Online Class

Black & White Portraits

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Learn how to capture impactful black-and-white portraits for professional-looking results.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nate Dappen

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Photographing Indoors
4. Photographing Outdoors
5. Candid Portraits
6. Black-and-White Photos: Basic Editing
7. Advanced Editing Techniques

Taught by

Nate Dappen
Nate Dappen
Nate Dappen brings a strong scientific background to his work. He studied photography and biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and received his Ph.D. in evolution and ecology from the University of Miami. For the past decade, Nate has photographed everything from weddings to wildlife. Recently, he has shifted his focus to creating nature- and adventure-themed media, a passion that led him to co-found the award-winning production company Day’s Edge Productions with fellow Craftsy instructor Neil Losin.

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