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Photographing People I – FALL

A photograph can communicate a tremendous amount of information to the viewer. When a person is the subject of your image, how you photograph them – their expression, body language and body position, gestures, environment, what you choose to include and what you choose to exclude – can “speak” volumes about the individual. This advanced course is designed to help photographers enhance their skills of creating editorial portraits of people at home, in the studio, or out on the street. Class discussions will include looking at the work of some of today’s most successful Fine Art, Editorial, and Photojournalistic “people” photographers. You will learn lighting techniques that are creative, simple, and best of all—portable, paired with creative problem solving regarding how to direct your subject and handle the myriad of challenges presented when photographing strangers in constantly changing environments.


As this is an advanced, critique-based class, students should have a solid foundation in technical photographic skills.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Dana Smith

As one of Boston’s leading editorial photographers for over 20 years, Dana Smith has shot for and worked with many of the top photo editors and art directors in the magazine industry. Widely published both nationally and abroad, his images have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Time, Stern, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Fast Company, MIT’s Technology Review, Nature, Harvard Business Review, Boston and Yankee. His client list also includes Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Greater Media, Inc., and Virgin. He has been showcased in American Photography as well as numerous galleries. In addition to his vast editorial background, he has the daily grind of 10 years of newspaper photojournalism experience behind him.

Dana has been an instructor at the New England School of Photography since 1999. He was affiliated with the legendary Black Star agency in New York for 15 years and is now represented by Aurora/Novus Select.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.