The photographic gear that will most directly affect your portraits isn’t the camera, but rather its the lens. In this course, Chris will share the wisdom he has learned through over a decade of experience photographing celebrities like; the actor MIllie Bobby Brown, world famous surfer Kelly Slater or just capturing a portrait of one of his kids. Through presentations and live shoots, you will learn everything you need to know about finding what lenses will work best for you.GET STARTED
Let's start with the essentials and set the foundation by discussing three standard focal length categories - wide, normal and telephoto.
Learn how sensor size affects (and changes) the focal length of your lens.
Using different focal lengths can create different effects like distortion and compression. Let's talk about what those terms mean and why they are important.
In this live studio shoot, learn how to use and avoid common pitfalls when using wide angle lenses for portraits.
In this live studio shoot, discover how best to use a normal focal length lens.
Discover why so many photographers prefer telephoto length lenses when capturing portraits.
Most photographers forget to think about camera height or camera angle. But this can really make or break a photo. Let's talk about the theory of how this works.
In this live studio shoot, discover how to find the best camera angles for wide angle lenses.
In this live studio shoot, discover how to find the best camera angles for normal focal length lenses.
In this live studio shoot, discover how to create a closeup headshot with the telephoto lens.
Depth-of-Field (DOF) is a critical aspect of portrait photography. Used wisely and it can really draw in the viewer. Let's look at what DOF is and why it matters.
Learn the hidden secrets that most directly affect DOF.
Let's go out on location to a beautiful setting and do a live shoot in order to demonstrate how f-stop affects DOF.
Watch as Chris shoots with different focal lengths in a beautiful setting and notice how it creates completely different looks.
The closer your get to the subject the shallower the depth of field. Don't believe me? Watch as Chris demonstrates this in a live shoot.
Learn how to remove distracting elements in the background with shallow DOF.
Sometimes you have to use a shallow DOF because the scene is dark. So let's go into a warehouse studio and explore how to capture portraits indoors.
A good way to get better at portraiture is to practice in open shade. Watch as Chris works in the shade and uses a shallow DOF to capture portraits.
When it comes to buying a lens there's a lot to consider. Listen as Chris makes this complicated topic clear.
Let's discuss the difference between a prime lens and a zoom.
Discover one way to work with great lenses at affordable rates.
Listen as Chris breaks it all down and shares a few thoughts about his favorite lens.
Let's review and summarize what we've learned so far as it relates to Camera Angle and Focal Length.
A great way to make sure you really understand DOF is to watch this summary conversation about DOF.
How do you find the perfect portrait lens? Let me explain.
Now that we have learned so much, what comes next?