Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose

So here's another one, and this is locking arms and walking, okay? And the reason why I have people locking their arms is because that keeps them together. Have you ever had a group of people walk towards you when they're not? They're just spreading all over the place. There's one way behind, there's one way in front. So you kinda have to keep them together. If their arms are locked, they're not gonna go very far from each other, and so you can frame it up, and click, click, click, click, and start shooting, right? And so that's a great way to keep all your subjects in a nice little neat area to shoot. And so you can see some different examples of doing this. Here they're kind of holding hands together, right? But I get this broad ... and then you have them do it like once or twice, you get this broad range of emotion when you do this, okay? And so you can kinda have them ... Actually, let's just go and demonstrate it, where I want, so let's get the gals up again, and so I'm gonna have...

them get in that same order that you were. And you're gonna lock arms and then walk towards me, but you're gonna laugh hysterically as you walk towards me, and you're not necessarily looking at me. Okay? Great. Walk with the light? What's that? Oh, the light? That's okay. Can you move over to the center a bit, and move all the way back? Move all the way back towards the wall. Alright, now the exposure is gonna look terrible on this, but oh well. Whatever. Okay, so now you're gonna ... So what I want you to do when you walk, is I want you to sway your hips, look at ... "Hahahaha," you're having a great time. You're having the best time of your life, okay? Ready? Go! Best time of your life! (women laughing) Okay, perfect. Let's do it one more time. I wish I had a wide-angle lens, and I'm gonna put this on shutter. I had it on single shot. 24/70? What's that? 24/70? Uh, yeah, I'm gonna go a little wider on this. I'm gonna change lenses, and I think we can do that. Just put on there. Cool white. Okay, we are prepared. Lens cap. Lens cap. Alright, wow. Okay. I can go to 24 now. So I'm gonna take a little bit lower angle right here. I'm gonna make sure my camera's on continuous focusing. Okay, and I'm gonna line it up, I'm at 2.8 here, so I gotta ... Oh, shutter speed, you gotta make sure that you're probably about 200th of a second. 500 is real safe, but at least 200. So I'm gonna bump-bump my ISO. I'm gonna go to something great. I'm gonna go to 3200 ISO and see what I get out of this. Just so I can keep that, okay. So even right now, 'cause I'm just using the studio light, I'm at 2.8 at 1/250th of a second, at ISO 3200. What is the ... Hold on a second. Sorry about this. I'm just gonna making sure the focusing is right. Okay, it's light, on continuous, and hopefully everything will be in focus, but. Okay, you guys ready? Go ahead! (camera shutter clicking) Best time of your life! Come on! There you go! Oh yeah! Okay, good! Now guess what? That was terrible. Oh, no. You're not ... Here's how you're walking. I need some hip action in there, ladies. Okay, I need those hips swaying back and forth. Check this. There you go. Oh. It wasn't on autofocus. No wonder why. Okay. No wonder why I felt like nothing was focused. Okay, here we go, autofocus is on now. Okay, now ladies, sway back and forth, ready, go! Come on! Laugh it up! There you go! That's nice, that's nice, that's nice. Okay, good. (laughter) Alright, so these are a little bit in focus. Thank you very much, that ... I didn't have autofocus on on the first set, so sorry 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