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Photographing Challenging Features

with Lindsay Adler

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About The Class

Flatter every subject that steps in front of your lens

Photographers are tasked with flattering every subject that steps in front of their lens. Typically, those subjects are everyday people, not professional models. This can mean working with some challenging features along with varying degrees of confidence. Canon Explorer of Light and well-known fashion photographer Lindsay Adler walks through understanding the face and body as well as the photographic tools available to you make your clients best side shine. These features could range from a pronounced nose, large forehead, glasses, asymmetrical features, or defined wrinkles. In this course Lindsay will walk you through: 
  • How to analyze a face and draw attention to the strengths within it 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for challenging facial features 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for the skin and body 
  • Retouching tips for skin, glasses or discolored teeth 
This course will cover many challenging features and show you how posing, camera angles, lens choice and lighting can work together to help you have confidence in every shoot.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    05:49
  2. 02

    Analyzing the Face

    14:48
  3. 03

    Light and Skin

    10:34
  4. 04

    Science of Light

    10:09
  5. 05

    Direction of Light

    14:39
  6. 06

    Fill Light

    12:19
  7. 07

    Demo and Shoot: Analyzing the Face

    07:10
  8. 08

    Demo and Shoot: Distance of Light

    19:21
  9. 09

    Demo and Shoot: Distance from Subject

    09:17
  10. 10

    Round Face Considerations

    09:55
  11. 11

    Shoot: Round Face

    13:23
  12. 12

    Double Chin Considerations

    06:51
  13. 13

    Shoot: Double Chin

    07:07
  14. 14

    Shoot: Big Forehead

    05:17
  15. 15

    Big Forehead Considerations

    06:40
  16. 16

    Pronounced Nose Considerations

    03:56
  17. 17

    Shoot: Pronounced Nose Considerations

    06:23
  18. 18

    Uneven Features Considerations

    02:03
  19. 19

    Shoot: Uneven Features

    01:20
  20. 20

    Shoot: Large or Small Chin

    09:12
  21. 21

    Pronounced Wrinkles Considerations

    04:08
  22. 22

    Shoot: Pronounced Wrinkles

    12:23
  23. 23

    Shoot: Uneven Skin

    06:33
  24. 24

    Oily Skin Considerations

    03:17
  25. 25

    Shoot: Oily Skin

    04:41
  26. 26

    No Curves Considerations

    05:18
  27. 27

    Shoot: No Curves

    10:07
  28. 28

    Full Figured Subject Considerations

    10:09
  29. 29

    Shoot: Full Figured Subject

    04:29
  30. 30

    Shoot: Glasses

    09:04
  31. 31

    Balding Considerations

    02:27
  32. 32

    Shoot: Balding

    07:10
  33. 33

    Retouching: Wrinkles

    15:27
  34. 34

    Retouching: Uneven Skin

    04:36
  35. 35

    Retouching: Brighten Face & Whiten Teeth

    05:06
  36. 36

    Retouching: Large Forehead

    04:24
  37. 37

    Retouching: Round Face

    07:02
  38. 38

    Retouching: Oily Skin

    02:53
  39. 39

    Retouching: Full Figured Subject

    13:06

Meet Your Expert

Lindsay Adler

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer, educator, and Canon Explorer of Light. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, Elle, InStyle, Noise, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally, teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events.  ... read more

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  • Sharma Shari

    Sharma Shari

    March 2017

    This class was amazing! It was great seeing a demo class with real people. As a wedding photographer that specializes in offbeat/non traditional couples, it is always good to see how I can enhance all my clients beautiful features, and make them feel their best and confident when I am taking their photos!

  • Creativelive Student

    October 2017

    I was so excited to get the chance to learn from Lindsay live, and this course did not disappoint! The techniques she shared were insightful and straightforward. I felt like seeing them on different subjects throughout the day really helped to cement the concepts and grow my photography tools to bring out the best in those I'm photographing. I'm not a studio photographer, but the ideas apply in natural light as well.

  • maria manolaros

    July 2018

    Great class! Impressive amount of tips on posing, lighting and photoshop techniques , a real good no nonsense approach by superb teacher. Numerous amounts of thumbs ups

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