Portrait Photography with Simple Gear

Online Photography course - Using simple lighting gear to get much better portraits... from mild to wild.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (1,096 ratings)
43,241 students
Portrait Photography with Simple Gear
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (1,097 ratings)
43,241 students
Beginning photographers will be able to increase the quality of their portraiture greatly with each class
Intermediate photographers who are not familiar with fill flash, or adding small strobes to location portraiture will find the confidence they need
Use small strobes and speedlights to do studio type work no matter where you are working
Blend ambient light with strobes in nearly any light - and be confident that the results are exactly what you want
Natural light enthusiasts will find it easy to see how strobe can be used to enhance an otherwise natural light shot
Beginning Beauty and Fashion photographers will find ways to add to their headshot arsenal
Fully understand the many different ways to make portraits with natural light, enhanced natural light, and strobes

Requirements

  • Photographers should be reasonably comfortable with the operation of their camera.
  • A list of items that are suggested as well as links to Amazon for purchasing if you wish: http://www.lighting-essentials.com/gear-list-links-for-the-udemy-portrait-class/

Description

This is an ongoing photography course: New work and assignments will be added to this workshop as it becomes available or as needed for explanations. If you have something you want to see, or a lighting idea that you would want me to explore, let me know.

(Two New courses added May, 2013. Location Portraiture)

Once purchased, you may access the class and lectures whenever you want. There is no limit or time frame to access. 

This is a class that can be started at any time, by nearly any level of photographer. 

This course is created for the beginning to early intermediate photographer who wants to use simple gear to make much better portraits. We will examine fresh ways to use natural light, augmented natural light, strobes with both natural light and as the main lights only and how to create our own reality with only a single speedlight. 

Over Seven and a half full hours of video tutorial on creative portrait photography: shooting, explaining, shooting and Photoshopping. Fourteen + downloadable PSD files in layers to see exactly what we did with the Photoshop work... and use them to understand the Photoshop videos you are watching.

With over three and a half hours of bonus material, including class webinars, this course continues to grow. All members are welcome to our webinars that feature ideas, Photoshop tips, lighting schemes and more. 

We show the setup and how the image is put together, adding fill cards and additional tools as necessary to make the images WE want to see.

Follow along as I set the lights, find the exposure, work with the models and build the image to what I want it to be. 

Understanding how to use light to make the portraits you want means you can make creative portraits at almost any time you want.

Some of the things you will learn are:

  • Using the small flash for lighting portraits
  • How to make traditional 'Beauty" portraits
  • Using a single light to produce extraordinary results
  • Working with models and subjects
  • How to blend ambient daylight with your strobes - and do it easily
  • Using modifiers like umbrellas and softboxes and knowing which you want to use
  • Adding strobe to bring the subject into a very contrasty situation
  • Adding contrast with a wink of strobe in very flat lighting
  • Creating your own reality with lighting
  • Methods for making the most beautiful natural light headshots you can

In addition we show the post production of the images in Photoshop so you can learn to use some basic, and yet very useful tools in post to make the shots pop even more. We include the PSD files in layers for you do download and view as we are doing the Photoshop demonstrations in the videos.

  • Learn how to add small amounts of "light" to an image
  • Simple moves with the Curves Adjustment can make so much difference
  • How to simply retouch faces to eliminate blemishes
  • Using layers for more control
  • Adding depth with contrast and attention to detail
There will be several scheduled live sessions to discuss your images, and to answer any questions you may have. In addition, there will be additional shoots added one per month until 12/31/2012.

If you are familiar with your camera, and would like to be able to make better portraits without spending a ton of money on gear, check out this set portrait photography tutorials.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginning photographers who have a basic understanding of their cameras
  • Intermediate photographers who may need some understanding of using flash and ambient
  • Budding fashion and beauty photographers who want to explore some new ways of shooting portaits
  • Anyone who wants to make a lot better portrait without spending a ton of money on gear they may not need
  • People photographers who want to understand the portrait process better
  • Anyone who wants to make interesting photographs of people

Course content

15 sections • 92 lectures • 15h 5m total length
  • Introduction to the Portrait Course
    05:00
  • Sample Workbook (LO RES) for this Portrait Course
    1.5 MB
  • An Introduction to Simple Tools for Portrait Lighting
    14:46
  • Using the Flash (Speedlight)
    02:02
  • Building The Rope Meter
    07:26
  • String Meter Information Doc
    3 pages
  • How I Use My "Standbagger"
    02:51
  • Angle Of Incidence Document
    2 pages
  • Heart Of Portraiture by Don Giannatti
    1.1 MB
  • Workbook for Portrait Course (Revised 12/27/12)
    44 pages

Instructor

Photographer, Designer, Author and Educator
Don Giannatti
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 2,729 Reviews
  • 89,916 Students
  • 4 Courses

Don Giannatti has been a photographer for more than four decades. Starting with a desire to do fine art photography, he quickly made the jump into commercial. Over the decades he has owned studios in Phoenix, New York, Chicago and LA. A wide range of clients kept him shooting everything from studio product to fashion, beauty and travel.

With a preference for photographing people and still life, Don feels that lighting is the most important part of the image making process. Understanding the light and how the subject reflects the light helps photographers visualize the image before starting the shoot. This “subject centric” approach to light is what he teaches and is the subject of much of his writing.

He has authored three books for Amherst - all currently available at Amazon.com (keyword Don Giannatti).

Don current maintains a studio in Phoenix, teaches workshops all over the world, and writes for the online Photography magazine, Lighting Essentials (www.lighting-essentials.com)