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A group of lucky Photography students took part in an exclusive Portrait workshop at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The event was given to the college as a prize when two of our photography students were prize-winners in a national competition run by the gallery last year. The students were treated to an inspirational tour of the current exhibition featuring contemporary portraits in the ‘Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize’. They were asked to reflect critically on the work and to consider how they could use some of the ideas in their own practice.

The studio workshop was led by award-winning photographer Elizabeth Doak, who encouraged the students to explore a variety of lighting techniques and backgrounds. The students said the best thing about the trip was extending their photographic skills and learning how lighting can make such a difference to a portrait. Elizabeth was impressed by the students’ work and encouraged them to enter the next portrait competition at the NPG.