Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Make it Rain Lighting

Now we're gonna do it the make it rain shot, okay? And so, let's, what we're gonna do is put the flash behind her, okay? And what I did on this shot, I used two gels on one flash. So I put one half red and one half blue, and so what does red and blue make, purple, right? So you're hoping that some of that light will cross into each other, and so I was trying to, you know, create red, purplish, blue feel, whatever. Now, I know from doing different shots and using backlight, whenever you have water, let's say it's raining outside, in order to see the rain you have to have backlight, okay? And so, and I, like there's several ways to do this shot. I was considering bringing in baby powder, corn flour, and I'm like, you know? Or even aerosol, and I'm doing the ix-nay on aerosol because you can't travel with aerosol cans of, you know, that's just not cool. 'Cause I was thinking about that, and so I'm traveling all over the place, but what is available everywhere? Water, right? And yeah, I mi...

ght put a little mist in the, wherever you are, but generally water is harmless. It's like, but if you do flour, then it gets all over the place and you know, you can just really mess up the whole area, especially if you're in a hotel, they're not gonna like that. If you spray a little thing in the hotel, you just do a couple shots, you're fine. So, I said, okay, same thing. I'm on half power there, right? Lighting 'em up from behind, 'cause I'm still shooting at F11. Here I've got 1/32nd power still on my subject, and it's, if I get them to spray that water on top, that backlight is gonna show me what that water looks like, okay? So, let me make sure everything is right. 1/32nd on B, right? One half there, and we turned off C. Let's turn off that one. Okay. And so, I, okay, you gotta know the limitations of your spray bottle, too, but my daughter said the pink one was the best, so I trusted her. So, move in close, well, make sure, move in as close as you can without being seen, but I see your hand there, not unless you want the hand in there for, let's do one with your hand in there so they know we're using a spray bottle, how's that? That's good BTS right there. I'm gonna do a whole, okay, okay. So let's, uh, okay, and I'm gonna take a little lower position so I can see above her, okay? And get that rain in. Alright, so can you look right at that flash there, Elena? Okay? And actually, turn your head a little bit more this way, and then move the flash over a little bit more. Okay, good. And go ahead and make it rain. Go crazy with that. Alright, perfect. Look at the spray bottle in there, that's so awesome. Okay, so, moving back a little bit. I'm gonna need that for my website, okay. (laughs) Okay, let's do it again. Can you move your hand back and like, out of the picture? Right there is good. One, make it rain! Alright, something like that, there we go, okay? Oops, hand's still in there. Oh, well, that's okay. But you understand how I arrived at that okay? And, so that's generally how you do it. Nothing special about 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