Portrait Photography with Simple Gear

Online Photography course - Using simple lighting gear to get much better portraits... from mild to wild.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (1,072 ratings)
42,322 students
Portrait Photography with Simple Gear
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (1,072 ratings)
42,322 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
  • Working in Lightroom
    17:36
  • Working in Photoshop
    26:19
  • Natural Light Intro
    12:41
  • Ivy Natural Light Introduction
    07:15
  • Assignment: IVY Outside
    10:23
  • Ivy Outside Headshot: The Photoshop
    14:21
  • Ivy Outside Headshot Photoshop File
    118.3 MB
  • One Light Reflector Overview of the Style
    10:11
  • One Light Reflector Intro
    05:40
  • Briana One Light W Reflectors
    12:42
  • One Light Reflector - Bri - Photoshop
    09:42
  • Bri Sunshot Photoshop File for working with the Previous Lecture
    140.0 MB
  • A Traditional Beauty Image with Ivy- Lecture One
    09:36
  • Beauty Lighting Overview
    09:15
  • Traditional Beauty Portrait One Light - Example One
    05:24
  • Example of the Fill Cards (With / Without)
    4 pages
  • Adding Fill Cards to the Single Light Traditional Beauty Shot
    09:07
  • Photoshop of Ivy Traditional Beauty Headshot
    08:23
  • Photoshop File for Ivy Traditional Headshot
    1.5 MB
  • Using a Small Softbox for a Traditional Beauty Headshot
    03:43
  • Photoshop of Ivy with Traditional Beauty Softbox
    04:16
  • Natural Light And Strobe: an introduction to the process
    12:19
  • Speedlight for Sun Introduction
    08:07
  • Adding the Speedlight to a Natural Light Shot
    07:13
  • Briana with Speedlight Sun Photoshop Post Processing
    08:54
  • Blending Ambient with Strobe in an Interior/Exterior Setting
    09:51
  • Blending Ambient Light Interior/Exterior Shot - Photoshop
    07:32
  • Briana Photoshop PSD File
    137.5 MB
  • Amanda and Three Point Lighting
    11:03
  • Amanda Gray Background Photoshop
    09:31
  • Amanda PSD
    8.3 MB
  • Amanda White Background Photoshop
    07:29
  • Adding Light to a Scene with a Lot of Contrast
    09:44
  • Photoshopping the Image of Briana in the Forest
    09:00
  • Briana PSD File for Photoshop Demo Above
    171.4 MB
  • Iveena In Forest: adding contrast to a flat light scene
    06:28
  • Photoshop of Iveena in the Forest
    05:26
  • Iveena PSD File for Photoshop Demonstration
    88.1 MB
  • Natural Light Extravaganza - 5 Portraits in Natural Light
    25:59
  • Jasmine Photoshopped
    02:33
  • Jasmine Photoshop File
    73.3 MB
  • Iveena Photoshopped
    04:16
  • Iveena PSD File for Photoshop Demonstration
    110.2 MB
  • Miranda Photoshopped
    01:22
  • Miranda in Layered Photoshop File
    76.0 MB
  • Aliza Photoshopped
    03:34
  • Aliza PSD in Layers
    88.1 MB
  • Briana Photoshopped
    04:10
  • Briana PSD File for Photoshop Demo Above
    81.2 MB

Instructor
Photographer, Designer, Author and Educator
Don Giannatti
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 2,684 Reviews
  • 88,342 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)