Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose

I love this, I started doing this, invented this and it really really works, talk with your hands. Because a lot of times, like I said they're laughing hysterically you sort of get it, and you sort of not. But when you tell them talk with your hands, (accentuated laughing) you get this type of stuff. 'Cause you never know what they're going to do. And then once they start going wild, you get a whole different range of emotions, right? And so what action does is that it creates emotion. And so if you feel you're getting into a session and I'm like I am not getting anything out of these people, make them do something. And these are little group things that I can do for action is like one simple thing is just talk with your hands. And I've done it with the bridesmaids too, and it works a lot. So, ready to try it? So, how about we get, let's get the guys up again, because it works better with the guys. So, get the same guys up, right? And we're going to have you kind of just standing there...

. Why don't you guys do the accordion next to each other, let's try that. Pair up, you ahh, okay good. Oh well, just stand right there. Okay get it close right there. Now, I just want you to kind of talk to each other, but talk with-- wait let me get ready. Okay, now just start, not don't really look at me but everybody just start talking with your hands. Be animated. There you go. (shutter clicking) Point at each other. Yeah, there you go. (laughing and shutter clicking) Alright, great, okay doesn't that look great? (laughing) That's looks awe, thanks you guys. That looks great, right? But, you know when you got a bridal party, they're going to really think that happened in real life. They're not going to realize later that you actually made them do it. That's part of your job, okay. You've got to do it and action creates emotion, and that's the key.

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