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Fine Art Self-Portrait Photography

A course by Danny Bittencourt
Photographer and Writer. Cascais, Portugal.
Joined February 2020
, Photographer and Writer

Learn how to use self-portraits as a form of artistic expression and create impactful photographs

  • Best seller Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (389)
  • 7725 students

Learn how to use self-portraits as a form of artistic expression and create impactful photographs

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (389)
  • 7725 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 23m)
  • 22 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

The self-portrait is a language that allows you to transform emotions and personal motivations into meaningful narratives. Specializing in Fine Art photography, visual poet and writer Danny Bittencourt will teach you how to create unique photos by combining technique and artistic expression.

In this course, learn how to make a self-portrait in the field of Fine Art photography. Danny shows you all the steps, starting from the concept, through the creation of a script, to setting up the scene until the time of the shooting, and the final editing on Adobe Photoshop.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Image planning
  • U3
    U3. Execution
  • U4
    U4. Post-production and market
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Danny's career in Fine Art photography and also her experience as a writer and teacher. She will showcase some of her main projects and present the artists who influence her work.

In the second unit, take the first steps in the construction of your self-portrait, get to know the characteristics of this style and its main references in art history. Then, enter your narrative concept defining a context, an intention, and organize a script with the elements you will use to create a powerful and meaningful image.

Then, enter the practical stage and see how to build your self-portrait. Learn how to set the scene and then begin to experiment, taking different photos, to see which one best represents the desired intention, in addition to learning how to identify and transform errors during the process.

Once you achieve the desired image, Danny teaches you how to edit your material using Adobe Photoshop. See how tone, blurring, overlaying, and texture techniques contribute to creating the perfect atmosphere.

Finally, see a series of tips for promoting your work. Danny shows you how to identify opportunities for you to position yourself in the market and share your artwork.

What is this course's project?

Create a fine art self-portrait with special attention to the conceptual work of the image.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in photography and art who has basic knowledge of photography techniques and photo editing on Photoshop.

Requirements and materials

You will need basic photography and Photoshop knowledge.

You can use any kind of camera, but the teacher will use a camera with a manual mode and a simple tripod. You will also need a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed.


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Danny Bittencourt

A course by Danny Bittencourt

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Photographer and Writer

Danny Bittencourt is a Brazilian visual poet who alternates between artistic production, education, and writing novels. She graduated in Photography, specializing in Visual Poetics, and has a Masters in Education with an emphasis on Cultural Studies. Danny is dedicated to sharing her research and experience through lectures, workshops, and courses, which have been seen in several states of Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal.

She is the author of the books Fotografia Fine Art by iPhoto Editora, Fotografia Híbrida, released independently, and A luz da janela, published by Chiado Books.


  • U1


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

    Image planning

    • What is self-portrait?
    • References
    • Construction of intention
    • Scripting
    • Photographic equipment
  • U3


    • Set positioning
    • Experimentation
    • Errability
  • U4

    Post-production and market

    • Curatorship
    • Initial adjustments
    • Creative editing
    • Possible paths
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fine Art Self-Portrait Photography

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Fine Art Self-Portrait Photography. Photography, and Video course by Danny Bittencourt Best seller

Fine Art Self-Portrait Photography

A course by Danny Bittencourt
Photographer and Writer. Cascais, Portugal.
Joined February 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (389)
  • 7725 students