Workshop: The Editorial Portrait / by Pat Kane

I'm thrilled to be partnering with my good friends at Roy's Audio Video in Yellowknife to lead a workshop on editorial portraiture, one of my favourite genres in photography. Wait, what's editorial portraiture? The most literal definition is a portrait for an editorial publication, like a magazine or newspaper. But what that really means is a portrait that goes beyond just a "nice picture" - one that helps tell a story of the person you are photographing.

In this hands-on course, we will go over some tips and techniques I use to take great editorial portraits. We will explore the use of both studio and natural light, how to find and use backgrounds that add to your story, and how to talk to your subject and bring out different expressions.


I'm a professional photographer (really!) that specializes in editorial and commercial work for local, national and international clients. My work has been featured in publications like Maclean's, Canadian Geographic, VICE, The Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and many others. In May, I was nominated for a National Magazine Award for my photo essay about trappers in Colville Lake, NWT that I shot for Can Geo. I was also recently named among Canada's Top 7 Photojournalists working in magazines today.


Where: Roy's Audio Video (YK Center lower level, across from Flowers North)

When: Tuesday, August 12th from 5:30pm-8pm

Cost: $99.99 (payable to Roy's Audio Video), cash and CC accepted.

Skill Level: advanced amateurs.

What to bring: DSLR with hotshoe and various lenses.