Portrait Photography: How to Make Everyone Look Good | Kasia Banasiak | Skillshare

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Portrait Photography: How to Make Everyone Look Good

teacher avatar Kasia Banasiak, Photographer and mix-media artist

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. INTRO

    • 2. LESSON1

    • 3. LESSON2

    • 4. COLORS

    • 5. SUMMARY

    • 6. photography project

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About This Class

In this class you can learn how to pose a person you are going to photograph, what is the best light set up and the best point to take pictures from. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.


this is a link to the chart I was talking about in the class.

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Kasia Banasiak

Photographer and mix-media artist





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I have been photographing since 2007. That's when I decided to move to the UK and explore. Photography has always been my love, however, at the very beginning, I wasn't great. I was trying to learn how to become a professional photographer and develop my own style. After a few years of self-teaching, I've graduated from The New York Institute of Photography course in Professional Photography and Business. My focus is on portrait photography because I think you can tell so much by looking into someone's eyes.

By watching my classes you can learn useful tricks and techniques to make your pho... See full profile

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1. INTRO: Hi. My name is Kasha. I'm 28 years old and I'm freelance photographer. I've been photographing for over eight years and have graduated on New York Institute of Photography Course in professional photography. This lesson will be about corrective techniques in portrait photography. I'm gonna show you tips and tricks how to post a subject how to set up the light to make them look their best. I believe everyone is photogenic. You just need to know how to take a picture. 2. LESSON1: This is the chart have provided on the left side off the charge. We have all defects highlighted. On the top. There is a head position, camera, height and lighting. As you can see, the child is pretty easy to use. I just need to observe carefully. Andi decide. What would you like to emphasize? What Jack to minimize? By all means. I don't think this chart is an answer with the perfect photograph or paper portrait photograph. But I'm trying to say on to teach you it is that if you apply few correct techniques, your portrait photography will become much better. Posted a link in the description off the class so you can download it for yourself. On the source is the New York Institute of Photography Course in professional photography. 3. LESSON2: have to carefully observe which features you would like to emphasize, and we try to wanna minimize. Look at it from every side, from the profile from the front and from 3/4. In this case, if you follow the child, I would suggest you take a picture from the front, the person facing the camera and position of the camera a little bit lower than the face level. In this case, you can use free off the lights setups. One of them is the basic light set up, which is 45 degrees angle, which is from this side like this on the first level. Another one is Rembrandt lighting, where the light source should be from the side and the subject away from the light in the face. Facing the camera in the last one is butterfly lighting from the top in the front, a butterfly lighting effect, which is shadow under the nose. However, be careful, so the subtext doesn't move the face too low, so the shadow doesn't go in the lips 4. COLORS: I would also like to say about colors. You want to surround your subject with what colors they wear. What Carlos the gadgets are. I think it's really important to know that. And if you want to see if it's want a nation or coordination, you should use silver or gold reflective paper and just reflect the light on the subject and just compare. You will easily see which one sort of the best. In this case. She's the type off spring, which is a warmth, a nation. For example, this person shouldn't where pure white clothes, which we can see right here. It's a vanilla cola. It suits this skin tone, the hair color on the I Kahlo, the best. We can recognize four different types of beauty. We call them winter type, some type spring type, ultimate type. I'm in spring. A warm colors. Winter and summer are the cold tones 5. SUMMARY: First of all, analyze your subject. Everyone has a good and not so good sites this picture. We can see that the girl has got big, beautiful eyes. That's why they're clearly visible and looking into the lens. She has quite narrow pace, so the picture can be taken from a little bit lower than the face level, which the same time correct shape of her nose life comes from the window. She was sitting lower than the window, which creates butterfly lighting as the light from the window. It's really soft in the picture. It makes shadows resolved as well, Which is great for the portraiture. Picture was taken in my mom's flat background curtains. Anything could be a background to just look around and remember about Color Guide have presented early on. Tried to capture the person in the pictures. Natural expressions. Nothing's worst than the that fish expression, but we're going to talk about it more closely in my friend class. This is a picture off. My grand mom. It was taken, have flat next to the coffee table. This is my memory off her. Whenever I went to visit head, we were sitting at a coffee table, and she always had fresh flowers on. She's also wearing her own clothes, which color wise much the image. Don't be afraid to tell the person to change something. If someone, for example, is wearing something, let's say they're bright pink or certainly not matching composition off. The image politely explained them that this colored item will get all the attention in the image on the portrait picture should be about the photographed person, not about paying jumper. The last picture background is try palm leaves Kahlo suit. Her hair and eye color make butchered more dynamic. More interesting, I often ask the person to play with her hair or gently touch her chin or face. Even if I'm not going to capture anything interesting this way. Because of the movement, Person relaxes a bit and becomes more natural. My portrait photography, their eye contact. It's very important. It creates sense off intimacy between the viewer and the person in the picture. That's all I would say for today's class in upcoming class. I'm gonna explain how to relax is the person was being photographed. I'm gonna explain about relationship between photographer and the person photographs, so watch out for my first class 6. photography project: with a class project. I would like you to take a portrait picture of the person of your choice. Observe carefully. What would you like to emphasize? What would you like to minimize? And their follow the child have provided and you shouldn't go wrong. And I