Portrait Photography: Let Your Camera Pay For Itself
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Your complete guide to moving from amateur to pro. No experience required, lots of course bonuses!
4.3 (212 ratings)
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3,080 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
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Includes:
  • 16.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Master outdoor backgrounds to get distraction free portraits
  • Take better portraits by generating a twist in the subject's body
  • Take better portraits by moving subjects into the right backgrounds
  • Take better portraits by getting better expressions
  • Take better portraits by picking better outdoor light
  • Take better portraits by creating better angles of the head
  • Take better portraits by creating better angles of the body
  • Photograph couples while you guide them through fun activities
  • Learn to take heirloom images of your friends and family for the first time.
  • Learn to take beautiful and natural portraits that you, your clients, and your family will love.
  • Learn to create holiday cards the right way
  • Learn to shoot professional portraits.
  • Photograph children to capture their natural playfulness
  • Capture your children's most precious moments without interrupting them.
  • Pose large groups with confidence knowing you've got hundreds of easy options
  • Know how to keep subjects relaxed and enjoying themselves
  • Organize groups for better photos
  • Take better pictures of children
  • Cultivate natural smiles by having more fun with your subjects
  • Keep pets safe while taking fun pet portraits indoors or outdoors
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Requirements
  • You must be familiar with powering on your camera, taking off the lens cover, and taking a picture... or unlocking your phone, starting the camera, and taking a picture
  • Students need an open mind and camera, we'll learn the rest
  • No editing required, almost everything is done in-camera
  • Photographers don't need to know anything about posing, they just need to know the very basics of how to use their camera.
Description

Leap from amaueture to pro even if you have no experience.  I started in photography hoping to pay off my camera.  In a few short months I had paid off my full frame DSLR, pro lens, and lights by using a really effective photography system.  I'll show you this system and take you along as we shoot portraits.  Photography is a super competitive market and it's hard to make money.  If you want a shot at a successful photography business study with someone who has run a profitable photography business (many online instructors haven't ever done this).

When. you done, you'll be able to:

  • Build hundreds of photo poses from memory
  • Discover great portrait light with ease
  • Master professional photo editing
  • Find your creativity as a photographer and artist

Professional tips and tricks to improve your photography

Learning the foundations of portrait photography from this course.  This training will put a powerful and very useful skill at your fingertips. Portraits have been one of the most enduring disciplines of photography and one of the most powerful.

Being a skilled portrait photographer (and there really aren't many of them out there) opens many doors. Freelance portrait photography and wedding photography are prime jobs for a talented portrait photographer.

Photography Class Content and Overview

Suitable for beginners and intermediate photographers, in this course of over 130 lectures and 12 hours you'll learn the fundamentals of portrait photography and portrait photography editing. You'll build a strong foundation as a photographer that you can use to break into other disciplines of photography such as street photography or wedding photography.

Starting with a practical application section of lighting, posing, editing, and working with clients, you'll move to key theory lessons and some practical experiences from the field.

With these basics mastered we'll also explore sunset portraits, some studio lighting, and backlit silhouettes so you can build variety into your portfolio.

You will have the skills to setup, shoot, and edit like a pro when the course is complete.

Then, put your skills to use as we enjoy a monthly photo contest where you can enjoy other students work, learn from their images, ask questions, and have a chance to win your first photo contest while you cheer on your fellow students.

Complete with over 300 sample images that clearly show shutter speed, aperture, and ISO so you can master these essential photography skills all in one, fun class.  Why not join me today and see what you've been missing!



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone looking to grow as a photographer by learning about posing, light, editing, and interacting from behind the lens
  • This course is for novice to expert portrait photographers (or aspiring photographers)
  • This course is for people who want to take better images "in camera"
  • Photographers must be willing to try something new and be open to new ideas.
  • This course is for someone who wants a few powerful photo editing tips
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The second lesson from our outdoor Hawaii photoshoot where I show you how I talk to, work with, and run a family photoshoot. Lots of ideas you can use on your next shoot.

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Sounds strange, but every good portrait photographer is a landscape photographer first and a portrait photographer (if you work outside). In this lesson I'll show you how to pick a great background. You'll be able to pick great backgrounds after you have finished this project. This could be the most important skill in getting hot outdoor portraits.

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Female Posing Recipe 1, Standing up stacking the legs.

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Female Posing Recipe 4, Standing up twisting with arms on hips.

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Female Posing Recipe 5, standing up with the hands framing the head.

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Active Pose and Dramatic Sunset Silhouettes With a Beautiful Yogini, Recipe 3
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Active sunset yoga pose, lighting, and camera angle/composition number 4

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Active sunset yoga pose, lighting, and camera angle/composition number 5

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