This new workshop has been designed from the ground up to teach photographers a simple and systematic approach to capturing professional couples / engagement photography in natural light. In this workshop, they show you that professional results can be achieved with just your camera, a simple reflector and your photographic eye. Found here: Natural Light Couples Photography
They split the Workshop into 2 video files totalling nearly 8 hours instruction (*note the total file size is 12 GB and will take a while to download). The first half covers the planning and the actual shooting of the couples photography session while the second bonus half includes all of the post production to turn our raw files into beautifully produced images.
Chapter 1 – Introduction and Preparation
In Chapter 1, they start with preparing for the shoot. Through why it is important to convince wedding clients to do a pre-wedding portrait session, about recommendations on professional makeup and styling for the shoot, optimal shoot lengths and planning for the potential what-could-go-wrongs. But the meat of this chapter is in discussing and planning the client’s vision for their portraits. They show a planning session with an actual client where they discuss the style and concept for the shoot, cover potential locations and discuss appropriate wardrobe considerations.
Chapter 2 – Gear, Camera Settings and Advice
In Chapter 2, they move on to discuss their favorite gear and camera settings for couples photography. They discuss necessary equipment, shooting and metering modes, as well as go over a “pre-click checklist” to think through prior to snapping each photo.
Chapter 3 – Lighting Techniques
Chapter 3 introduces the basic lighting techniques that they will be using throughout the workshop. Showing you how to create amazing imagery with just a simple reflector and the natural light around you. They will show examples of using the reflector as a key light, fill light, gobo and scrim.
Chapter 4 – Posing and Communication
Posing and Communication is such a huge part of any portrait session and any successful portrait photographers skill set. So when they get to Chapter 4, they demonstrate how to pose and guide the male and female subjects individually prior to each shoot. Most portrait photographers are shooting clients that don’t have previous modeling experience. Rather than using professional models, for this entire workshop they are demonstrating these techniques with Ryan and Jackie – actual clients who have no modeling experience prior to this shoot. Knowing how to quickly and confidently communicate and guide your subjects into different poses is crucial to the portrait photographer’s success.
Chapter 5 – Foundation Posing
Shooting begins in Chapter 5 as they teach you their system for posing couples which they refer to as “Foundation Posing.” Foundation Posing is a framework they created that enables photographers to quickly move clients in and out of various poses within just seconds. After learning the Foundation Posing framework, you will find that you can shoot 10-20 different looks and poses within 1-2 minutes. More importantly, you will never be on a shoot pausing trying to come up with “new poses”
Chapter 6 – 9 – The Shoots
After Foundation Posing, you will be able to tag along through our entire portrait session with Ryan and Jackie. In Chapter 6, they start off the session at the Willow Tree location where they do a basic set of sitting portraits. After a mini-portrait session, they move into creating a Picnic scene from their moodboard. They then end this location with one of his favorite types of shots referred to as the “Peeping Tom.” In Chapter 7, they hop to their next location where they shoot an entire tandem biking scene. They instruct and guide Ryan and Jackie in order to help capture fun and natural biking shots.
They finish up this location with a few prop driven portraits featuring their tandem bike. In Chapter 8 they take a short hike to their Grassy Hill location where they proceed to capture a large variety of images. Here they took advantage of the scene and lighting to create beautifully fun and candid walking shots, a wonderful set of soft portraits of Ryan and Jackie sitting in the grass, and ended the location with a hilariously goofy set of piggy backing and frame-it shots. Finally, in Chapter 9 they conclude the couples photography session with dramatic environmental portraits at Sunset Ridge. In total, they end up with nearly 200 amazing images to wow their clients. All shot within just a few hours, at a single location – a local park in Orange County, California.
Post Production Section
Includes over 190 Full Resolution 5D Mark III RAW exercise files and all of the post production video tutorials to take our RAW files and turn them into breathtaking images. From culling to basic developing to advanced vintage and black and white processing and effects, this 5 hour Bonus section covers all of the post production from start to finish.
Now available here: Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop
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