Meet Jared and his family at the train museum, location of this course’s photo shoot. Jared gives a quick overview of what you will learn in this course. What does a professional portrait photographer think about every time they take a photo, whether on the job or with family or friends?
Look up, Indy.
I can't or else I fall. (laughs) Daddy.
If you're like me, you're constantly carrying this kind of a camera around even when you're on vacation, if you're at Disneyland, it doesn't matter where you are, you're always carrying a camera because you want to make the best pictures possible. What I want to do is help you with that process. When you're taking pictures of people, I'm going to walk you through some of the things that I think about every time I take a photograph of a person so that you can get better shots of your people and your life wherever you happen to be. First, I'm always going to look for an interesting location. We found one. It's here in Chandler, Arizona at a train museum. Second, I'm going to look for great light and that's really, really important. You can't just take a picture of a great location. You have to have great light. Third, once I've got that lighting and I've got that exposure correct, then I'm going to start composing my shot. I'm go...
ing to make sure that I'm composing it with basic rules. For instance, like the rule of thirds. Then I'm going to start to watch what happens in front of me. I'm going to look for expressions. I'm going to look for moments and that's where the fun really begins. So let's go through those and I'll show you how I think about photographs every time I'm taking a picture of a person, whether it's professionally or just at the train museum with my family and friends.
Jared Platt is an international wedding, lifestyle, and portrait photographer and photographic lecturer.  Jared began his studies in photography in documentary and landscapes, but today you will find his images are a perfect blend of the three genres.