Portrait Photography


Pia Johnson is a photographer and visual artist, whose practice seeks to investigate issues about cultural difference, diaspora and identity. Pia's work engages with the social and personal aspects of understanding cultural identity, exploring ideas around belonging and otherness. Her work is collected in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.

Also known for her performance and portrait work, Pia has commissions from all the major and small to medium performing arts organisations in Australia. Her photographs have been published in Rolling Stone, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Age, The Age Life and Style, The Herald Sun, The Monthly, amongst others.

Pia holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual arts) and Diploma of Modern Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne. She is currently a PhD (Fine Arts) candidate and sessional lecturer at RMIT University.

Portrait Photography

Portrait photography is a one-day, intensive session where participants will be explore aspects of portrait photography. 

In this session Pia Johnson will be covering:

  • Contemporary and historical concepts of portraiture in photography,
  • Understanding how to frame the subject
  • Working with models – commercial and visual art approaches
  • Working with studio lighting
  • Working with natural light
  • Staging the shot
  • Self portraiture

Requirements :
Students are required to have a good understanding of photography basics, (ideally DSLR camera skills) and must bring their own camera and tripod.

Duration :
one weekend day - 6 hours

Sessions :

Saturday 26 August . 10:30-5:30 (1 hour break)

Cost :
$199 per student

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