Fundamentals of Portrait Photography: Using Natural Light to Create Drama

Justin Bridges, Fashion and Portrait Photographer

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12 Videos (1h 34m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction

    • Location and Subject

    • Equipment

    • Mood and Light

    • Shutter Speed and Test Shots

    • Exposure and Brick Shoot

    • Mirror Shoot

    • Backlit Shoot

    • Cropping (Editing)

    • Lightroom (Editing)

    • Dramatic Effects (Editing)


About This Class

Photograph a subject with irresistible emotion. This 90-minute class from fashion and portrait photographer Justin Bridges goes on-location to reveal how to use light to create a stunning dramatic portrait.

Whether you use a DSLR or iPhone, you'll learn how to prep your location, subject, and settings so that you can fully develop skills in composition, exposure, and styling. To make your portraits truly incredible, Justin also shares his favorite tricks for editing in Lightroom.

Throughout the class, Justin offers alternatives to every technique, making the class perfect for all levels for experience and equipment. This is a class for pros, enthusiasts, and everyone curious about how an incredible portrait comes to life.

233 of 238 students recommendSee All

I enjoyed this class but could've done without the long explanations. He was often repeating himself to exhaustion.
Olga Brycht

Graphic Designer living in Maui

A great intro class into portrait photography, from day-of-shoot planning to editing.
If you've never attempted portrait shooting and editing, this will take you through with a detailed step-by-step approach. It is indeed a "fundamentals" class, so more experienced photographers will find it less useful.





Justin Bridges

Fashion and Portrait Photographer

Justin Bridges is a fashion and portrait photographer based in New York City. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Justin began his pursuit of photography as a college student studying finance and economics. Although he opted for an early career as a finance professional at Goldman Sachs, he realized the need to align his career with his love of photography.

Justin's approach is to capture the untraveled moment and apply a feeling of art and thoughtfulness to each photograph.

Clients and publications include:

  • Media: GQ, Details, Esquire, High Snobiety & Selectism, Complex Media, Hypebeast Magazine
  • Fashion: Giorgio Armani, Public School NY, The Arrivals, Raleigh, En Noir, Ovadia & Sons, Alternative Apparel
  • Client: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Amazon, Carson Street Clothiers

You can find Justin on Instagram @freelancekills & @bybridges. You can also sign up for his newsletter by clicking here!