Portrait Photography – the Stuff You Can’t Learn on YouTube

If you are good with a camera, you have probably been asked to shoot a portrait for a friend, relative, or colleague. That also means that you have probably realized that shooting portraits is not just a matter of aiming your camera at someone and saying cheese!

Portrait photography is a valuable skill for every photographer to master, and in this TWO-HOUR presentation, I will take you through the entire process.

We will begin by discussing what makes a great portrait and the prep you should do before picking up the camera.

Then I will do a virtual studio demo to show you how to create great lighting for your portraits with minimal equipment.

This is not your parent’s portrait class! Using my KISS IT (Keep It Super Simple) techniques, I will show how to create flattering portraits with very simple lighting and posing techniques.

I will cover everything from lens selection, depth of field, camera angles, composition, posing, lighting, backgrounds, and more!

What you will learn:

  • How to prep and communicate with your subjects.
  • Lighting selection and set-ups — both the WHYS and HOWS.
  • The Circle of Light Technique for beautiful and consistent portrait lighting.
  • Background selection and how to maximize variety without breaking the bank.
  • Body language and how to direct your subject for relaxed, natural looks.
  • Cropping and composition for dynamic contemporary portraiture.
  • … and much more!

Who should attend this LIVE presentation?

Photographers of all skill levels who are interested in creating portraits with speedlights, studio strobes, or even constant LEDs. This presentation is an excellent primer for beginners and a great refresher for more experienced shooters.

How can I help you?

There will be a live Q&A session after the presentation.
Come prepared with questions!

2 Hour LIVE Interactive Photography Presentation

Portrait Photography - the Stuff You Can’t Learn on YouTube

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Presented by

Joe Edelman

Joe Edelman
Award-Winning Photographer, Author, and Photo Educator

MY MISSION is to help photographers develop a solid understanding of
the 'Hows and Whys' behind making consistently great photographs

As an award winning photographer with over 5 decades of experience, I have professional experience in nearly every genre of photography, from my start as a newspaper photojournalist to my position today as an internationally recognized photo educator. I love to share my experience to help new photographers fast track the learning curve to success with their cameras.

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Virtual Photography Presentation FAQ’s


After you register for a live virtual online presentation (webinar), you will receive a confirmation email that will include information about how to access the online classroom (ZOOM), including a unique link for you to use. Each link will only allow 1 person to enter the class – so don't share it.


Do I need special software?
Presentations are hosted and presented via ZOOM. Download all of the ZOOM Apps or Browser Extensions here: https://zoom.us/download.


How is the presentation structured?
The presentation will begin promptly at the scheduled time. This is a LIVE presentation on the topic, followed by a LIVE Q&A. You will be able to share questions via the ZOOM chat or via the ZOOM video.


“You Are Being Recorded”
Presentations will be recorded. Your comments and questions will be a part of the recording.

Paid attendees will receive an email with a link to view the video within 24 hours after the presentation concludes. The video replay will be available for 72 hours after the email notification is sent. There will be no exceptions.


Presentations can NOT be downloaded or shared
These presentations are copyrighted by Joe Edelman / Joe Edelman PhotoGraphicS. I appreciate your support, and it's thanks to that support I can continue producing content!

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