5 portrait photographers you need to see at The Photography Show Virtual Festival

5 portrait photographers you need to see at The Photography Show Virtual Festival
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With The Photography Show kicking off this coming Sunday 20th September, there’s heaps of insightful talks online from our special guest speakers throughout the day – and portrait photographers in particular will find plenty of exciting content. Make sure you don't miss out by registering for free to the show using the link below. 

 Register FREE for The Photography Show & The Video Show Virtual Festival

We're taking a look at just the portrait photographer highlights in this article, but you can find all of the other free talks and demos using the link below. 

Discover the full list of free talks and demos here.

Jay McLaughlin

(Image credit: Jay McClaughlin)

How to find locations for fashion and portrait photography
Sunday - 11.10-11.40 BST

Fashion photographer Jay McLaughlin is always scouting for great locations for his shoots. Join him to find out what makes for the ideal backdrop, tips on working with midday sun, information on where you can and can't shoot and dealing with approaches by security, and how to find light after dark.

Hannah Couzens

(Image credit: Hannah Couzens)

Multiple looks with just one light
Sunday - 13:05 - 13:35

At times we can fall into the trap of thinking we need more equipment than we do. Whilst a vast amount of kit is a luxury, there is so much that we can do if we think a little more creatively. Some of Hannah's favourite portraits are shot with just one light so in this talk, Hannah will show you have you can make one light go a long way when it comes to your portraits.

Ben Bentley

(Image credit: Ben Bentley)

Creative location portraits using strobes and ambient light
Monday - 11:10-11.40

Mixing strobes with ambient light on location is at the heart of Ben's Bentley's style of portrait work, whether that is backstage in the soggy fields of Glastonbury festival or in the blazing sun of the Mojave desert. Here he gives an insight into his on-location workflow and how he uses strobes to produce varying creative portrait set-ups in one location, maximising results when time with the subject is often very brief!

Gavin Hoey

(Image credit: Gavin Hoey)

Portraits with atmosphere
Monday - 13.05-13.35

Atmosphere in a portrait can come in many forms and during this talk, Gavin will illustrate this with behind the scenes photos from some of his favourite location portrait shoots. You'll discover exactly what he looks for at a location, how lighting can make or break a shoot and the importance that the model, make-up and styling will have on the final photos. At the end of the session Gavin will be on the Olympus stand for a live virtual Q&A session.

Jacob James

(Image credit: Jacob James)

Faces and places: Better street portraiture on your travels
Monday - 15:25 - 15:55

Go behind the scenes with travel photographer Jacob James to discover the techniques he uses to create more engaging travel photography. Covering composition, lighting, gear choices and more, he'll guide you on how to take better street portraiture on your travels. Stay tuned for Jacob's Q&A session after the talk.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.