Studio Fashion Portraits with Arteh Odjidja at Harrison Cameras

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Workshop Dates: Thursday 13th September 2018

Time: 10.30-17:00

Price: £85

Join commercial photographer Arteh Odjidja for an inspiring studio workshop, where you will learn how to use studio lighting and work with a professional model, for the ultimate fashion portrait workshop at Portland Works Studio.

This practical exercise will help you to consider the choices made when capturing a fashion portrait in terms of composition, depth of field, lighting, interaction with the subject, body language and expression, and finally how all these elements impact the final image.

Whether this is your first time in the studio or if you want to learn some tips and techniques from a professional fashion photographer, everyone is welcome to come and improve on their photography practice.

Aims of Workshop


-Will gain useful tips on how to setup their camera with studio lighting for a professional portrait shoot. (Camera basics). 

-Will gain useful tips and experience in directing a subject.

-Will learn about Leica cameras and the history of the brand. 

-Will gain understanding of how to tell a visual story about their subject and be more intentional in their image making.

Refreshments included / Lunch not included

10am - 11.30am (1hr 30minutes)

-Introduction to group

-Leica way of seeing presentation

-Introduction to the art of portrait shooting.

-Introduction and briefing with Model

-Introduction to Leica camera systems:

Leica M

Leica S

Leica SL

-Introduction to studio Lighting equipment:

Lighting heads 

Soft Boxes

11.30am - 12pm 

Set up our studio and test lighting with model

12pm - 3pm

-Arteh begins by showing a group how he interacts with a portrait subject.

-Attendees are put in groups of two. One fulfils the role of photographer the other as lighting assistant and then they rotate. In their pairings they shoot a series of portraits, shooting time divided up between number of attendees.


Wrap up shoot and attendees choose their favourite shots to present. 

3pm - 5pm 

Review and critique of attendee's 3 chosen photos.

Harrison Cameras
112-114 London Road
S2 4LR

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their skill set. 

Demonstration Leica products will be available for participants to use.

If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

Please bring your own laptop for editing and post production work.

Arteh Odjidja is a commercial fashion/portraiture and fine art photographer born and raised in London, where he resides today. Growing up with a father working in the filmmaking industry, Arteh Odjidja developed an early love for the creative process, and showed sure signs that he was destined for a career in art and design.

Specialising in fashion/portraiture and fine art photography, Arteh has managed to build up his commercial portfolio with commissions from some of the world’s most recognised brands in menswear fashion and luxury, including Leica camera, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng and Mont blanc.

Arteh’s desire to expand his repertoire has led him into the art world. The savile row designer and long time collaborator - Ozwald Boateng OBE, housed his first solo exhibition 'Stranger in Moscow' in 2013 which was shortlisted for the AOP awards in the same year. He has since exhibited his work extensively in the US and the UK as a contributing artist in the world renowned 'Dandy Lion Project- Exhibition' and book published by Aperture New York. Arteh's work has been featured in established industry publications such as Black+White Photography magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Photoworks annual, The New York times and the Huffington Post.

Arteh continues to add to his portrait series 'The Stranger Series' which focuses on portraying the aspirations / dreams of young migrants. With the aim of re-addressing the so often negatively skewed narrative of young migrants to major cities around the world.