Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


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.


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