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Pose It, Light It, Love It

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    09:35
  •   03 Shoot: Refining and Lighting the Pose

    17:09

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About The Class

advanced lighting and posing.


Join Clay Blackmore for a three-day immersion into the art of photography. Drawing on decades of experience, Clay will cover the essential posing, lighting, and composition skills that are key to creating jaw-dropping images with any camera.

You’ll explore working with both natural and in-studio light. Learn about the essentials of portrait posing, including strategies for working with individuals, couples, and groups. Clay will also share his fail-proof tips for making on-the-fly adjustments so you're able to work seamlessly with any subject, in any environment and source of light. You'll also master the art of capturing the picture-perfect wedding story quickly, reliably, and completely with stunning results.

Whether you’ve been taking photographs for years or are just starting out, this course will give you the knowledge and inspiration to take your work to the next level.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    09:35
  2. 02

    Shoot: Basic Posing

    50:46
  3. 03

    Shoot: Refining and Lighting the Pose

    Clay takes an unconventional approach to shooting profile headshots - watch him work.

    17:09
  4. 04

    Posing Two People

    17:23
  5. 05

    Shoot: Hannah and Amanda

    21:46
  6. 06

    Shoot: Back Two Thirds

    20:03
  7. 07

    Shoot: Basic Two People Poses

    22:34
  8. 08

    Shoot: Group of Three

    18:15
  9. 09

    Groups of Four and Five

    22:54
  10. 10

    Shoot: Groups of Three

    42:27
  11. 11

    Shoot: Slimming Poses

    23:38
  12. 12

    Shoot: Beauty and Innovation

    39:28
  13. 13

    Student Portrait Critiques

    16:17
  14. 14

    Shoot: Window Lighting

    30:20
  15. 15

    Shoot: Split Lighting

    21:36
  16. 16

    Shoot: Corporate Portraits

    36:42
  17. 17

    Shoot: Outdoor Lighting Roof Top

    32:29
  18. 18

    Shoot: Family Group One

    53:40
  19. 19

    Shoot: Baby and Parents

    26:47
  20. 20

    Shoot: Family Group Two Part 1

    34:24
  21. 21

    Shoot: Family Group Two Part 2

    17:37
  22. 22

    Shoot: Family Group Three

    17:52
  23. 23

    Student Portrait Homework Critiques

    22:33
  24. 24

    Shoot: Bridal Session Part 1

    32:34
  25. 25

    Shoot: Bridal Session Part 2

    23:49
  26. 26

    Clay's Slides and Discussion

    08:41
  27. 27

    Shoot: Portraits of the Students

    17:21
  28. 28

    Shoot: Wedding Couple

    39:11
  29. 29

    Shoot: One Light High Key

    25:46
  30. 30

    Shoot: Speed Lights

    21:49
  31. 31

    Shoot: Different Lighting Setups (Sand Box)

    38:51
  32. 32

    Shoot: Innovative Portraiture

    35:25
  33. 33

    Shoot: Shake and Bake

    20:35

Meet Your Expert

Clay Blackmore

Clay Blackmore is one of the most influential and sought-after photographers in the world, with a clientele that includes celebrities the likes of Larry King, Forest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, and Maria Sharapova. His photographs are routinely featured in Washington Life ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    January 2015

    Clay Blackmore is the real deal in portrait photography. The guy is a bundle of creative energy and technical mastery. I took portraiture with Monte Zucker, and am glad to have Clay now as his successor. This concepts in this course are the rudiments. They'll never change, regardless of trends and fads. Clay is also very likable and fun to watch work. Keep your ears peeled for every word. When Clay points out those many little details, they all count. Love the course, and have a ton of respect for Clay. He's a portrait master, and a great guy. What else could any portrait student hope for?

  • Rosina

    Rosina

    May 2019

    This a wonderful class. Clay has worked w/Montey and brings a supreme knowledge to photographers who want to learn more. His skills are creative and insightful with a modest personality. This is an amazing class that comes with a great price.

  • Tom Lokos

    Tom Lokos

    March 2018

    Of all the courses I have purchased without exception this is the best. Clay is an excellent teacher. When he speaks he is saying something and not just talking. He explains his lighting techniques in great detail while demonstrating them . He is clear, concise and fun to listen to. You will learn how to pose individuals all the way to large groups, while learning the correct way to light them. All this while being entertained by one of America's great portrait photographers.

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