Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Shoot: Couples Posing

Let's demo this up. Okay, and lets go through these things so lets have the couple come over and I'm just gonna choose the very, very basic pose that everybody does, okay? And so, if they're, lets turn this light on here to show this. Okay you got that, great! Okay, so if they're gonna face each other this way like their typical standard pose, usually they're posing and their hands are like this, right? What really makes this great is if her back is arched. So if you're just doing this typical posing thing, if you just arch your back, sorry my hands are cold, back a bit. That's great right there, okay? Just don't have them standing like that. If you just simply have her back arched, can you lean back just a little bit? Right there. That looks great, okay? So now, lets just go through the routine before her back kills herself, okay? So arch that back, and so, oh! Relax for a second. The guy, you always have the guy, right, if he's gonna lean forward, he's gonna have a straight back. Rig...

ht? His back is gonna be straight but hers is gonna be curved. Okay, because then you get that strength verses curvy and that looks very good together. And so when I'm posing a couple, I wanna make a man look very masculine and I wanna make a woman look very feminine and that's what makes the magic work for my particular posing. I love that. Make her look as feminine as possible and make him look as strong as possible and if you can imagine the covers of cheesy romance novels, maybe not that far, but that's kinda like how you want, typically my technique and philosophy is about posing a couple. All right, so lets have her do that and look at each other and lean back. Right, good, perfect. So you got that pose right there. Oh my gosh, this looks like million dollar couple right here. Okay, and then now lets have, okay so do that, look at each other and then lets just smile, right? Perfect. And then, okay, now I'm gonna have you keep looking at her and then you're gonna look straight up this way at the light and I wanna get some beautiful catch lights in her eyes. So if I could bring it this way, right there, and you're gonna look straight into that light. Oh my gosh. If you all had couples like this to shoot, oh my gosh. (camera clicks) Right? Look at that beautiful catch light in her eye. Look at that, right? Okay so, they're looking at it too. Okay, so there's one, right? Now what you could do is they both could look towards the light. And so we'll put the light over here and so now they're both gonna look at the light this way. So put your head towards that light there. Perfect. And then so now, can you raise your chin up just a little bit? And then look, turn your head there, and then just look straight up into that light. I love that right there. Good, now smile for me. There we go. Beautiful. Right and little less smile. Right there, good. And then I want you guys to, ha ha ha, laugh hysterically. You can make some noise. (audience laughs) Right, good. Perfect, right, okay, great. And then what's the other one? Okay so now, keep doing that, okay now I want you to, actually if your nose could almost touch her temple of her, turn your head down, look down and close your eyes. Okay, so now your, actually your nose is not gonna be there, it's gonna be right there, right? And turn your head this way, close your eyes. Okay, so this is my kiss right here. And then smile while you're closing your eyes. Right? And that's the happy kiss, right? And so, and then what else do we got? Both look towards the light, laugh hysterically. I think we kinda did everything right there, right? Oh, opposite directions. So, arch your back this way. Yeah, and then you're gonna look over here. And you're gonna look, can you turn your body a little bit? And then you're looking off that way and you're looking off this way. And then, can you get that light more in the middle and up? Yeah and towards me more so I can get light in there. Actually, why don't you take your hand and put it in your pocket there so you can turn your, yeah. And then, so I want you looking opposite. Right, and so that's just another thing that you can do. And then look opposite but then why don't you guys, turn your head this way and then your head this way, and then laugh hysterically. Ha ha ha ha ha! Okay, so that's everything. Okay? Alright, thank you very much. So I just wanted to go through the routine. Now look at how many shots that we have there with one pose. I didn't even shoot it wide. I just shot it tight. I could do the exact same routine again, shooting it wide and I guarantee you, you can pick from those photos and have a nice album spread. So that's what I do. So actually my clients get really good at it because I just keep doing the same routine over and over and over and over again with every pose. That was just one pose. That was the basic lets look at each other pose, right? So if I did one where he's leaning and, I would do the same routine over again. And then you do two poses and you go through that entire routine and you shoot it wide and tight, takes you five minutes to do, you've got a whole album full of pose shots that you could use. But you just vary the routine, okay? So that is kind of like my micro adjustments.

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