Outdoor Engagement "Love Story" Portrait Secrets

Outdoor Engagement/Lifestyle Portrait Adventures
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  • Lectures 62
  • Length 5.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

LATEST: Course Update - February 2016

Photographing people in love has been a passion of mine since getting started in the business of photography. The Outdoor Engagement "Love Story" Portrait is my favorite portrait session and can also be a lucrative part of your business. The same principals also apply to doing "Lifestyle" portraits.

This course covers my approach to documenting this important part of their lives. While too many photographers think of an Engagement Portrait as a single portrait from a session, I think of it as a "Love Story". It is a story of romance at a special time and needs to be told in a storybook fashion.

This course reveals the techniques that I used in the many years of my photography career. I would like to share these techniques with you, so that you may be able to not only enjoy the passion of photography but also earn a good income as you do something you truly love.

If photographing people is your passion, this style of portraiture can be a huge market for you. Not only does this course cover the photography aspects that helps you build the foundation for creating beautiful portraits but also includes a "Bonus Section" on how you can properly sell your portraits.

With over 5 hours of instruction, here's some of what is covered:

Course Introduction - An introduction to what the course will cover along with a detailed slide show of many engagement portrait sessions that shows the variety and some of the possibilities you can implement when planning your session.

Why the Engagement "Love Story" Portrait Session - Several good reasons why making an engagement portrait a "Love Story" and how this can benefit your business. I also reveal several different ways for you to offer this session to your top clients.

Show Passion in Posing Techniques - Part 1 - There are several things you can do to add and show passion in your photographs. Learn how posing techniques can be refined to add that romantic touch.

Show Passion in Posing Techniques - Part 2 - Part 2 continues with more examples on how to add even more passion when couple is kissing. A close-up technique is also revealed.

Use Fun & Variety to Tell Your Story - Part 1 - Learn how you can use variety to not only make the engagement portrait an adventure resulting in a fun experience for the couple but also how you can create a story of beautiful images that they will end up wanting just about all the images that you present to them.

Fun & Variety in Using Special Techniques - Part 2 - Here I show several more techniques you can use to set you apart from your competition. One of these techniques is known and used by top professional photographers.

Fun & Variety with Different Focal Length Lens Techniques - Part 3 - See the different effects you can achieve using different focal lengths and lenses, plus important information in techniques on focusing that I use to get sharp subjects while getting nice background blur.

Fun & Variety When the Sun Goes Down - Part 4 - When the sun sets, don't put your camera down. Here we look at several ways you can add even more variety for an exciting addition to their engagement story.

Impact, the Number 1 Element in Outstanding Photography - Part 1 - Learn several ways you can add "impact" to dramatically make your photos stand out from the competition.

Impact, Using B&W Infrared Photography - Part 2 - Black & white infrared photography is a sure way of adding impact while creating images having surreal effects. Another way to add dramatic impact is with post processing. In this segment, I discuss how using both of these methods can drastically make your images stand out.

Best Use of Lighting - Part 1 - If there were only 1 lighting accessory that I could use, this would be it.

The Art of Posing Without Posing - Using this technique, you'll learn of ways to take many images in a short amount of time.

Finding The Light - Look for This First - Part 1 - As soon as you arrive at your outdoor destination, you need to know how to find the best lighting for the time of day you are shooting. This segment starts with what I look for and how to enhance the light even more.

Camera Settings Part 1 - Save Time & Get Sharp - Here we start by taking a look at the one setting that can save you a bunch of time when getting the images ready for post production. Also discussed are the "Guidelines" on shutter settings that can help get you sharper images.

Telephoto Zoom Lens of Choice - In this segment I discuss my favorite lens for engagement portraits and how to get the most from this lens.

Budget Lens of Choice - Anyone on a tight budget should take a look at this lens. Then, I end this segment with a look at what I think is the best prime lens to use for outdoor engagement "Love Story" portraits.

Final Touches & Enhancement - What are some of the different enhancing techniques used by professional photographers in producing their images? Here I show you several techniques that you can also use to help improve your final images and take them to the professional level.

Preparing For The Sales Process - Preparing for the sales process begins with having the belief in yourself that you can sell. Learning proper sales techniques can make the difference between a photo enthusiast that remains a hobbyist or someone being able to derive an income from their photography.

