Lighting: Portraits in the Home

Dennis Craft M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API,F-ASP

In-home portraiture is not only super convenient, but creates a very touching, personal image. However, as the photographer, shooting portraits in an unfamiliar setting can be a challenge.

Enter PPA Instructor Dennis Craft to teach you everything you need to know about shooting in a client’s home...and even better, Dennis doesn’t just tell you; he shows you!

  • Watch as Dennis walks you through a client’s home, showing what he looks for in a location and in lighting
  • Learn to use your equipment to your advantage – your light meter and histogram, and tools like ExpoDisc are essential to creating the right image.

Dennis also demonstrates the importance of knowing what type of portraits to capture. Let’s be honest – your best bet is always to start with Mom, as she’s typically the most influential purchaser!

Building on the client relationship with the client, Dennis shows how he interacts with his subjects – especially the kids – and how that interaction elicits the best poses, expressions and eventually, images.

More than just a class on lighting, this course tells you how to shoot on location, even a client’s home, and own it!

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Dennis Craft Bio

Dennis Craft runs a successful portrait studio in the historic town of Marshall, MI. His work includes many photographic areas, but he is best known for his imaginative children's photography. Craft Photography opened in 1979 in a storefront in downtown Marshall. Since 1999, the studio has been outside the city on thirteen acres that serve as a perfect backdrop for their fanciful child portraiture.

A Michigan Top-Ten Photographer twelve times, Dennis enjoys working in a natural light situation (window light and environmental portraits are his specialties). Twelve of his merit prints have been selected into the International Loan Collection, three exhibited at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, and one was on display in the International Photography Hall of Fame. Craft was named Photographer of the Year in Michigan (1992 & 1996). He’s also earned his PPA Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees and the Fellowship Degree from the American Society of Photographers. In addition, he is a past president of PPA.

Dennis has spoken in many places over the years, including national, state, and regional conventions and numerous local affiliate events. This doesn’t even include all the photography schools he’s taught at, like Winona International School of Photography, West Coast School, MAIPP Professional Photography School, Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Photography, Texas School, and Georgia School! Students from all over the country have enjoyed his unique teaching style and his practical solutions and ideas for developing and improving their own photographic style.