Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking advantage of the golden hour for outdoor portraits, part of Portrait Photography: High School Seniors (2014).
…So the final shoot of the day was really fun.…We had the golden light.…I already had great shots of Ashley, and one of the things that I…wanted to do, was send her off…with something that was special beyond the yearbook.…Something that her Mom would want, maybe something for the wall.…That kind of thing.…Look at that.…So originally, we had a little bit of light coming in.…And I was actually going to have Max hold a reflector and…bounce that up and then use that really nice background light.…
And while we're setting up, I looked up and suddenly the light was gone.…That little bit of light went away.…But I really wasn't worried.…And that's where I decided to pull out the fill flash, put it on the camera.…And what I do is I dial down…the flash exposure compensation to about negative one.…It looks really natural.…When I showed her the pictures on there I said, can you tell that we used the flash?…She said no, it just, it just works, right?…And that's the beauty of that.…So when you have that really nice light, just a little…
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.
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouchingwith Chris Orwig6h 4m Intermediate
Enhancing a Portrait of a Young Woman in Lightroomwith Jan Kabili1h 25m Appropriate for all
Introduction to High School Senior Portraiture
1. The Basic Guidelines and Business of Portraiture
2. Studio Space and Posing Options
3. Working with Family Members and Shooting Outside
4. Reviewing and Sharing Final Selects
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