Portrait Photography: Creative Tips & Ideas for Great Images

——   Created by Bernie Raffe

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So, you like taking portraits, that’s great, but how happy are you with the results and could you do better?

In this, the first of a two part course you’ll learn many of the tips and tricks that professional photographers use for creating stunning portraits, and in a varying assortment of environments, both inside and outside.

At the end of the course you’ll be armed with so many ideas, that you’ll no longer need to worry about freezing up, or wondering what to do next with your subjects.

·        Learn the fundamentals of portrait lighting and lighting patterns

·        Discover new ways of taking portraits on location in live sessions

·        Laugh at my 17 tips for getting great expressions from families and children

·        Learn how I pose people to make them look relaxed

Content and Overview 

Suitable for beginners, intermediates and even advanced photographers, you’l learn the fundamentals of portrait photography along with many tips and ideas for adding drama and creativity to your portraits.

Rather than just using paid models, this course also has live sessions with friends, and families with their children (families and children sessions are in part II). Some of these are typical location sessions where we just walk around in parks taking photos.

This is an extremely varied course demonstrating both natural light and off-camera flash portraits, with some specialist ideas that you can easily replicate (specialist ideas, also Part II), plus many tips on composition

You’ll see how I interact with people to make them feel more comfortable, which in turn helps to get better expressions.

On completing this course you’ll have the knowledge, know how and confidence to tackle many portrait scenarios.

The course project

Let's start off with this one, the techniques is full explained with model Bou in the 1st 'Window Light' video

Take an indoor photo using just window light, with your subject about 4 or 5 feet from the window and with you both standing parallel to the window.

Try to get a clean background and make sure you don't overexpose the lit side of your subject's face.

Give it a go, and show us your results.

32 Lessons

Course introduction
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Lighting patterns
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Portrait settings
Window light style 01
Window light style 02
Window light style 03
Pippa alpine look
Pippa adding depth
Pippa by a lake
Pippa industrial area
Great expressions
Negative space
Landscape vs portrait
Emma office 01
Emma courtyard
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Class benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • 24/7 streaming access
  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 3h 13m of on-demand video
  • 2 peers to work with
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About the instructor

I'm a retired professional photographer based in Bedfordshire UK, and have been passionate about photography ever since my parents bought me my first camera when I was just 11 years old (a Kodak Brownie 127)!

I'm qualified as a photographer to 'Associate' level with both the MPA (Master Photographers Association), …

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