Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 51/61 - Theatrical Post-Processing

 

Portrait Photography Fundamentals

 

Lesson Info

Theatrical Post-Processing

You know what's so funny is that I started my teaching career actually teaching post processing. I had one person come the very first class and then I started teaching post processing and I did that and then I started to edit people's images and I go, "You know what? "I need to teach 'em how to be better photographers first." (laughs) And I haven't come back to post processing since. But I'm excited about it and like terrified at the same time because I have like so many ideas on it. And I love it actually, I have a passion about it. I'm one of those guys that could just sit there for two hours on an image but enjoying it, right? Not the like thousands of images that you gotta get through when you're editing a wedding but the ones that you really like and you pull those aside, and you know why? It's really completing you vision and expanding your creativity. So I don't see Photoshop, I mean, yes it's correcting things, it's getting rid of elements and doing that but to me the reason wh...

y I get excited about it is it just expands your vision and you can take it to a place that's like, wow, that nobody can recreate. In fact, I can't even recreate most of my images. The longer that I spend on it the more I can't recreate it. I know the general philosophies behind how I got there but because it's like you go down this path and it's like a thousand different steps that you do to get that image. How can you remember every single one of them? You can't but there's general things that I do. There's certain presets that kind of give me that same look and I want to share those with you first, right off the bat, some of my kind of philosophies behind it that give me my signature style. How I get there is different every single time but this keeps me in line so I can make sure I have a particular style, so let's get to that. Theatrical Post Processing: Creating Impact and a Signature Style and that's what you really want to do is create impact and post processing allows you to create impact with your photos but you have to... Oh, before I get into that and I talk a little about post processing, it's kind of like life, right? So you can devote hours on an image and then you can trash it the next day. And that's like us with maybe certain relationships. We can go there for a long time, then you wake up one morning, you know what, I don't want to be with this person anymore. But was that a waste of time? Not really because even though that relationship didn't work out I still learned about life, I still learned about myself, you know. What I like, what doesn't work with me, whatever, right? So even though in the end you trash that you still learn something and that's the way it is with post processing so don't give up on the process. If you try and try and go, "I tried that, it seemed so easy "but I can't get anything near that," and you give up. Don't, it's still there, still have hope in there and still realize that that can expand your vision. And you're gonna learn something every time you do it even if it's a failure but it's like anything in life. You just keep devoting time to it and you get better and better and better and sometimes the things that we actually hate, and I know some of us have been through this, we end up loving, right? We say that about our kids. (laughs) Okay, so every moment we spend post processing the more we learn about our art, okay? And so you start post processing and go, "You know what, I notice I do that "with the hand every time, why do I do it?" You know, you start to see kind of your good habits and your bad habits and it helps you. So the more time you're with your images the more you're gonna find out about yourself and improve yourself. So nothing is wasted, okay; nothing is wasted. Okay, so eventually at the end of the day we want to create a few images that are lasting and we feel great about. And those images I guarantee you... You know, I go in workshops and people are shooting over my head and using my lighting system and everything and they, whoo, think they come up with a great image but actually I created everything for them. You know, that's great I can in the beginning and they kind of like that image. But in the end, they like the image that they created, the one they had a vision for. And so it's where you put the most vision, thought and devotion in, that's where your love is. That's where you passion is, that's you. That's your soul. And what you want is your soul to come out in your imagery. And that's not easy, man. That takes hours and hours and hours of dedication of learning lighting, post processing, composition. The whole thing, man. But when you do it, it's like you know, it's like, I don't know why I'm getting so emotional because when you do it and it's your art, it's like you're giving birth to something that is you, some beauty that represents you that somehow you did it that way. And that's really what we're going for here. So aside from all the post processing stuff that I'm gonna show you and all that, that's the thing that I really want you to remember.

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.

Lessons

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

Reviews

Vitor Rademaker
 

This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!

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I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive

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