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Portrait Shooting Tutorial (Beginners to Intermediate)
This tutorial is a 2-and-a-half-hour crash course on how to shoot professional-grade creative portraits. We start out with some in-depth discussions on how to create more dimensional portraits via lighting and composition, how to organize shoot logistics such as finding locations and models, and lastly how to choose and use your gear. Then, we run through some demonstrations of what we've discussed via 3 sample shoots - daytime, sunset, and nighttime!
This tutorial is perfect for complete beginners to intermediate shooters. It is meant to drastically accelerate your learning process and give you concrete steps on studying and implementing professional shooting techniques. As we go along, I will answer the following questions.
We will cover:
- How do I create dimensional portraits that have that extra "something"?
- Which gear should I shoot on? (Does it even matter?)
- How do I properly prepare for a shoot to make the most out of it?
- How can I find and use beautiful natural light?
- Where do I find models for collabs, especially as a beginner?
- How do I pose, direct, and - in general - communicate with a model?
- Where should I focus my attention when I first start shooting?
- How do I deal with anxiety and overwhelm on shoots?
- How can I come up with creative ideas and concepts for shoots?
- How do I keep progressing once I feel like I'm plateauing?
About the tutorial:
The tutorial is split into chapters for your convenience. You can either watch it chronologically in one piece, or you can watch it buffet-style - view or review the section that pertains to your current learning focus.
As I mentioned, this course caters to anyone from complete beginners who have never touched a camera, to anyone who has been shooting for a while but is looking to really solidify and round out their skillset.
Why should you invest in a shooting tutorial when everything can be "fixed in Photoshop" these days? Take it from someone who spends a lot of time at their desk - the better your shot is in-camera, the more likely you are able to do something epic with it in editing - and within less time, too. Small fixes in the shoot usually result in huge time-saves in editing. An image can be amazing with very little editing if you have a strong raw file, however it is VERY VERY difficult, if not impossible, to create a quality result in editing based on a bad raw file.
The techniques taught can be applied to any type of portrait shoot, whether you're more interested in studio or natural light shots! Most of the tutorial heavily revolves around techniques for exterior shooting.
This tutorial DOES NOT teach ANY editing! If you are a beginner looking to get into not only shooting, but also editing portraits, I would recommend taking a look at the Beginners' Editing Tutorial.
Included with this download:
- The full 2:30h shooting tutorial (digital download or replayable online stream)
Models: Marcella / @marcella_bianca // Kaitlyn / @kaitimackenzie // Jade @jadeaaalynn // Amber / @ambaluna
You'll get 1 M4V