Bonus Section - Portrait Selling Techniques

Bonus Section - Step by Step Sales Process

And much more. Enroll in this course today, it could possibly move you from hobbyist status to pro level photography and earnings.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of photography will be helpful when taking this course. It is also recommended to have access to a good DSLR or Mirrorless camera with lens that is capable of producing professional images. Accessories such as a tripod, monopod, etc. may also be helpful. Software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, and slide presentation software and hardware are also used in this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand and apply the techniques to create beautiful outdoor Lifestyle/Romantic Engagement "Love Story" Portraits. I call this a "Love Story" portrait session because, it is more than a portrait. It is a story of their love and the "Feelings" they have for each other.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for serious photo enthusiasts who have a passion for portrait photography and photographing people in love. A basic understanding of photography is necessary to understand the techniques revealed in this course. Some knowledge and experience in software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and several others will be helpful also and recommended. In this course I reveal several decades of experience that helped me create the many portraits for my clients that have won many accolades from the Professional Photographers of America and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, plus allowed me and my wife to live a very comfortable style. When you take this course, you should take lots of notes and follow the steps in this course. You should also get to know your equipment as well as practice what this course teaches. If you already know everything there is to learn about outdoor portrait photography, this course may not be for you. However, if you have a passion and a strong desire to improve your photography, then this course can definitely help you. Once you understand the basis of what this course teaches and its simplicity, you may find that taking outdoor Lifestyle/Engagement Portraits may also become your favorite portrait session as it has become mine. Creating beautiful outdoor romantic portraits is only one aspect of photography. If you are ready to start making an income from the sale of your portraits, then the sales techniques I've added in the "Bonus" section could help you make a very good part time income or quite possibly turn into a lucrative business. The "Portrait Selling Techniques in my course go beyond fstops and photographic technique. They reveal a wealth of information used by many successful photographers. Enroll today and become part of this great outdoor portrait adventure.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Start Here
02:46

An introduction to what the course will cover along with a detailed slide show of many engagement portrait

sessions that shows the variety and some of the possibilities you can impliment when planning your session.

06:10

Why the Engagement "Love Story" Portrait Session - Several good reasons why making an engagement portrait a "Love Story" and how this can benefit your business. I also reveal several different ways for you to offer this session to your top clients.

Section 2: Ingredients For a Succssful Story
05:28

There are several things you can do to add and show passion in your photographs.

Learn how posing techniques can be refined to add that romantic touch.

07:23

Part 2 continues with more examples on how to add even more passion when couple is kissing. A close-up technique is also revealed.

06:04

Learn how you can use variety to not only make the engagement portrait an adventure resulting in a fun experience for the couple but also how you can create a story of beautiful images that they will end up wanting just about all the images that you present to them.

Fun & Variety in Using Special Techniques - Part 2
06:05
06:29

See the different effects you can achieve using different focal lengths and lenses, plus important information in techniques on focusing that I use to get sharp subjects while getting nice background blur.

05:55

When the sun sets, don't put your camera down. Here we look at several ways you can add even more variety for an exciting addition to their engagement story.

05:06

Learn several ways you can add "impact" to dramatically make your photos stand out from the competition.

04:07

Black & white infrared photography is a sure way of adding impact while creating images having surreal effects. Another way to add dramatic impact is with post processing. In this segment, I discuss how using both of these methods can drastically make your images stand out.

05:53

If there were only 1 lighting accessory that I could use, this would be it.

05:41

Another look at ways to add the necessary light to your outdoor portraits and why.

05:28

An introduction to Classic Posing and why you want to add this to your engagement portrait session.

05:21

A look at some of the posing techniques that will get you started in helping you create the foundation for beautiful portraits.

06:33

More examples of getting the most from back lighting. We also take a look at what professional photographers call "Sweet Light" and when you can use it to the best of your advantage.

04:13

Classical/Traditional posing is discussed as we look at photo examples.

10:05

Using this technique, you'll learn of ways to take many images in a short amount of time.

07:22

When you're confronted with a height difference of the lady being taller than the gentleman, you may want to reverse the height difference. Here you'll learn several ways to make a gentleman look taller while keeping it natural and pleasing to the eye.

03:57

As soon as you arrive at your outdoor destination, you need to know how to find the best lighting for the time of day you are shooting. This segment starts with what I look for and how to enhance the light even more.

04:51

Here we look at two different lighting situations and how you can make the best use of each one.

11:39

The selection of proper clothing choice for a portrait is a critical factor in creating a successful portrait. Here, you'll learn how color tones can affect a portrait and what some of the benefits and pitfalls are when choosing certain color tones.

03:47

Here we take a look at how using props, pets and hobbies, can add to the diversity and increase story telling appeal to your portrait session.

08:14

By using some simple elements of composition, you can add more impact and your images much more appealing.

09:10

Continuing with more elements of composition that you can use and fine-tune that can make your images stand out from the competition.

05:19

Here we start by taking a look at the one setting that can save you a bunch of time when getting the images ready for post production. Also discussed are the "Guidelines" on shutter settings that can help get you sharper images.

05:58

Getting proper exposure of the sky and the couple you are photographing is the key to beautiful sunrise/sunset photography.

