Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Shoot: Best Buds Pose

This one I kinda like doing, and what I call it is, it's kinda the group hug. Okay? And when you're doing this with the groomsmen, don't all it a group hug. I call it the best buds. Right? And so, anyways, so after I'm doing the choreo, and they're smiling, and their laughing, I'll say, "Hey, huddle in together, "and give the bride a big group hug." Right? And so they'll come in, close together. They'll hug each other, and I'll get some reaction out of them. But the key to this, is when they're hugging, they're leaning forward. And so, when you all lean forward, it gets in closer. Okay, so the key to that is they've gotta lean forward there. Okay? So, they're huggin', leaning forward, you're getting this reaction. You see these smiles? Whenever I see something like that, I just see myself, right? I'm acting positive. They're just mimicking me. They don't know what to do. They just see me laughing at 'em, so they just copy what I'm doing, right? You can see me doing that? And so they co...

py you. Whatever you're doing, so gotta get that emotion, and that feeling, and that happiness there. Okay, now. For guys, right? This is whatcha do for guys. Now, the key is here is, put your arms around each other like you're best buds. Don't say group hug, Okay? Best buds. "Hey, get together like you're best buds. "Put your arms around each other." And this is the key thing: The more drinks, the better. So if you get them by a bar, they're always having a beer in their hand, and they got-- These guys love to drink, oh my gosh. So, that's what makes it look cool. That's the best buds, like they're hanging out at a bar. Right? And then, what do I do? I take the shot. Best buds shot. And then, what do you think I said to get them to do this? "Laugh hysterically." Yeah. I make that-- I don't have time to wait for that moment. I've got two seconds. I make 'em-- They love it. Do you think-- They think they naturally did that when they see the pictures. They don't remember me saying anything. They say, "Oh yeah. "Oh, that looks great. "Oh, Scott, that's an awesome photo, right?" But you need to make this happen. It just doesn't happen on its own. And so this is a quick way to show a dynamic range of a group, whether you're doing families, or you're doing whatever. Just don't get the static lookin' to the camera. Blah. Get some interaction, whether they're families or groomsmen, or whatever. Get that interaction, okay? So, let's do that. How about-- Do we have enough guys here? So, let's try to do a best buds shot. Do we have any beers? We need some beers. No? (laughs) How 'bout if you bring your water bottles? How's that? Well, that looks stupid, huh? I tried. I tried to get you some alcohol for free. Okay. So, let's say you're the best man. Right? And yeah, you guys are best buds, so you're gonna kinda face each other, right? And yeah, like that, right? So, kinda come together. Right? You're best buds. You're at a bar, hanging. Kickin' it. There it is, right. You got a nice smile on your face. There it is. Okay. Now, I just wanna have you look in front of each other and smile, and laugh, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Laugh hysterically, man! Yeah, there you go! (Scott laughs) Okay. Now, what I'll do, just to make it a little bit different-- Now, I don't typically like somebody posing with their arms totally spread out, so let's bring one arm in front. Right? And then, you put your hand on top. Yeah, okay, yeah, good. All right. Best buds, there you go. Smile and talk to each other! There you go. Laugh really hard, come on! Yeah, there you go! All right! Perfect, right? So, I took complete strangers, and made them look like were friends. Okay? So, right? There it is. It looks great. Okay, thank you very much. So, I hope you're seeing that really what makes that work is the photographer's positive energy. Okay? So, you just can't get up there, "Okay, can you pretend you're best buddies," and blah-blah-blah. It's the energy that the photographer puts into it. And that's a lot of the keys here.

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