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Portrait Photography Bootcamp

Lindsay Adler

Portrait Photography Bootcamp

Lindsay Adler

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Class Description

Humans are social creatures. We love to reflect on ourselves and the people we cherish, and we like to have that ability whenever we please. Portrait photography is an excellent skill to cultivate for anyone with a camera - whether you're simply taking better photos of your family or want to build out your business's portrait portfolio.

Lindsay will walk you through everything you need to know to take great portraits. 

You’ll learn about:

  • Camera selection, settings, and accessories
  • Lighting and lenses
  • Posing and directing men, women, full-figured subjects, and groups
Portrait Photography Bootcamp will start at the very beginning and help you establish a foundation for all styles of portrait photography. You’ll learn about the essential elements of a good portrait; lighting, posing and expression. Then you’ll learn how to work with what you've got, with instruction on shooting with window, natural, indoor, and studio lights.

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

The theme of this class is portrait photography, specifically focusing on various aspects such as posing, lighting, composition, and lens choices.

Students will learn how to analyze and improve poses in real-time, understand the importance of lighting and how to manipulate it for desired effects, learn techniques for capturing flattering portraits of men and women, and gain knowledge on how to photograph couples, families, and groups.

The benefit of learning the topics in this class is that students will be able to enhance their skills in portrait photography and capture more professional and visually appealing portraits. They will learn how to create flattering poses, manipulate lighting to create desired effects, and compose their shots in a way that captures the essence and personality of their subjects.

Frequently asked questions about the theme of this class may include:

  1. What are some tips for posing individuals or groups to create more dynamic and visually appealing portraits?

  2. How can I manipulate lighting to create different moods or effects in my portraits?

  3. What are some recommended lens choices for different types of portrait photography?

  4. How can I create balance and unity in group photos?

  5. What are some common mistakes to avoid in portrait photography?

  6. How can I pose men and women differently to highlight their strengths and flatter their features?

  7. How can I create variety and capture unique shots in my portrait photography?

  8. What are some lighting setups and techniques for photographing different types of subjects, such as couples or families?

  9. How can I create depth and interest in my compositions when photographing groups?

  10. What are some tips for posing individuals or groups with uneven heights?

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lighting on Location
Gear Guide

Ratings and Reviews


One of my favorite courses thus far on Creative Live, and definitely well worth the purchase price. Lindsay effectively demystifies many of the critical stumbling blocks to achieving a practical understanding of many critical elements of portrait photography. I would rate this course as being perfect for the advanced photographer - a couple of the concepts might be beyond that of a casual/intermediate photographer, but even they would probably gain a great deal from this course. Her discussion on equipment, in particular was superbly done, and allows one to move forward in beginning to make the right choices to achieve whatever effect one is after in terms of capturing the subject. Finally, the great thing about this course, and the thing which makes it such a great value, is the overall scope of what is being taught. Lindsay covers almost everything imaginable, and does it all in a manner which is enjoyable, and makes the time fly by. There were many, many times during the various days of this course during which Lindsay would share some particularly great tip or technique, and I would think "Insert bookmark here." I don't dole out praise easily (actually left a fairly scathing review on another course here recently) but this course has won me over. Highly, HIGHLY recommended. I'm definitely going to check out her other courses as well.

a Creativelive Student

This is Lindsay's best course to date and believe me, she has given us some good ones already on Creative Live. She hit this one out of the park! She was very well prepared and organized. I could tell that Lindsay put a lot of work into preparation for the class because she just kept giving us great information non stop. There was no down time or wasted moments. All future instructors on Creative Live should be encouraged to watch this course just to see what good instruction looks like. Lindsay has evolved over the past few years and just keeps getting better as time passes. Thank you Lindsay and thank you Creative Live for a job well done! Craig Banton


This class is one of the best investments I have made in my photography business. Lindsay is an excellent teacher. She is a seasoned, yet humble, professional. Unlike some other instructors I have seen on creative live, there isn’t a lot of fluff in her teaching. She sticks to the topics, gets all the information in, but still manages to engage and relate to the audience with real life examples of her own experiences in photography. I have been a professional photographer for several years, but have mostly stuck to natural light. This course gave me the confidence to tackle more advanced lighting setups and expand my capabilities as a photographer. I really appreciate that she doesn’t bash flat lighting, like other lighting videos I have tried to watch. Most portrait clients do not want photographs with dramatic lighting, they want to look their best, and I’m glad that she acknowledges this. This class gives you the information you need to create whatever photos you want to create.

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