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.

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Lessons

Class Introduction
5 Shots That WOW
Four Fundamentals of Photography
Create a Visual Impact with Composition
Importance of Foreground and Background
Create Depth in Landscape Images
Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
Composition Practice Exercise
Composition Critique of Student Images
Keys to Posing
Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
Shoot: Modern Female Pose
Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
Seven Posing Guidelines
Headshots Poses with Male Model
Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
Keys to Couples Posing
Shoot: Couples Posing
Couples Transitional Posing Overview
Shoot: Transitional Posing
Keys to Group Posing
Accordion Technique with Groups
Shoot: Accordion Technique
Shoot: Best Buds Pose
Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
Shoot: Pod Method Pose
Posing Critique of Student Images
Introduction to Lighting
Soft vs Hard Light
Difficult Lighting Situations
Bright Light Techniques
Overcast Light Techniques
Low Light Techniques
Lighting Techniques Q&A
Drama Queen Lighting
Laundry Basket Lighting
Make it Rain Lighting
Smart Phone Painting with Light
Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
Choose the Right Lighting System
Hybrid Flash System
Innovative Accessories
Gear Overview
Theatrical Post-Processing
Ten Keys to Post-Processing
Essential Skills to Post-Processing
Headshot Post-Processing
Bright Light Post-Processing
Flat Light Post-Processing
Low Light Post-Processing
Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
Post-Processing Critique of Student Images
 
 
 
 

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