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LinkedIn Learning

Learning Portrait Photography

via LinkedIn Learning


From lighting to posing, learn simple techniques for creating great portraits.

Learn simple techniques for creating great portraits. In this course, Levi Sim shows how to find and make great light with basic tools, and demonstrates the easiest methods for helping people look their best while remaining comfortable. Find out how to use reflectors, diffusers, and simple strobe setups to maximize existing light, and adjust your camera settings to get excellent raw results. Levi, an experienced portrait photographer, also helps you understand the goal for each session, and bring out the best in every subject. Start watching to learn how to take better portraits with simple tools in almost all shooting situations.


  • What you’ll learn in this course
  • What tools you'll see demonstrated in this course
1. Choosing a Shooting Environment for a Simple Portrait
  • How to get great light
  • Three places to always find great natural light
  • Importance and impact of backgrounds
2. Camera Setup for Simple Portraits
  • Camera setup
  • Setting depth of field
  • Controlling focus
  • Choosing a shooting mode
  • Using a longer lens
3. Essential Tools for Simple Portraits
  • Using a reflector
  • Using foam core or pasteboard
  • Using practical lights
  • Essential tips for speed lights
4. Helping People Look Great
  • Tips for helping people look great
  • Using shadows to improve a portrait
  • Positioning your subject
  • The impact of camera height and lens angle
  • Directing people for portraits
  • Keeping the shoot moving
5. Additional Lighting Strategies
  • Using a diffuser in full sun
  • Using strobe through diffuser
  • Minding the height of the light and its mood
  • Adding a rim light
  • Summary

Taught by

Levi Sim

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