$100 – $120

Outdoor Portraiture Using Available Light

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$100 Member Price / $120 Non-Member Price

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Learn how to take advantage of the beautiful and varied landscape of Point Reyes to make stunning and intimate portraits of your family and friends. In this class we will discuss the basic principles of portraiture, including composition and framing, lighting, settings, props, aesthetics, lenses and other technical considerations. We’ll touch on posed versus candid strategies, and individual versus group issues. Then we’ll head out into the field to explore practical applications of the material we covered, using each other as subjects. We’ll regroup at the end of the day to show and analyze our results. All levels of experience are welcome. Film or digital cameras are acceptable (and, if you have a laptop please bring it as well).



Instructed by Barrie Rokeach


-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

-This class will be held mostly outdoors with some time spent indoors.

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.




Class Cancelation Policy

If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.




What to Bring:


Personal Gear


  • Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Daypack
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Lunch, snacks, and water for the day



Camera Equipment

  • 35mm SLR camera. Digital or film cameras welcome
  • 1 lens (2-3 are preferred but optional)
  • Tripod (optional but preferred)
  • Sufficient film or memory cards
  • Extra set of batteries or recharged battery.
  • Laptop computer, memory card reader and flash drive (if you have one)






Interested in becoming a PRNSA Field Institute facilitator? Want to take classes for FREE while helping out a great cause? Join us! Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org for more information.

Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.

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