Portrait Photography Workshop

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(67 customer reviews)




This photography workshop is run on various Saturdays throughout the year, From 9:00am to 6:00pm.

This Premium Workshop is designed for anyone who wants to excel at impactful portrait photography. Whether you want to shoot fashion models, loved ones or even corporate portraits, you will learn to use natural portrait lighting effects and in addition gain many handy posing, compositional and focusing tips. We construct a series of ‘pro-shoots’ at stimulating and exciting locations around Sydney. This portrait photography workshop encompasses skills you will need for beautiful portrait photography. You will shoot practically the entire day under the close supervision, guidance and instruction of your tutor, Daniel Linnet, AIPP Master Photographer & Canon EOS Master.

Daniel has won the prestigious National level Portrait Award at the APPA’s (Australian Professional Photography Awards) and has also won the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) NSW Portrait Photographer of the year.




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Our Premium Portrait photography workshop covers how to shoot powerful portraits and includes models and loads more

The photography workshop begins by fuelling your inspiration with a presentation of outstanding portrait imagery and provision of a brief for the day to get your creative juices flowing. We utilise fabulous, friendly professional models for a beauty and fashion photography shoot and a wonderful character model for portraits who make you feel at ease. The days key focus is on working with natural/available light.  There is only a small section on flash.

You are served up a beautiful catered working lunch and snacks throughout the day. This portrait photography workshop is social, inspirational, educational and fun!

This fun filled day will provide you with the skills and confidence to take ‘picture perfect’ portrait photography. Suitable for any DSLR or Mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses.  Read more info. in the tabs on this page.


N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers


Who is the premium portrait photography workshop for?

The Sydney Photographic Workshops premium portrait photography workshop is the highest quality class designed especially for photography enthusiasts who want to excel in creating stunning portrait imagery. It is important to note that to enrol in this workshop, you will need to know your way around the camera, or have completed the beginners photography course. Contact us for more information.

How much does it cost for the portrait photography course?

Our portrait photography workshop costs $450 for 9.5 hours of tuition. Overall costs will cover the following: 

  • Tuition by internationally acclaimed AIPP Master Photographer, Daniel Linnet
  • Lighting & reflectors – where required
  • Location fees – where required
  • Studio equipment
  • Transport van – where required 
  • Catered lunch and snacks throughout the day etc. 

How long is the portrait photography workshop?

Our portrait photography training course runs on alternating Saturdays throughout the year from 9:00am – 6:30pm. Contact one of our helpful team members if you have any questions related to upcoming classes. 

Please note: Classes are run subject to acquiring the minimum number of students. 

What can I expect to learn from the workshop?

Our fun and exclusive portrait photography class will fuel your inspiration and uncover the technical skills and creative secrets to shoot powerful portraiture imagery. Running various Saturday’s throughout the year, the workshop provides hands-on experience for you to work with professional and friendly models. 

During our course, you will learn how to fine-tune the intricacies of capturing the best kind of image for personal shoots, the fashion and beauty industry, gain additional tips on compositional ideas and posing, understanding the fundamentals of working with natural light, as well as constructing a series of ‘pro-shoots’ in varying locations around Sydney. By the end of this exciting workshop, you should develop the skills and unending confidence for picture-perfect portraiture work. 

What camera do I need for the portrait workshop?

To enrol in our portrait photography workshop, you will need to bring the following DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. Your camera must have full manual capability. We also strongly recommend our students bring plenty of films at different ISO ratings if shooting film or memory cards if shooting digital. Students should consider taking all their camera accessories , including tripod, lens filters, lens hood, and fully charged batteries with spares at hand. 

Please Note: This is a premium workshop and requires previous photographic experience. 

Why choose Sydney Photographic Workshops for the portrait photography workshop?

At Sydney Photographic Workshops, we ensure that our hands-on classes encompass the necessary skills to provide you with the technical foundation to make fantastic portrait photography. However, our portrait photography course’s most exciting feature is that you will spend the entire day under the tutelage and guidance of our lead tutor AIPP Master Photographer, Daniel Linnet. Daniel has won many awards for his portrait photography through the NSW AIPP and at the Australian Professional Photography Awards including NSW Portrait Photographer of the Year and attaining the highest scoring portrait in Australia at the APPA’s. Under his supervision, you will gain invaluable experience, handy tips, and insight all within a fun, social environment with like-minded individuals. 

