Portrait Photography: Creating and Styling your Environment
with John Keatley
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01 Class Introduction20:10
34 Photo Critique26:06
39 Shoot: Row Boat in Fog Part 404:10
Class duration: 14h 39mSee all 52 lessons
About The Class
Produce, light and create your vision
Connect to your photos
Don’t capture another picture that says nothing of your own style. Grow your confidence in creating or styling a portrait that pops and, more importantly, resonates. Recognize that you’re tired of feeling disconnected to your photography.
Tap into your artistic vision
Establishing your creative voice and finding the inspiration and support to stay with it are essential skills for a career in photography. Commit to mastering the technical elements so you can save time in production, focus on creating images with emotion, and start making the pictures that express your creative vision and ultimately resemble what you want to get paid to take.
Learn from the authority: John Keatley
John’s photos have filled the pages of Rolling Stone, Wired, and the New York Times Magazine. He’s covered celebrities from Anthony Hopkins to Macklemore and even had the rare opportunity to photograph Annie Leibovitz. He’s also passionate about education and supporting artists to find their personal style.
In this one-of-a-kind class, John breaks down how to conceptualize, produce, style, light and fine-tune your ideas. He leads you through the creation of an environmental portrait series, showing you how to make a vision come to life with any budget.
What you get out of this exclusive shoot:
- Find inspiration and execute your vision
- Research and create desired environments for set design or location scouting
- Cast for portrait and direct subjects on set
- Build a team of support around your project
- Lighting and styles to make the background and subject work together
- Creative ways to build your vision, regardless of budgetary limitations
Commit to your creativity
Are you ready to push the boundaries and find your unique voice? Get the hands-on tools to flex your creativity, collaborate for results, and carry out your vision.
Creative Photography Path22:57
Importance of Personal Work15:25
Concepts and Inspiration12:04
Choosing Your Environment05:03
Research and Mood Boards06:58
Finding Your Style09:34
Establishing a Team10:44
Jobs on Set28:38
Working with an Art Director07:01
Set Design and Props: Interview with John Lavin35:06
Technical vs. Flexible Lighting07:56
Gear Essentials vs. DIY Solutions07:02
Lighting for Your Subject04:10
Lighting for Your Environment05:17
Directing Your Subject34:03
Tips for Directing Talent09:58
Pre-Lighting and Test Shoots05:08
Shoot: Stylized Portrait - Close Up Part 149:55
Shoot: Stylized Portrait - Close Up Part 220:19
Shoot: Stylized Portrait - Close Up Part 317:19
Set Tour and Lighting Set Up05:41
Shoot: Building Environment & Lighting Adjustments33:13
Shoot: Building Environment Part 118:45
Shoot: Building Environment Part 218:39
Shoot: Row Boat in Fog Set Tour03:54
Shoot: Row Boat in Fog Part 142:19
Shoot: Row Boat in Fog Part 228:34
Shoot: Row Boat in Fog Part 324:34
Shoot: Row Boat in Fog Part 404:10
Shoot: Scuba in the Hull Part 144:27
Shoot: Scuba in the Hull Part 221:50
Shoot: Scuba in the Hull Part 316:40
Image Selection: Stylized Portrait30:53
Image Selection: Building Environment10:52
Image Selection: Row Boat in Fog11:53
Image Selection: Scuba in the Hull06:38
Next Steps: Create New Work05:44
Next Steps: Share Your Work12:03
Next Steps: Marketing and Branding Consistency12:52
Final Image Reveal - Concept and Casting13:20
Final Image Reveal - Retouching: Communication and Direction14:13
Final Image Reveal - Final Q&A34:52
Keatley Keynote Presentation
Casting for Nautical Shoot Video
92% of students recommend this class.
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What an amazing show. I'm so happy that I could be a part of it. It was so great to see John at work and in his element. I learned so much from watching his process from beginning to ending. So many questions have been answered. I feel more confident, to get myself out there and create and make work that comes out from my imagination. I will definitely be keeping a journal/notebook with me at all times. I would also like to suggest that we have another course for John Cornicello, home studio. I'm curious to see what John is working on in his studio.
It's amazing to watch and understand how this great creative professional work. There's a lot to learn about with his production process. For me, that lives in Brazil, is a major opportunity to enjoy this class.
Wow! There's just so much great information in this class. If you've ever wondered what it takes to produce an environmental portrait, this is the class for you! John did a superb job of taking us step-by-step through his process. From model casting to set building, lighting setups to culling; it's all here. He even wraps up the class with next steps and how to put it all together. He gives the knowledge so you can take it to a place you can create your own magic!
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