Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits Filled with Symbolism

A course by Lídia Vives
Photographer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2019
, Photographer

Learn how to turn your feelings into artistic photographs that are full of emotion and personality

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (115)
  • 3197 students

Learn how to turn your feelings into artistic photographs that are full of emotion and personality

Self-portraits can serve as a means of introspection, and are a powerful way to transform your emotions into art. Lídia Vives, is a photographer who approaches her work as a painter with a canvas and uses metaphors to illustrate her thoughts and feelings. Instead of photo sessions, she creates unique artwork that are elaborated like a painting, abundant with symbolism.

In this course, learn how to create a fine art self-portrait representing a character or personal experience. Throughout the units, learn how to give shape to your ideas and original style to create unique pictorial portraits that are filled with emotion. Are you ready to tell your own story while being both the photographer and model?

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What will you learn in this online course?

27 lessons & 10 downloads

Style Guide for Self-Portrait
6 minutes, 38 seconds
Finding Props
7 minutes, 49 seconds
2 minutes, 27 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (115)
  • 3197 students
  • 27 lessons (4h 42m)
  • 10 additional resources (4 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

What is this course's project?

Create fine art self-portraits where you can represent a character, or a personal experience. Create your photos in the same space with different perspectives: one that is closed to explore facial expressions and another that is open, to work on your pose.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For those interested in self-portraiture and need some guidance in pose, focus, or framing techniques. Those who have basic skills in language and technique for photography and an intermediate-level in post-production skills will also enjoy the course.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need basic Photoshop skills and know how to use a reflex camera. You can also use your phone camera and natural light.


3197 Students
115 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Lídia Vives

A course by Lídia Vives

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Lídia Vives is an artistic photographer, renowned for her pictorial self-portraits filled with secrets. Influenced by Henri-Cartier Bresson, she discovered photography as a means of artistic expression at sixteen, and decided to switch her paint brush for a camera.

Lídia’s work has been exhibited in Spanish and Australian galleries, using her Instagram account as a visual diary where she expresses all that she doesn’t say out loud. Her main clients include brands and editorials for which she creates fashion and advertising photography, and above all, for art collections.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • U2


    • Referents of the Self-Portrait
    • Style Guide for Self-Portrait
    • Finding Inspiration and Making the Mood Board
    • Finding Props
  • U3

    The session

    • Materials
    • Learning to pose
    • Prepare the set: props and lighting
    • Shooting: close-up
    • Shooting: medium shot
  • U4


    • Development in Camera Raw 1
    • Development in Camera Raw 2
    • Development in Camera Raw 3
    • Cleaning the image 1
    • Cleaning the image 2
    • Cleaning the image 3
    • Cleaning the image 4
    • Cleaning the image 5
    • Skin retouching 1
    • Skin retouching 2
    • Contrast and color 1
    • Contrast and color 2
    • Liquify filter, focus and texture
    • Saving your Photo
    • Submit your photograph
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits Filled with Symbolism

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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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Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits Filled with Symbolism. Photography, and Video course by Lídia Vives

Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits Filled with Symbolism

A course by Lídia Vives
Photographer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (115)
  • 3197 students