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Editorial Portraiture: Light and Creativity

A course by Natalia Gw
Fashion and portrait photographer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined February 2019
, Fashion and portrait photographer

Learn how to create photographic portraits; from idea, to shoot, to Photoshop

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (264)
  • 6612 students

Learn how to create photographic portraits; from idea, to shoot, to Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (264)
  • 6612 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 12m)
  • 20 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Conceptualization and art direction are two fundamental steps in fashion and portrait photographer Natalia Gw's creative process. However, her work really comes to life when she starts playing with light to achieve unexpected results. She refers to it as "painting with light". Would you like to learn how she does it?

In this course, Natalia teaches you how to produce editorial portraits from the idea phase to the final shoot using both a professional studio and your home. Discover how far you can take your photography without the need for big resources—just natural light, some flashes, and a whole lot of imagination.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Eyes to work
  • U3
    U3. Lights, camera and direction
  • U4
    U4. Development and completion
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Natalia, her beginnings, the path that led her to specialize in portrait and fashion photography, her influences, and her way of understanding the profession. In addition, she talks to you about how important each creative process is and how they influence her work.

Create an image database, to develop your own style and use for future personal or commercial projects. Then, organize your ideas by creating a mood board by choosing your color palette and reviewing each aspect of your equipment.

Discover how to create professional-looking home studio sets by playing with fabrics, veils, and paper. From there, Natalia teaches you how to take professional portraits with both natural light and studio lighting. See how to experiment with color filters to add textures and effects to your images.

Finally, learn everything about the post-production of your photographs with Photoshop, including the selection of images, how to fix and correct photos, how to edit them, retouch them, and create a narrative series that can be published in your portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Make a series of editorial portraits with different lighting and art direction using natural light, flashes, and other experimental elements.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers who would like to learn new lighting techniques and other tricks for playing with art direction and color.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, previous photography knowledge is required.

As for the materials, you will need a digital camera and a computer with Adobe Photoshop. You will also need a space with natural light and, if you would like to work with artificial light, a basic flash kit. Some basic home materials like fabric, paper, and filters are also needed for experimenting.


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Natalia Gw

A course by Natalia Gw

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Fashion and portrait photographer

Natalia Gw was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied photography. Afterward, she specialized in portrait and fashion photography. Currently, her work shifts between the editorial and commercial world, which has allowed her to work with clients like Netflix, Missoma, and local fashion designers and artists.

In her photographs, she transports her models to surrealistic places. Her purpose is to convey the message behind each image in the best possible way and exalt its beauty. You can find Natalia’s work on Instagram and on her website.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Eyes to work

    • Image Bank
    • Mood board
    • Color palette
    • The photographic equipment
  • U3

    Lights, camera and direction

    • Art direction
    • Professional portrait in natural light
    • Professional portrait with studio light
  • U4

    Development and completion

    • Selection and development
    • Common bug fixes
    • Fine retouching, color and finishing
    • Fine retouching, color and finishing 2
  • FP

    Final project

    • Editorial Portraiture: Light and Creativity

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Editorial Portraiture: Light and Creativity. Photography, and Video course by Natalia Gw Best seller

Editorial Portraiture: Light and Creativity

A course by Natalia Gw
Fashion and portrait photographer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined February 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (264)
  • 6612 students