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Posing Masterclass

with Bambi Cantrell

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  •   01 Introduction

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  •   02 Location Challenges

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About The Class

Do you have problems diverse groups of clients? Are you unsure if your lighting and posing are on point? Join award-winning and Nikon Ambassador Bambi Cantrell in this comprehensive class covering all aspects of posing, lighting and developing a successful portrait studio.

In this class, Bambi will:

  • Show you the best lighting for different scenarios
  • Camera angles that flatter
  • How to add creativity to your portrait shoots

You will learn ​Bambi​'s​ secrets of how she continues to innovate in her photography and business​.​

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    24:19
  2. 02

    Location Challenges

    29:23
  3. 03

    Defining Shape

    17:19
  4. 04

    Group Photography

    09:59
  5. 05

    Lifestyle Portraits

    20:46
  6. 06

    Shoot: Clam Shell Lighting

    22:05
  7. 07

    Lighting Tricks and Tips

    14:46
  8. 08

    Posing a Bridal Party

    41:32
  9. 09

    Bridal Party Q&A

    34:41
  10. 10

    Camera Angles to Flatter

    17:21
  11. 11

    Audience Q&A

    12:12
  12. 12

    Posing a Family

    42:38
  13. 13

    Posing Families Q&A

    12:04
  14. 14

    Review Images

    12:40
  15. 15

    Challenging Situations

    44:59
  16. 16

    The Walk Off

    07:19
  17. 17

    Plus Sized Brides

    17:05
  18. 18

    Shoot: Plus Sized Bride

    53:07
  19. 19

    Image Critiques

    33:56
  20. 20

    Light is Light

    30:54
  21. 21

    Receptions That Rock

    09:34
  22. 22

    Shoot: Mismatched Couples

    36:34
  23. 23

    Shoot: Indonesian Woman

    13:47
  24. 24

    Shoot: Person in Wheelchair

    15:17
  25. 25

    Understanding Your Subject

    13:16
  26. 26

    Image Review

    24:33
  27. 27

    Wedding Client Interview

    25:45
  28. 28

    Tall and Short (Kenna + Nikko)

    06:49
  29. 29

    Shoot: Indian Model (Simi)

    23:49
  30. 30

    Shoot: Japanese Model (Akari)

    31:22
  31. 31

    General Q&A

    20:34
  32. 32

    Creativity in Photography

    18:54
  33. 33

    Shoot: Newspaper Dress

    21:36
  34. 34

    Creating a Garment: Tool Dress

    06:29
  35. 35

    Shoot: Black Tule Dress (Mackenzie)

    26:46
  36. 36

    Shoot: Beige Tule Dress (Jen)

    27:15

Meet Your Expert

Bambi Cantrell

Bambi Cantrell has been photographing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Her passion for capturing the decisive moment and her subsequent creative style have made her a household name in the photographic industry.Among her many accomplishments, ... read more

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79% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    May 2018

    I almost didn't bought this course due to low rating and what other reviewers were saying about her, but because it was on sale at incredibly low price that i decided to bite the bullet. And I am so glad I did. First of, for those reviewer that find her offensive, because she talks loud or make some jokes to her models or her audience, i don't think that it is offensive at all and neither did her audience or everyone in the studio. As a matter of fact, they were enjoying it. And I did too, was laughing while watching them laugh and having a good time. There was nothing wrong with the audio. I heard her just fine. I found her class to be the best class ever because she only not answers questions by theory, she demonstrate them live with the participation of her audience and the creative live crew and that's what made her class very interesting and not boring. She also uses real people and not models with perfect sizes or figures and it really helped me a lot because i have a challenge when it comes to posing plus sized people. I love her sense of bluntness, humor and at the same time, all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom she shared to her audience. I had purchased tons of creative class about photography and to tell you honestly, i haven even watched the full content on some of these classes because i get sleepy and bored but with Bambi's class, i watched her class in just 2 days without even feeling bored. I don't write reviews and in fact this is my first time to write a review here on creative live because i just feel the need to say that it's very unfair for her to be criticized liked that. I love you Bambi, I love your personality, I love your style and the information you taught were very invaluable. Thank you.

  • Anne Dougherty

    Anne Dougherty

    June 2018

    I’ll be honest. Ms Cantrell moves very fast, but her experience, humor and confidence are infectious. I thought I would check out a lesson or two and ended up watching and listening to her entire program. She is clear about her process and why it works so well. Her portraits are beautiful, whether individual or group situations. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations, and I am a landscape and pet photographer. But I feel like I learned a lot about seeing, and was reminded of approaches to running your own creative business that are valuable for anyone. I have been very impressed by the professional instructors in every one of the CreativeLive courses I’ve watched or bought. It’s not every professional who can teach! I know. I am one who could not handle classroom situations. So happy I was able to join in on these classes. Thank you, Bambi, for all of your energy, and for sharing your knowledge with all of us. This was quite a ride!

  • Korona Lacasse

    Korona Lacasse

    March 2018

    I bought this course at a ridiculously low price (because the audio quality was off and I had read some other comments about her apparent 'rudeness' and not being able to get through the course). Frankly, I learned a great deal about posing full-figured clients, light quality (what works best with which skin tone) and who benefits from short-light vs broad-light. Using the camera operators to illustrate her point about where you shoot from (high vs level/low) is priceless to those of us who learn better with visual examples...I honestly can't complain. Bambi, I think you did a great job and you're personality doesn't bother me one bit!

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