Make thoughtful and meaningful portraits with the support of an award-winning photographer in a relaxed supportive setting.

About this Event
A day making photographic portraits with the technical and creative support of professional photographer and experienced educator Alicia Bruce.

Alicia's portraits have been widely exhibited and published with some held in National Galleries of Scotland Collection. Over the course of the day you will learn how to get better quality photographs, make use of and appreciate the quality of available light and move away from the automatic settings.

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Technical considerations

Engaging and guiding the sitter

Our base for the day with be the wonderful Tribe Porty just 5 minutes walk from Portobello Beach.

About the tutor

Alicia Bruce has 20 years of photographic experience and over 10 years teaching experience and a teaching qualification. She is currently Teaching Fellow in Photography at the University of Edinburgh and Photography Tutor at Edinburgh College of Art (BA (Hons). She also teaches popular photography weekends at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

Alicia has exhibited and published her photography internationally winning several awards, including the Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award. Her work is held in several public and private collections, including National Galleries of Scotland. Recent commissions include Zero Tolerance’s ‘Violence Unseen’, ‘209 Women’ at the UK Parliament, ‘Our World Heritage’ for Edinburgh World Heritage. Her teaching page is:

About Portobello

Portobello is Edinburgh's seaside suburb with a thriving, dynamic community, beach and promenade and ever-changing sea and skyscape. It is 20 minutes by bus from the city centre.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for absolute beginners, enthusiasts and experienced practitioners looking to improve their portraiture skills. If you are an absolute beginner you can also sign up for The Camera workshop (Saturday 3rd October) to gain a deeper understanding of your camera or go straight for The Photographic Portrait.

What to bring?

Participants should bring a DSLR camera with batteries charged and a cleared memory card, a notebook and pen. Dress for the changeable weather in Edinburgh in October. You are likely to be on the beach.

All students will be provided with a workshop schedule and some introductory learning resources, a map, local information.


NOTE: The course will move to live online teaching via Zoom or fully outdoor learning depending on lockdown rules for October 2020 but ideally we'll proceed as normal. Distancing as per Scottish Government guidance for October 2020 will be followed.

It is expected that all participants shall follow the most up to date disctancing advice and procedures at all times.

Release of liability.

Everyone taking part in this Portobello Photography School activity does so at their own risk. The host assumes no responsibility for anyone attending this event. The host will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of any event or in connection with travel to such event, however caused. By signing up to the event or attending the participant agrees to these terms and conditions.

Any participant displaying symptoms of Covid-19 at the time of the event should not attend unless we are working online instead of in person.

Participants consent to receive medical treatment that may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident, and/or illness during this event.

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    Tribe Porty and Portobello Beach

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    Tribe Porty, Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AJ, UK

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