Portrait Fundamentals

Portrait Fundamentals

People photography made easy in 30 days
– practical lessons to do in your spare time

“This course is a home run! This is the best course on the web! Thanks.” – Bobby Oates

Making great photographs of people, especially your loved ones, can be really hard to do. The camera settings, lighting decisions, posing techniques, and everything in between, make for a ton of things to consider when trying to simply create a great photograph. Learn how to take professional looking portraits in 30 days no matter your skill level or the type of gear you have.

Enjoying the art of portrait photography requires a learning experience that fits your style. By learning the fundamentals, practicing what you've learned, and having a professional guide you through the steps at your own pace, you'll complete this course with confidence as you look to create powerful portraits.

FACT: Over 9500 photographers have enrolled in this course

Phil Steele - Photography Educator“I am a photography educator myself and I think Portrait Fundamentals is one of the best photography courses I've ever seen. A course like this is by far the best investment you can make in better photos.” – Phil Steele

This digital workshop will help you become more consistent and confident as you photograph people in all kinds of conditions and locations. Whether you're looking to make sense of natural lighting techniques or flash equipment, the instructors leave nothing to chance, walking you through every aspect of making photographs of people.

Take more professional looking portraits in 30 days!

The Portrait Fundamentals course covers everything you need to know, from camera basics to using a multi-flash set-ups. In the course, you'll learn how to:

  • Adjust your camera settings to produce maximum results in natural light.
  • Manipulate natural light to achieve stunning photographs in any setting.
  • Use on- and off-camera flashes for both indoor and outdoor scenes.
  • Select the equipment you actually need (so you can save money).

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Quick tips and cheap tricks just don't cut it.
You want to learn from a pro.

Sometimes learning this craft can be hard. You're tired of searching the Internet looking for the right answers. You want hands-on, step-by-step instruction by industry professionals… that's exactly what this course gives you.

Andrew Morrison testimonial headshot“I would like to pass on my sincere compliments in appreciation of your fantastic course. I found it remarkable in its clarification of what are sometimes confusing concepts of photography; your logical and detailed explanations were a treat.
It covered everything I needed to know and more.”
– Andrew Morrison

Topics Covered in this Course

Here's a snapshot of the topics you will learn about:

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  • Leveraging the relationships between ISO, shutter speed, and aperture
  • Making sense of reflective and incident metering.
  • Reading and using a histogram successfully.
  • Using exposure compensation to get the lighting just right.
  • Knowing how and where to focus (and which mode to use) to get sharp images.

Equipment tips

  • Learn about the essential pieces of gear you will need, and which pieces you can ignore
  • Reflectors, light meters and gray cards
  • Speedlights and remote triggers
  • Remote triggers, light meters
  • Light stands and tripods
  • Umbrellas and softboxes

Master Portrait Lighting

  • Explore how to control light so that your portrait subjects look utterly dazzling.
  • Demystify terms like: Lighting Ratio, Lighting Pattern, and Facial View and how to use them to create powerful portraits.
  • Tips for posing and working with people – feel more confident and flatter your subject every time.

working with natural light and flash

  • Discovering how to control light, no matter the conditions.
  • Customizing white balance using a gray card.
  • Knowing the difference between hard and soft light.
  • Using shadows to your advantage.

Advanced flash techniques

  • Discover how to use one or more flashes, and how to expose for both ambient light and flash in your portraits.
  • How to understand and use the Inverse Square Law to your advantage.
  • Learn to use flash exposure compensation.
  • Understand sync-speed and how it affects your flash photos.

Outdoor lighting tips

  • You'll be ready to shoot in any lighting situation at indoor and outdoor locations.
  • Indoor location tips using natural light, reflectors, and flash.
  • Outdoors with natural light and flash.
  • Outdoors during golden hour including how to make sunset and silhouette portraits.

Portrait Fundamentals

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People photography made easy in 30 days – practical lessons to do in your spare time. Click the button above to start NOW!

If this course isn't easy to follow and understand, help you get more consistent, repeatable results, and have a better grasp on lighting – we'll give you a full refund for up to 60 days!

