Creative Portrait Photography:: Tips, tricks & Ideas for taking stunning portraits - Part II

Bernie Raffe AMPA, Award winning photographer and teacher

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17 Lessons (1h 37m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

    • 2. Learn about the positive impact of ‘Negative Space’ in portraiture

    • 3. 6 reasons why you should mostly take portraits in landscape orientation

    • 4. Follow me on a family location photo session in a local park - Part I

    • 5. Follow me on a family location photo session in a local park - Part II

    • 6. Follow me on a location photo session with two young boys in a local park

    • 7. Introduction to maternity / pregnancy photography

    • 8. Maternity Photography - Scenario 1 - Standing with light coming from behind

    • 9. Maternity Photography - Scenario 2 - Katie wearing lingerie, lying on a sofa

    • 10. Maternity Photography Scenario 3 - Katie wearing man's large white shirt, on bed

    • 11. Maternity Photography - Scenario 4 - Katie draped in a soft fabric

    • 12. On-Board flash creativity using 'The Black Foamy Thing' flash attachment

    • 13. Beautiful light, courtesy of a white shopping bag and single off-camera flash

    • 14. How to get a black or very dark background outside, anywhere

    • 15. An idea for a moody, 'film-noir' gangster type photo

    • 16. How to take an indoor, rainy day, creative portrait

    • 17. Course Conclusion


About This Class


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

In this 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 (Part I)
·         Discover new ways of taking photos of individuals on location in live sessions
·         Learn my relaxed methods for taking photos of families and children in live sessions
·         Laugh at my 17 tips for getting great expressions from families and children (Part I)
·         Learn how I pose people to make them look relaxed
·         Watch and learn from my live maternity sessions with an 8 month pregnant mum-to-be.
·         Discover some specialist ideas for amazing portraits


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. 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, 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.