Portrait Photography

From natural light to studio portraiture.

Learn Studio Portraiture

The definitive guide for everything you need to know about studio lighting from the ground up.

This is a complete guide to studio lighting for photography, answering all your questions about light, studio lighting and portrait photography. This extensive set of photography tutorials guides you through the fundamental knowledge of light as Karl covers all you need to know about studio lighting, types of studio lighting, flash power and duration, camera settings, equipment and more. With 15 classes on lighting theory and equipment and 45 portrait photography lighting setup examples, you’ll get portrait photography ideas, tips and techniques that provide the knowledge and confidence you need to excel in your photography.

Lighting Theory & Equipment

The fundamentals of studio lighting

This section provides a complete introduction to studio lighting and equipment, whether you’re photographing portraiture, product or fashion. Karl explains essential lighting theory and demonstrates how to use this knowledge to recognise, modify and control light. He also covers useful equipment and accessories for studio photography and how these can be used to best effect.

Studio Portraiture

Step-by-step photography studio lighting setups using 1, 2, 3, & 4 lights

Location Lighting setups

Get creative on location with these great lighting setups outdoors.

Understanding the Emotion of Light

In this section we explore how to invoke different emotions through the use of light. We also explore the science behind human perception to various lighting ‘looks’.

Environmental Portraits

How to shoot professional environmental portraits on location.

This section provides a detailed guide on how how to photograph environmental portraits. Shooting in different locations, Karl demonstrates a number of examples in various locations, providing a complete overview of how to photograph people at work. You’ll learn how to plan for a successful shoot, work in challenging environments, balance mixed lighting as well as what equipment you’ll need and how to clearly communicate and direct your subjects.

Natural Light Portraiture

Shoot professional portraits with nothing but natural light and a camera.

Learn natural light photography and how to shoot stunning natural light portraits in this series of classes. You’ll learn about various photography techniques and see numerous natural light photography examples for shooting single subjects, couples, families and children. From outdoor natural light photography tips to how to find the best light for natural light photography, you’ll learn about the different types of natural light photography, how to shoot with natural light indoors and on location and what equipment you’ll need for natural light portraiture.

“His delivery, his manner, his ability to convey enthusiasm and to educate, there’s nobody else that speaks like him. The way he teaches people step by step, there is always something to learn... Karl was born to do what he does.”Daniel Killoran, Wedding and Portrait Photographer