Basic overview of some of the topics:

  • The kit
  • Preparing to shoot
  • Making the creative decisions
  • Exposure control
  • Creating mood
  • White balance techniques for accurate colour
  • Working with depth & movement
  • Creative composition & framing techniques
  • Lens selection
  • Background selection
  • Portrait lighting techniques
  • Lighting styles & directions
  • Contrast control & lighting ratios
  • Using scrims & reflectors
  • Interacting with your subject
  • Environmental portraiture – working within the environment
  • Location lighting techniques
  • Working within any lighting environment
  • Using flash on location
  • Natural & creative flash techniques


You will need to know your way around your camera or have completed a basic or beginners photography course.

Not suitable for compact cameras without full manual mode.

You will need:

  • An SLR or Mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses with full manual capability
  • All lenses you have
  • Plenty of varied films at different ISO ratings if shooting film
  • Memory card(s) if shooting digital
  • All camera accessories – i.e: tripod, lens filters, lens hood, etc. if you have them
  • Fully charged camera battery and spare if you have one
  • Your cameras manual(s) – for referencing those hard to find features
  • Dress casual & comfortable with sensible shoes (you may get a little dirty at some locations)


Your fee includes the following:

  • Multi award winning and internationally acclaimed Master Photographer / Tutor
  • Professional Photographers Assistant
  • A professional and friendly fashion / beauty model
  • A character model
  • A Host & Stylist
  • Hair and Make Up Artist
  • Tutorial & objective brief for the days shoots
  • Light refreshments throughout the day (includes water, juices & snacks)
  • Beautiful catered lunch
  • Lighting & reflectors – where required
  • Location fees – where required
  • Studio equipment
  • Transport van – where required
  • Wardrobe & costumes

N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers


67 reviews for Portrait Photography Workshop

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amit Karmakar

    Thank you so much for a beautiful workshop yesterday. It was very informative and well packed to the brim . I bet you have this in every class… But really it was a fun day. I did come home with great images and a lot of lighting tools under my belt. Thats the main thing. In the next few days I’m going to practice what Ive learnt and get cracking. Wendy your work is priceless – keeping us all on time and I still don’t know how you remember everyones names. A trick I must learn. And the coffees and being a superb event planner and an amazing host all at the same time. Thank you again to Chris, J(Y)onas and Matilda. Wendy, as promised I did tell Sue (who bought me this workshop as a gift) that your workshop was a star class workshop and very organised and beautifully structured. Thanks guys.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sophie Brown

    I’ve been wanting to do a workshop with Daniel Linnet for years as I’m particularly passionate about portrait photography. I am so glad that even with the current situation that Daniel and Wendy were able to go ahead with the course. I am a working photographer and the opportunity to learn from a well-known professional was inspiring. Daniel’s approach and mindset is so positive and energetic and I’m looking forward to doing the Speedlite Course soon. A big thanks to Daniel, Wendy, Chris, Jonas and Matilda for making us all feel welcome and comfortable in your home studio. Thank you!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trung Nguyen

    Workshop day 6th June 2020.
    First workshop post COVID19 restriction.
    I really enjoyed it. Without giving too much away, 2 sections of the workshop I enjoyed the most: Light and Smoke. And I will explore more with the techniques on light that I received from Dan. Definitely recommend the workshop.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steven Eades

    I took a workshop yesterday, my third with SPW. They never fail to put on a good day of training with fantastic tutors as well as great models, locations and catering.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew See

    I had a great day with Daniel, Wendy and Malcom. Daniel is a professional with wealth of information and has an enthusiasm that gets you excited. I came away with a few pearls that will take my photography to the next level. He helps you see a scene in a different light that promotes creativity in your composition of your photographs.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natalya Van Plateringen

