Capturing Powerful Portraits

Capturing Powerful Photographic Portraits

This seminar-style movie presentation was developed for several talks I gave for Sony Australia in 2018. It looks at my approach to portraiture (primarily on location). I cover my choice of camera settings, choice of lens, how I compose my images and how I control the lighting used so that I can capture powerful portraits. The presentation concludes with a brief look at how I work with off-camera flash.

Associated articles that support this movie can be found here:

Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 Short Review

Camera Settings for Shooting Portraits – Sony Alpha A7RIII and A9

Working with an 85mm prime or ‘portrait lens’

  • Purchase the 50 F/1.8 APS-C Portrait lens featured in this presentation from Sony Australia: E 50mm F1.8 OSS
  • Purchase the 85 F/1.8 Full Frame Portrait lens featured in this presentation from Sony Australia: FE 85mm F1.8
  • Purchase the 85 F/1.4 GM Full Frame Portrait lens featured in this presentation from Sony Australia: FE 85mm F1.4 GM
  • Purchase the 100 F/2.8 STF GM Full Frame Portrait lens from Sony Australia: FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM

An album of high-resolution portrait images captured using these techniques can be viewed here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskC66gE9


Mark is a Global Imaging Ambassador for Sony, an experienced educator and an Imaging Ambassador for Adobe. As well as public speaking he offers training in the form of creative workshops and one-on-one training.