Portrait Photography with Natural Light

A course by Lupe de la Vallina , Photographer

Photographer. Boadilla del Monte, Spain.
Joined September 2017

Learn to create memorable portraits with just a camera and natural light

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (494)
  • 8272 students

Learn to create memorable portraits with just a camera and natural light

Taking a photographic portrait means considering who we have in front of us and what we want to show about that person. In fact, a portrait does not only show the image of a person, it also reflects the relationship between the photographer and the model. Lupe de la Vallina knows that a good portrait should attract the viewer and stir some emotion in them, even if some variables are out of the photographer's control.

In this online course, she teaches you how to create memorable portraits during an interview using minimal resources: a camera, natural light, a model or sitter who is not used to posing, and an everyday location. In this online course, learn to get to know your subject and discover their most fascinating trait to communicate that with great impact. Lupe then teaches you how to post-process the image to give it a personal touch that matches the mood you want to convey.

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What will you learn in this online course?

12 lessons & 4 downloads

4 minutes, 13 seconds
Choose and improvise
15 minutes, 59 seconds
Preparation of the photographer
7 minutes, 48 seconds
Spatio-temporal organization
9 minutes, 36 seconds
Photographing interviews
15 minutes, 50 seconds
To locate
8 minutes, 51 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (494)
  • 8272 students
  • 12 lessons (2h 12m)
  • 4 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Take a series of photographs using only natural light and edit them in Photoshop.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Amateur and professional photographers and anyone looking for a way to create memorable portraits with minimum equipment.

Requirements and materials

You need to be familiar with using a camera and know some Photoshop basics.

In terms of materials, you need a camera, a fast lens, a willing model, someone to help you with the interview, and a computer with Photoshop Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge installed.


8272 Students
494 Reviews
96% Positive ratings
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Lupe de la Vallina

A course by Lupe de la Vallina

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Lupe de la Vallina is a freelance photographer who specializes in portraits and travel. She collaborates with publications such as El País Semanal, Jot Down, and YoDona on a regular basis. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair España, GQ Italia, Interiores, Magazine Fashion & Arts, Travel & Leisure, and Life & Style.

Her technique is intuitive and natural. She favors freedom of movement over perfection to adapt to her subject and encourage a deep dialogue between model and photographer, which is what characterizes her portraits.

Aside from photography, she occasionally writes and gives talks, focusing primarily on the capacity of wonder (TEDx, teacher training at the Francisco de Vitoria University, etc.).


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    We prepare

    • materials
    • Choose and improvise
    • Preparation of the photographer
  • U3

    We take photos

    • Spatio-temporal organization
    • Photographing interviews
    • To locate
    • The posed
  • U4

    It's time to touch up

    • Organize photos
    • Treatment of photos
    • Preparation of photos to publish
  • FP

    Final project

    • Portrait photography with natural light

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Portrait Photography with Natural Light. Photography, and Video course by Lupe de la Vallina

Portrait Photography with Natural Light

A course by Lupe de la Vallina
Photographer. Boadilla del Monte, Spain.
Joined September 2017
  • 96% positive reviews (494)
  • 8272 students