The Art of Dark Portraiture

Train to Create and Wacom are inviting you to the first ever London photography seminar of the portrait photographer Andrzej Dragan.

This is a technical seminar where Andrzej Dragan will teach the attendees his workflow and his retouch technique, Dragan Effect. He will explain his view in the art of “portraiture photography” and he will be discussing who the real creator of the portrait is.

Sign up for the seminar, if:

  • you are interested in retouching process. Using his work, Andrzej Dragan will demonstrate and explaine step by step his retouching approach .
  • you want to get more information about Andrzej’s retouch technique – “Dragan effect” look
  • you want to gain a greater insight into the technical details of Andrzej Dragan‘s 
dark portraiture

Technical Seminar > 6th of December 2014

Seminar Date: Saturday 6th December 2014 / from 09:00 to 17:00 
Seminar Location:  Small Lecture Theatre of the University of Westminster – Westminster University, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW

This will be an 8-hours technical course where Andrzej Dragan will be demonstrating his works focusing mostly on the technical aspects of it. The attendees will be taught step by step how to create an image with the “Dragan effect” themselves.

There will be an open Q&A sessions and a discussion right after the technical part of the workshop. During that time Andrzej will take time to answer any questions left!


  • 9.00 am – 11.30  Introduction / Discussion of Andrzej Dragan’s work and how his photography got it’s final appearance. The importance of all the aspects of a photo shoot (pre-production, idea, the right model, location, lighting, etc.) A small introduction to the retouching techniques used.
  • 11.30-12.00  –  “Step by step” post analysis and technics used on three chosen photos.
  • 12.00-12.30  –  Lunch break
  • 12.30-3.30  –  Retouching – Andrzej using of his photos will showcase a detailed retouching while discussing all technical aspects of the retouching techniques chosen.
  •  3.30-3.45  –  Coffee break
  •  3.45-5.00  –  Open discussion – participants can get answers to all their questions concerning the possible retouch techniques or other subjects which are in their field of interests.

Special Prize

Intuos Pro Pen&Touch S



The polish Andrzej Dragan , born in 1978 and PhD in quantum physics, is involved in photography since 2003.He says himself that he actually dislikes photographing, which justifies that his photo shootings never take long. What he focuses on is the digital post-process, which can take him up to a month per photo. That’s where he takes his time to determine that specific something of the image that he wants to underline.By using a digital post processing method, also known as the “Dragan Effect”, that resembles painting, he turns the images into one of his impressive and unique portraits.

As he attaches great importance to quality, not quantity, he just produced around 100 portraits until today. Nevertheless, his art was rewarded several times ( Photographer of the year 2007 by “Digital Camera Magazine”) and published in several magazines and books.

He worked commercially for Playstation, Xbox, Converse, Energizer, Police, Amnesty International and many other advertising agencies including DDB, Euro RSCG, Grey, JWT, McCann-Erickson, Ogilvy, Publicis, Scholz & Friends, and TBWA.

Awards: KTR gold and silver medals (2006), two silvers and a bronze (2007), two golds and two silvers and two bronzes (2008), silver medal in the Corbis Photography Awards (2007), gold medal in the Golden Drum Festival (2007), bronze medal in the Epica Awards (2007), silver medal in the International Photography Masters Cup London (2010), Golden KTR Sword for the best short film work (2014).



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Does the cost of the Workshop includes flights and/or accommodation?

No, you will have to do your travel arrangements and  purchase your accommodation separately.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Refund Policy:

1. There is a 14-day cooling off period following the purchase of the ticket where you will receive a full refund minus a 5% administration fee.

2. 14-day after the purchase of the workshop you are entitled a 50% refund.

3. Cancelations made 14 days prior to the event’s date are non refundable.

4. You can transfer your ticket to third parties at any time by informing us in writing at tickets@traintocreate.com

5. No refund will be made for non-attendance of the event

Cancellation Policy:

Train to Create reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or change the location and the time of an event due to unforeseen circumstances. If Train to Create cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.

I have more questions is there any helpline?

If you have a question which is not covered in the description of the event or in the list above, please email workshops@traintocreate.com or telephone +44 (0)20 8133 3492 or +44 (0)20 8980 7756 and we will respond as soon as we can.




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