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Portrait Photography: Studio Direction and Production

A course by Esteban Calderón
Portrait Photographer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 11/14/2017
, Portrait Photographer

Express your creative vision and learn to direct shoots for creating exceptional portraits with artificial light

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 75% Positive reviews (4)
  • 653 students
Portrait Photography: Studio Direction and Production

Express your creative vision and learn to direct shoots for creating exceptional portraits with artificial light


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 75% Positive reviews (4)
  • 653 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (2h 23m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever


To create a portrait of someone, it is essential to capture their essence and empower them to become the protagonist of the image. By creating emotional portraits that impact the observer, renowned photographer Esteban Calderón has had the pleasure of portraying celebrities like Lana Del Rey, Finn Wolfhard, Sean Lennon, Shirley Manson, Amandla Stenberg or Megan Fox, capturing the personality of each in his own signature style.

In this course, Esteban teaches you everything you need to create professional portraits: from composition techniques and studio lighting to directing your production team to achieve the perfect shot.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Inspiration and preparation
  • U3
    U3. Photographic production
  • U4
    U4. Shooting
  • U5
    U5. Postproduction and dissemination of your work
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by meeting Esteban Calderón, a renowned photographer who has had the pleasure to shoot several celebrities over the years. Learn a bit about his career and get to know some of his creative references in the industry.

Finding some visual references is essential for starting your project: prepare an inspirational mood board by collecting images of different subjects, lighting styles, and color palettes. Use them to guide you in the creative direction of your project.

Esteban shows you how to select an effective production team and find the right subject to photograph. Review some essential elements for a great session, including the right photo equipment, lenses, lighting needed so you can get the ideal look.

Review the basic rules of portrait composition and the different crops that exist. Go through some basic lighting schemes that establish specific moods, including commercial and editorial setups.

Start shooting! Learn how to work within a team and strategies for setting up your set. Ensure that everybody knows the job they have to do (makeup, styling, etc.) and see how to achieve optimal results with both commercial and editorial lighting setups.

Make a selection of photos and begin processing them in Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to retouch imperfections with Photoshop, including skin treatment, hair straightening, and clothing adjustment.

Finally, learn the most effective ways to promote your work and how to share your photos effectively on social media.

What is this course's project?

An editorial portrait and a commercial portrait made using the composition and lighting techniques learned during this course.

Who is it for?

For anyone with some photography knowledge who is in the process of specializing or becoming professional in the field.

What you need

To take this course, photography knowledge is required, including basic skills in studio lighting and how to use Photoshop and Lightroom.

In addition, a reflex digital camera, basic lighting equipment, and a computer with the previously mentioned software is necessary.


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Esteban Calderón

A course by Esteban Calderón

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Portrait Photographer

Esteban Calderón is a renowned portrait photographer from Tijuana, Mexico. For many years, he was director of photography for Nylon magazine in Spanish. He currently works as a freelance collaborator for publications like Seventeen, Harper's Bazaar, Caras, Quién, or Marie Claire, while his client list includes Universal Music, Warner, Ocesa Seitrack, Soriana, Amazon, and Telcel.

Esteban is passionate about working with people to capture their essence in each shot. By employing a clean, minimal style that focuses on the protagonist of the image, he has captured famous personalities like Lana Del Rey, Finn Wolfhard, Miguel Bosé, Eiza González, Sean Lennon, Shirley Manson, Amandla Stenberg, Megan Fox, and more.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

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

    Inspiration and preparation

    • Portrait artist references
    • Style elements
    • Prepare a mood board
    • How to define who you will work with
  • U3

    Photographic production

    • Technical equipment
    • Basic rules of composition of a portrait
    • Lighting schemes
  • U4

    Shooting

    • How to manage the human team?
    • Prepare the studio
    • Editorial Shooting
    • Editorial Shooting 2
    • Commercial shooting
  • U5

    Postproduction and dissemination of your work

    • Image selection and development
    • Retouch
    • How to move your work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Portrait Photography: Studio Direction and Production

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Portrait Photography: Studio Direction and Production. A Photography, and Video course by Esteban Calderón Best Seller

Portrait Photography: Studio Direction and Production

A course by Esteban Calderón
Portrait Photographer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 11/14/2017
  • 75% Positive reviews (4)
  • 653 students