I’m extremely excited to speak at PhotoPlus Expo again this year about something I really love to shoot – Location Portrait Photography. I’ll break it down everything that goes into everything from simple available light travel portraits – to editorial shoots on location – all the way to large advertising location shoots with a crew of 30. I’ll tell you the keys to getting the best results out of each scenario.
This is my 25th PhotoPlus Expo – most of which I went to as an attendee. So when I speak, I have one goal – to share everything I’d want to learn if I paid to sit in one of the seats.
Portraits on Location: Capturing Personality and Place
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Speaker: Brian Smith
Great environmental portraits capture both personality and place. Miami celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith has spent the past 30 years photographing noteworthy and notorious celebrities in the locations where they live, work and play. He’ll show how he photographs subjects on location so that the environment adds another dimension to the shoot, with examples of how he approaches location shoots whether it’s a large production with a famous subject or an individual he encounters on the street while traveling. Smith will also discuss location lighting and offer tips on selecting the best setting to add visual interest to your photographs.
HUGE THANKS to PDN for having me and to Sony for sponsoring this talk! You can also find me speaking twice a day at Sony Booth 519 on the PPE Expo floor. Please stop by and say hi!
In case you can’t make it to PhotoPlus Expo 2014, you can still get the behind-the-scenes celebrity portrait stories in ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous’ from New Riders Press. The book draws upon the lessons I’ve learned over the last three decades photographing portraits of the rich and famous. The book blends lavish celebrity portraits of a coffee table book with technical how-to insights with a side dish of behind-the-scenes celebrity stories.
Secrets of Great Portrait Photography takes you though all the stages of a portrait shoot from pre-production planning through posing your portrait through perfecting your shot in post-production. Loaded with details about three decades of portrait photography, each chapter of this 264 page book, is packed full of tips to successful portrait photography sharing all the details of lessons learned from each shoot.