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28 Days of Portrait Photography

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Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight

Sue Bryce

28 Days of Portrait Photography

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Lesson Info

36. Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight

Lessons

Class Trailer

Day 1

1

First 2 Years: The Truth

1:23:37
2

Teaching 2 Photographers in 28 Days

1:10:45
3

Rate Your Business

1:05:08
4

Year One in Business

1:00:34

Day 2

5

28 Challenges

1:21:39
6

Fear

1:04:07
7

Price & Value

1:10:17
8

Checklist, Challenges, and Next Steps

26:35

Day 3

9

Day 1: The Natural Light Studio

38:09

Day 4

10

Day 2: Mapping Your Set and Outfits

1:54:32

Day 5

11

Day 3: One Composition - Five Poses

35:49

Day 6

12

Day 4: Flow Posing

49:31

Day 7

13

Day 5: Posing Couples

55:55

Day 8

14

Day 6: Capturing Beautiful Connection & Expression

40:47

Day 9

15

Day 7: The Rules - Chin, Shoulders, Hands

56:24

Day 10

16

First Weekly Q&A Session

1:00:15
17

Day 8: Rules - Hourglass, Body Language, Asymmetry, Connection

28:39

Day 11

18

Day 9: Styling & Wardrobe

40:50

Day 12

19

Day 10: Shooting Curves

48:40

Day 13

20

Day 11: Posing & Shooting - Groups of 2, 3, and 4

28:46

Day 14

21

Day 12: Posing & Shooting Families

28:36

Day 15

22

Day 13: Products & Price List

56:53

Day 16

23

Day 14: Marketing & Shooting the Before & After

41:20

Day 17

24

Day 15: Phone Coaching & Scripting

52:56

Day 18

25

Second Weekly Q&A Session

1:02:21
26

Day 16: Posing Young Teens

43:02

Day 19

27

Day 17: Marketing & Shooting - Family First Demographic

33:14

Day 20

28

Day 18: The Corporate Headshot

1:05:43

Day 21

29

Day 19: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare

53:56
30

Photoshop Video: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare

11:06

Day 22

31

Day 20: Photoshop - Warping & the Two Minute Rule

1:22:22

Day 23

32

Day 21: Posing Mothers & Daughters

42:22

Day 24

33

Third Weekly Q&A Session

1:31:41
34

Day 22: Marketing & Shooting - 50 & Fabulous Demographic

1:04:00

Day 25

35

Day 23: Shooting into the Backlight

58:22
36

Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight

06:52

Day 26

37

Day 24: Marketing & Shooting - Girl Power Demographic (18-30s)

39:17
38

Photoshop Video: Girl Power Demographic (18-30s)

1:07:21

Day 27

39

Day 25: The Beauty Shot

46:32
40

Bonus: Vintage Backdrop

04:54

Day 28

41

Day 26: Marketing & Shooting - Independent Women Demographic

49:40

Day 29

42

Day 27: Sales & Production

54:30

Day 30

43

Day 28: Posing Men

52:19

Day 31

44

Bonus: Pricing

42:32
45

Introduction

11:36
46

Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 1

1:06:49
47

Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 2

47:24
48

Marketing Part 1

38:01
49

Marketing Part 2

1:12:04
50

Money: What's Blocking You?