    Such a incredible learning experience at the recent Portrait Photography Workshop run by Daniel. He truly is a master of his craft and extremely knowledgeable.
    His teaching style was great, very simply explained concepts and then showed how to apply them practically by demonstrating and then over to the participants to practice. He was available throughout to ask for feedback or further explanation/clarification of concepts as was his assistant Mal and the amazing Wendy.
    The structure was great, with an overview to start then off to location for the model sessions, lunch and demonstrations. The day ran smoothly. Have definitely learnt loads and am that much more confident now with getting images right in camera.
    Excited for the speed light workshop.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susan Astor-Smith

    I learnt so much at SPW’s portrait photography workshop. Fantastic location. Great models. Daniel is generous in sharing his knowledge and with Wendy’s organisation and Mal’s assistance everything ran smoothly. Do this workshop if you want to take your photography to a new level.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Geoff Taylor

    Did a one day Portrait Photography Workshop with Daniel, Mal & Wendy. Awesome content and location. Learned a lot of new tips and tricks and would highly recommend Sydney Photographic Workshops. Thanks guys.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sonny Chawla

    It was a great experience yesterday with Daniel and his team learning about portrait photography skills. Now I will be practicing and sharpening my skills. It’s always pleasure to seeing you guys I am lucky to have found you guys.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Garry Clarke

    I attended the Portrait Workshop and although I’m an experienced photographer, I came away with a lot of new knowledge and skills. Daniel and Wendy are awesome to work with and provide an active day of shooting, lots of tips and knowledge from real experience. Highly recommend working with them.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elaine Hone

    The Portrait Workshop was a fabulous learning experience and a very enjoyable day. Daniel is a wonderful, inspiring teacher and a Master Photographer. Thanks to Wendy for all the planning and organisation that makes the day run smoothly and effeciently. I hope to do additional workshops at SPW in the future.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Boulter

    Many thanks Daniel and Wendy, as well as Mel, Ted and Matilda! I really enjoyed the Portrait Photography workshop. Daniel explained the main principles in a very clear manner and the setting was terrific. Everyone was really passionate about the whole thing. I’m very keen to try more.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline Scambary

    I did the Portrait Photography 1 day workshop April 2019
    Thank you to the SPW team. Daniel is a very patient teacher and explained what he was doing in detail, helpers for the day get a high five too for getting all the gear and food to site. Wireless tether to Daniel’s iPad was a great idea, being able to view images in real time. I found the workshop to be very well planned, the lunch and snacks delicious and the models patient and entertaining. Thanks again, hope to see you at another workshop soon.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh Clements

    A big thank you to the SPW team for a great workshop. Daniel is a fantastic teacher and explained each part of the process in a practical way that was easy to understand and we built on during the day. The workshop was well planned and very professional. I took a lot away from this day, and I have a better understanding of portrait principles I can develop and apply to my own work.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Williams

    I did the Portrait Photography one day course and it was absolutely brilliant.
    Daniel is a wealth of knowledge and a generous teacher.
    I work professionally as a photographer but am entirely self-taught, so I came to Sydney Photographic Workshops to help fill in some gaps. As a group we spent the day at a wonderfully unique location where we had a ball exploring new skills while working with professional models, having a giggle, and being well fed.
    I’ll definitely be doing more of their workshops – there’s always something new to learn, and also, they’re just great fun!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barbara Di Giulio

    My husband loved the course and found it really worthwhile. He said that the instructors were very knowledgeable and learnt a lot of new things. He has completed a few photography courses and found this to be the best one by far. Thanks

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    These guys are absolutely awesome!! I had so much fun and i have learnt alot. Daniel and his team did not hold any industry secrets or tricks back, they are encouraging the class to ask more and get involved more. I highly recommend these guys for any of their classes. I will definitely continue my photography training with them. Absolutely awesome!!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was an amazing workshop! Daniel has a way of explaining things that just makes sense. I’ve been shooting on and off for years and feel like he joined the dots on a lot of information I knew but maybe didn’t quite understand. Great location and models. Wendy makes the day with her warmness and they make a great team I will Definately be back for more workshops!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric Fonacier

    Thank you to the awesome team of Wendy, Daniel and Chris for a very enjoyable and a very educational workshop. I have learnt new things from Daniel and Chris and will definitely apply this to my photography practice. Thank you to Wendy too for her assistance and also for looking after us during the day.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    steven eades

