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Portrait Photography Classes

Natural Light Portrait Photography

Natural Light Portrait Photography

Natural Light Portrait Photography
  • 19 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: Basic

Learn how to shoot stunning natural light portraits in this series of classes.

You’ll see numerous natural light photography examples for shooting single subjects, couples, families, and children and develop an understanding of how to identify the best light for portrait shoots (both indoors and on location), what equipment to use, and how to pose your subject.

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
One Light Portrait Lighting Setups

One Light Portrait Lighting Setups

One Light Portrait Lighting Setups
  • 10 Classes
  • 3 Hours content
  • Level: Basic

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

Explore these 10 creative examples of how to capture quality portraits with just one light and some basic modifiers.

Starting with the simplest of setups, Karl applies the principles he explains in our Lighting Theory course to achieve creative lighting techniques and get stunning results with minimal equipment

What you’ll learn:

  • 10 Easy studio setups with one light
  • Techniques for controlling light in a small studio
  • How to control light and shadow
  • Working with and posing your subject
  • Beautiful rim lighting with one light
  • How to create soft lighting
  • Techniques for simulate sunlight with studio flash
  • Lighting setups for close-up and full-length portraits
Two Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Two Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Two Light Portrait Lighting Setups
  • 10 Classes
  • 2 Hours content
  • Level: Basic - Intermediate

With the right expertise and a little creativity, you only need two to tango.

Check out these 10 creative examples of two-light setups for portraiture. Discover how to balance two light sources to achieve the result you want, including dramatic portrait lighting, soft side lighting, beautiful contoured lighting and more.

What you’ll learn:

  • 10 Easy studio setups with two lights
  • Techniques for controlling light in a small studio
  • 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
  • Lighting setups for close-up and full-length portraits
Three Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Three Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Three Light Portrait Lighting Setups
  • 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.

Now that you understand how to use just one studio light or two studio lights, these classes cover exciting new techniques such as high-key lighting, rim lighting, and beauty-style lighting for creative portraiture.

You’ll also learn how to combine natural light with studio flash - a powerful technique that’s often used for shooting on location, business portraits, or environmental portraits.

What you’ll learn:

  • 10 Easy studio setups with three lights
  • 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 
Four Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Four Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Four Light Portrait Lighting Setups
  • 10 Classes
  • 2+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate - Advanced

With four studio lights at your disposal, the possibilities are endless. Discover what you can do with these 10 classes.

You’ll learn how to apply lighting theory via techniques such as gels, hair lights, and precision lighting to create a range of different looks and styles.

You’ll also cover how to photograph moving subjects as Karl details the equipment and techniques you need to capture perfectly frozen motion.

What you’ll learn:

  • 10 Easy studio setups with three lights
  • 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 
Four Light Portrait Lighting Setups

Creative Portrait Photography

Creative Portrait Photography
  • 8 Classes
  • 9+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

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

These stand-alone classes provide inspiration for all levels as they cover fundamentals such as what backgrounds to use, how to build a set using basic props, and how to make simple DIY lighting modifiers.

You’ll also learn about important lighting concepts and how to use creative techniques like long exposures.

What you’ll learn:

  • Creative portrait lighting ideas
  • 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 exposure for portraiture
Business Portrait Lighting Setups

Business Portrait Lighting Setups

Business Portrait Lighting Setups
  • 10 Classes
  • 5+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

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

This course includes a class dedicated to business portrait theory, including important pre-shoot considerations. It also offers seven lighting-setup examples you can add to your arsenal.

With setups ranging from one light to four, you’ll learn how to create a range of lighting effects, including soft, flattering light for older subjects.

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
  • Flattering lighting for older subjects
Environmental Portraits

Environmental Portraits

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. Filmed in a variety of locations, this course introduces the concept of environmental portraiture, exploring some of the common challenges and how to overcome them.

Through five detailed shoots, you’ll see how to put these solutions into practice as you learn about the planning, lighting, and styling required to guarantee a successful shoot.

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn how to photograph environmental portraits
  • Effective planning for photographing people at work
  • Equipment & lighting modifiers for shooting on location
  • Balancing natural light & studio flash
  • Techniques for communicating with your subject
  • Setting the scene & composition techniques for location shoots
Portrait Extras

Portrait Extras

Portrait Extras
  • 12 Classes
  • 5+ 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
  • Tips from professional photographers

Fashion Photography Classes

Getting Started In Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography Planning and Styling
  • 1 Class
  • 2 Hours content
  • Level: Basic

Successful fashion shoots are all about planning and teamwork.

But how do you put together the right team? How do you develop your concept and communicate your ideas? And where do you find the best props and outfits without blowing your budget?

