Introduction to Studio Portraiture

Start your own studio portrait business and learn learn how to light people in a complimentary way.
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  • Lectures 44
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2012 English

Course Description

Introduction to Studio Portraiture, is rated in the TOP 10% of all courses on Udemy? Great job! -Udemy 2016

I truly enjoyed your course. Your course was packed with great material which should be helpful as I attempt to break into the world of Portrait Photography. So much information, some of which is currently way over my head, but really put the field of Portrait Photography into perspective for me. Your presentation was wonderful, logically laid out, and easy to follow. Thank you.

-Robert M.


Would you like to make money with your camera? Are you a 'people person' and LOVE photography as well? Would you like to start a home based business? If so, let me show you how to create beautiful portraits to start your path to your own photography business.

Portrait photography is popular, fun, and in-demand! If you are looking for a course to photograph people for fun or jump start your photography career and get paid, this course shows you how to create beautiful portraits.

If you dream of owning a portrait photography business this course will show you how to create beautiful portraits from head shots to full length, groups, families, and more.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to photograph people in various poses and lighting techniques
  • How to master strobe lighting
  • How to photograph white backgrounds
  • How to create special effect portraits
  • How to be a creative and in-demand photographer

In no time you will have all the tools you need to get started creating fine portraits either in the studio or in your own home based business. And this course is designed specifically for the photographer with no lighting experience.

This course shows you how to:

  • Learn how to sculpt people with light
  • Understand how your lighting equipment works
  • How to understand the difference between key and fill lights
  • Understand lighting ratios
  • How to add accent lights
  • How to light backgrounds
  • How to simple photo retouching (everybody needs some)

By the time you finish this course you will be able to shoot great portraits of family, friends, and even clients and without a million dollars in photo gear.

Enroll now to learn exclusive portrait lighting techniques and make good money enjoying your passion.


What they are saying:

"Charlie, I have learned so much from your class, and feel as I try new lighting arrangements and combinations I do have a lot to learn. My confidence is growing in photographing portraits, and I have to admit I just love it and plan to keep on, having already added 2 lights to my set up." Gratefully, Sarah

"Truly a wonderful class! You have taken the "Mystery," and fear, out of portrait photography. You have a wonderful gift for teaching, and you express yourself very well through the written word - another wonderful gift. Thank you so much! Hoping to take another of your classes in the near future". Blessings, Jennifer


And don't forget Udemy has a 30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked, and that is MY guarantee as well!

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of cameras and lenses
  • Basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Should have lighting of some sort. We'll show you how to use strobes, umbrellas, and more

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand their lighting equipment
  • Understand lighting and how best to apply it to people
  • Photograph individuals, families, and groups
  • How to photograph business portraits
  • How to setup your studio in your home or studio location

Who is the target audience?

  • Anybody passionate about photography
  • Anybody who loves people and working with them
  • Anybody looking to start a portrait business
  • Anybody interested in a home based business

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: Introductory Tools
Mastering Studio Portraiture
Recommended Portrait Lighting Equipment

This video provides a quick look at a simple studio portrait giving you an idea of what will be covered later in the course in more depth.

Section 2: Fundamentals of Strobe Lighting

Photographers are not unlike other artists. Painters use paint varying shades to show shadows and highlights and photographers essentially paint their subjects with light. This is the first lesson showing you how light works.


Photographers are not unlike other artists. Painters use paint varying shades to show shadows and highlights and photographers essentially paint their subjects with light. This is the second lesson showing you how light works.


Photographers are not unlike other artists. Painters use paint varying shades to show shadows and highlights and photographers essentially paint their subjects with light. This is the third lesson showing you how light works.


This video shows you how aperture controls the strobe exposure.


This video shows you how to control ambient, also known as available lights.

Understanding Shooting Modes
Section 3: Understanding Lighting Equipment

This lecture provides an overview of lighting equipment.


This lecture is part 1 showing how lighting equipment works.


This lecture is part 2 showing how lighting equipment works.


This lecture gives an overview of light stands.


This lecture gives and overview of background setups.


This lecture gives an overview of lighting booms.


This lecture gives an overview of light modifiers.


This lecture gives and overview of reflectors and light panels.


You might be considering using a wireless triggers and this video describes the benefits of using these.

Section 4: Lighting for The Perfect Portrait

This lecture is an introduction to lighting people.

Understanding Light Patterns in Portraiture

This lecture introduces key lights and fill lights.


This lecture provides and overview of lighting ratios.


This lectures covers the concept of one light and two light setups.


This lecture gives you an overview of lighting people and which side of the face to light.


This lecture covers accent lighting.


This lecture covers full length portraits.


This lecture looks at different methods for lighting your background.

Managing Backgrounds

This lecture introduces the concepts behind knockout backgrounds.


I was asked to photograph this family and in another city so I arranged to use another photographers studio and then photographed this family as a group and as individuals.

Section 5: Fine Tuning Your Portraits

You may already know how to use your histogram, but there is a technique to use it specifically for perfect portraits and this video show you how.


Posing the head.


Posing the body.


Posing arms and hands.


This lecture looks at various techniques for creative portraits.

Section 6: Creative Techniques
13 pages

Most portraits need, if not require some form of retouching to remove small blemishes and lighten wrinkles. This lecture provides you simple step by step techniques to make your subjects look great.


When photographing people against white backgrounds the backgrounds dont always go white and often look gray. There is a technique using Photoshop to make backgrounds go white and this video shows how.


An introduction to beauty and glamour lighting techniques.


This first of 5 videos shows how a portrait was captured in a very small basement and then procssed for an exciting look.


This video shows more about the setup and lighting.


This video shows how the glamour look and skin softening was created in Portrait Professional software.


This video shows how additional facial restructuring and skin softening was added in Portrait Professional software.


This video lecture shows how the background was created in Photoshop.


If you feel you have hit a roadblock with your photography, just drop me a note.

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Instructor Biography

Charlie Borland, Professional Photographer for 30+ years and Lighting Master

Charlie Borland has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has traveled extensively for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Cellular One, Early Winters, Camelbak, Columbia Sportswear, and many more.

His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide, including: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women's Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few.

Charlie has taught photography throughout his career and teaches internet courses and location workshops. He has lectured on photography in the US and Middle East . He is co-author of Understanding Flash with Bryan Peterson and author of the eBook: Outdoor Flash Photography available on his website: borlandphoto(dot)com.

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