In this environmental portrait photography class, Karl faced the challenge of creating a bright, fresh-looking portrait image of a cake designer.
Working in a small, underground basement, Karl also had to overcome the challenges of arranging and lighting the scene as well as composing and styling his shot, all in just over an hour.
Using just a handful of lights, you’ll see how he carefully builds up his lighting, paying attention to small details, and uses certain lighting techniques to create the feeling of bright sunlight. He also explains how he uses certain compositional tricks to frame the shot and get the best result. As he explains his step-by-step process, you’ll get to see the start-fo-finish shoot and gain insight into his workflow and creative thought process.
What you’ll learn:
- How to photograph environmental portraits
- How to control light in small spaces
- Photography composition & techniques
- Camera settings for environmental portraits
- How to create a bright, fresh lighting mood
- Outfit choice and styling for environmental portraits
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
Photographing a portrait in a basement was never going to be the easiest of tasks, but because I’d already thought about the shot and done my research, I already knew what kind of photo I wanted to create.
Working in one half of the small, dark room (the other being unsuitable due to the many fridges, ovens and mixers), I had very little space to work with. To make the most of the space, I had to rearrange much of the scene, moving and removing items in the background and using several items in the foreground to create occlusion and guide our eye into the picture.
Only once I was largely happy with the framing of my image did I move onto the lighting. I used a large Octabox as the key light, combined with a couple of other lights for key areas of the shot. Balancing multiple lights took some time, and it was important to pay particular attention to little details in the scene, which I point out in the video.
Because I knew the type of lighting I wanted to create and how I could control my lighting to achieve this, I was able to work quickly and efficiently, creating the bright, fresh image I’d envisaged in just over an hour.