    What a fantastic course. All of the team did a fantastic job all day and we all learnt so much.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Clare

    What a great workshop. Daniel, Wendy and Chris made the experience terrific. They made me feel at ease straight away and I came away with so much information. Still buzzing days later. I would highly recommend this workshop and cannot wait to do the speed light course next.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joey Scarr

    Thanks Daniel and Wendy for a well-run, organised and informative course. It was great to get some exposure to speedlights and models, as well as learning some tricks of the trade with natural light. Really happy with the photos I ended up with and the skills I picked up in this course.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria Ugarte

    The Premium Portrait Worksop absolutely exceeded my expectations in every way. I learned so much from Daniel on the day on reading light, composition, contrast and perspective. Not only is Daniel in a league of his own as a photographer, he is an extremely generous teacher. Many thanks to Wendy, Daniel and SPW!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian Enright

    My third workshop with SPW and the Portrait Workshop did not disappoint. Amazing location, awesome tutoring form Daniel Linnet and one of the most amazing models Lani we had the pleasure of working with.
    Looking forward now to the Speedlite workshop and putting into practice what I had learned during the course. Great day and great experience

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Don Smallwood

    I have done many of these courses over many a year. No matter how good I get, each time I attend I learn something new. I thought I knew ‘it all’ yesterday but a few little gems came to me due to the excellent teaching of Daniel and his assistant Chris. I would recommend these courses. As said, I have done a few and have learned lots. Additionally, Wendy is great at making sure we all get a good amount of shoot time and of course provides us with great food and drink to keep us going during the day. Its a great experience. Book it now

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    I did the Portrait Photography workshop with Daniel Linnet today and I learned more today than I did for the past two years of shooting solo. So well organised for the shoots on the various locations, so informative and so attentive to his students! I will be delighted to have even a minute of this man’s time! Money well spent on my education! This day with Sydney Photography Workshops was one of the best days shooting for me!!!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Don Smallwood

    I have been on a few of these courses now and I never fail to have fun, get some great shots and learn new ideas and techniques. Well worth it especially to soak up the enthusiasm Daniel and Wendy have for imparting their knowledge and making sure we have a great experience. Thanks !

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into it as it was my first workshop like this… what I soon realised was that the day was very well planned out by Dan and the team, in a way that let it flow and enable me to get a huge amount out of it.

    I highly reccomend this course.. and will likely do it again 🙂

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan Naughton

    Thank you Daniel, Chris and Wendy for a very informative day. Loved the location and found the whole day relaxing and Daniel,s passion certainly shined through. He was very patient and and determined in passing on as much information as possible. Chris was also the perfect wing man . I am looking forward to my next workshop. many thanks again

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elena Pobjie

    What an amazing day it was. Highly professional, accommodating and encouraging team offered assistance and feedback throughout the whole day. Friendly easy going atmosphere made even more enjoyable then I anticipated. Thank you Daniel, Chris and Wendy.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was my 2nd workshop and equally as fun and informative as the first one. The whole day went smoothly, while Daniel and Wendy were very accommodating. Looks like i’ll be doing a 3rd in the future 🙂

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon Pittaway

    Fabulous workshop! Daniel is passionate, knowledgeable, and practical. He is a great teacher – mixing the technical and the aesthetic/artistic with ease. He makes it make so much sense. I travelled from Melbourne for this workshop and wouldn’t hesitate to do the same again.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Passman

    Thank you Daniel, Wendy and Chris for a fantastic day. The knowledge I took away was priceless. The passion and energy throughout the day was amazing. The location was great and opportunity to shoots pictures of models with stunning back drops was great. See you next week for the speed light course.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victor Dmitriyev

    I really enjoyed the whole day that Daniel and Wendy have organised for our small group. Daniel’s tuition was clearly a result of his deep passion for his art and his talent of explaining what could be very technical things in simplistic, easy to understand way made everyone feel comfortable and capable. Chris and Wendy ensured everyone had support and was attended to. The location chosen for our workshop was super interesting and provided great lighting possibilities and different scenarios as well as cool backdrops for our pictures. The choice of models presented different challenges and opportunities for images you’d want to keep and be proud of. A day at your Portrait Photography workshop was really the best birthday gift I could have received. I recommend anyone interested in spoiling their loved ones who are passionate about their photography to subscribe to one of these events – they will love it. Thank you Team!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    steve kovacs