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Your Instructors

natural light instructor Darlene HildebrandtDarlene Hildebrandt
Your Natural Light Portrait instructor, Darlene Hildebrandt, is a professional photographer with 25 years of experience. She has photographed everything from soup to corporate events, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with fellow photographers and students. She is also the creator and teacher here on Digital Photo Mentor.
off camera flash portrait instructor Bruce ClarkeBruce Clarke
Your Off Camera Flash Portrait instructor Bruce Clarke has been a professional photographer using on- and off-camera flash for over 10 years. Bruce is known for being able to capture that special moment by freezing it in time with his flash.

Robert-Forrister-350px-bw“Your approach to the subject is laid back and very enjoyable on a personal level. You act is if you are right here in my home teaching and directing.”
– Robert Forrester

Course Overview

Creating Powerful Portraits is a photography course that will give you the resources you need to develop your craft and will guide you through exactly how consistently light and photograph people. Here's what you get:

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  • 25 professionally produced, hands-on streaming video tutorials which are edited to maximize the instructional value.
  • An in-depth, 250-page PDF guidebook that details every step of how to work with natural and artificial light.
  • Fun quizzes and exercises to practice what you've learned.
  • Printable cheat sheets and diagrams for your camera bag so you have the field notes you need to help you use what you've learned.
  • Dedicated help email address so you can reach out to the instructors anytime.
  • 60-day money back guarantee.

Steve-Tucker-350x350-circle2“This is a great course, the videos, explanations and notes are excellent and the exercises are very helpful. I am using the knowledge/skills I learned from the course constantly. I feel like I am finally starting to understand lighting.”
– Steve Tucker

Portrait Fundamentals

Buy Now – Start Immediately $149

People photography made easy in 30 days – practical lessons to do in your spare time. Click the button above to start NOW!

If this course isn't easy to follow and understand, help you get more consistent, repeatable results, and have a better grasp on lighting – we'll give you a full refund for up to 60 days!

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High Value

This course is a fusion of two in-classroom weekend classes with a total cost over $500 – Portrait Fundamentals is a bargain at only $149.

Hiring a photography tutor for 6.5 hours of one-on-one lessons could cost over $750. Get maximum value with Portrait Fundamentals for only $149.

FAQs

Who are these guys to teach this thing anyway?

Darlene and Bruce have a combined total of over 30 years of experience as professional portrait photographers, and 6 teaching it. They are teachers who understand your needs and questions because they instruct in live classrooms as well.

How long can I access the videos?

You have lifetime unlimited access to the course – watch it as many times as you want, and get any updates free of charge.

Can I download the videos?

You can watch the video lessons on any device including laptop, smartphone or tablet. Unfortunately they are not available for download.

Can I read the notes and watch the videos on an iPad or smartphone?

Yes, you can watch the video lessons on any device including laptop, smartphone or tablet. The lesson notes is a PDF which can be read on any device (you will need to download to your computer first, and then copy to your devices).

What if I have a technical issue like I can't log in or forgot my password, etc.?

There is a dedicated technical help email address – get help when you're stuck.

What if I have a question about the material in one of the lessons?

There is a dedicated lighting help email address – get help when you're stuck.

Can I buy it for a friend?

Yes for sure! Just contact us and we'll send you instructions.

I just got my camera can I do this course?

If you are unfamiliar with all the settings and buttons on your camera and what they do, you may find this course a bit too advanced. However, if you want to see for yourself – we have a 60 day money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. You can also buy it and watch it any time, including months later.

I'm a working portrait photographer, what if I find it too basic?

That will depend on your experience level and skills. If you already shoot in manual mode on your camera and flash, understand terms like incident metering and Inverse Square Law, are comfortable working with people posing and lighting them, and are happy with the results from every portrait shoot that you do – then this course will likely be too basic for you.
However – if you want to approach it as a refresher course, to get some new tips and ideas – then we highly suggest you give it a go. If you buy it and aren't happy – we'll send you a refund, no questions asked.

Portrait Fundamentals

Buy Now – Start Immediately $149

People photography made easy in 30 days – practical lessons to do in your spare time. Click the button above to start NOW!

If this course isn't easy to follow and understand, help you get more consistent, repeatable results, and have a better grasp on lighting – we'll give you a full refund for up to 60 days!

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