05:40

Why dragging the Shutter can help you create beautiful sunrise, sunset or night time images. ISO, shooting Jpeg and raw are also discussed.

02:06

Here's a way you can involve the couple to make for an even more exciting and fun portrait session.

03:31

By adding movie clips to your portrait session you'll add even more value when you include these clips into your presentation.

Section 3: Equipment
04:56

Here I discuss my feelings on the latest technology in camera bodies.

05:24

In this segment I discuss my favorite lens for engagement portraits and how to get the most from this lens.

03:53

Anyone on a tight budget should take a look at this lens. Then, I end this segment with a look at what I think is the best prime lens to use for outdoor engagement "Love Story" portraits.

01:23

A look at two other lens choices to consider in completing a good focal length range and why you should have these lenses.

01:03

If there were only one choice in using a prime lens for engagement "Love Story" Portraits, this would definitely be my #1 choice. It is also a very popular choice by other professional photographers.

02:06

Add even more excitement and adventure to your images using these cameras that can be converted to shooting B&W infrared photography.

06:11

If there were only one lighting accessory that I could use, this would be it. Another light source is discussed along with how and when I use it.

05:32

A look at the best way to rotate your camera when shooting from horizontal to vertical position.

03:40

Stop fumbling with your tripod & ballhead grip. Here I demonstrate what I found to be the best, allowing you to concentrate more on the couple you are photographing and less time spent fumbling with your equipment.

02:14

Here I discuss how using the proper quick release can also release much of your equipment frustration.

Section 4: Post Production
04:50

A look at how you can manage your image files using proper software.

Section 5: Adding Creative Effects & Enhancements To Your Images
04:49

Color & B&W - In this segment I discuss several creative effect techniques that you can use to further enhance your images.

02:41

See the effects when gold, blue & sunshine are added to an image.

04:00

Different images may call for different effects.

08:21

Using Adobe Photoshop and the brush tool, you will learn how to easily add a beautiful "Heart Sunset" to your image.

05:09

What are some of the different enhancing techniques used by professional photographers in producing their images? Here I show you several techniques that you can also use to help improve your final images and take them to the professional level.

06:12

Watch as an image evolves into a finished enhanced image in a short amount of time when you use this special software, and all without any special skills.

03:42

A look at my favorite technique to add soft focus to engagement/lifestyle images.

05:08

Part 2 continues with another look at making a soft focus image. Then, I talk about another way for you to turn your images into art pieces.

Section 6: Presentation of Your Images
04:24

Here's a quick and easy way to resize all your image in your slide show folder.

02:46

When time is of the essence in preparing a slide show for your clients to use, use this software and create a beautiful show quickly & easily.

05:03

Preparing for the sales process begins with having the belief in yourself that you can sell. Learning proper sales techniques can make the difference between a photo enthusiast that remains a hobbyist or someone being able to derive an income from their photography.

03:37

A look at the beginning steps in preparing your images for presentation to the client.

06:15

Here we take a look at a demo on using my favorite program for creating professional slide presentations.

05:37

The excitement continues as we look at more features of what this program is capable of producing.

Section 7: Conclusion
01:34

My conclusion and more.

Section 8: Bonus Section - Portrait Selling Techniques
07:25

The sales process can make the difference between being successful in the business of making money in photography or being a hobbyist. Here we take a look at what I call "Enhanced Sales Presentation".

03:20

An in-depth look at how to enhance the clients sales experience so they want to buy from you .

06:39

Here's what you need to do to present your artwork if you want to sell wall portraits and albums.

07:40

A review of all the key selling points that you need to know to be successful if you'd like to make money in photography.

Section 9: Step by Step Sales Process
04:39

A look at the materials that you can use to increase profits.

04:34

This is the beginning of the sales process that shows how I use incentives and how you can too to sell more wall portraits and albums.

07:17

The sales process continues as I reveal step by step methods on how you can sell larger portraits and increase your profits.

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Instructor Biography

Photofonz Media, Professional Photographer/Instructor

Ferdinand Neubauer, founder of "Photofonz" Media wanted to give photo enthusiasts an opportunity to further their knowledge and passion in photography through on-line education. He shares his knowledge and experience from the many phases of photography he has been involved in, from his part time start up when he booked wedding and portrait assignments from their dining room. He built a full time home studio, then moved into a commercial studio space. He operated his studio there for twenty more years before selling his studio. He now spends his time doing occasional assignments and education in the field of photography.

He earned his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America and the Accolade of Photographic Mastery degree from the Wedding & Portrait Photogs. International. His Award Winning prints have been displayed at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center. Other awards include the Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.

Whether you are looking to advance to a more professional level of photography as a photo enthusiast or you would like to make photography your career, he has been there and shares his knowledge, experience and his passion for those wanting to get into the wonderful adventures of photography. Where there is never a dull moment.

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