This introductory class answers all of these questions and more. It will give you the confidence and vision to to tackle any fashion shoot and bring your creative ideas to life.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to build your fashion photography portfolio
  • How to find and work with models
  • How to find and work with stylists and makeup artists
  • How to source props and outfits on a budget
Studio Fashion Photography

Studio Fashion Photography

Natural Light Portrait Photography
  • 19 Classes
  • 8+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Learn how to bring your creative ideas to life with these in-depth studio fashion photography classes.

From developing a creative concept right through to building a set and making DIY props, these classes take you right into the studio with Karl. You’ll learn about the equipment, styling, and lighting used to create a range of stunning fashion images in a variety of photographic styles.

What you’ll learn:

  • Developing and executing concepts for studio fashion shoots
  • How to build a set for fashion photography
  • How to setup and light fashion shoots
  • How to capture models in motion
On Location Fashion Photography

On Location Fashion Photography

On Location Fashion Photography
  • 18 Classes
  • 3+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Photographing fashion outdoors offers a host of creative opportunities. But it also presents many challenges.

How do you identify interesting locations? What equipment do you use? How do you balance natural and artificial light? These classes answer all of these questions, and more.

Through step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn how to create your own stunning fashion images using natural and/or studio lighting, as Karl explains his creative thought process, his equipment, and lighting techniques for shooting fashion on location.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to scout locations for fashion shoots
  • How to style on-location fashion photography
  • Developing and executing concepts for on-location fashion shoots
  • Combining natural light and studio flash
  • How to work with models in challenging conditions
  • How to work with a team on location
Beauty Photography & Retouching

Beauty Photography & Retouching

Beauty Photography & Retouching
  • 19 Classes
  • 8+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

These in-depth beauty photography classes cover everything you need to know.

Beauty photography requires distinct lighting techniques, which can be difficult to master without the right guidance. In these classes, you’ll discover how to create hard and soft light, and what modifiers to use and when – plus how to use common modifiers in more creative ways.

You’ll learn about makeup, styling and posing for beauty photography, as well as how you can use simple props and accessories to add your own unique style to your images.

Karl also explains how to retouch and refine your images with his tried and tested post-production techniques.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to setup and light beauty shoots
  • How to use modifiers for beauty photography
  • Styling and posing beauty models
  • Retouching tips for beauty photography
'Fashionscape'

'Fashionscape'

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

In these documentary-style fashion photography tutorials, Karl and the team reveal the extensive planning and preparation behind on-location fashion shoots as they head to Iceland for one of their biggest projects yet.

From logistics meetings and model castings to fashion photography lighting setups and final shoots, you’ll discover a host of tips for working on location and get a number of creative ideas. Featuring some truly breathtaking backdrops, this series also includes a few bonus landscape photography tutorials.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to plan a fashion shoot on location overseas
  • How to select a model for your shoot
  • Working with models in challenging conditions
  • Post-production for on-location fashion photography
  • How to produce large prints
Fashion Extras

Fashion Extras

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

This collection of stand-alone classes will help you take your understanding of fashion photography even further.

You’ll find a selection of fashion-focused image critiques in which Karl reviews members’ portrait and fashion images. We’ve also handpicked some fashion-focused interviews from our Special Guests Archive. In these replays of their live conversations with Karl, professional fashion photographers share their valuable industry insights.

What you’ll learn:

  • Tips and techniques from professional fashion photographers
  • How to improve your fashion photography

How our classes work

Once you’ve watched our ‘Lighting Theory’ course, you’ll have an understanding of the lighting fundamentals applied throughout all of our classes. We’ve specifically designed our videos to act as stand-alone step-by-step classes so that you can dive right in to what most appeals to you.

If you’re not sure where you start, take a look at our learning pathways or get in touch for a personalised learning plan.

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"Karl has definitely helped me with my business, from the skills and techniques I’ve learnt to giving me new ideas and inspiration for potential shoots. It’s an easy watch, it’s entertaining and you learn – which is the whole point.”

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"What I love about Karl’s teachings is that they show real work conditions. More than just techniques, he covers the whole process.”

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Meet your tutor

Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Commissioned by leading global brands for his precise attention to detail and exquisite control of light, Karl is also known as an instructor who explains complex subjects clearly and effectively. Karl’s unique expertise and commitment to education has led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting and Adobe, as well as to appearances on the BBC and elsewhere.

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Personalised support

To help you make the most of our courses, we’ve made it easier to get in touch. Whether you have general photography questions or queries relating to specific classes, our knowledgeable team is here to help. In addition to our online support, we also offer personalised learning plans to help you achieve your photography aspirations.

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  • Photography advice from Karl and the team
  • Personal learning plans

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