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The Business of Photography

with Nigel Barker

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   18 Connection

  •   22 Image Critique


Class duration: 4h 42m

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About The Class

Establish Your Brand For Success

“Think Big, Dream Bigger” - that’s the philosophy that internationally renowned photographer Nigel Barker has lived by his whole career. Join Nigel on CreativeLive as he shares how to make your dreams become reality.

Nigel will discuss his journey as a photographer and will teach through the moments that he learned from that ultimately led to his success. From developing your style, creating a brand, owning your confidence and going after and getting jobs, Nigel will help you become a successful photographer while still being yourself. In the class you’ll learn how to:

  • Create your brand by establishing who you are
  • Present yourself to the client so that they understand your style and abilities
  • Build a library of work for marketing your business
  • Use lighting to create emotion
  • Connect with your models and break the wall of posing

Be a fly on the wall as Nigel does a live shoot and shares his knowledge about equipment, environment, and how to work with models. And he’ll end the day with a live critique and discuss the best ways to use your images to present yourself to your clients and customers. By the end of this class, you’ll have the tools to set yourself up for success.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    The Early Years

  3. 03

    Entrepreneurial Spirit: Risk & Reward

  4. 04

    Developing Your Style

  5. 05

    Creating Your Brand

  6. 06


  7. 07

    Personal Work

  8. 08


  9. 09

    Location Lighting Set Ups: Image Review

  10. 10

    Side Lighting

  11. 11

    Hollywood Lighting

  12. 12

    Dancer Lighting

  13. 13

    Editorial Lighting

  14. 14

    Tunnel of Light

  15. 15

    Back Light

  16. 16

    Image Review

  17. 17

    Creating a Series: Setting Intention

  18. 18


  19. 19

    Provoking Reaction

  20. 20

    Physical Contact with Your Model

  21. 21

    Raw Series - Image Review

  22. 22

    Image Critique


Meet Your Expert

Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer who opened his New York studio in 1996. He served 18 seasons as photographer and judge on the hit TV show, America’s Next Top Model, which airs in over 150 countries, and hosted Oxygen Network’s modeling competition series, The Face, starring alongside Naomi Campbell.  Barker’s latest hit show Top Photographer premiered to rave reviews and a second season is in the works. ... read more

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  • Michael Spatola

    Michael Spatola

    July 2018

    This is one of my favorite Creative Live classes so far. The storytelling and human interaction parts were my favorites! The ability for Nigel to get such amazing expressions in such a brief time shooting was amazing. Everything he demonstrated seemed almost effortless, and all without a shred of ego. Great class!

  • Margaret Lovell

    Margaret Lovell

    October 2018

    Nigel is a wonderfully engaging instructor. I like that he walks his students through his photoshoots. The set ups. How to interact with the models. Even though there are a couple of genres I'm most active in, I appreciate that Nigel says that you can have different photographic interests, so long as you brand yourself properly. I like taking photos of lots of things, although my outdoor photos generate the most interest. I highly recommend all of Nigel's classes.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    June 2018

    Passion, personal, inspiring! Nigel, thanks for amazing class and a lot of great advices.

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