49:15
51

Bonus: The Folio Shoot

52:29

Day 32

52

Photo Critiques Images 1 through 10

23:11
53

Photo Critiques Images 11 through 27

25:01
54

Photo Critiques Images 28 through 45

30:19
55

Photo Critiques Images 47 through 67

36:47
56

Photo Critiques Images 68 through 84

23:22
57

Photo Critiques Images 85 through 105

36:01
58

Photo Critiques Images 106 through 130

34:49
59

Photo Critiques Images 131 through 141

13:45
60

Photo Critiques Images 142 through 167

25:27
61

Photo Critiques Images 168 through 197

29:13
62

Photo Critiques Images 198 through 216

25:51

Day 33

63

Identify Your Challenges

35:06
64

Identify Your Strengths

22:16
65

Getting Started Q&A

22:54
66

Rate Your Business

31:29
67

Marketing Vs Pricing

33:26
68

Facing Fear

23:45
69

The 28 Day Study Group

15:02
70

Selling Points

40:35
71

Interview with Susan Stripling

18:03
72

Emotional Honesty

29:09

Day 34

73

Sue's Evolution

18:36
74

28 Days Review

15:14
75

Student Pitches

11:28
76

28 Days Testimonial: Mapuana Reed

09:02
77

How to Pitch: Starting a Conversation

37:28
78

Your Block: Seeing is What You're Being

35:30
79

Your Block: Valuing and Receiving

37:09
80

Building Confidence: Your Own Stories

20:45
81

Building Confidence: Your Self Worth

36:05
82

Pitching An Experience

34:16
83

Pitching An Experience: Your Intentions

18:15
84

Pitching An Experience: Social Media

30:14
85

Final Thoughts

24:35

Lesson Info

Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight

Let's have a look at this gorgeous shot here. I love this color and this dress. Sitting up nice and tall, Cherry, bring your upper towards me, and just sort of do ballet hands, just sort of side arm right there. So instead of staying up here, turn towards you, that's it beautiful, you've got beautiful hands. Relax your wrist down a little wee bit. Sit up nice and tall bring this elbow towards me, because in lengthens your arm in the photo and then I want you bring your chin this way and work your shoulder in. So what I'm getting here is this perfect shape. Okay. And this is a really good example of something that I've done very well. So let's show everyone, chin forward, and down. Everything about this image is working for me. Everything but these three, right on, brilliant. For starters I'll try to get one where you're not blinking. (laughs) Sorry about that folks. Sorry about that folks. Okay chin down just a touch, there it is. Okay, what's going wrong with this image? The feet domi...

nate, the background needs to be extended and I'm gonna have to do them on Photoshop, unless I do in now, her leading hand is towards the camera. Let's fix all of these things right now. How about I get you to stand up, and I'm gonna change the floor. So what I did, was I actually got Cherry to, come and stand on this side, I got Cherry to lie down on this backdrop, so what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna open it up, and I'm gonna extend it out. So this is just a v flat that I shoot on. And I'm just using it on the ground, because I don't want to see the wooden floor. So I made it too short, and it was quite obvious to me. Amy, the next thing I'd like you to do, is, are you able to move that little box for me? And I also would like you to extend that background a little wee bit so it's covering that windowsill. So we'll move that back, push that back too. Are we cutting? No. I wanted to show this. Okay. (laughs) I've got backgrounds falling down, welcome to the real world. And Susan, I'll just get you to pull that gaffer tape, and Jeff see if you could extend out that curtain. (mumbled question) We're filming this. Do you want the box, are you asking for the box? No the gaffer tape. Just extend it out. Yeah. Just trying' cover that windowsill up for me. You know what, that's not gonna work. Let's use a white polly board, and just put it across there. There you go. Alright. Uh-uh, just to cover the gray, keep coming back, pull back, right up in, that's it, stop. There you go. Alright. Let's see if that fixed our problem. Now this time, let's have a look at this. So I've just created a little soft box. White light, let's trying' lie down there. Cherry, this time I want you to lie the opposite direction, so you were diagonal that way, now I want you diagonal this way, good girl. Now whatever angle Cherry's on, I am too. That's gonna fall on here, perhaps if you could just hold that, that would be perfect. Okay, now stretch out over here. So you're in front of my window light, beautiful. Now I want, instead of leading with your front hand this time, now, you're already doing it, that was perfect, on the inside, hand down, good girl, and that one, elbow towards me on the side. Now lifting up nice and tall, feet flat, cross your ankles, and I want you to lift up nice and tall and bring your chin back to the camera there. Now whatever angle Cherry's on, I have to be on too. So I'm gonna lie down flat, like that, and now I just need a little hair juice, just go like this with this curl here. That's it, and just tuck it in. That's perfect, okay. Now this hand down flat, nice and soft, good girl. Work the shoulder up towards me, that's it, now chin to that shoulder now whip the shoulder up towards me, More, more, keep going, keep going, keep going, stop. Alright, now let's try again, relax your mouth, go chin down, Amy just need a hair fix, I've just got a little naughty curl, just sitting up on the shoulder, and it's gonna have to be Photoshopped if I don't get it. That's it, maybe try to stay on the side, so they can see what you're doing. Yeah, it's sort of on the top. I've got a rogue top curl just sitting on the very top, that's the one. Perfect. Okay nice and tall working that shoulder forward, that way's perfect. Okay and now chin forward and down a little more, work that shoulder right towards your chin. Keep going Cherry, no, shoulder toward your chin, not the other way around. Good girl, that's perfect. And so so here I am in the backlight. Let me come up a little bit closer. Chin down a little bit, love that, little wee smile, a tiny little smile. Gorgeous, beautiful big grin. Nice. Okay. Then we'll see what this looks like, chin down a touch, that's the one. Oh I love that, okay beautiful grin here. So, this is great, oh gosh I just keep getting little blinks today, sorry about that. (laughs) Alright, so what I've done now, as you can see in this image, I've dropped her feet down, I've used her front arm projected forward instead of her hand toward the camera. I've turned her on the other angle so her feet are not towards the corner, as they were before, and my window, even though it's shorter, I've got more space. So when I compare these two images, I didn't take the time to fix my set. Now something that you do, I think a lot of people do when they first start out, is they think, "Oh, I'll Photoshop that out." But let's look at the difference between the two, in the time that I could of Photoshopped that out, I just changed the set around and I can keep shooting. And to me it's just such an easy fix, make sure you put your v flex down, just be aware too, that when your v flex are on the floor and people are kneeling on them, you can see the elbow dents under my elbows, there will be some under Cherry's elbows and knees. Use your older v flex, and always keep the old ones for floor covering. Also if you need more light, you can always put these on the ground to bounce light up through the studio. Because a yellow wooden floor will throw yellow sometimes, and will absorb a lot of light, and just make sure you take the time to fix your image and then move around within it, and get some cool shots.

