Two day hands-on workshop 'Fine Art Portrait' with Michael Schnabl

Option 1: Sunday, February 25th + Monday, February 26th - Option 2: Thursday, March 1st + Friday, March 2nd

Fine Art Portraits are more than just a pretty picture of a good looking model. There's planning and concept involved. Over the course of this intensive but fun two day workshop, you will create two Fine Art Portraits: one 'Dark Beauty' look and one 'Flower Girl' portrait. Award winning Austrian portrait photographer Michael Schnabl ( will guide you through all the steps, from concept over the actual shooting and the postproduction, all the way to the final images. 

 Image © Michael Schnabl

Image © Michael Schnabl

A captivating, educational and well-organised workshop. Recommended!
— Serge V.C.

Things you will learn in this workshop:

  • Adding backgrounds and textures
  • Beauty retouching & Frequency Separation for clean but natural looking skin
  • Techniques for cutting out the model from the grey background
  • Layer masking techniques and adding backgrounds
  • Styling backgrounds
  • The use of blending modes, clipping paths
  • Creative tinting and toning in Lightroom and Photoshop and Alien Skin Exposure
  • Where to find ideas and inspiration
  • Concept and preparation
  • Simple requisites that won't break the bank
  • Choosing the right model
  • Posing the model to fit the concept
  • Saving time by photographing with postproduction in mind
  • As you can see, you will really learn a lot during this intensive workshop! Most of the techniques and ideas are also applicable to your own style of photography.

What's included in this workshop:

  • A set of Michael Schnabl's Photoshop Actions & Textures worth over $100
  • A set of Piet Van den Eynde's Lightroom presets worth $20
  • Course handouts
  • Coffee, tea, water and sodas.
  • Although we recommend you bring your own camera, participants who are interested, will get the chance to shoot with the Fujifilm GFX Medium Format camera and lenses. Fujifilm Ambassador Ioannis Tsouloulis will be present to answer all your questions.
  • 2 professional models, including image rights for personal (non-commercial) use and use in your portfolio
  • professional makeup artist
  • 2 days of tutoring (in English) by award-winning Fine Art Photographer Michael Schnabl
  • Assistance by me (especially on the second day about postproduction)
  • Use of studio equipment

On the second day, you will learn how to retouch and color-grade the images you shot on the first day. Images © Michael Schnabl.

What to bring to the workshop:

  • You should be familiar with your camera and know how to operate it
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a flash hotshoe (flash triggers will be provided by us)
  • A laptop or computer of your own with the most recent versions of Photoshop CC and Adobe Bridge or preferably Adobe Lightroom installed
  • A solid knowledge of Photoshop if you want to actively follow along during the second day of workshop. If you prefer, you can also passively watch during the second day. If you want to bring your Photoshop skills up to speed, I recommend watching my 'Photoshop voor Fotografen' class (in Dutch) on Photofacts Academy (you can watch all courses 15 days for free) or my Photoshop for Photographers course on Craft & Vision (in English).
  • Although it is not essential, a Wacom tablet is highly recommended. If you have one, make sure to bring it along, if you don't have one and want to try one, let us know when you're booking.

As a bonus, all participants will receive a sampler pack of Michael's Black & White Lightroom presets. Image © Michael Schnabl.

Practicalities, Price and Location:

  • This workshop is held twice in De Punt in Gentbrugge near Ghent (Flanders, Belgium).
  • The first option is Sunday, February 25th and Monday, February 26th, 2018. The first (shooting) day is from 3 PM to 8 PM. The second (postprocessing) day is from 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • The second option is Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd. The first (shooting) day is from 3 PM to 8 PM. The second (postprocessing) day is from 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • The workshop will be held in English. However, I will be there to assist you in Dutch if necessary!
  • The regular price of this unique, two-day workshop is 579 € including VAT for both days. Until January 14th, you can enjoy the early bird discount and pay only 499 €. It is not possible to book only one day. However, you are of course allowed to let someone else (e.g. an assistant or employee) follow the course on the second day, instead of yourself.


To secure your spot, select the workshop option of your choice, click on the Add To Cart button below and follow the procedure. Payment by Credit Card is preferred and is faster. An invoice will be provided upon request. If you like to pay by bank transfer, contact us and we'll provide you with our bank details.

UPDATE: 25 & 26 February is sold out. Select 1 & 2 March under 'Select Date'.

Fine Art Portrait with Michael Schnabl
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 Image © Michael Schnabl

Image © Michael Schnabl

Why are we offering this unique workshop opportunity in Belgium and why should you attend this workshop?

Although (or maybe because) they are totally different from what I generally photograph, I have been a fan of Michael Schnabl's Fine Art Portraits for quite a while. When an opportunity to take one of his workshops arose, I did not hesitate for a moment, even though it meant traveling to Germany and follow the workshop... in German... (Fear not: the workshop in Belgium will be given in English!) I found the workshop to be so interesting, that I wanted to invite Michael over to Belgium to give Belgian, Dutch and English photographers a chance to learn from this wonderful photographer and teacher. 

Below are the two images I made myself during this workshop. They are the actual finished product at the end of the second day. I did not do any extra work on them. I like to think I know a thing or two about flash photography and Photoshop, but I still learned loads of new things. The techniques you will learn will help you make stronger images, regardless of your habitual style of photography. You'll learn how to make the most out of one light source, how to pose your model and how to further enhance the image through Photoshop.

P.S. If you cannot join the 2 day workshop, Michael also has an evening session in which he walks you through his entire workflow, on February 27th.

 Image © Piet Van den Eynde

Image © Piet Van den Eynde

 Image © Piet Van den Eynde

Image © Piet Van den Eynde


Terms and Conditions:

By booking this workshop, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Cancellation earlier than 6 weeks before the workshop date: you will receive a full refund, minus a € 75 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation between 6 and 4 weeks before the workshop date: you can give your spot to another person, or receive a refund minus a 25 percent cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation between 4 and 2 weeks before the workshop: you can give your spot to another person, or receive a refund minus a 50 percent cancellaton fee.
  • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the workshop: you can give your spot to another person. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 2 weeks before the workshop date.
  • The images you make during the workshop can be used for personal and portfolio use only. They cannot be used for commercial purposes (for example, but not limited to: sold on stock photography websites, sold as fine art prints, ...)
  • MoreThanwords/Piet Van den Eynde reserves the right to cancel the workshop in case of insufficient participants or when the workshop leader (Michael Schnabl) is unable to attend the workshop because of illness, accident or delay. In case of such a cancellation, participants will receive a full refund of the workshop price they paid. The refund is limited to the price the attendant paid to participate at the workshop and does not include any extra costs the participant may have incurred (such as, but not limited to: travel and hotel expenses).

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