Portrait Photography with Simple Gear
- 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/
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
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.
- 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
- Introduction to the Portrait Course05:00
- Sample Workbook (LO RES) for this Portrait Course1.5 MB
- An Introduction to Simple Tools for Portrait Lighting14:46
- Using the Flash (Speedlight)02:02
- Building The Rope Meter07:26
- String Meter Information Doc3 pages
- How I Use My "Standbagger"02:51
- Angle Of Incidence Document2 pages
- Heart Of Portraiture by Don Giannatti1.1 MB
- Workbook for Portrait Course (Revised 12/27/12)44 pages
- Working in Lightroom17:36
- Working in Photoshop26:19
- Natural Light Intro12:41
- Ivy Natural Light Introduction07:15
- Assignment: IVY Outside10:23
- Ivy Outside Headshot: The Photoshop14:21
- Ivy Outside Headshot Photoshop File118.3 MB
- One Light Reflector Overview of the Style10:11
- One Light Reflector Intro05:40
- Briana One Light W Reflectors12:42
- One Light Reflector - Bri - Photoshop09:42
- Bri Sunshot Photoshop File for working with the Previous Lecture140.0 MB
- A Traditional Beauty Image with Ivy- Lecture One09:36
- Beauty Lighting Overview09:15
- Traditional Beauty Portrait One Light - Example One05:24
- Example of the Fill Cards (With / Without)4 pages
- Adding Fill Cards to the Single Light Traditional Beauty Shot09:07
- Photoshop of Ivy Traditional Beauty Headshot08:23
- Photoshop File for Ivy Traditional Headshot1.5 MB
- Using a Small Softbox for a Traditional Beauty Headshot03:43
- Photoshop of Ivy with Traditional Beauty Softbox04:16
- Natural Light And Strobe: an introduction to the process12:19
- Speedlight for Sun Introduction08:07
- Adding the Speedlight to a Natural Light Shot07:13
- Briana with Speedlight Sun Photoshop Post Processing08:54
- Blending Ambient with Strobe in an Interior/Exterior Setting09:51
- Blending Ambient Light Interior/Exterior Shot - Photoshop07:32
- Briana Photoshop PSD File137.5 MB
- Amanda and Three Point Lighting11:03
- Amanda Gray Background Photoshop09:31
- Amanda PSD8.3 MB
- Amanda White Background Photoshop07:29
- Adding Light to a Scene with a Lot of Contrast09:44
- Photoshopping the Image of Briana in the Forest09:00
- Briana PSD File for Photoshop Demo Above171.4 MB
- Iveena In Forest: adding contrast to a flat light scene06:28
- Photoshop of Iveena in the Forest05:26
- Iveena PSD File for Photoshop Demonstration88.1 MB
- Natural Light Extravaganza - 5 Portraits in Natural Light25:59
- Jasmine Photoshopped02:33
- Jasmine Photoshop File73.3 MB
- Iveena Photoshopped04:16
- Iveena PSD File for Photoshop Demonstration110.2 MB
- Miranda Photoshopped01:22
- Miranda in Layered Photoshop File76.0 MB
- Aliza Photoshopped03:34
- Aliza PSD in Layers88.1 MB
- Briana Photoshopped04:10
- Briana PSD File for Photoshop Demo Above81.2 MB
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)