Class Description


Sue Bryce's 28 Days is the all-in-one portrait photography class that teaches you posing, shooting, marketing, selling, and everything else you need to know to run a successful contemporary portrait photography business. 

This series begins with two sessions of intense instruction on business, pricing, and overcoming your fears. Following the kickoff, Sue delivers short sessions exploring 28 different topics essential to any successful portrait photography studio. Sue covers flow posing, connecting with clients, posing and shooting groups, marketing to your key demographic, sales, and more.

In this comprehensive series you'll learn Sue's inspiring approach to styling, posing, marketing, selling and so much more!

Class Materials

bonus material

Business Checklist

Keynote Part 1

Keynote Part 2

Posing Guide: Set Map and Outfit

Posing Guide: Flow Posing

Posing Guide: Couples Posing

Posing Guide: Curves

Posing Guide: Teen Posing

Posing Guide: Family Posing

Posing Guide: Over 50 Demographic

Posing Guide: Beauty Shot

Posing Guide: Posing Men

Workbook

How It Works

Styling and Wardrobe

Ratings and Reviews

Student Work

Related Classes

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

I have purchased four of Sue's courses and love them all. I have learned so much. I found the lesson on connecting with people thru their eyes has made a huge difference in my photos already. Her before and after's made me cry. I want to be able to take these kinds of photos for my family and friends. I just love what she does. She is such a great teacher. I learn much better seeing things done, so this was the perfect choice for me to learn. I love Sue's humor, her honesty, her detailed teaching and sweet and wonderful personality. Her sessions will or should not disappoint anyone. It is the best money I have ever spent on self-help teaching. Thanks a million creative live. You GOTTA LOVE SUE!

katie
 

Pure gold. Sue Bryce is likable, talented, funny, and an amazing teacher. She calls you on your BS (your excuses for why you aren't succeeding), gives you business, posing, marketing, pricing and LIFE advice. The class is 58 hours long - and you spend the majority of it looking right over her shoulder, through her lens and watch her walk through many, many photoshoots. She verbally and clearly repeats several critical formulas for success so it's imprinted in your mind. Her advice is crystal clear and your photography will dramatically improve after this class. Before Creative Live, you'd NEVER have had the opportunity to shadow a photographer of her quality... hands down the best photography class I've ever taken.

JRomkee
 

I have just began this course and I am excited to see how following her model will help me to improve and get my business started. I have been through the first two days and there is lots of information to absorb and things to get in order before I begin the actual challenges. I am thankful that there are photographers out there who are will to reveal there secrets ad are truly invested in others improving themselves in all aspects of their life and not just their photography skills. Thanks Sue Bryce for your passion for empowering woman and your knowledge of creating and sustaining a business by being true to who you and commitment to the improvement of others! I am excited to grow myself and my business, I am confident this will be worth every penny! Were the templates for the email PDF included in this course