Create Powerful Portraits with Hip Hop's Premier Photographer

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About the Class

Portrait photography can yield some of the most compelling, descriptive, and authentic images of an individual. I have been fortunate enough to earn a living for several years taking such photos, and I am excited to work with all of you as part of this Skillshare class.

My name is Jonathan Mannion, and I’m honored to be the first to welcome you to my Skillshare class on portrait photography. I’ve been shooting photos professionally in New York and worldwide for about twenty years with a focus on music, celebrity, athletes, and advertising. My career in photography began when I moved to NYC in 1993 to accept a position with the legendary Richard Avedon.  I’m truly excited to bring my experience and knowledge to the masses through this groundbreaking class.

What You'll Learn

  • Creating a Mood Board. You'll create a clear understanding of your final shot by gathering a mood board of images that inspire you. 
  • Setting Up the Shot. I'll go over lighting, camera settings, and a number of other points that will give you a glimpse into how I operate behind the lens.
  • Making Selections. We will sort through our shots and go over: the truth in the photo, analyzing the success of the image, happy accidents and the guidance that can bring.
  • Submitting Final Project. I'll provide insight on some of my favorite projects and leave you with words of wisdom as you adventure out as better photographers.

What You'll Make

Once you run through this class, you will leave with a tangible collection of high quality photographs as well as the techniques, skills, and strategy to make yourself a better photographer.  You'll get plentiful positive vibes, encouragement, and creative support.

More Information

Any camera!

Level: Beginner

School: Photography

Related Subjects: Photographic Composition, Digital Photography, Portrait Photography, Studio Photography

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  • Non-Membership Class
  • 5 Video Lessons
  • 1.9K Students
  • 87% Positive Reviews (38)
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Class Project

Create your own professional-level portrait photographs

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About the Teacher

Jonathan Mannion

Jonathan Mannion


Photographer Jonathan Mannion, a native of Cleveland, OH, began capturing images of up-and-coming urban music superstars after working for a year with world-renowned photographer Richa...

87% Positive Reviews

Phillip Dimond

Phillip Dimond

this was a great class and would highly recommend doing it...i would do it again peas.

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