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Learn the essential lighting and posing techniques for portrait photographers. Whether you are shooting business portraits, sport stars, or family photographs, this path will provide you with expert insight into best practices for posing and lighting your subjects.
Master the essentials of portrait photography.
Practice posing portrait subjects for flattering results.
Explore lighting techniques to capture the perfect frame.
Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture with Chris Orwig
Photographer and teacher Chris Orwig explores how to create images that tell stories about their subjects and produce a strong emotional connection.
1h 44m • COURSE
Exploring Photography: Finding the Perfect Portrait Lens with Chris Orwig
Learn how your lens choice and different shooting techniques can improve the quality of your portraits. Plus, get a review of popular prime and zoom lenses.
1h 20m • COURSE
Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography with Chris Orwig
Learn how to take effective portraits using natural light—even when the light isn't great.
2h 30m • COURSE
Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture with Natalie Fobes
Explore the techniques behind lighting for portraiture.
1h 24m • COURSE
Lighting with Flash: On Location from Close Up to Portrait with David Hobby
Photographer David Hobby visits a conservation center and lights close-ups and portraits using a variety of strobes and light modifiers.
1h 20m • COURSE
5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiture with Chris Orwig
This 5-day photo challenge focuses on portraiture, or "people photography." Learn how to use composition, texture, light, and even your lenses to craft better portraits.
25m 59s • COURSE
Kids Photography: Posed Outdoor Portraits with Lauren Enright
Look at the techniques behind creating great natural-light portraits of kids in the environment that's most comfortable for them: the outdoors.
26m 29s • COURSE
Kids Photography: In Parks at Play with Erika Thornes
Find out how to photograph kids and put them at ease in front of the camera. Erika Thornes shares techniques for shooting beautiful, natural-light portraits of children at play.
40m 50s • COURSE
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiture with Douglas Kirkland
Well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland explains how he works with natural lighting and how to best take advantage of it for portraiture.
34m 46s • COURSE
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Studio Portraiture with Douglas Kirkland
Well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland demonstrates studio portraiture techniques, from lighting to working with a model.
31m 4s • COURSE
You'll learn portrait photography with these experts
Chris Orwig is a celebrated photographer, author, and teacher who brings passion to everything he does.
He authors courses for LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com, and was on the faculty at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. As a teacher, Chris subscribes to W. B. Yeats's idea that "education isn't about filling a pail, but igniting a fire." As a photographer, he agrees with Marc Riboud's observation that "taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." For more information and inspiration, visit www.chrisorwig.com.
A Pulitzer finalist, Natalie Fobes shoots assignments for National Geographic and other publications.
Natalie Fobes is a multi-talented and diverse photographer and writer. The Pulitzer prize finalist has shot assignments for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, and other major magazines. Her images of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill are iconographic and she is known as the "salmon lady" due to her 10-year project photographing and writing about the salmon and the cultures of the salmon around the Pacific Rim. Her work is included in many public, private and corporate collections. Natalie's fine art portraiture and her wedding photography have won national recognition.The author of three coffee-table books has received many grants and commissions to pursue compelling documentary stories. She has camped out in the winter in Siberia with the Chukchi reindeer herders and perched in a blind in the cloud forest of Guatemala. Natalie's current documentary is on the impact of China's one-child policy in that country and the United States. She teaches in the acclaimed photography program at Seattle Central Community College and co-founded the Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to helping photographers shoot documentary stories about the environment, endangered cultures, and social issues. Her web site is www.fobesphoto.com.
David Hobby is a photographer and founder of the Strobist.com lighting blog.
David formerly worked as a photographer with The Baltimore Sun and is the author of the Strobist.com lighting blog, a site that promotes lighting techniques, such as off-camera flash, with an emphasis on practical knowledge and do-it-yourself techniques. Strobist.com was named one of the "25 Best Blogs of 2010" by Time magazine. A former staff photographer with The Baltimore Sun, Hobby studied photojournalism at the University of Florida.
Lauren Enright is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Illinois.
Lauren Enright has been photographing children, friends, and families for many years. What started as a hobby at a young age, quickly turned into a passion through her high school and college years, leading to the creation of lauren enright photography, located in La Grange Park, Illinois. Lauren photographed many neighborhood children throughout her years as a local babysitter, and with her husband, Joe; her three children; and their French bulldog, Marty, she continues to do the same. She hopes to capture the glimmer of love, laughter, and a little mischief in her work for all clients to enjoy.
Lauren continues to marvel at the day-to-day changes in watching children grow from infancy to toddler—and toddler into a very energetic child! She documents family life through her natural approach to photography where children are in their own element, and the little day-to-day interactions are captured. Though children may be Lauren's favorite subject to photograph, she is inspired by the simple looks of love in a newly engaged couple, lots of loud laughs with families, and the sweet stare from the beloved family pet. Find out more at http://www.laurenenrightphotography.com.
Photographer Erika Thornes makes images clients treasure. She is a member of PPA and ASMP.
Erika Thornes is a San Diego–based photographer with a lot of verve. She strives to learn, and loves teaching. Her goal is to discover something new each day and she loves to share what she can with those around her.
Erika's goal is to make images for clients to treasure: ones that will hang on a family's walls in 50 years. She wants the photos to become gifts and heirlooms that convey a sense of history and preserve moments in the life for a family. Simply put, Erika wants to capture images that stand the test of time.
Erika is a fully insured member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). If you would like to know more about Erika, her work, and what kind of services she offers, check out http://www.erikathornes.com.
Douglas Kirkland's images (featuring Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor) appear in the world's best magazines.
Douglas Kirkland began his photography career at Look and Life magazines in the 60s and 70s, during the golden age of photojournalism. He has worked on the sets of more than 100 motion pictures, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Out of Africa, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, and Australia. His iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie, and Antonio Banderas, among others, are known all over the world. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and his "Freeze Frame" exhibition was shown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.Some of Douglas's books include Light Years; Legends; Body Stories; An Evening with Marilyn; and Freeze Frame, a decade-by-decade look behind the scenes at 50 years of photographing the entertainment industry. Douglas also took the photographs for the best-selling book, James Cameron's Titanic. Some of his current book projects are a black-and-white volume entitled When We Were Young, a book on Coco Chanel, and a book of portraits called Face to Face (all Glitterati).Douglas has received numerous awards, including a Lucie for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography in 2003, The Golden Eye of Russia in 2006, and also in 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award from CAPIC in his native Toronto. In 2007, Douglas received an honorary MFA from Brooks Institute, which honored his deep commitment and dedication to his profession.When he is not traveling the globe on assignment with his wife and business partner, Francoise, Douglas can be found at his home and studio in the Hollywood Hills in California.