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Portrait Photography Fundamentals

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Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules

Scott Robert Lim

Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Scott Robert Lim

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7. Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules


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1 Class Introduction Duration:04:10
2 5 Shots That WOW Duration:14:08
10 Keys to Posing Duration:05:37
12 Shoot: Modern Female Pose Duration:09:04
13 Shoot: Rollover Female Pose Duration:08:10
16 Seven Posing Guidelines Duration:04:18
18 Shoot: Headshot for Male Model Duration:06:45
22 Keys to Couples Posing Duration:10:31
23 Shoot: Couples Posing Duration:06:17
25 Shoot: Transitional Posing Duration:15:25
26 Keys to Group Posing Duration:07:12
28 Shoot: Accordion Technique Duration:04:11
29 Shoot: Best Buds Pose Duration:04:54
33 Shoot: Pod Method Pose Duration:17:58
35 Introduction to Lighting Duration:05:38
36 Soft vs Hard Light Duration:17:10
37 Difficult Lighting Situations Duration:05:52
38 Bright Light Techniques Duration:18:16
39 Overcast Light Techniques Duration:10:34
40 Low Light Techniques Duration:10:27
41 Lighting Techniques Q&A Duration:14:58
42 Drama Queen Lighting Duration:06:26
43 Laundry Basket Lighting Duration:09:44
44 Make it Rain Lighting Duration:03:48
46 Mini LED Bokeh Lighting Duration:08:22
48 Hybrid Flash System Duration:06:42
49 Innovative Accessories Duration:05:35
50 Gear Overview Duration:06:19
51 Theatrical Post-Processing Duration:06:07
52 Ten Keys to Post-Processing Duration:08:37
54 Headshot Post-Processing Duration:24:53
55 Bright Light Post-Processing Duration:09:45
56 Flat Light Post-Processing Duration:14:46
57 Low Light Post-Processing Duration:08:24

Lesson Info

Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules

So here's some photos that work but don't really follow the rules, okay. And so here, again, you see the shape that they're in, but really this comes out, pops off, is my use of lighting. And so because here's, because actually, here's the situation that I was in. This is in the Sony store, and it was raining so I had to do something. And so because of my lighting skill, I can create a shape, a clean shape for them. Okay, and we're going to show you how to do that later in the course, so stick around if you're interested. Okay, and so. And there here's another one where I'm using kind of highlight and shadow columns, or in this case it's the bamboo trees. But you can see behind her, there's some elements that are kind of above her head, but the reason why she pops off is because of the lighting there, and you kind of see that repetition of highlight, shadow, highlight, shadow. And then on her, you also see highlight, shadow, highlight, shadow. So that repetition of idea helps you focus...

on her, and plus she's just wearing that red, boom, she's going to pop off. And you don't really notice those elements behind her head. Here again, I have lights, which can be distracting. But, if you use a shallow depth of field lens, then you can kind of blur those out, and it actually becomes a nice background, instead of a distraction. But you have to use a shallow depth of field lens. Here, there's a lot of things going on behind her. But, this happened because of post processing, which I'll show you a little bit later, where I made everything dark behind her, but had a little texture where you can see her. But because she's wearing that red dress, boom, she just pops off, you're going to notice her immediately. But, there's actually a lot of distracting elements behind her, but because of the way I post processed it, it made it all work.

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.


Vitor Rademaker

This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!


I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive


Another fantastic class with Scott Robert Lim! The combination of his knowledge, willingness to share, passion & entertaining personality makes him a top choice for photography education. Learning not only the "what", but the "why" & "how" can transform one's entire approach towards MAKING pictures. A constant inspiration to get better & better through practice.