Portrait Photography Workshop

Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 66 customer ratings
(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. Rodney Batchelor

    Sydney Photographic Workshops are amazing! I have learnt so much from them . You experience both hands on and theory, which is a great combo.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Lorger

    Having attended several of the SPW workshops and waiting extra time because of Covid, this experience lived up to all expectations. The day was full of teaching and practice, kind of tiring, but worth every penny.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gavin Buchan

    Many thanks for a terrific day. For me the whole day was an experience. Daniel, Wendy and Ben were incredibly welcoming and friendly. The models – Allan and Tennille really professional and so easy to work with. The whole day was extremely well organised and packed with positive tuition. Daniel is an encyclopaedia of photography and shares his knowledge with real enthusiasm. Wendy is a superb organiser. Lunch at the Lord Raglan was a pleasant surprise.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I attended the recent Portrait Photography Workshop presented by Daniel and Wendy Linnet. It was informative and very well managed with great models and locations. Daniel instructed with the right balance of technical knowledge and creative outlook for his students. Highly recommended

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juan Pablo Mera Arcos

    Great experience at the PREMIUM PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, Daniel and Wendy are really professional and are always making sure everyone is learning, Daniel is a great teacher and shares all his tips and knowledge with us, the hospitality at workshop was amazing, the models at the workshop were really professional and great to work with. If you are looking after a good workshop and a great experience definitely worth 100% the money IMO.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgie Greene

    Exceptional photography course, thoughtfully planned and conducted, with a wonderful team of people behind the scenes. I learn’t so much, boosting my confidence immensely. Opening my eyes to so many more light possibilities and opportunities, when it comes to portraits. There is lots of click time, and I walked away with some amazing portrait photos. Daniel is an incredibly talented and creative photographer, who is also very generous with his knowledge. If you want to take your portrait photography to the next level, I would thoroughly recommend this course.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerry Boytell

    Did my 5th photographic workshop with Daniel Linnet at the week end. As always, he is a fantastic photographer and teacher, always eager to share his knowledge. Both he and Wendy are so welcoming, and nothing is too much trouble. Will certainly be attending more workshops, which are great value for money.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis Wells

    This was my first photography course with Sydney Photography Workshop (SPW). Daniel, Wendy, their assistants, and the models were all professional, friendly, and patient.

    The portraiture course is very well structured, starting with a quick presentation of images that were inspiring, photographing two models separately at interesting inside and outside environments, and learning how to manipulate available light and a variety of artificial light sources. Surprisingly simple techniques to make what initially appears to be mundane look extraordinary were also covered.

    It’s a big day that will give you the confidence and skills to take fantastic portraiture images!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ned Nederlander

    Daniel and Wendy are hands down the best photography teacher and host I’ve ever learnt from. Look no further for your training needs – this is as good as it gets. Well done team on an awesome session this past Saturday 27 Feb 2021.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jay Horton

    The team at Sydney Photographic Workshops, led by Daniel, deliver a great Portrait Photography workshop. I learnt so much.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anthony Franco

    Thank you Daniel and Wendy for putting on a great workshop. I had lots of fun and learnt many things. Thanks also to Chris who provided the “muscle” as Daniel’s assistant throughout the day. Thanks too to “frizzy hair” Chris who was an excellent character model and was a great subject for a portrait. Thanks also go out to the lovely Matilda who’s effortless posing made taking great photos of her an easier task.
    I have dabbled in photography since the days of film and the early days of digital and am mainly self-taught through lots of reading and more recently watching YouTube videos. My photos have been regularly complimented by friends and family, yet I felt that the photos were missing something. I really liked Daniel’s work and decided to enroll in Sydney Photographic Workshop’s Portrait Photography class. I’m so glad I did! Daniel covered so much more in a one day workshop than you could ever get out of a book. Daniel is very articulate and explains concepts well. He has the ability to take great photographs and show his students how to do it too. Daniel’s use and manipulation of light, both natural and speedlight/flash was an eye opener for me. With the right lighting our photos looked amazing. It’s all about the light!
    I can highly recommend the Portrait Photography Workshop to anyone thinking of taking their photography to the next level. Thank you Daniel for imparting your knowledge so willingly. Time to put what I’ve learnt into practice!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wayne Jeff

    Really professionally run workshops. Lots of good advice and terrific people to spend the day with.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brock Camilleri

    Definitely a great experience for anyone that wants to learn photography! they offer a wide range of practicality and theory within the classes! I’ve participated in a few different classes and i can definitely see the results in my work. I would highly recommend giving them a try and you will want to go back for more!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve McBey

    Had an extremely fun day with Wendy, Daniel and Chris at the SPW Portrait Workshop held recently in Sydney. Master Photographer Daniel Linnet was more than generous in creating a positive and enjoyable learning experience with the help of assistant Chris and two gracious models, Chris and Skye, who were both extremely engaging with each participant in the workshop. Many thanks go to Wendy for the warm welcome and keeping the day moving along nicely to allow all participants to capture truly awesome images. To Wendy and Daniel, your love and passion for photography is infectious and made for a day very well spent!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephane Thomas

    Thank you so much for an amazing and fun day yesterday, you guys really have found the perfect recipe for this workshop. I learnt a lot and now have added more projects to the already long list I had in my head…A very big thank you also to Skye, Chris and Chris for being very patient, accommodating and professional. You all made the workshop flawless and really enjoyable.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aleksei Larionov

    Wendy, thank you, Daniel, and Chris for the workshop! Jonas and especially “Matilda” were great! I really enjoyed the day.

    Everything was very well organized and well paced 🙂 I think it’s an eye-opener )

    Key points:

    – I’d never get back to Av mode I think after Daniel’s lessons
    – I got more confident taking photos of my family
    – Thanks Daniel for letting me use his 100mm Macro lens. It was such an inspiring lens.
    – Some magical stuff about flashlights layering
    – Reflectors, reflectors, reflectors!!! I’ll get one.

    If I was 20 years younger I’d probably decide to become a photographer after this 🙂

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shamil Velhal

    I always knew I was missing something and I had a few “aha” moments in this workshop. Some of the technicalities I never knew dawned upon me and I found those missing bits. Daniel is amazing at explaining. He believes in genuinely spreading his knowledge and that is a commendable quality of a great tutor. Wendy was an amazing help. Chris – thanks to you for all your humor and help and you have a great eye for technicalities too. Yonas and Matilda were so friendly. I had an awesome experience and will return for more. Everyone in the team is highly skilled. Best workshop I’ve ever attended.

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