Portfolio Building Workshop for Portrait Photography

Sat Oct 30, 2021 – (12 pm to 4 pm)
Underpass Park, 29 Lower River Street, Toronto
Capacity is limited to 12 people only!

Exposure Triangle

Learn about The Exposure Triangle comprises an aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. These three camera and lens controls work together to regulate the amount of light that makes it to the light-sensitive surface (aperture and shutter speed) and the sensitivity of that surface (film or digital ISO).


In this lesson, you’ll learn about Bokeh, also known as “Boke” which is one of the most popular subjects in portrait photography. The reason why it is so popular, is because Bokeh makes photographs visually appealing, forcing us to focus our attention on a particular area of the image. The word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”.

Shooting Modes

In this lesson, you’ll learn about different camera shooting modes, which fall into three categories: auto, scene, and P, S, A, and M modes. In auto and scene modes the camera controls shutter speed and aperture. While P, S, A, and M modes are known as exposure modes and give photographers a choice as to which elements of exposure—aperture or shutter speed—they wish to control.


In this lesson, you’ll learn to work with different backgrounds and using them creatively, rule of thirds, using leading lines and surroundings to make environmental portraits.

Focusing Techniques

In this lesson, you’ll learn all about Manual vs Automatic focusing and when to choose either one and how to check if a picture is in focus or out of focus.

Harsh Light vs Soft Light

In this lesson, you’ll learn and understand the different types of light available in the environment. And you will learn and practice “Finding” good light for shooting portraits.


In this lesson, you’ll learn about using a reflector, modifier, scrim, and different types of modifiers and how to use them effectively to make creative portraits.

Model Posing

In this lesson, you’ll learn all about the different model posing techniques, and the do’s and don’ts of working with a model or subject.

Workshop Outcome

You will finish this workshop with a new set of skills.

You will also have new creative photos for your portfolio.

Shooting Checklist

Photography Gear
Lens Hood
Battery (full charge)
Memory Card >16GB
Camera Strap

Portfolio Building Workshop for Portrait Photography

This portrait photography shooting workshop is for beginners who want to learn how to shoot in natural light, and want to shoot portrait photos to build their portfolios.

Gaurav Bose

Your Instructor: Gaurav Bose

Gaurav is a portrait/fashion photographer based out of Toronto. He has been working as a full-time photographer since 2014. Over the years, he has been fortunate to be able to work alongside some of the country’s best makeup artists, hairstylists, fashion stylists and designers to create high-end editorial pieces that have been published in magazines like Vogue Italia, elegant magazine, shuba magazine, scorpiojin magazine, 7hues magazine to name a few. He specializes in creating highly dynamic and well-produced portraits. 

Gaurav Portfolio

Learn through practice

Practice is learning, but learning is not practice. Practice also focuses your energy on the process to develop your experience and build your skills. So spend less time learning and more time practicing. Stop thinking and start doing.

What you Get by Enrolling

Guided Practice

Learn through practice while being guided by a professional instructor.

Small Groups

Focused learning with small groups that are limited to 8 people only.

Professional Instructors

Professional instructors offering an efficient learning experience.


Can I cancel and get a full refund at any time?

You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before the trip.

How often do you release new courses?

We are working every day to create more interesting courses for everyone. And we try to open new courses every week.

What age groups do you support?

We cover all adult age groups, we believe that art has no age limits.

Do you offer online courses?

The main objective of our courses is learning through guided practice, which is something that can’t be offered online. 

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