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‘The Portrait’ Workshop – Portobello Photography School

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


A day making photographic portraits with the technical and creative support of professional photographer and experienced educator Alicia Bruce. Teas coffees and tasty treats will be provided during the day.

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.

We will cover:





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 10 years of teaching experience and a teaching qualification. She is currently Teaching Fellow in Photography at the University of Edinburgh. 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.

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.

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 April. 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.


Alicia Bruce
07835 110486


The Works
Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH15 2AJ United Kingdom
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