Introduction to Portraiture

Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


This course is designed to introduce you to photographic portraiture techniques and test your creative potential. You will learn how to control lighting conditions and develop your skills when using camera equipment in order to achieve your desired effect. Edinburgh College offers a fantastic range of dark rooms, studios and digital suites. Here you will use professional and top-of-the-range camera equipment. Explore the art of photography as you gain a basic understanding of studio equipment and there uses. This will include learning different portrait styles and studio lighting set-ups.

he course will also include the use of post-production programmes such as Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. These programmes are an integral part of the digital workflow. You will have access to Mac labs and photography studios which will replicate what it is like to work in the industry.

Content: Studio portraiture skills; Social portraiture skills; Studio portrait lighting techniques; Post-production using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5. Basic digital photography skills and a good understanding of a digital camera.

Progression Routes

NPA, NC or HND in Photography.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

18 weeks


Broadcast Media and Photography

SCQF Level




Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display