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Powerful Portraits using Mirrorless Cameras

with Miguel Quiles

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    11:07
  •   07 Compare Mirrorless & DSLR Images

    21:37

Class duration: 9h 40m

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About The Class

Focus on your client, not your camera

Allowing your subjects to feel relaxed and natural when taking their portrait can be a challenge, especially when you’re worried about the technical side of your camera while interacting with clients. Join Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles as he discusses the pros of choosing mirrorless cameras to focus on the creative side of your images. Most mirrorless cameras are built around the same size sensors and have similar lens options as DSLRs. Become more portable while staying professional with your lightweight camera.
Miguel will share:
  • How to use the correct lighting when shooting with a mirrorless camera   
  • Tethering techniques using Capture One   
  • Why it’s important to develop the connection with your subject for a stronger image 
  • Techniques to help you focus more on the creative parts of an image and less on the technical aspects   
By the end of this class, you will feel more confident in connecting with your portrait subjects, and less concerned with how you use your camera to take the image.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    11:07
  2. 02

    What is a Mirrorless Camera?

    06:30
  3. 03

    Mirrorless Camera Advantages

    07:30
  4. 04

    Mirrorless Compatibility

    13:12
  5. 05

    Live Shoot: Mirrorless vs. DSLR

    07:56
  6. 06

    Live Shoot: A7R II, A6300 & A7ii

    29:27
  7. 07

    Compare Mirrorless & DSLR Images

    21:37
  8. 08

    Posing Techniques Overview

    15:46
  9. 09

    Lens Choice for Mirrorless

    10:59
  10. 10

    Savage Collapsable Backdrops Demo

    11:36
  11. 11

    Client Portrait Shoot Overview

    04:00
  12. 12

    Importance of Tethering While Shooting

    12:40
  13. 13

    Lighting Set-up for Client Portrait Shoot

    08:46
  14. 14

    Live Shoot: One-Light Client Portrait

    11:58
  15. 15

    Live Shoot: Modifier Client Portrait

    14:33
  16. 16

    Live Shoot: Side Lit Client Portrait

    11:51
  17. 17

    Communication with Client

    12:05
  18. 18

    Specific Portrait Techniques

    03:43
  19. 19

    Fashion Beauty Shoot Overview

    11:22
  20. 20

    Live Shoot: Beauty-Dish

    23:09
  21. 21

    Live Shoot: Octabox

    18:10
  22. 22

    Live Shoot: Umbrella

    31:21
  23. 23

    One Light Set-Up for Male Portrait

    07:33
  24. 24

    Live Shoot: One Light Male Portrait

    15:50
  25. 25

    Live Shoot: Two Light Male Portrait

    17:54
  26. 26

    Live Shoot: One Light with High-Speed Sync

    16:29
  27. 27

    Live Shoot: Two Lights With High Speed Sync

    17:39
  28. 28

    Retouching Workflow Overview

    03:00
  29. 29

    Culling Images in Capture One

    18:05
  30. 30

    Basic Alien Skin Exposure Workflow

    17:57
  31. 31

    Image Editing in Alien Skin

    12:56
  32. 32

    Add Grain to Images in Alien Skin

    04:52
  33. 33

    Skin Retouching in Alien Skin

    10:36
  34. 34

    Exporting Images in Alien Skin

    06:42
  35. 35

    Cull Images in Capture One

    22:51
  36. 36

    Skin Retouching in Photoshop

    22:16
  37. 37

    Draw Hair in Photoshop

    04:53
  38. 38

    Finish Skin in Photoshop

    23:51
  39. 39

    Change Backdrop Color in Photoshop

    11:14
  40. 40

    Alien Skin Exposure Overview

    15:20
  41. 41

    Sharpen & Add Grain in Alien Skin

    09:05
  42. 42

    Exporting Images for Clients

    06:09
  43. 43

    Mobile Workflow with Mirrorless

    15:51

Meet Your Expert

Miguel Quiles

Miguel Quiles is a New Jersey based commercial photographer, blogger, and public speaker. He began his career in sales & customer service, but after working at a camera store selling cameras he decided to take up photography as a hobby. A few years ago he decided to leave his corporate training job and begin a new career in photography. Miguel is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and the host of “The Breakdown” on Adorama TV. ... read more

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    Creativelive Student

    November 2016

    I want to commend you for hosting Miguel Quiles. He is beyond competent and knowledgeable. Light is Light, but It is encouraging to see incredible minority photographers on your platform and to see diversity in the presenters. It is inspirational for minorities to see themselves on the center stage. I sincerely thank you for that. I am buying this course although I am not a mirrorless shooter because of my support of Miguel and the quality of his instruction of which benefits all photographers. He is a great addition to the Creative Live Family of Presenters that I have supported as well. Kudos Creative Live!

  • Danae Khan Jones

    November 2016

    Wow! As a Newb and someone looking to get into portrait/studio photography, this course was perfect and comprehensive. SO MUCH GOOD CONTENT. Miguel is so approachable about questions, positive, and thorough in his explanations. This course broke down the gear and technical side very well. I recommend going to a class live. It was a great experience with food and beautiful facilities. The facility has a positive vibe and really encouraged me to be creative. Thank you for the experience and knowledge!

  • Sharon

    November 2016

    WOW!!! I LOVED THIS CLASS!!! I learned so much. He made lighting soooo simple, I finally understood. I liked the way he explained the why of his camera settings and how to overcome ambient light. he explained and made everything simple!!! I liked the way he talked about connecting with your clients. I am so happy I purchased this class. I finally understood lighting What a great teacher!! Thank you!!

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