Capture and Create Artistic Wedding Portraits

Lesson 1/9 - Class Introduction


Capture and Create Artistic Wedding Portraits


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Just for those who don't, aren't familiar with my work, I shoot both film and digital. I started my business with digital. And I just wasn't quite happy with how it was looking. And so, when I started incorporating film into it, because I realized the look that I was ultimately trying to go for was film. And I wasn't able to get my digitals to look quite like what I wanted. So I started shooting more film. And that was when I feel like my voice really came in because at that point, I wasn't worried so much about the post-production stuff anymore because I had my lab taking care of that for me. And I was able to really just focus on the connections I was making with people. The art that I was creating with it. And that's like the part that I like. Right? I mean, like, how many of you favorite part of your job is sitting in front of the computer editing? Some people actually do love it. (laughs) Maybe I can look into having you being like an editor if you're taking like work. (laughs) No...

, like seriously, like, I don't like to edit. Like it's, so what I wanna show you today is how I was able to really streamline this process for myself because I think it was when I was pregnant with my first child when it really occurred to me that you know what, like, being up until 2AM like working or 3AM working is not realistic. Like, it's not sustainable. And I'm gonna burn out if I keep doing this. Right? And so, I sat down and I laid out what all of my business tasks were. And I decided that, you know, the stuff that really makes me unique what people are hiring me for, that's what I need to be pouring most of my energy into. And not the other stuff. Right? And the other stuff to me is the editing. And while some people I know, like their editing is like amazing, like, you know, and really elaborate and stuff like that, I think my style is very timeless. And I wanna say simple, but it's just, I think my whole model is just keep it simple. I wanna keep it about the moment. And I want it to look very classic and in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now, it would still be a really great photo. So, I wanted to just kind of go over how I am able to make my digital images now match my film look. Because I don't shoot 100% film. I think there's a lot of cost that comes with shooting film. I mean, there's convenience too that comes with shooting film, but there's also a lot of cost. And I think for me to go out there and tell every photographer like if you want this look you have to shoot film, I don't think is very realistic because there are some people who aren't ready to incorporate that kind of cost into their business yet. So I wanna give you like three really, like simple ways. I don't wanna say simple, but I wanna give you three ways that I was able to figure out how I can get it right in camera so that, and I will do a live shoot for you today where I'll show you how I'm able to get the picture to look most like how I want. And then, I will show you how I edit it afterwards, just to put that finished polish on it to, you know, perfect it at the end. But we're gonna aim to get it mostly in camera today.

Class Description

The classic, timeless look of film is making a comeback. Its popularity among commercial photographers is soaring, and it’s in particularly high demand in the world of wedding photography. But if you shoot digital or hybrid, how can you make your photos look like they were shot on film? Caroline Tran, a wedding photographer whose work has appeared in countless books and magazines, will teach you how to create the look of film through light, exposure and editing. Come along on a live shoot where she’ll show you how to find the light you need, expose to get 90 percent of the photo in camera, and use Lightroom® to achieve her signature look.



Caroline Tran is bursting with creative energy and enthusiasm! In this class she walks you through the little differences between film and digital that separate the SOOC of the two. She shows you how understanding what makes them different is the cornerstone to learning how to manipulate digital to mimic film. All you need is a working knowledge of manual mode, and a willingness to let go of go-to DSLR habits that keep your images distinctly digital. She finishes with walking you through the simplest post-production that doesn't even require a strong knowledge of Lightroom. She even sells her presets if you don't want to recreate them on your own. This class was wonderful and so much fun! Thank you Caroline!

a Creativelive Student

I really enjoyed this class and watching the process Caroline goes through from shooting, to cull, to editing to create her signature look. She shares the unique characteristics of film and how she aims to emulate that using DSLR as well as how to go about matching the film scans to digital images from the same session. This class is a good fit if you have basic knowledge on shooting in manual and want to emulate the film look in your work. I learned a lot and am able to apply some clear techniques to my approach and work flow to take it to the next level.