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Tricks to Look More Attractive in Photos

Digital Photography Course

Odds are – you’ve taken a few rough photos you wish you could take back, we all have. Fortunately, I am here to help. Use these easy photography modeling tips to transform your photos from bad to fab.

Add a Pop of Color:  Feeling drab? Add some color to make that photo pop!

Ditch the Drab Background: While you should be the star of your photo, make sure the background isn’t working against you. Choose a background that is bold.

Play With Props: Solution, give those, what surely feel like foreign objects at the end of your arms, a purpose.

Know Your Angle: Sometimes a slight tilt or a simple angle to a face makes a big difference. Even though you’re super attractive, you likely have a ‘good side,’ the angle at which your face looks best on film.

Elongate Your Neck: Push your face forward ever so slightly and gently press your shoulders back and down. You should feel a little bit of a stretch in the process.

The Skinny Arm:  Whether you’re holding a puppy in a sweater, a beer, or nothing at all, you can achieve the appearance of slim upper arms by simply holding your arms slightly away from your body.

Angle Your Body: Stand up straight and position your body at a 45 degree angle, place one foot in front of the other and place the majority of your weight on the back leg.

Cross Your Ankles: If you are unable to avoid being shot head on, try crossing your ankles, starting at the calf. This stance will give the appearance of narrower hips and longer legs.

Most awkward photos are due to subjects that seem unnatural and posed: The fix: letting out a little laugh as soon as someone is about to snap the picture.Laughter, even if fake, will result in a natural, happy smile and lit up eyes … and everyone looks better when they’re happy!

Yes, you will feel, and likely look ridiculous, but only for the time being. Usually, you are taking photos not for now, but for the times you reflect on them later. You won’t remember how silly you felt, you’ll only notice how good you look.


The 2012 VSS Photography and Visual Arts Update

With the closing of a great year, filled with creative photography and visual arts, we at Visual Skills School (VSS) are looking forward to an even more successful and adventurous 2012.

Although the administration department at VSS closes on 15 December 2011, for the festive season, and reopens on 8 January 2012, registration for full-time as well as part-time photography and visual arts courses remains open until 15 January 2012.

Part time classes, Photography & Graphic Design, start on Monday 23 January at 18h00. First years start on 1 February and Second Years on 6 February.

Please take early note of our exciting photography expeditions planned for 2012, in order to plan your schedule accordingly:

10 – 12 February: a weekend of available light photography on location at Botshabelo.

16 – 23 March: we will spend a week in Victoria-West, where three lecturers from VSS will be among the principle presenters at the Photographic Society of South Africas Audio Visual Convention. VSS students will assist in the presentation of workshops. Spicing up this adventure, we will travel to the heart of the Karoo, befittingly in a manner reminiscent of yesteryear by way of train! The Shosholoza Meyl, linking Johannesburg with Cape Town, is an experience not to be missed.

31 May – 10 June: 10 days of underwater photography and great rock music at Ponta dOuro, Mozambique. Where we coincide our underwater photography expedition with the annual Strab Rock festival.

10 – 14 August: 5 days of nature and wildlife photography at Pilanesberg Game Reserve, with day visits to Sun City and an old VSS favourite, the Shebeen!

22 September – 7 October: the VSS adventure highlight of the year two weeks of unparalleled nature and wildlife photography in the pristine Botswana wilderness! Imagine the serene beauty of the Okavango Delta; the largest herds of elephant in Africa; a golden sunset over the Magadi-Gadi saltpans, silhouetting swarms of flamingoes; the call of the Fish Eagle on the Chobe River; the smoke that thunders (Mosi-oa-Tunya the Victoria Water Falls)? Now imagine photographing all this, and more with VSS!

With these adventures, and countless exciting hours in the classroom, studio and dark room (both digital and analogue), VSS aims to equip students with the skill and technical ability to excel in the photography and visual media industry.

To all our students, thank you for a fantastic year of great fun, and above all the exceptional quality of work displayed at the VSS 2011 end-of-year exhibition.

We wish you all joy and peace for the festive season see you 2012!

Christine Waschefort

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Winter Photography Workshops

Cape Town School of Photography hosts both full-time and a variety of part-time introductory and advanced photographic courses, tailored to address the needs of both film and digital camera enthusiasts.

Classes are small, for personalised training and particular emphasis is placed on individual participation and group interaction. Most of our courses run for the duration of between eight and ten weeks as either morning or evening sessions. We also offer short intensive courses, one-on-one personalised sessions and weekend workshops.

This year Cape Town School of Photography will be nine years old. Since our humble beginnings in 2001 we have burst at the seams of our previous premises and can now look forward to growing into our new space at 62 Roeland Street.

In the interest of establishing a photographic community and providing students with the opportunity to further develop their photographic skill and knowledge, we launched the Friends of Cape Town School of Photography (FOCTSP) in 2009.


For more information, please contact Cape Town School of Photography directly



Photography Diploma- A new Career or Hobby in 2011

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