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Powerful Portraits using Body Language and Lighting

with Stacy Pearsall

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   11 Eye Direction

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Class duration: 10h 49m

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About The Class

Capture Authentic Emotion

Over fifty-five percent of communication is done through non-verbal gestures. It’s essential for photographers to understand the fundamentals of body language in order to better communicate with their clients. In this class, award-winning photographer Stacy Pearsall teaches how to make solid first impressions with your subject through the use of body language.

With her honest and straightforward teaching style, you will learn how to:

  • Observe and decipher non-verbal cues
  • Use light and shadow to convey emotion and create a mood
  • Utilize appropriate lighting for specific personalities
  • Use body language techniques to capture authentic expressions from your subject

During live photo shoots, Stacy will explain and demonstrate from start to finish how to connect with subjects through positive body language, maintain connection by touch and energy, and capture their true likeness with gesture and light. By the end of this class, you will have the tools and confidence to photograph your clients to show their authentic personalities.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    09:29
  2. 02

    Dissecting Non-Verbal Communication

    09:58
  3. 03

    Body Posture & Angles

    08:14
  4. 04

    Demo: Body Posture & Angles

    18:29
  5. 05

    Dissecting Gestures in Body Language

    07:41
  6. 06

    Legs Speak The Loudest

    23:07
  7. 07

    Arms Admit or Refuse Access

    17:27
  8. 08

    Pay Attention to Hands

    27:22
  9. 09

    Pay Attention to Body Position

    13:41
  10. 10

    The Head Position

    07:14
  11. 11

    Eye Direction

    09:55
  12. 12

    Facial Expression

    12:17
  13. 13

    Micro Gesture

    12:39
  14. 14

    First Impressions - The Fundamentals of Subject Interaction

    08:07
  15. 15

    Personal Space

    18:23
  16. 16

    High & Low Energy

    05:10
  17. 17

    Ability to Emphasize

    10:55
  18. 18

    Shoot: Learn to Read and Decipher Your Subjects

    25:16
  19. 19

    Take Control: Learn to Orchestrate, Not Dominate, the Studio

    15:24
  20. 20

    Organic Posing: Embracing the Subject’s Presence

    08:27
  21. 21

    Shoot: Demo Start to Finish

    23:45
  22. 22

    Images From Shoot Review

    12:44
  23. 23

    Lighting Overview

    06:53
  24. 24

    Demo: Emotion of Light

    10:41
  25. 25

    The Tone of Light

    09:34
  26. 26

    The Foundations of Light

    16:34
  27. 27

    Shoot: Determine Lighting

    25:22
  28. 28

    Shoot: Identify Your Own Preconceptions

    12:07
  29. 29

    Accents & Filler Light

    22:32
  30. 30

    Demo: Accents & Filler Light

    22:44
  31. 31

    Tailer Your Light

    24:26
  32. 32

    Matching Light for the Subject

    30:21
  33. 33

    Shoot: Matching Light for the Subject

    27:30
  34. 34

    Body Language Refresher

    15:58
  35. 35

    Shoot: Body Language & Light

    26:08
  36. 36

    Shoot: Break Down Barriers With Your Subject

    30:03
  37. 37

    Shoot: Give Your Subject Space

    28:27
  38. 38

    Shoot: Use Movement to Create Comfortability

    30:52
  39. 39

    Instructor Summary

    03:26

Meet Your Expert

Stacy Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. ... read more

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  • Julie V

    Julie V

    April 2018

    I had the chance to sit in the audience and absolutely loved this class! First of all, Stacy is very funny and is really good at explaining and showing examples of the body language. I loved learning about how to read people faces and body to know more about them. And recommended the class to my husband who is a therapist for this reason. The other part of the class was so awakening, I never really thought about how having the wrong lighting for someone's personality would bring something off on the picture. Once again, Stacy was amazing at explaining why this lighting would work with one person and not another by showing us examples. If you want to bring your subject personality into life on photos, I highly recommend this class!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    This class is amazing! Stacy is an awesome person and listening to her teach and review the class concepts was so easy and fun and entertaining! It is jam packed with information on how to connect with talent and clients. Plus you get to see Stacy in action with subjects in the Demo and Shoot videos. I highly recommend this class! I learned so much and feel so much more comfortable and confident working with a variety of people now.

  • Jovi Jhash

    Jovi Jhash

    April 2018

    wow, what an amazing class to learn from. you covered all from body language to storytelling and to reveal almost the true souls of the subjects through portraits. Amazing work and thank you so much, Stacy and creative live team. Stay blessed

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