Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Drama Queen Lighting

In the beginning of the workshop we talked about, well, I demonstrated those five shots. And now, finally I get to explain them, and what I did, and all that kind of stuff. And we've got our beautiful model again in the same wardrobe. And so, we're gonna go through everything. So, here's the five shots. We did the Drama Queen. We did the Laundry Basket, Make it Rain, Smart Phone Painting, and the Mini LED. So, let's start off with the Drama Queen. And this is kind of like my final vision for it. But that's what we did with some post processing and so forth. And so, the whole idea about this shot was I wanted to create some backlight to accentuate a silhouette. In post, I bought some of that silhouette back. But the main thing for me was I wanted some nice rim light and then we can go from there. Okay? So, what did I have to do? Well, if I'm in a typical shooting situation and there's ambient lights, and I can't really control it, I wanna eliminate the ambient light. Is that correct? Be...

cause I wanna create a silhouette and I can't have a whole lot of light in there. So, I have to turn my camera setting. So, if I take picture without the flash it looks dark. So, I call that creating a black box. I talk about it for three days on Crazy, Stupid Life by the way. But anyways, (laughs) so let's create a black box. And so, if I set my camera to F11, ISO 100, shutter speed about 1/60th of a second, usually that's gonna take any indoor situation and make it completely dark. So, let me do that. And let me grab my camera. Are we set up to show a picture if I shoot something or not sure? Okay. Let's do that and see. I mean, these lights are pretty bright but we'll see what we can do. If I'm at ISO 100, and I'm at F11. Okay. And 1/60th of a second, let's take a picture without any flash at all in this lighting and see what it gives me. So, it gives me ... We can show that on screen. Gives me what I want! Absolutely nothing. (laughter) I'm making her laugh. Okay. All right. That's what I want. Why? Because now I am in full control. You're only gonna see what I let you see. Right? I know that at F if I put my flash on half power ... This is no easy way ... I'm just gonna give you the solutions. I'm not gonna give you why. If you're at ISO 100, and you're at F16, which is bright light, which is outdoor light. That gives you a nice blue sky and whatever. Your flash is on what? We went over it already. Full, right? And so, if you go F11 that's one stop left. And so, what's one half of full? One half. Generally, it works at six feet away. So, what do I do? I want some nice rim light. I've got those set at half. And those set at half. And it should give me what I want without even thinking. Because I already know at F11, half power at six feet away. So, all I gotta do now is kind of figure out if those flashes are in the right direction and pointing at her. So, I'm taking a guess here. Is that pointing at you there, Aleyna? Yeah. So, a lot of times I'll just ask the subject if it's pointing at ... Is that pointing at you? See that? Look how good she is. She's not only beautiful, she's smart too. Right there? Just a little ... Little right there? All right, see that? Okay, so now I'm gonna turn ... And then I'm gonna make sure that those are both at half power. And so, I can control it from this. Sometimes it's just easier to go and do it that way. So, I'm not sure which system I like better because it's, you know, each have their strengths. Okay! So, now the key is if I'm gonna do a silhouette you gotta create an interesting shape. Right? And so, I'm ... Okay, so I need a side profile of you. And can you act like a drama queen with your hands. Okay, see that? Okay, so great. Do that. So, what I have to make sure is that I can see the outline. Her hand was covering her shoulder. So, if I move it out a little bit then I can get a ... Ooh, I like the looking down. That was better. We should have did that last ... That's much better. So, I should have just asked her instead of posed her. Okay, so now I'm gonna ... Wait, I always test it before I shoot it. So, everything's going on. One, two, ready. (camera clicks) Bam. Okay. And let's take a look at it. All right. Pretty much good, right? And so, you can fine tune it and get what you want or whatever. But in general, that's what ... You don't even have to think. So, can you do this shot in China? Indoors? Anywhere? Can you do it in India? Can you do it in Africa? Can you do it in Canada? Can you do it in Texas? It doesn't matter! You already know the formula. So, the amazing thing is you have already ... You wanna create a silhouette, you don't even have to think. One half, one half, F11. Boom, do it. Right? How easy is that?

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