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From rugged, wind-swept portraits in natural light to high-end fashion shoots in professional studios, learn from world-renowned photographers who teach you the techniques you need to consistently produce your best work.

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Natural Light Portrait Photography

Learn how to shoot stunning natural light portraits
  • 19 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: Basic

From single subjects, couples, families, and children - develop an understanding of all things natural light photography

What you’ll learn:

  • Making the most of natural light
  • Ideal camera settings and lenses
  • Useful equipment and when to use it
  • Photographing children indoors and on location
  • Posing individuals, families and couples
  • How to use reflectors & diffusers to control natural light

One-Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Don’t have a lot of studio lights? No problem…
  • 10 Classes
  • 3 Hours content
  • Level: Basic

Don’t have a lot of studio lights? No problem…

This section shows 10 creative examples of how to use just one light and basic modifiers for portrait photography.

What you’ll learn:

  • Techniques for controlling light in a small studio
  • How to control light and shadow
  • Working with and posing your subject
  • Creating lighting effects such as rim lighting, soft light and shadows
  • Lighting setups for close-up and full-length portraits

Two-Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Master creative portrait photography with two studio lights
  • 11 Classes
  • 4+ Hours content
  • Level: Basic - Intermediate

There’s a lot you can do with just two studio lights. All you need is the right knowledge and little creativity.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to make a small studio work for you
  • Balancing multiple lights to create different effects
  • How to create hard, dramatic lighting for portraiture
  • How to create soft, contoured lighting for portraiture
  • Shooting creative portrait photography with a moving subject
  • Setups for both full length and close up portraits

Three-Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Creative portrait photography set-ups with three studio lights
  • 10 Classes
  • 3+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate

Test your skills and learn how to get creative with these 10 examples of three light setups for portrait photography.

What you’ll learn:

  • Techniques for controlling light in a small studio
  • Lighting setups for close-up and full-length portraits
  • Incorporating flare for creative effect
  • Lighting techniques for high-key portraits
  • Using v-flats for portrait lighting
  • Combining natural light & studio flash (working with mixed lighting)

Four-Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Creative portrait photography set-ups with four studio lights
  • 12 Classes
  • 3+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate - Advanced

The creative possibilities are endless if you’re using four studio lights, and in this course you’ll see exactly  what you can do.

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn how to apply lighting theory to add that extra level of creativity
  • Photographing moving models
  • Lighting techniques for high-key portraits
  • Using v-flats for portrait lighting
  • Creating mood with lighting

Creative Portrait Photography

Learn how to shoot more creative portraits
Creative Portrait Photography
  • 10 Classes
  • 12+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Learn how to shoot more creative portraits with this series of classes, covering everything from Hollywood-style lighting to gelled lighting with bold, eye-catching colours or black and white portraiture.

What you’ll learn:

  • Creating mood and emotion in a photo
  • How to shoot black and white portraits
  • Using specialist lighting modifiers for portrait photography
  • Gelled lighting for creative portrait photography
  • How to create a simple set for portrait shoots
  • Long exposures and multiple exposures for portraiture

Business Portrait Lighting Setups

Learn how to photograph business portraits & corporate headshots
Business Portrait Lighting Setups
  • 11 Classes
  • 7+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Whether you’re working in the studio or on location, learn effective lighting setups and techniques to help you create business portrait photos and headshots your clients will love.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to photograph business portraits & corporate headshots
  • Business portrait lighting setups for studio & location shoots
  • How to photograph subjects with glasses
  • Pre-shoot considerations for business portraiture
  • How to balance mixed lighting (natural light & studio flash)
  • Flattering lighting for older subjects

Environmental Portraits

Learn how to create high-quality images of people at work
Environmental Portraits
  • 6 Classes
  • 2+ Hours content
  • Level: Basic - Intermediate

Environmental portraiture is a genre of photography that’s often in high demand, used for anything from annual reports to websites.

Learn how to create high-quality images of people at work with this series of classes.

