Portrait photography is a complex blend of preparation, technical prowess and people skills. And as pro portrait photographer Horst Friedrichs will attest, this work is not just an artistic pursuit, but a vital historical service – capturing the characters that shape human history – so it needs to be done well.
Students and budding photographers needn't be put off by a lack of professional studio space or lighting accessories, however. When Horst mentored arts graduate Emma Bentley for a weekend, the world became their studio and the public their models. Here, we find out about their workshop and discover their tips for professional portrait photography.