Portrait Photography - Shoot Amazing Headshots & Portraits
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Portrait Photography - Shoot Amazing Headshots & Portraits

Master natural light & flash to create stunning portrait headshots with our complete portrait photography course.
4.3 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,394 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2017
English
Current price: $20 Original price: $195 Discount: 90% off
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
You'll be shooting beautiful portraits and headshots in any location.
You'll know how to shoot photos inside or outside, in sun or in the shade, with or without flash.
You'll know how to shoot studio portraits with a clean background.
You'll be editing your own portraits, and know the process for editing headshots.
You'll feel comfortable and confident taking on portrait and headshot jobs.
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Requirements
  • You should have a good idea for how to use your camera's settings.
  • You should have a camera that you can use to follow along with. There are many practical exercises in the course that get you taking action. Even a smartphone would be fine to practice with.
  • You don't need any experience doing portrait or headshot photography.
Description

You're here because you want to take better headshots, right?

Shooting a great portrait isn't difficult. You just need to know the right ways to set your subject in whatever environment.

This course will teach you exactly how to take beautiful headshots that can be used for social media or corporate photos. 

By the end of the course, you'll feel comfortable shooting portraits in any location:

  • Learn how to photograph outside with natural light
  • Learn how to photograph in direct sunlight
  • Learn how to use your flash properly
  • Learn how to photograph with continuous light
  • Learn how to deal with nature and choose a great background
  • Learn how to compose a great shot with any camera

Start shooting better photographs today!

The instructors Jon and Phil walk you through the entire portrait photography process. Follow us in real-world demonstrations, dealing with actual environments and situations. See all of the equipment we use. See how we interact with our subjects. See how we choose a background.

Make Money as a Professional Portrait and Headshot Photographer

You can make serious cash shooting headshots for other people. Students, professionals, families, and friends - if you know how to take great photos, they'll be willing to pay. With this course, you'll learn exactly how to take amazing photos so you feel comfortable charging top dollar for your work.

Also, learn how to edit your photos.

Each section focuses on a different type of photography situation. Each section includes lessons on how to edit the portraits yourself. You can even follow along with the downloadable photo files!

If you want to shoot better headshots and portraits, enroll now!

With our 30-day 100% money-back guarantee, there's no reason to hesitate.

See you in the course!

Jon & Phil

Who is the target audience?
  • You're a photographer who wants to shoot better portraits and headshots.
  • You want to shoot better photos of yourself, friends, and family for resumes or social media.
  • You want to make money as a headshot photographer.
  • You're either a complete beginner or intermediate photographer who wants to be comfortable shooting portraits.
Curriculum For This Course
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Welcome!
6 Lectures 16:55

Welcome to the portrait and headshot photography course! This video will breakdown the structure of this course, and give you a little bit more information about the instructors. Enjoy!

Preview 02:12

You can't stream fast enough?  You want to listen on the go?  Here's all the audio files so you can enjoy the course however you like wherever you like.  

Audio Files For On The Go Listening
00:18

Hold onto your seat... I'll give the executive summary and we'll hit the highlights in a crazy 5 minute journey.  

Preview 03:07

In this lesson, we'll give you 5 tips for improving your portrait compositions. If you're a beginner, these 5 tips will help you get comfortable with taking portrait and headshot photos.

Preview 04:06

In this lesson, Jon covers his favorite gear for portrait photography.

Preview 05:09

In this lesson of the portrait photography course, you'll learn how to connect your camera to your computer so that when you are shooting photos, they automatically import to your computer. You can even control your camera's shutter from your computer.

Preview 02:03
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Shooting Outside with Natural Light
6 Lectures 39:46

A quick intro into why you should know how to shoot outside in natural light.  You only need a camera, you have flexibility to go to many different places, you have more creative options when it comes to backgrounds.  Find out more.

Intro: Outside With Natural Light
01:15

It's time to learn by doing. This is inspired by the science discussed by the Northwestern Institute for the Learning Sciences, so it's time to use this video and your camera in this scenario for case-based learning. Source - What We Learn When We Learn by Doing Roger C. Schank Institute for th
Shooting a Portrait In Shade

Here I'll show you my time-tested and proven method for shooting in natural light.  You'll be able to work outdoors with confidence when you're done.  

REVIEW: Shooting in Shade
06:38

Shooting in full son is one of the biggest challenges when working outdoors, but it doesn't have to be.  In this lesson you'll learn a few tips and tricks that will change your outdoor portraits today.

Shooting in Full Sun
06:05

Dappled light is the worst, don't let it ruin one more of your portraits.  Learn how to master dappled light forever.

Shooting in Dappled Light
04:45

Practice making your portrait look better by editing a naturally lit portrait of your own, or the one we provide in this assignment.
Edit a Natural Light Portrait

In this lesson, you'll learn how to edit portraits. We'll cover doing basic edits like adjusting exposure, white balance, and cropping. We'll even dive into retouching the portrait to make eyes, teeth, wrinkles, blemishes, and skin look better.

REVIEW: Editing Natural Light Portraits
14:59

If you're looking to seriously get into portrait photography, you should use a color card. Here's how to use one to make sure your color correction is perfect for all of your photos.

OPTIONAL: Save Time with Baseline Color Corrections in Lightroom
06:04
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Shooting Inside With Natural Light
4 Lectures 22:52

Natural light shooting is rewarding but challenging indoors.  Learn the keys and see how you can get more light and make it softer with a few simple tips.  There's a sweet spot you should always find.

Intro: Indoor With Natural Light
00:32

It's time to learn by doing. Here's what I hope you learn: 1. How to find even, natural light indoors 2. How to get catchlights in the eyes indoors 3. How to get a good background
Shoot an Indoor Portrait with Natural Light

Watch as we have a short, fun adventure shooting indoor, natural light portraits.

