Hollywood Portraits

When: 13 Sep 2015, Sun 1pm-4pm
Where: Hawthorn
Price: $80-$90 (See member discounts)
Suitable for: Beginner to Intermediate
Instructor: Mark Hillyer and Brett Dorron
©Mark Hillyer Photography

Hollywood movie stars of the 1930s, 1940s, and even the 1950s are best known from their dramatically-lit, black-and-white glamour portraits – apart from their movies, of course. This was a style known as the “Hollywood Portrait” for obvious reasons, though the style applied as much to other celebrities and ordinary people. There is a magic to this style, whether it is the classic Hollywood technique with a dramatic light source above the subject or other variations, again using the dramatic light source.


©Mark Hillyer Photography

A Hollywood Portrait in the digital age is so much more than a black-and-white conversion. It is about understanding your dramatic light source, the mood and style of the poses and expressions, and establishing the right connection with your subject. It is not just a matter of copying the Hollywood style – it is also about adapting the principles of the Hollywood style to produce your own distinctive images.

We will introduce you to the styles and elements of the Hollywood portrait and take you through two different set-ups and help you to achieve some great images of the timeless beauty of one of our model, Georgia Balloch (at left in a non-Hollywood portrait).


Gene Tierney
The Learning Experience
  • The etiquette of working with a model and other photographers;
  • Learning how to set up and use lighting to achieve Hollywood portrait styles;
  • Directing and interacting with the model;
  • Exploring poses, framing, perspective, point of view, and timing;
  • Working in the studio environment;
  • Set-up and positioning of lighting.
Who Is This For?
  • Beginner to Intermediate photographers
  • You need to be comfortable and confident with operating your camera in manual mode
Lauren Bacall
What Should I Bring?
  • DSLR, SLR, or Mirrorless with a working hot shoe;
  • Telephoto or prime lenses in the 35mm to 105mm range (full frame) or 24mm to 70mm (APS-C);
  • Batteries, memory cards, tripod.

Do not bring too much equipment. The workshop is about using your gear, not trying to decide what to use.

What is the agenda?
  • A guide to the style and setting up the lighting and poses;
  • Shoot 1 – Tungsten continuous lighting;
  • Shoot 2 – Studio strobe lighting.
Marlene Dietrich
Who is the model?

Georgia Balloch

Summary: Hollywood Portraits
Instructor: Mark Hillyer and Brett Dorron
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
When: Sunday, 13 September 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm (3 hours)
Where: The Cool Kids Studio, 565 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122
(See map here)
Price: Members – $80.00
Non-Members – $90.00
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