The Engaging Portrait – P0715-19

Date: Jul 15 - 19, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Richard Renaldi

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


This workshop focuses on environmental portraiture and the creation of photographic portraits primarily of, but not limited to, strangers. Students learn the construction and aesthetics of what makes an engaging portrait, including background, lighting, directing and casting. The figure/ground relationship is also explored as well as the use of creative perspectives and the decisive acuity required for spontaneous portraiture. Students gain a technical and conceptual fluency to apply within their own practice.

Media & Techniques:

Students use digital photography, digital printmaking, and digital workflow with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.


The workshop begins with a review of students’ portfolios, during which each student receives personalized feedback and exercises for improvement. Students are encouraged to break through the boundaries between themselves and their subjects as they work throughout the week. Portraits are made in the field, edited, sequenced and finished with a final review on the last day of the workshop.


Richard Renaldi’s photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. He is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. Richard’s most recent monograph, Touching Strangers, was released by the Aperture Foundation in 2014. In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

Johnathan and Beatrice; Cincinnatti, OH 2014

You May Also Like

Building an Image with Paint, Photography, & Magic – JANSTU2020P

Learn More


Learn More

JAMAICA DESTINATION WORKSHOP: The Eloquent Wood-Fired Vessel I (FJAM0420A)

Learn More

Ceramics – ZSK0407-20

Learn More