Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a portable studio, part of Photographing High School Senior Portraits.
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…A lot of photographers think that they need a…very big space of, you know, a professional studio space.…And actually, there was a time when I thought that, too.…However, the last ten years or so, I've been working in here.…Which is, this is a townhouse I converted into a studio.…And this room here, this shooting room is 10 by 11 feet.…10 by 11 feet.…And it works fantastic.…Now, I've done a few things to make it work.…Let me give you a virtual tour of this room, so you have some idea of how…I get great senior portraits when I have to…shoot indoors right here where I'm sitting right now.…
Now off to the side here I have a window.…Window light.…And you know, I like natural light.…And one of the things that I look for…in a shooting room is good natural light coming in.…I probably have four or five hours of natural light a day right here.…Now, what I like to do is add a little fill light a lot of times for…the portraits and what I do is I just use a reflector right here on this side.…Now, I have a variety of reflectors, so if I have someone helping me, they can…
In this course, photographer and educator Derrick Story details the art and the process of modern senior portraiture, from working with the subject and his or her parents to plan a shot list, to shooting indoors and out, to delivering the final shots. Along the way, he examines gear and workflow considerations, including lighting, sharing proofs, and post-processing.
And because senior portraiture is a potentially lucrative business, the course concludes with a discussion of various business angles, including developing a pricing strategy, connecting with local high schools, marketing through social media outlets, and more.