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Soft & Dreamy Portraits

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Learn how to take beautiful, atmospheric photos using tools and techniques that won’t break the bank, with guidance from self-taught, renowned photographer Jenna Martin.

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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 Jenna Martin
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Explore simple, inexpensive techniques for capturing ethereal photographs, with accessible, "break the rules" instruction from internationally renowned photographer Jenna Martin. During class, you'll learn how to create bokeh, beginning with methods for setting the mood for your portraits before you've even started your shoot. Then, discover how light can transform your subject and harness that light for gorgeous results. Next, Jenna will share her secrets for creating beautiful blurred backgrounds, bringing mood and atmosphere into your photos and capturing natural expressions to elevate every image. Plus, get expert post-processing tips for brightening your subject's eyes and skin, and find out how to create composite portraits made from multiple image layers — all with Jenna's "anyone can do it" teaching philosophy to encourage you along the way.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Your Gear
Meet fine art photographer Jenna Martin and preview the wide range of creative techniques you'll learn to add mood and atmosphere to your portraits. Then, get expert advice on the essential gear you'll need -- and discover budget-friendly tools that will allow you to create stunning effects.
2. Planning Your Shoot
3. Understanding Light
4. Working With Depth Of Field
5. Adding Mood & Atmosphere
6. Editing & Post-Processing
7. Introduction to Composites

Taught by

Jenna  Martin
Jenna Martin
Jenna Martin is a self-taught fine art and underwater photographer. Originally pursuing a career in psychiatric rehabilitation, Jenna made a drastic career change to photography and created a name for herself in just a few years. Today, she is an internationally published photographer with work showing in a variety of galleries around the United States. She also enjoys sharing her philosophy of “anyone can do it” photography through workshops, classes, and now here on Craftsy!

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