What you’ll learn:

  • Effective planning for photographing people at work
  • Equipment & lighting modifiers for shooting on location
  • Balancing natural light & studio flash in tricky situations
  • Techniques for communicating with your subject
  • Setting the scene & composition techniques for location shoots

Portrait Extras

Lighting walkthroughs to help you understand light and guest interviews
Portrait Extras
  • 10 Classes
  • 4+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

For portrait photographers looking for a little extra, we’ve collected a series of additional classes to help you further develop your skills.

These include a selection of lighting walkthroughs to help you understand light as well as informative guest interviews with professional photographers, including top wedding photographers and celebrity portrait photographers.

What you’ll learn:

  • Portrait photography tips
  • Understanding light
  • How to identify light in a photo
  • Guest interviews with pro portrait photographers

Getting Started in Fashion Photography

Tackle any fashion shoot with confidence and bring your creative ideas to life
Fashion Photography Planning and Styling
  • 8 Class
  • 2.5 + Hours content
  • Level: Basic

Successful fashion shoots are a balance between lots of different things, from concept and styling to teamwork and lighting. This course provides the foundation you need to tackle any fashion shoot with confidence and bring your creative ideas to life. 

What you’ll learn:

What you'll learn:

  • How to photograph portraits with natural light
  • Camera settings for natural light photography
  • Useful equipment to have for shooting with natural light
  • Photographing children indoors and on location
  • Posing and photograph family groups
  • Creative ideas & posing for photographing couples
  • How to use reflectors & diffusers to control natural light
  • How to put together the right team and work together
  • Developing concepts and communicating ideas
  • Sourcing props and outfits economically
  • Camera and lens choices for fashion
  • Networking and building a portfolio as a fashion photographer

Studio Fashion Photography

Bring your creative ideas to life
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  • 30 Classes
  • 20+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Learn how to bring your creative ideas to life with these in-depth fashion photography classes aimed at teaching you how to get great results when in the studio and on set.

What you'll learn:

  • Developing creative concepts for fashion photography
  • Working with, and getting the best out of your models
  • Building sets and creating DIY props
  • Equipment and lighting for fashion photography
  • Creating images in a variety of styles and moods

On-Location Fashion Photography

Learn how to create your own stunning fashion images using natural light or studio flash
On Location Fashion Photography
  • 17 Classes
  • 3+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

On-location fashion photography presents you with a whole host of challenges and hurdles to jump, but when you know the right skills, the results can be truly breathtaking and the perfect images to really make your portfolio stand out from the rest.

What you'll learn:

  • Identifying interesting locations
  • Equipment for on-location shoots
  • Balancing daylight and studio flash
  • Creative thought process for interesting fashion images
  • Lighting techniques for shooting on location

Beauty Photography and Retouching

Master your control of lighting in these in-depth beauty photography classes
Beauty Photography & Retouching
  • 21 Classes
  • 12+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Broaden your knowledge and jump into the world of beauty photography and retouching with this series of classes which explore the unique intricacies of beauty photography and retouching to get  ad campaign-worthy results.

What you'll learn:

  • Lighting for beauty photography
  • Creative props and accessories
  • Refining your images in Post with skin retouching
  • Choosing the strongest final image
  • Working with your model to get the best results

'Fashionscape'

  • 19 Classes
  • 5+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

In these documentary-style fashion photography tutorials Karl Taylor and his team take you as a fly on the wall through the process of capturing a series of fashion images on a trip to Iceland.

What you'll learn:

  • What it takes to plan a fashion shoot
  • How model castings and test shoots work
  • Combating the challenges of fashion photography
  • Shooting in difficult conditions
  • What post production is needed on fashion shoots
  • How to create large scale prints of your images

Fashion Extras

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  • 6 Classes
  • 9+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

We’ve collated a series of additional stand-alone classes to help you take your understanding of fashion photography one step further.

These include a series of critiques on members beauty and fashion images as well as interviews with experts in the industry.

What you'll learn:

  • How to determine what is wrong in an image
  • What it is like to be a professional portrait and fashion photographer
  • How to get started with a career in fashion photography
  • The life of a fashion stylist and working on set
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