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with Nate Dappen
Online Class

Black & White Portraits

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Learn why less is sometimes more! Join award-winning photographer Nate Dappen as he shares techniques for taking flawless monochromatic photographs. First, enjoy an overview of the equipment you’ll need, and learn which camera settings Nate relies on in his black-and-white work. Then, review strategies for successful composition, including the rule of thirds and the golden spiral, and find out how to work with any light, for stunning results. Moving on, Nate demonstrates how to create a perfect studio background, no matter your budget. And, he shares tips for using flashes, reflectors and diffusers to your advantage, when your lighting won’t cooperate. Next, discover the secrets to taking beautiful candid photographs, including Nate’s tried-and-true tips for telling a bad joke to elicit genuine emotion. Finally, dive into the post-production process and learn how to organize and edit your photos.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h57m

Included in this Class

1. Equipment & Shooting Basics

1. Equipment & Shooting Basics

Meet award-winning photographer Nate Dappen as he highlights the techniques you'll learn to capture gorgeous monochromatic portraits. In addition, find out what camera equipment you'll need to take them and discover Nate's favorite camera settings.

2. Introduction to Black-and-White Portraits

2. Introduction to Black-and-White Portraits

Portrait photography is guided by a few simple rules, which you'll learn with Nate's guidance. Delve into the basic guidelines for composition, such as the rule of thirds and the golden spiral. Then explore three different styles of portraiture: constructionist, environmental and candid.

3. Photographing Indoors

3. Photographing Indoors

Learn Nate's secret to harnessing natural light, which can be challenging for photographers of all skill levels. Practice shooting monochromatic portraits indoors, then see how to turn any background into a studio background -- no matter your budget.