Photography Workshop

Sponsored by the Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum

"Environmental Portrait Photography"
Brian P. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 9:00 am3:45 pm

Portraits of people or animals can convey a range of moods and emotions. Adding the context of an environment that is either key to their persona or introduces paradox to the image can greatly increase impact.

Course Objectives

  1. Introduce students to concepts about environmental portraiture. Teach them about choices and approaches to achieving effective images, including tips on how to use equipment and lighting to build impact.
  2. Challenge the class members to try their hand at environmental portraiture techniques on the grounds of the JC Raulston Arboretum.Review and evaluate student images to build skills and reinforce teaching points.


Lecture topics include the following:

  • Definition of environmental portraiture

  • Examples of various types of environmental portraits

  • Strategies for effective environmental portraits
  • Techniques and tips
  • Equipment choices and how best to use them

  • Lighting options

  • Candids versus engaged portraits

  • Post-processing options


9:00 AM–11:00 AM – Lecture

11:00 AM–1:00 PM – environmental shooting—your turn to try out your skills

1:00 PM–1:45 PM – Lunch

1:45 PM–3:45 PM – Evaluation and feedback

Brian P. Fullington

Brian P. Fullington started his photographic career as a photojournalist for a metropolitan Boston daily newspaper in the 1970s. While there, he grew his compositional and lighting skills and learned to react quickly to photographic opportunities—skills that have served him well over the years. Brian then spent more than four years as a commercial photographer in eastern Massachusetts. After a successful career in sales and marketing at IBM, he moved back into photography on a full-time basis.

Over the years, he has developed his talents as a fine art photographer specializing in landscape and travel subjects. He is fortunate to have the ability to be able to quickly spot strong compositional elements and then use his camera to turn them into appealing images. Having traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and the United States, he has built a strong portfolio of scenic, travel, and human-interest photographs.

Brian's photography has been on display in numerous locations including:

  • Imaginese, Cary (40 images on display – November 14–December 31, 2008, 20 images on permanent display, 40 others in racks, 7 images of Glacier National Park – September 6–December 31, 2009)

  • Java Jive, Cary (February and September 2008, April and September 2009, March and November 2010, and October 2011)

  • Fly Salon, Raleigh (18 images on display – June–September 2009)

  • Gallery A (27 images on display – July–September 30, 2009)

  • VAE, Raleigh – "The Road Show" (1st place winner – January 2010)

  • Natural Selections – exhibition by the Chapel Hill Arts Commission at University Mall (1st place winner – June 2010)

  • VAE, Raleigh – "Rhymes with Orange" (3rd place winner – July 2010)

  • Simkin Gallery, Raleigh – "21st Century Americana – the N.C. State Fair" (November 4–December 1, 2011)

Charitable work includes:

  • Miracle League of the Triangle – over 2,000 team pictures delivered to athletes and sponsors from 2008 to present.

  • Prints donated for auctions to Prevent Blindness NC, the Miracle League of the Triangle, The Visual Art Exchange, and the UNC Dance Marathon (to benefit the N.C. Children's Hospital).

His objectives as an artist are: to find subjects that speak to his clients with strong visual statements that are pleasing and thought provoking; to promote photography as a visual art that is broadly accepted by collectors and individuals who wish to enhance home or office environments with fine art; and to continue to constantly develop his artistic skills and move his work in unexplored directions.

His work can be seen at

$80.00 for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum and Capital City Camera Club members, all others $100.00.
Advance registration is required and is limited to 15 people. Please call (919) 513-7005 to register.
Workshop cancellations can be made through September 21, 2012 (Friday). No refunds will be made after September 21, 2012. A $10.00 cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this workshop.