Classic Portrait Photography

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Classic Portrait Photography

Learn the classic studio lighting photography styles and skills that a professional portrait photographer uses.

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

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Course Description

Learn the classic studio lighting photography styles and skills that a professional portrait photographer uses.

Portrait Photography:

Do you want to take beautiful images of people?

Portrait photography is one of least understand disciplines in photography…

Because most photographers have never been taught the basics...

Good Portrait Photography:

Good portraiture is as much science as it is an art form!

Once you understand a few simple principles you will be able to take classic beautiful portraits of your subjects!

These principles will move you away from amatuer portraiture and move you towards professional portraiture where you will understand how lighting patterns work and what the classic lighting conventions are.

State Of The Art Virtual Studio:

This course was created using a virtual photography studio.

All elements are designed to be simple and easy to visually comprehend and understand using a virtual 3d environment.

You will instantly be able to see the lighting patterns we are teaching and how the lights create those patterns.

All the virtual studio sets come with PDF downloads so you can set your own lighting to match the lesson sets!

What You Will Learn

  • In this course you will learn the basic lighting techniques that professional portrait photographers use and the basic equipment required.
  • You will learn the difference between a soft light source and a hard light source and how that affects your images.
  • You will learn the classic lighting patterns professional portrait photographers use and the correct lighting terminology for portraiture.
  • You will learn how to create beautiful yet simple portraits with simple flash photography on a tight budget.
  • We will also teach you how to prepare your subjects, how to pose their bodies and how to pose their faces.
  • We will also discuss the basics of choosing a lens for portraiture.
Classic Portrait Photography


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Portrait Photography
27 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction To Classic Studio Portrait Photography 01:19 01:19
  • play icon Basic Equipment For Studio Portrait Photography 01:36 01:36
  • play icon Understanding How Light Works & Why It Is Important 04:22 04:22
  • play icon Lighting Terminology - Understanding Main, Fill, Rim & Background Lighting 09:57 09:57
  • play icon Open Loop Lighting 06:35 06:35
  • play icon Closed Loop Lighting 04:48 04:48
  • play icon Butterfly Lighting 06:41 06:41
  • play icon Split Lighting 06:11 06:11
  • play icon Short Lighting 03:57 03:57
  • play icon Broad Lighting 04:03 04:03
  • play icon Rembrandt Lighting 07:42 07:42
  • play icon Environmental Backgrounds 03:08 03:08
  • play icon Studio Backgrounds 03:37 03:37
  • play icon Preparing The Subject 06:06 06:06
  • play icon Choosing The Facial Angle 07:39 07:39
  • play icon Posing The Body 04:52 04:52
  • play icon Understanding Posture 02:38 02:38
  • play icon Classic Poses - The Light Pose 03:55 03:55
  • play icon Classic Poses - The Shadow 04:17 04:17
  • play icon Posing A Group - The Classic Pose 03:06 03:06
  • play icon Posing A Couple - The Classic Poses 10:10 10:10
  • play icon Composition Tips 04:29 04:29
  • play icon Lens Choices 00:57 00:57
  • play icon Black And Whites Portraits 01:16 01:16
  • play icon Course Activities 01:13 01:13
  • play icon Summary 00:33 00:33
  • play icon Resources

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