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Portrait Photography Fundamentals

with Scott Robert Lim

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  •   02 5 Shots That WOW

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  •   61 Post-Processing Critique of Student Images

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About The Class

Conquering Lighting, Posing, Composition, Post-Processing

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:10
  2. 02

    5 Shots That WOW

    14:08
  3. 03

    Four Fundamentals of Photography

    08:05
  4. 04

    Create a Visual Impact with Composition

    07:04
  5. 05

    Importance of Foreground and Background

    08:30
  6. 06

    Create Depth in Landscape Images

    18:09
  7. 07

    Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules

    02:11
  8. 08

    Composition Practice Exercise

    10:41
  9. 09

    Composition Critique of Student Images

    05:28
  10. 10

    Keys to Posing

    05:37
  11. 11

    Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose

    14:46
  12. 12

    Shoot: Modern Female Pose

    09:04
  13. 13

    Shoot: Rollover Female Pose

    08:10
  14. 14

    Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview

    19:52
  15. 15

    Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female

    08:58
  16. 16

    Seven Posing Guidelines

    04:18
  17. 17

    Headshots Poses with Male Model

    14:59
  18. 18

    Shoot: Headshot for Male Model

    06:45
  19. 19

    Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model

    10:03
  20. 20

    Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model

    06:43
  21. 21

    Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model

    03:32
  22. 22

    Keys to Couples Posing

    10:31
  23. 23

    Shoot: Couples Posing

    06:17
  24. 24

    Couples Transitional Posing Overview

    14:28
  25. 25

    Shoot: Transitional Posing

    15:25
  26. 26

    Keys to Group Posing

    07:12
  27. 27

    Accordion Technique with Groups

    07:46
  28. 28

    Shoot: Accordion Technique

    04:11
  29. 29

    Shoot: Best Buds Pose

    04:54
  30. 30

    Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose

    02:33
  31. 31

    Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose

    04:34
  32. 32

    Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses

    04:13
  33. 33

    Shoot: Pod Method Pose

    17:58
  34. 34

    Posing Critique of Student Images

    09:32
  35. 35

    Introduction to Lighting

    05:38
  36. 36

    Soft vs Hard Light

    17:10
  37. 37

    Difficult Lighting Situations

    05:52
  38. 38

    Bright Light Techniques

    18:16
  39. 39

    Overcast Light Techniques

    10:34
  40. 40

    Low Light Techniques

    10:27
  41. 41

    Lighting Techniques Q&A

    14:58
  42. 42

    Drama Queen Lighting

    06:26
  43. 43

    Laundry Basket Lighting

    09:44
  44. 44

    Make it Rain Lighting

    03:48
  45. 45

    Smart Phone Painting with Light

    07:53
  46. 46

    Mini LED Bokeh Lighting

    08:22
  47. 47

    Choose the Right Lighting System

    13:30
  48. 48

    Hybrid Flash System

    06:42
  49. 49

    Innovative Accessories

    05:35
  50. 50

    Gear Overview

    06:19
  51. 51

    Theatrical Post-Processing

    06:07
  52. 52

    Ten Keys to Post-Processing

    08:37
  53. 53

    Essential Skills to Post-Processing

    08:25
  54. 54

    Headshot Post-Processing

    24:53
  55. 55

    Bright Light Post-Processing

    09:45
  56. 56

    Flat Light Post-Processing

    14:46
  57. 57

    Low Light Post-Processing

    08:24
  58. 58

    Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing

    09:06
  59. 59

    Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing

    27:34
  60. 60

    Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing

    13:36
  61. 61

    Post-Processing Critique of Student Images

    36:56

Meet Your Expert

Scott Robert Lim

Internationally acclaimed, master photographer, Scott Robert Lim (Photog Cr. AOPA) was awarded the prestigious 2009 WPPI Kodak Award and was inducted into WPPI’s Society of Excellence and has earned an Accolade of Outstanding Photographic Achievement by one of the world’s ... read more

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    Vitor Rademaker

    March 2018

    This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!

  • user-9994d2

    December 2017

    I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive

  • user-b48fe5

    January 2018

    Another fantastic class with Scott Robert Lim! The combination of his knowledge, willingness to share, passion & entertaining personality makes him a top choice for photography education. Learning not only the "what", but the "why" & "how" can transform one's entire approach towards MAKING pictures. A constant inspiration to get better & better through practice.

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