    Hi Guy’s, I had a wonderful day. Great information delivered in a way that will surely benefit my photography. I would also like to say that the team were wonderfully friendly, patient and fun!. Great stuff.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Slobodan Bozic

    Thanks for having me. It was great and interesting.
    I would recommend it to anyone.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Thoroughly enjoy it! A full day on location with practical explanation, time to experiment, and build our experience & understanding. Daniel expertly guided us through each stage/element and every question was fully explained. Both models were easy to work with and we had so much fun at times we forgot we were learning. I’d recommend PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY without hesitation.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pip Farquharson

    Fantastic workshop!! Such a fun and informative day! You come away feeling completely inspired! How wonderful to learn from such a master of photography and a true artist! Thank you Daniel and the team at Sydney Photographic workshops I look forward to doing another one very soon!!

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Liz Hemmings

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Portrait Workshop yesterday. Daniel and Wendy are very friendly and well organised. I took away lots to practise from the day and would highly recommend the workshop to anyone who is comfortable with their camera and wants to learn more in a safe and creative environment.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nadine Sickert

    I really enjoyed the workshop yesterday! This morning when I woke up I wished that I would be able to go back to the course and do it all over again. Thank you guys so much for an incredible experience! I did learn heaps yesterday. Please pass my thanks also to Tenille, John and Chris.

    Will see you at my next course with you guys!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nikki Malvar

    I found the workshop to be fantastic. Day was structured well, offering technical tips but allowing for quite a lot of hands on experience. Daniel is a talented master photographer and tutor, so getting to learn from him was really valuable. Chris was a super attentive assistant, also offering advice where he could. Wendy was such a hospitable host and helped make the day run well. Haven’t tried other courses in Sydney, but I definitely think this would be up there as the best. Thanks for a great day, team!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan Moon

    The SPW portrait workshop was magnificent. Daniel’s tuition style suits all skill levels and interests. His drive and passion for photography are quite infectious.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Davis

    I looked for a long time to find a class I really wanted to do, so I had high expectations. I am delighted to say these were exceeded on the day. Daniel is a rare combination of an extremely talented photographer and an excellent and accessible teacher. I will definitely do another workshop in the future. I learnt so much over the course of the day. I’m sure my photography will have significantly improved for the experience. Thank you!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adrian Tischler

    Another great SPW course. Every time I come, I’m amazed at how much access you get to the teachers and how much time they take to engage with you on your questions and challenges.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anthony O’Reilly

    I was most impressed with the portrait photography class. Daniel is such a knowledgeable, skilled and gifted teacher. The class was very well designed, well structured and beneficial to any aspiring photographer. The arrangements and organisation of the class were excellent and very easy. The class is great value and having tried other photographic teachers, I highly recommend Sydney Photographic Workshops

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blake Curtis

    I have attended other photography training courses and I don’t believe they offer the same level of assistance and professionalism as you guys did. The way in which Daniel delivered his advice and assistance was great. As I mentioned as I left I think you guys have a great business and provide a great service.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Neal

    I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop at Sydney Photographic Studio (Workshops). Watching Daniel work was so inspiring, he’s a true master and to be able to then implement his techniques was so exciting! I’ll definitely be back to learn more!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lyndall Khoury

    The setting, models, food and group of students made for an inspiring and highly worthwhile day of photography. I have to say though that the high point for me, was learning from Daniel. He was extremely generous with his time and information sharing. To have the opportunity to learn from a talented and passionate Professional Photographer was exciting and energising.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick Lavery

    I thought one of the nice aspects of it was that it offered a lot for quite a novice (like me) as well as for people with much more skill and experience. I appreciated how comfortable you both made me feel during the class, and I got a lot out of it.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Barbaro

    Hi team, I found the day very fun, inspirational and educational. Lots of information to take away and practice.

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