Portrait Photography

Rated 4.97 out of 5 based on 37 customer ratings
(37 customer reviews)


Portrait and fashion workshop with Master Photographer, Daniel Linnet, AIPP

This photography workshop is run on various Saturdays throughout the year, From 9:00am to 6:30pm.

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’ in various stimulating and exciting locations around Sydney. This portrait photography workshop encompasses skills you will need for beautiful fashion 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


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Our Premium Portrait photography workshop covers portraits for fashion, including 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 Sydney based actors for character portraits who make you feel at ease. You are served up a sumptuous 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 interchangable lenses.


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

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 interchangable 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 Master Photographer / Tutor
  • Photographers Assistant
  • A professional and friendly fashion / beauty model
  • A professional actor / character model
  • A Host & Stylist
  • Tutorial & objective brief for the days shoots
  • Light refreshments throughout the day (includes water, juices & snacks)
  • Sumptuous lunch
  • Lighting & reflectors where required
  • Location fees
  • Studio equipment
  • Transport van (where required)
  • Wardrobe & costumes

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




37 reviews for Portrait Photography

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  13. 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!!!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    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 !

  15. 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 🙂

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  18. 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 🙂

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!!

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    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.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

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

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