Portrait Photography: Working with Natural Light

Benjamin Heath, Photographer

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7 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

    • Equipment

    • Setup & Planning

    • Light Editing

    • Shooting in Studio

    • Shooting in Natural Light

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Join celebrated photographer Benjamin Heath for a 40-minute class on photographing portraits using natural and studio light!

Whether you use an iPhone or DSLR, this class offers universal tips for making the most of your environment and resources — and capturing a professional, beautiful, and stylized portrait of a stranger or even a best friend.

Through anecdotes and practical examples, you'll learn the essentials of

  • planning your shoot
  • setting up your shot
  • technical tips on lighting
  • photographing in a studio
  • light edits that transform a photo from good to great

You'll finish this class empowered to take a great portrait of anyone, no matter where you are!

156 of 165 students recommendSee All

Nice tips and tricks, also on editing the light in your photos.
I loved getting to see Ben in action and follow his process. I feel I learn so much more when I can watch someone in their element and have them explain what they're doing as well. Ben does a great job of both! Now on to play with some natural light in my portraiture.
Natalie Burk

Photographer, lover of the outdoors

Thanks so much! Very helpful to see your process.





Benjamin Heath


Hi. My name is Ben and I'm a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. In another life I was a lawyer, in my best life I'm photographing every day. I shoot a wide range of subjects and topics, but focus my style on natural light, clean composition, and unique perspective. I've had a winding path, if you're interested in knowing more have a read here.  Or say hello here. 




Clients include Coach, Burberry, National Geographic, Uber, Ducati, Nike, Land's End, Lacoste, Levi's, Hyundai USA, Dos Equis, Water.org, General Electric, Lincoln Motor Company, Nespresso USA, Acura, Heineken.

Represented by Tinker Street | jesse@tinker-street.com

Contact: bh@benjaminheath.net