Self-Portrait as a Personal Diary

A course by Daniella Benedetti
Intimacy and Fashion Photographer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined May 2019
, Intimacy and Fashion Photographer

Explore aspects of your identity by photographing yourself in everyday situations and visually capturing your innermost feelings

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 2464 students

Explore aspects of your identity by photographing yourself in everyday situations and visually capturing your innermost feelings

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 2464 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 39m)
  • 19 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Weave personal stories and show your innermost identity through a series of photographic self-portraits. Join Daniella Benedetti, everyday life and fashion photographer, as she accompanies you each step of the way.

In this Domestika course, learn how to take self-portraits in everyday situations as a means of expressing yourself through visual diaries. Discover the power of your images and the potential they have to reach out and connect with others.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Inspiration
  • U3
    U3. How to carry out your self-portraits?
  • U4
    U4. The final touch your image needs
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Daniella Benedetti a little better and hear more about her professional background. She talks about her influences and what she has learned from each of them, revealing the most important elements of this style of photography.

Look for inspiration as a way of finding your own voice and developing a truly personal project.

Then, look at the benefits of trial and error and get straight into some exercises to help you loosen up as a photographer. Daniella talks you through the pros and cons of analog photography as well as emphasizes the fact that solutions can always be found for taking a great photo without needing sophisticated equipment.

Now it's time to get your camera out! Put everything you've learned into practice by following the creative footsteps of your teacher before exploring some useful techniques and tricks for taking your own photographs.

Choose your most powerful images and give them a final lift using the Develop module in Lightroom Classic. To finish up, add manual details and some notes to give your photo series an "everyday" look.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of personal photographs based on your private life to explore the different facets of your identity.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for lovers of the self-portrait genre, those who want to use intimate photography as a means of expression, and anyone who wants to learn how to create visual diaries.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, basic photography knowledge is essential.

As for materials, you need a camera and a computer with Lightroom.


2464 Students
93 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Daniella Benedetti

A course by Daniella Benedetti

Teacher Plus
Intimacy and Fashion Photographer

Bogotá native Daniella Benedetti began her photography career on her travels around various European cities including Barcelona and Milan. It was in the latter that she started to use photography as a means of expression, producing her first self-portrait project ""Obsession in Progress,"" which was selected for exhibition at Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Photographing intimacy has always been her first love, and she's brought it into the world of fashion through her work with brands such as Adidas and Mercedes Salazar, as well as into the editorial world collaborating with magazines like Billboard and Vice.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Different paths for a project
    • Five key questions to think about your project
    • How to create a mood board for the project
    • Materials
  • U3

    How to carry out your self-portraits?

    • From praise to trial and error: recursion
    • Self-portrait shooting: keys
    • Self portrait shooting: how to include another person in your photo
  • U4

    The final touch your image needs

    • Image selection 1
    • Image selection 2
    • Basic development in Lightroom 1
    • Basic development in Lightroom 2
    • Manual intervention of the image
    • Storytelling and personal life
  • FP

    Final project

    • Self-Portrait as a Personal Diary

What to expect from a Domestika course

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

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  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Self-Portrait as a Personal Diary. Photography, and Video course by Daniella Benedetti

Self-Portrait as a Personal Diary

A course by Daniella Benedetti
Intimacy and Fashion Photographer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined May 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 2464 students