The Art and Business of Model Photography

Step-By-Step Success Guide Working with On Camera Talent
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Approach Model Photography With Confidence.

Join photographer and brand expert Corey Reese for an introduction to creating, running, and growing a successful photography career working with On Camera Talent.

Throughout this class, Corey will break down the process of starting and running a successful photography business working with talent into clear, simple steps. You’ll develop a foundation for your business based on your unique skill set, values, and vision as a photographer. Corey will guide you through each stage of an effective photoshoot with a prospective client and teach you how to approach the photoshoot with confidence. He’ll also show you how to maximize your profit with effective marketing strategies. You’ll learn about the importance of a personal website, social media and create marketing strategies for attracting and keeping the right clients engaged with your brand.

Whether you’re just beginning to approach model photography as a career or a long-time professional photographer that has never worked much with on camera talent, you’ll come away from this course with the inspiration and knowledge to create a business that’s just dynamic as what you imagined!

Contents and Overview

This course is aimed at teaching photographers what it takes to perfect working with Models.

You'll start with the Pre-Production Planning Process, Putting together Concepts for the Shoot, learning how to decide the equipment you'll need for accomplishing your goals. You'll then dive into the tools working with a virtual studio, learning your way around the flash.

You'll learn about finding a team Models, Makeup Artist, Wardrobe Stylist for Free to work with. You'll go live on set to complete photo shoot and learn how to communicate with the talent.

So that you can book paying jobs, you'll learn how to brand yourself, create a portfolio and website, and find interested people that want to work with you. By the end of this course, your confidence as a photographer will be on another level because your knowledgeable on the process to create success.

What are the requirements?

  • No fancy camera is required, but some sort of camera would help you learn.
  • A computer is also ideal if you want to follow along using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Set-A-Light 3d Virtual Studio. Free trials are okay to follow along.
  • Students need to be excited about learning the process of creating great photography, which will help in being able to execute idea's form start to finish.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 25 lectures and 2 hours of content!
  • Students will know the key to great photo's starts within
  • Students will know how to plan concepts
  • Students will know how to photograph and work with talent
  • Students will know how to market themselves
  • Students will have better understanding of lighting
  • Students will know how to use basic flash
  • Students will know how to chose the correct lens for the job
  • Students will know how to light their subjects

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for Photographers who want to become a skilled at working with On Camera Talent.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have access to camera
  • Photoshop and Lightroom trial version okay
  • Set-a-Light 3d modeling program will be used to explore different lighting setups.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Plan and Create Awesome photo sessions from start to finish.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for photographers that have an understanding of the basic settings of the camera and ready to start working with on camera talent and artificial lighting sources.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture, I help you understand your equipment needs by understanding what type of work you like to create.

By the end of the lecture you will see how the concept drives what's needed, not the other way around.

Say hello
Section 2: Pre Production - The Concept

In this video, I explain what is a photo mood board and how concepts are created using them.

By the end of the lecture you will understand how to create one.

Quiz #1
3 questions

In this lecture we explore creative resource for pulling ideas. At the end of the lecture we will be able to put together concept for our very own photo session.


In this video tutorial, we create photo mood board using content pulled from our resource site, please see material to follow along with the lecture.

Section 3: Pre Production- The Tools

In this lecture I give you insight on the power of set a light 3d.


The following videos show you how you can use set a light 3D to organize and implement your photoshoots

The introduction contains the start window and the settings of the virtual rooms.

·         Start window

·         Rooms


This video is about the set a light 3D menu bar.

It contains the render and language settings. Also here you can save the project and edit the user data.

  • Menue Bar
  • Save
  • Quality settings

This tutorial explains the camerasettings.

They can be adjusted until they match your personal camera.
Also it contains information about snapshots and the shutter release.

  • Lens and Camera
  • Targetlock
  • Snapshots and shutter release

The right side of set a light 3D provides information about the format and lens.

The histogram shows you whether you image is going to be exposed correctly.
And the setlist, gives you an overview about every object which you studio contains.

  • Camera Preview
  • Setlist
  • Object-Lock
  • Histogram

In this video tutorial, we fine tune our ability to recreate photo's based on seeing where the main light is coming from.


In the section, I test your current knowledge of the flash before we cover in detail in the next lesson.

Flash Quiz
3 questions

In this video tutorial, I show how to operation a flash. You will know how to adjust, operate and change the settings on the flash.


In this video tutorial, I will show you how to create one light setup with fill light. After this lesson you will know how to get the most out of one light.


In this lecture I show you how to choose the correct lens to best fit the job.

Lens Quiz
1 question
Section 4: Pre Production- The Team

In this video, I will show you how to find and select talent to work with.

Section 5: Production- The Photo Shoot

In this Video Quiz I see what you know about working with on camera talent.

1 question

In this lesson we work live with model to capture the concept put in place. After the lecture you will know how to direct the talent and perfect 3 light setup.


In this video tutorial, I will show you how to modify lighting setup to create different results based on change of concept.

Section 6: Post-Production- Intro into Lightroom

After this lecture you will understand how to import images into lightroom.


After this lecture you will understand how to adjust images using lightroom.


After this lecture you will understand how to audition preset and create different image results using lightroom.


After this lecture you will understand how to export images to web for client, crew, and talent viewing using lightroom.

Section 7: Post-Production- Intro into Photoshop

After this lecture you will understand how to import images into photoshop, and how different blend modes can effect images in a positive way.

Section 8: Post-Production- Marketing

In this video we explore how to market our work using facebook.


After this lecture you will understand how to market your work using your own personal website using Dripbook.

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Instructor Biography

Corey Reese, Corey Reese Celebrity Photographer & Cinematographer


One of Udemy's Fastest Growing New Instructor

Corey started creating Photography Tutorials on YouTube back in 2011 where up & coming photographers immediately gravitated to his teaching style with well over 367,909 video views. In a world where camera techniques can seem so complex, Corey's method of teaching not only breaks down the camera in simple bit size pieces, but helps photographers understand how they can apply the concepts real time to improve their work.

"I used to sit and stare at my camera hoping it would whisper these things, thanks Corey you did it." Catlyn Watson

Understanding the need to give back to the next generation of talent, Corey continued his training success partnering with Udemy in July 2015 where over 20,000 happy students are now enrolled in Corey's courses learning photography on the platform. Corey's goal is to teach upcoming students everything he has learned along the way.

"I´m a beginner in the photography world and understanding the jargon and how to use the functions was extremely simple to understand with this tutorial! Thanks Corey! Omar Cabrera Sánchez

Instructor Background

Starting as a Successful Model back in 2003 with Features in Magazines, Billboards in Time Square, Commercials and more Corey transitioned from in front to behind the camera in 2006 with a new found passion. Corey left his full time career as a System Administrator for a Maintenance and Engineering Software Company in 2008 to pursue Photography full time. Corey is now an avid educator & one of the industry's go-to Professional Photographers in Atlanta helping actors and models book work for TV, Movies, Fashion and more. A visual guru with acute attention to detail, he is a rare talent and highly sought after by celebrity clientele, Corporate America and top brands. Recently Named Director of Photography for Who's Who of Black Atlanta, Publication highlighting positive achievements of African Americans.

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