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Portrait Photography on a Budget

Shoot and Retouch Professional Quality Portraits - With Inexpensive Gear!

In this course I will take you step-by-step through 5 full portrait shoots, each one a different style, and I will show you my steps, not only on how to shoot, but lighting, positioning, use of flash, and also my methods for retouching portraits to get that perfect look!

Most portrait tutorials require incredibly expensive equipment – from lighting to lenses – it can cost in the tens of thousands. I show you how to get professional quality portrait shots with very inexpensive gear.

I will also introduce you to my amazing portrait retouching techniques, including one of my favorite methods: Frequency Separation.

These 10 lessons cover 5 full photoshoots and include 6 free raw source files as well as my free Photoshop action for Frequency Separation!

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner

Tags: In-Depth Most Popular 30 for 9 Workflow On Sale

Required Software: Photoshop, Lightroom

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

Beauty Shot - Before

Beauty Shot - After

Classic Shot - Before

Classic Shot - After

Composite Shot - Before

Composite Shot - After

Light Painting - Before

Light Painting - After

Hollywood Noir - Before

Hollywood Noir - After


10m 40s

Lesson 1: Classic Studio Shoot

In this video I will show you how to get a classic portrait in a studio with just two speedlight flashes that are not expensive and work incredibly well. 

6m 29s

Lesson 2: The Beauty Shot

In this video I will show you how to make a close-up beauty shot and light a models face in such a way that you have as little shadows as possible.

7m 0s

Lesson 3: The Composite Shot

We are going to shoot a musician against a grey screen to composite him into a photo of the French Opera Garnier !

8m 5s

Lesson 4: Light Painting

In this video we are going to use just one Light Pen to do some light painting on two models at the same time. For this we are going to use a room that is totally in the dark, and we are going to paint them with light. This gives us very complex lighting in a fun and easy way.

9m 10s

Lesson 5: Hollywood Noir

Learn how to make a dramatic black and white portrait using two speedlight flashes, like movies stars used to do in the 50’s.

24m 18s

Lesson 6: Beauty Shot Retouching

In this video we are going to cover, in detail, the "Frequency Separation" method to make skin look very nice while still keeping its texture and we do the full retouch of the beauty shot, including eyes, changing the background and many more small details. 

10m 20s

Lesson 7: Retouching Classic Portraits

In this video we are going to retouch the classic portrait we shot earlier, including an action to make frequency separation fast and smooth as silk.

18m 57s

Lesson 8: Making a Composite Portrait

Let's do a composite of our Rocker, we put him on a background of the Opera Garnier in Paris. I will cover how to extract, make the colors match and add some smoke. 

7m 13s

Lesson 9: Retouching with Light Painting

I will cover how easy light painting is and how to use it for retouching, as most of the work has been done with the camera, but we have to make it look perfect.

9m 50s

Lesson 10: Hollywood Noir Retouching

Let's do an amazing black and white conversion and retouch the skin in detail to make a movie star portrait.

Source Files

Contains 6 of my RAW photos (5 projects) and my amazing Photoshop Action on Frequency Separation (including installation instructions) to follow along with these projects.

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