acquire the skills needed to craft great photographs of the face.

Learn how to feel and see light differently and understand the impact of light and shadow in your photographs. Explore camera angles, lens choices, backgrounds, shooting indoors and out, framing the shot, shooting while traveling, learn about equipment that can expand your skills and much more. Thinking outside the box will help you grow as a photographer and expand your creativity at the same time.

How it works:
Class materials/lessons
Class starts on Friday - your first lesson will be opened (and so on - four lessons in four weeks). Lesson materials are super valuable with great content - full of interesting theory and practical photo examples. 
Each week you will receive one fun and innovative lesson that you can download, four lessons in total. At the end of each lesson you will also find your enjoyable and challenging assignment 

You will have 10 days to complete your assignment (until next Sunday). After you have completed your work, you will upload your photos and our instructor will offer an honest, to the point critique of your photographs.

Invaluable critiques
Your instructor is passionate about  portraits and she will offer extremely honest to the point critiques of your work - we’re all adults here and we’ll save the “sugar coating” for the dessert cookies. Feedback is a gift! 
You also have the ability to see the other students images and view their critiques from the instructor as well in each course. 


Q&A Forum
A forum is available for all your photographic discussions. Here is where you will ask the questions and get answers! Here you can interact with our instructor and fellow photographers. Meet new friends in a fun approachable learning environment.

Instructor: Monika Banas

Author: Scott Stulberg*

What is also included:

  • 4 valuable lessons / class materials with tons of examples

  • 8 photography assignments (2 per lesson) + honest feedback/critique of your images

  • experienced photo instructor

  • access to closed Facebook group - Q&A forum

  • time flexibility


Date: To be announced - please contact us for inquiry.

Duration: 4+1 week

Regular Price: 129 CHF

Introduction / Early bird price: 99 CHF

Payment via bank transfer or online in advance prior the course opening.

​Interested? Contact us for more info: info@pixien.ch     Any other questions? Read our FAQ.


Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Think different

  • importance of camera angles, lens choices and how they affect your image, using a 50mm or macro lens for faces, the impact of camera blur from choosing the right f/stop, how to capture beautiful bokeh, when to use a tripod and image stabilization, focus points and the importance of sharp eyes

Lesson 2: It’s all about the light

  • understanding exposure, discover how lighting can make or break the shot, using reflectors & diffusers in bouncing and diffusing light onto the face, how to make the eyes pop, the importance of open shade lighting, framing your subject and capturing the light at the best time of the day

Lesson 3: The decisive moment

  • capturing the spirit and essence of a child, photographing faces when you travel, shooting more than one person, working with different expressions, looks and poses, styling - make up and clothes and why the eyes are the key to a great shot

Lesson 4: Discovering your own style

  • discovering your own style shooting faces, shooting with ambient light indoors, shooting indoors using only a single light, using a long telephoto, shooting faces by candlelight, trying self portraits and choosing and working with backgrounds that make the face stand out


Course Requirement:
- basic knowledge of photography triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)

- camera + lens
soft gold/silver or white reflector 

- computer with internet connection

- facebook profile


There will be other optional equipment that we will be exploring and talking about during the course that will show you many options for capturing great shots. Although camera flash is talked about, the course focuses on shooting without your flash and the understanding of how to harness available light indoors and out. Certain pieces of equipment will be useful such as a tripod, diffuser, a 50mm or macro lens but everything is optional and only mentioned to help give you choices on how to vary and improve your photography. 

*Scott Stulberg is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique photographic opportunities. He is represented by many stock agencies including Corbis and Getty Images and has led photography workshops to many places around the globe, from Burma to Africa to the Galapagos Islands but loves workshops in the US more than anywhere else. From Time, Newsweek, Microsoft, National Geographic, ABC and CNN News to greeting cards, calendars, billboards and book covers, his images are used internationally. His inspirational website is here.

We are offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your course - please notify us within 7 days of your course start date (prior opening second lesson). We will refund your tuition in full, no questions asked.