REVIEW: Shoot an Indoor Portrait with Natural Light
09:25

Here's the magic, see the trick that will double your available natural light today.

Using Window Light
05:05

Practice making your portrait look better by editing a naturally lit portrait of your own, or the one we provide in this assignment.
Edit Inside Portrait with Natural Light

In this lesson, you'll learn how to edit portraits. We'll cover doing basic edits like adjusting exposure, white balance, and cropping. We'll even dive into retouching the portrait to make eyes, teeth, wrinkles, blemishes, and skin look better.

REVIEW: Edit Your Indoor Portrait
07:50
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Shooting Outside With Flash
6 Lectures 30:28

Welcome to this section on shooting portraits outdoors with a flash.

Intro: Shoot a Portrait Outside with Flash
00:21

It's time to take action, head outside and shoot a portrait with your flash on.
Shoot a Portrait Outside with Flash

On camera flash doesn't have to stink.  Learn how to use your on camera flash the right way, so you get a subtle but natural light.

REVIEW: Shoot a Portrait Outside With Flash
04:18

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use beauty dishes to shoot beautiful portraits.

Using a Beauty Dish
05:56

Have you ever used a ring light?  Learn the ins and outs of one of the coolest lights around, the ring light.

Using a Ring Light
05:37

In this lesson, you'll learn a crucial skill on how to overpower the sun with your flash.

How to Overpower the Sun
03:24

Practice making your portrait look better by editing a flash portrait of your own, or the one we provide in this assignment.
Edit a Flash Portrait

In this lesson, you'll learn how to edit portraits. We'll cover doing basic edits like adjusting exposure, white balance, and cropping. We'll even dive into retouching the portrait to make eyes, teeth, wrinkles, blemishes, and skin look better.

REVIEW: Edit Your Flash Portrait
10:52
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Shooting Inside With Continuous Light
3 Lectures 22:00
This lesson will show you how to shoot with a continuous lighting setup.
Shoot a Portrait with Continuous Light

This lesson will show you how to shoot with a continuous lighting setup.

REVIEW: Shoot a Portrait with A Continuous Light
06:05

Learn how to mix continuos and flash light to take amazing portraits.

Mixing Continuous And Flash
07:12

Practice making your portrait look better by editing a continuously lit portrait of your own, or the one we provide in this assignment.
Edit a Continuous Light Portrait

In this lesson, you'll learn how to edit portraits. We'll cover doing basic edits like adjusting exposure, white balance, and cropping. We'll even dive into retouching the portrait to make eyes, teeth, wrinkles, blemishes, and skin look better.

REVIEW: Editing continuous light portraits
08:43
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Shooting on White Backdrop with Flash
4 Lectures 22:50

Welcome to a new section, follow Jon as he shoots a portrait with a white background. You'll learn how to use a flash and bounce card to get a perfectly white background.

Intro to Shooting on White Backgrounds
00:37

In this lesson, Jon covers the settings and techniques used when using a flash beauty disk.

Shooting on White Backgrounds with Flash Beauty Disk
07:27

In this lesson, Jon shows you how to use a reflector to add light that fills in any shadows you don't want.

Using a Reflector / Bounce Card
02:43

In this lesson, you'll learn how to pose your subject to get the best portraits.

Posing Your Subject
12:03
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Shooting Male Headshots
5 Lectures 38:18

Welcome to a new section where you'll follow Jon as he shoots a male portrait. Learn the settings, lighting techniques, and posing styles for getting the perfect shot.

Introduction to Shooting Male Headshots
00:19

In this lesson, you'll see the entire process of taking portraits of a male subject including camera settings, lighting setup, and posing.

Settings and Lighting
17:01

In this lesson, you'll learn how to fill in any shadows with a reflector.

Filling in Shadows with a Reflector & Posing
05:14

In this lesson, you'll learn how to create a more dynamic portrait with lighting.

Creating a Dynamic Portrait
06:43

In this lesson, you'll learn about using gels to change up the color of your photos.

Gelling Lights
09:01
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How to export for social media, applications, and websites using Adobe Lightroom
2 Lectures 04:25

In this lesson, we'll learn how to export photos from Lightroom at specific dimensions and quality. This is a great skill to have when uploading photos online, so you can export the exact recommended size and quality.

Exporting Photos at Specific Sizes
03:35

Here's a quick note on how to crop your photos for most social media profile pictures.

Cropping for Social Media
00:50
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:45

Thank you so much for enrolling in this course. Jon and I truly hope you enjoyed it. 

Thank You
00:45
About the Instructor
Jonathan Haase
4.3 Average rating
548 Reviews
11,499 Students
8 Courses
Udemy Instructor

Jonathan is a photographer who has worked with major corporations. He's also a passionate instructor.  His students range from novice photographers filled with passion to fellow professionals looking to sharpen their skills.  Jon has over 9,000 happy students.  

   Jonathan has been featured in both Popular Photography and Digital Photography School.  His work has been featured by Tamron.  

What can you expect when you take one of his courses?  First, get ready to make some fast initial gains.  You'll learn some tricks and tips so you'll see immediate progress.  Second, expect personal attention as all your questions are answered and you get feedback on every image you post.  Third, expect to have fun as you enjoy your passion.  

Jonathan also enjoys skydiving, road biking, SCUBA diving, and volunteer work.    

 Why not join me today and see what over 7,000 other students have discovered that has caused so many of them to return for class after classes.  


Phil Ebiner
4.5 Average rating
18,496 Reviews
236,746 Students
70 Courses
Best Selling Instructor, 230,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!

MORE ABOUT PHIL:

I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.