Class Introduction


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

First of all, who needs this workshop? Well, anyone who takes pictures of people on location. Okay. That could be wedding photographers, which I used to be, or it could be senior photographers or even photojournalists. Because at some point you're gonna probably have to take a picture of somebody, take a portrait. Social media content producers. If you're involved with social media in any way, of course you're gonna need to take pictures of people on location, anywhere, and this class is gonna be great for you. Those looking to make some extra bucks with photography, for sure you're gonna need to learn how to take pictures of people because that's how you got paid, and that's how I got paid as a photographer is making people look beautiful. Alright, photographers who wanna kinda up their game-- So, photographers who kind of feel stuck and it's kind of you felt like I just reached this plateau, and I for some reason I can't get to that next level, this is gonna be the perfect class for ...

you. What will you learn? Well, number one insights that will dramatically build your confidence. And so, I feel like when you step into a situation and you kinda have idea of what you wanna do and where you wanna go and how you wanna light it, how you wanna pose it, how you wanna compose it, then I feel like you can go into any situation and feel confident about what you're doing. And that confidence translates into better photos. Okay, how to game plan for every situation whether its' bright light, low light, or overcast or flat light, whatever it is, whatever type of client that you have, at least you have a game plan going in and it's gonna give you some direction. I'm gonna go over the four fundamentals to amazing portraits, and these fundamentals is necessary. In order for you really to get to where you want to be with your photography, you're gonna have to understand these four fundamentals. How to brand your photography-- And I get that question a lot. How do you, you know, create that signature style? Well, without knowing these four fundamentals, you're not gonna be able to brand yourself and have kinda put yourself at a different level from a business perspective where you can really earn some great income. Okay, another thing is how to save big bucks on gear. And so, a lot of times students come and they don't realize what the most basic stuff can do. And that's what I recommend. I recommend learn what the basic things do before you buy anything else that's bigger and fancier. Another great thing is what is the best lighting system for you? People get confused on that because there's a billion lighting products out there, and sometimes we get so-- This friend uses that, this other friend uses this, and we're like ah, what can we do? So, I'm gonna shed some light into the system that's gonna work for you, depending on your budget and what you wanna do with it. Okay, and this is new for me, and I'm excited about it. I actually started my career teaching post processing, and then I put it down for about, you know, 10 years. And so, I think I haven't taught like since the very beginning, 10 years ago. And so, now through all this time, I'm gonna be sharing a lot of my techniques and philosophies about post processing and how I create a signature style for myself.

Class Description

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.


1Class Introduction
25 Shots That WOW
3Four Fundamentals of Photography
4Create a Visual Impact with Composition
5Importance of Foreground and Background
6Create Depth in Landscape Images
7Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
8Composition Practice Exercise
9Composition Critique of Student Images
10Keys to Posing
11Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
12Shoot: Modern Female Pose
13Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
14Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
15Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
16Seven Posing Guidelines
17Headshots Poses with Male Model
18Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
19Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
20Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
21Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
22Keys to Couples Posing
23Shoot: Couples Posing
24Couples Transitional Posing Overview
25Shoot: Transitional Posing
26Keys to Group Posing
27Accordion Technique with Groups
28Shoot: Accordion Technique
29Shoot: Best Buds Pose
30Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
31Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
32Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
33Shoot: Pod Method Pose
34Posing Critique of Student Images
35Introduction to Lighting
36Soft vs Hard Light
37Difficult Lighting Situations
38Bright Light Techniques
39Overcast Light Techniques
40Low Light Techniques
41Lighting Techniques Q&A
42Drama Queen Lighting
43Laundry Basket Lighting
44Make it Rain Lighting
45Smart Phone Painting with Light
46Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
47Choose the Right Lighting System
48Hybrid Flash System
49Innovative Accessories
50Gear Overview
51Theatrical Post-Processing
52Ten Keys to Post-Processing
53Essential Skills to Post-Processing
54Headshot Post-Processing
55Bright Light Post-Processing
56Flat Light Post-Processing
57Low Light Post-Processing
58Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
59Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
60Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
61Post-Processing Critique of Student Images