Introduction to Portrait Photography

You don't need a studio or lighting equipment to make beautiful portraits. And you don't need to tell your subjects "Say cheese!" to get great expressions. This course immerses novice or practiced photographers into all aspects of portraiture. You'll learn techniques and poses to put into practice as you build your own portfolio of portraits in a variety of settings. 


  • Format: Classroom 

    Hours: 14 hours / 1.4 CEUs 

    Where: UGA's Athens campus 

    When: More dates coming soon!

    Cost: $189 

In seven weekly two-hour sessions, including field trips, you will learn:

  • how to work with and pose your model
  • how to compose an attractive image
  • how to make the most of light and time
  • tips for environmental, street, people, and self portraits
  • business and social etiquette considerations in photographic portraiture

In these sessions or at home, you will:

  • make a set of creative self portraits
  • photograph two or more people in an indoor or outdoor setting
  • make a virtual portfolio for presentation at the final session

Who Should Attend?

People who are interested in photography as hobby or possible profession. 

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

More dates coming soon!

Course Format: 
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Course Fee(s): 


Continuing Education Information: 

14 Hours/1.4 CEUs 

Definition of CEU's.

Joe Myeress has been a photographer for 30 years. He was a US Navy photographer for 5 years, during which time he photographed many events at the White House, including President George H. W. Bush's Inauguration. He has worked in many different areas such as weddings, models, studio, portraits, still, and travel. He currently works as the Senior Photographer for TigerDirect and shoots most of the product shots seen on their web sites. You can see more of Joe's work on his website at