Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with portable stands and backdrops, part of Portrait Photography: High School Seniors (2014).
…A lot of senior portraits these days don't require…the traditional backdrop and the, you know, all that stuff.…They get to shoot them outside.…But some schools do have certain requirements.…And in fact, normally, when you're a junior, the students get a…packet in the mail, that sort of outlines how that all works.…You want to make sure that you have a chance…to look at that if indeed they did receive that.…So if there are any backdrop requirements, you know what they are.…
Now, if you do have to shoot with a backdrop, or…if the student wants a backdrop, it's not that big a deal.…I mean, this is actually a fairly affordable sort of thing.…The stand that's behind me there, you can get those for about $65, and up of…course, in photography it's always up, but you can get them for about $65.…This is the same stand I had back at…my studio, it's very portable, you can carry it around.…Now, I like to use two types of material for my backdrops.…
One is a muslin and I have a couple different colors and you know,…what's really fun is if you get a backdrop that has two different sides.…
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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