Learn Portrait Photography: The Basics

In this course, you'll learn simple techniques for creating great portraits. Join photographer Levi Sim as he shows you how to find and make great light with basic tools, and demonstrates the easiest methods for helping people look their best while remaining comfortable.

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About this course

In this course, you'll learn simple techniques for creating great portraits. Join photographer Levi Sim as he shows you how to find and make great light with basic tools, and demonstrates the easiest methods for helping people look their best while remaining comfortable. You'll learn how to use reflectors, diffusers, and simple strobe setups to maximize existing light, and adjust your camera settings to get excellent raw results. Start watching and you'll master how to take better portraits with simple tools in almost all shooting situations.

Topics include:
  • Finding a good location to make a portrait 
  • Making great light for practically any situation
  • What camera settings to use when shooting portraits
  • What accessories make portraits better
  • How to help people feel comfortable in a portrait session

Curriculum

  • What You’ll Learn in This Course
  • What Tools I'll Demonstrate
  • Choosing a Shooting Environment for a Simple Portrait
  • How to Get Great Light
  • Three Places to Always Find Great Natural Light
  • Importance & Impact of Backgrounds
  • Camera Setup for Simple Portraits
  • Camera Setup
  • Setting Depth of Field
  • Controlling Focus
  • Choosing a Shooting Mode
  • Using a Longer Lens
  • Essential Tools for Simple Portraits
  • Using a Reflector
  • Using a Foam Core or Poster Board
  • Using Practical Lights
  • Essential Tips for Speed Lights
  • Helping People Look Great
  • Tips for Helping People Look Great
  • Using Shadows to Improve a Portrait
  • Positioning Your Subject
  • The Impact of Camera Height & Lens Angle
  • Directing People for Portraits
  • Keeping the Shoot Moving
  • Additional Lighting Strategies
  • Using a Diffuser in Full Sun
  • Using Strobe through a Diffuser
  • Minding the Height of the Light & It's Mood
  • Adding a Rim Light
  • Conclusion

About this course

In this course, you'll learn simple techniques for creating great portraits. Join photographer Levi Sim as he shows you how to find and make great light with basic tools, and demonstrates the easiest methods for helping people look their best while remaining comfortable. You'll learn how to use reflectors, diffusers, and simple strobe setups to maximize existing light, and adjust your camera settings to get excellent raw results. Start watching and you'll master how to take better portraits with simple tools in almost all shooting situations.

Topics include:
  • Finding a good location to make a portrait 
  • Making great light for practically any situation
  • What camera settings to use when shooting portraits
  • What accessories make portraits better
  • How to help people feel comfortable in a portrait session

Curriculum

  • What You’ll Learn in This Course
  • What Tools I'll Demonstrate
  • Choosing a Shooting Environment for a Simple Portrait
  • How to Get Great Light
  • Three Places to Always Find Great Natural Light
  • Importance & Impact of Backgrounds
  • Camera Setup for Simple Portraits
  • Camera Setup
  • Setting Depth of Field
  • Controlling Focus
  • Choosing a Shooting Mode
  • Using a Longer Lens
  • Essential Tools for Simple Portraits
  • Using a Reflector
  • Using a Foam Core or Poster Board
  • Using Practical Lights
  • Essential Tips for Speed Lights
  • Helping People Look Great
  • Tips for Helping People Look Great
  • Using Shadows to Improve a Portrait
  • Positioning Your Subject
  • The Impact of Camera Height & Lens Angle
  • Directing People for Portraits
  • Keeping the Shoot Moving
  • Additional Lighting Strategies
  • Using a Diffuser in Full Sun
  • Using Strobe through a Diffuser
  • Minding the Height of the Light & It's Mood
  • Adding a Rim Light
  • Conclusion