Portrait photography has always been the most popular and sought after style of photography amongst amateurs and professionals. Whether you capture portraits for your own memories, for friends and family or for your own photography business, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to capture exciting, dynamic and engaging portraits that will transform your passion or business instantly.
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8 Interactive Lessons
8 hours +
Annual Salary Prospective
Module I - Introduction
Weekly Assignments + Fun Quizzes
If you miss a lesson, you can always view the recordings later.
Finding Your Style
This lesson will explore the possibilities for your portraits by introducing you to the many styles. This will ensure you understand what you want from your portrait photography and open up a whole new world of creative potentials for you.
Composition for Portraiture
In lesson 2 we explore compositional techniques to maximize the subjects potential and help you create the most striking images possible. This lesson will equip you with easy to implement techniques that produce instant results.
Posing for Portraiture
Lesson 3 builds on the techniques from lesson 2 and explores the world of posing and positioning your subjects. Small adjustments to the posture of your subjects can totally transform the way that the subject is captured, totally changing the look and feel of the image.
Selecting the Right Lens
Similar to posing techniques, the lens you select can have a huge influence on how your subject is represented in the picture. Understanding which lens to use and when, can have dramatic effects on your images and help improve them instantly.
Natural Light Portraits
Harnessing the power of natural light allows you to create strong, dramatic portraits with very little equipment. This lessons gives you an understanding and an eye for how to create beautiful images with just natural light.
The Power of Lighting
Lesson 7 looks at adding artificial lighting (flash) to your pictures. Having an understanding of the role of flash in your portrait photography can totally transform your images into creative, dynamic pictures that are full of depth and dimension.
Creative Location Portraits
The environment that you capture a portrait in can help tell the story of the subject. Lesson 7 will help you utilize the environments and locations where you shoot which will be highly effective for creating visually interesting and engaging images.
The finishing touches
Post production plays a prominent role in all forms of photography and can be used to determine the look and feel of the final image. Lesson 8 will explore the editing styles that are commonly used in portrait photography.
Love love LOVE Shaw Academy! I took the portrait photography Class and I loved every minute of it! I learned more in the first few lessons of this online course than I did during my University's portrait photography class. I am now proud to say I am a lifetime member of Shaw Academy and I am loving my new classes (Ultimate portrait photography and Nutrition) and I am super excited to take more in the future! Great classes! Wonderful teachers! I highly recommend!
Diploma in portrait photography- Excellent course taught by Thomas Wood. He covered the foundations of portrait photography.