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Lighting and Posing for a Cinematic Portrait

with Dan Brouillette

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   03 How to Create a Natural Light Cinematic Portrait


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About The Class

Capture a stand out portrait

Creating a cinematic look to your portraits will add another dimension by incorporating depth, emotion, and movement. Award-winning editorial and advertising photographer Dan Brouillette breaks down the components of lighting for a strong portrait. He will show you how he uses different lenses and lighting setups to make your portraits stand out and take on new life. He'll also explain how to direct the subject so they are involved to help bring all of the elements together for an amazing and cinematic photograph.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Purpose of Cinematic Portrait

  3. 03

    How to Create a Natural Light Cinematic Portrait

  4. 04

    How to Create a Cinematic Portrait with Strobes

  5. 05

    Shoot: Cinematic Portrait with Strobes

  6. 06

    Shoot: Strobes with Silver Reflector

  7. 07

    Embrace Natural Movement Though Direction

  8. 08

    Shoot: Long Exposure to Capture Movement

  9. 09

    Shoot: Multiple Exposure to Capture Movement


Meet Your Expert

Dan Brouillette

Dan Brouillette is a commercial, editorial and senior photographer based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Dan uses specialized lighting and posing techniques to create cinematic images for his senior clients that are unlike anything in the industry. After working as a lighting tech in New York City, spending his time lighting sets for celebrity and editorial shoots ... read more

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  • Barrie


    November 2017

    I was interested in this course firstly because I am interested in this type of image and secondly because of the negative reviews. I seldom watch instructional videos these days because I want to be instructed on all the details but I do watch lots of them because of the inspiration they can be for new work. This video is a walk through of some great shots taken by the photographer but that is fine by me and certainly gives some ideas for new material. The little bit of studio work on a white seamless is also fine and gives some insight into capturing the image, which is easily transferred to a hosed-down, back lit, cobbled alley or anywhere else you can imagine. I use this type of image in pre-wedding shoots and my only criticism is that the video could have given better examples of a really cinematic look. e.g. there is a scene in the movie 'Unbreakable' where Bruce Willis falls onto a pool cover in the pouring rain. The shot is made low to the ground with a long lens and it makes a terrific inspiration for a photoshoot. Or, there is the airport scene in 'Casablanca' or pulling the boat up-river in 'The African Queen', which I recently saw a Hong Kong photographer reproduce for a pre-wedding shoot in Iceland. There are millions of examples like this so finding more challenging scenes to motivate a cinematic look is not really hard. Google 'movie posters' and you will see what I mean. Nevertheless, there are good examples and some great ideas available here, making the videos value for money.

  • JennMercille


    April 2018

    This course provided a practical application of some the basic creative tools and techniques that I learned years ago in an entry-level photography course in college. The beauty of Dan Brouillette's creative strategy and teaching style lies in his ability to make dynamic and interesting portraiture simplistically attainable. Brouillette breaks down his own work, walking you through the creative and technical process that he used. He is an interesting speaker--well-informed, technically proficient & relatable. I was lucky enough to be in the audience for this course. I found the content incredibly useful and easy to learn. Thank you for an awesome course!

  • Gilles Nahon

    August 2019

    It is kind of weird. There are some really good advices for advanced photographers and then the last two parts are so basic it hurts. By the way, if you don't have a strong understanding of lighting beforehand, I would advise to look somewhere else first and come back when you are more seasoned. I would still recommend it simply for the approach and some nice tips here and there.

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