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Capturing the Narrative

with Nigel Barker

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    02:53
  •   02 Know Your Subject

    02:05

Class duration: 1h 51m

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About The Class

The Power of Connection

The more you know about the subject you’re photographing, the better the image will be. Internationally renowned photographer Nigel Barker wants to show you the best methods to connect with your subject and how to bring out the story using lighting and direction. In this class, Nigel will show you in a live shoot:

  • How to connect with your subject using conversation
  • How lighting and posing can create the story
  • Different ways to connect with commercial and corporate clients
  • Ways to use the environment to create different and creative portraits that the client might not have expected

Connecting with subject establishes trust and allows you to craft a story behind an image. When you can create a story in a single frame, you'll be able to capture the imagination of the viewer and your clients.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:53
  2. 02

    Know Your Subject

    02:05
  3. 03

    Connection & Chemistry

    10:47
  4. 04

    Preparing Your Model for the Shoot

    11:47
  5. 05

    Creating Your Story

    17:07
  6. 06

    Creating an Outdoor Studio

    04:27
  7. 07

    Commercial Client Shoot

    12:45
  8. 08

    Bringing the Story Together

    07:28
  9. 09

    Image Review/Select

    41:41

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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77% of students recommend this class.
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  • Brenda Pollock Smith

    Brenda Pollock Smith

    June 2018

    Nigel brilliantly demonstrates how to connect soul to soul. He uses his finely tuned empathic gifts and transforms them into art. This class will help you relax, trust and find what is real and honest in your subject. I love his flow and intuitive approach to creating a narrative with passion and soul. I want all of his classes in my library, he's just that amazing.

  • LeCompte

    LeCompte

    September 2019

    The feeling of this class is one of the Joy of the Why we do this. His excitement is perhaps the best lesson. Talking through the working with the models was VERY instructive. Not an overblown, pretentious, too techie, I am impressing you with me, type of class. Loved it!

  • Stefan Legacy

    Stefan Legacy

    July 2018

    Nigel is an excellent teacher. He always explains everything he does which in turn helps you understand why he's doing it. Short but effective course for someone looking to learn how to capture people and get comfortable with shooting them.

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