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with Catherine Asanov
Online Class

Behind the Scenes of a Creative Portrait Shoot

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Join rising industry star Catherine Asanov behind the scenes as you learn to take striking portraits. Learn which modifiers Catherine considers indispensable, and create simple lighting setups that flatter any subject. Discover the key to expressive character portraits as you explore gels, props and creative effects to convey mood and engage your viewer. Learn to use wardrobe and makeup to pump up the impact of your shots, and direct models quickly and confidently with Catherine’s expert advice. Learn foolproof strategies for outdoor lighting and use advanced post-processing techniques to enhance your photos. Start taking the stunning portraits that ensure your portfolio stands out from the crowd!


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h22m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet your instructor, photographer Catherine Asanov, as she introduces you to the types of portraits you'll focus on in this class, ranging from classic beauty to stunning fashion to dynamic characters. She'll also outline some of the lighting effects you'll explore to create captivating, amazing portraits.

2. Testing the Light

2. Testing the Light

Take a peek into Catherine's studio as she discusses all of the different ways you can modify light, including using beauty dishes, grids and reflectors. Catherine will demonstrate the importance of testing -- and adjusting -- your light. Finally, Catherine will teach you how to find your model's best angles.

3. Fashion Forward

3. Fashion Forward

Beauty shots are all about the face. Witness how wardrobe, makeup and accessories alter your subject's appearance. Master the beauty lighting setup and learn how to adjust it to highlight your model's best features. Catherine shares her tips for directing models and demonstrates how to experiment with color gels.