Black and White Portrait Photography with Character

A course by jeosm
Photographer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2018
, Photographer

Experiment with artificial light and contrast to create images full of strength and personality

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 520 students

Experiment with artificial light and contrast to create images full of strength and personality

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 520 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 6m)
  • 15 additional resources (3 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

A photograph is more than an image; it also tells a story. José Clemente, better known as Jeosm, is a photographer and portrait specialist who has worked with brands like Adidas, Atresmedia, and the publisher Penguin Random House. In this course, he explains how to capture the story and character of the person in front of the camera.

Learn how to shoot black and white portraits with artificial light in a professional studio or your own home. Work with different frames and experiment with light and shadow to take expressive photos that capture the personality of your model.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction of Our Photographs
  • U3
    U3. Open Shot Shooting
  • U4
    U4. Shooting Close Up Shot
  • U5
    U5. Image Processing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Jeosm and hear about his professional journey from graffiti to photography. Take a look at some of his favorite projects, the process behind them, and some of his biggest influences.

Explore different approaches to finding references for your photos with some tips from Jeosm. Understand the importance of developing your own style and knowing your model inside and out.

Now it’s time to grab your camera! Discover everything you need to shoot a wide-angle portrait. Learn how to play with light and how to choose and set up the best lighting pattern. Try out different positions with your model and see how props can be used as expressive tools.

Next, join Jeosm for a close-up photoshoot. Go over all the equipment you need for a shoot and experiment with harsh light and plain backgrounds. Explore some technical aspects and see what settings and parameters Jeosm uses for his camera to get the powerful, expressive results he’s looking for.

Finish the course with a lesson on editing. Select your best photos from the shoot and learn how to retouch them in Camera Raw and Photoshop to give them more strength and personality.

What is this course's project?

Create two black and white portraits that convey strength and capture personality–one with a wide-angle lens and another with a prime lens.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in photography who wants to explore portrait techniques.

Requirements and materials

You need to be familiar with a reflex camera and know the basics of Photoshop.

The basic materials you need for this course are a mirrorless reflex camera and several lenses (a wide angle and a 50 mm or bigger prime). For the shoot, you need studio lights and remote flashes, or you can rent out a photography studio. For the editing phase, you need a computer with photo editing software, preferably Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop.


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Jose Clemente is a freelance photographer who works under the name Jeosm. His work focuses on portraits, photojournalism, and advertising. He discovered photography through graffiti, using it as a way to immortalize his work in different light conditions. Since then, he has worked with clients like Adidas, Atresmedia, and the publisher Penguin Random House. He has also published five photography books.

In his portraits, Jeosm wants to portray people exactly as they are. He has a distinct style that focuses predominantly on black and white, employing stark contrasts between light and shadow. He believes the most important part of his work is connecting with the person being photographed.


  • U1


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

    Preproduction of Our Photographs

    • Search for References and Style
    • Knowing the Person Portrayed
    • Materials
  • U3

    Open Shot Shooting

    • How to Play with Light: Wide Shot Lighting Scheme
    • Optics and Placement of the Model in the Wide Shot
    • Photo with Wide Shot
  • U4

    Shooting Close Up Shot

    • How to Play with Light: Close-up Lighting Scheme
    • Optics, Placement of the Model and Background in a Close up Shot
    • Photo with Close up Shot
  • U5

    Image Processing

    • Selection and Dumping of Images
    • Retouch in Camera RAW and Photoshop
  • FP

    Final project

    • Black and White Portrait Photography with Character

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Black and White Portrait Photography with Character

A course by jeosm
Photographer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2018
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 520 students