Portrait Photography with Natural Light

A course by Lupe de la Vallina
Photographer. Boadilla del Monte, Spain.
Joined September 2017
, Photographer

Learn to create memorable portraits with minimum resources: your camera and natural light

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (415)
  • 6210 students

Learn to create memorable portraits with minimum resources: your camera and natural light

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (415)
  • 6210 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 lessons (2h 12m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

To make a photographic portrait means to consider who we have before us and what we want to show about that person. In fact, a portrait does not only show the image of a person, but it reflects the relationship between the photographer and the person portrayed. Lupe de la Vallina has done portrait photography for publications and companies such as JotDown, El País Semanal, Vanity Fair or Repsol and knows well that a good portrait should attract you and awaken in you some sensation, although at the time of shooting it is not in your hand control all the variables that intervene in it.

In this course, you will learn to obtain memorable portraits with the minimum resources during an interview: a camera, natural light, a subject that is not accustomed to posing and a daily location. More than technical aspects in this course you will learn to know the subject and discover its most fascinating facet to communicate it with great force. And since photography does not end when the shutter is activated, Lupe will also teach you to perform the subsequent treatment of the image, which will be the process that will give you a personal tone and according to the mood you want to transmit.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. We prepare
  • U3
    U3. We take photos
  • U4
    U4. It's time to touch up
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin by getting to know the work and career of Lupe de la Vallina, who will also tell you about some of his references and the sources he goes to for inspiration.

Afterwards, you will see what is the minimum material you need to face a photographic session like the one Lupe proposes, how to choose the elements for the photo shoot and how to improvise when it is not possible to choose, and what is the preparation you need to take out a photographic portrait.

Lupe will show you in detail the way she faces and takes a photo session during an interview, showing you how the interviewee moves around and how she takes photographs in a posed, the most intense and beautiful moment of the portrait. It will teach you to organize space and time, looking for the best locations.

You will see how Lupe does the subsequent treatment of the image once the photographs are made. You will learn to organize the photos so you can work on them, how to select the best ones, how to treat light and color so that they show the mood and intensity you want to instill in them and finally, how to prepare the images to send them to your Final client.

What is this course's project?

You will make a series of photographs taking as a source of light only natural light and you will make the photo retouch with Photoshop to leave them ready for publication.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To amateur or professional photographers and anyone looking for a way to get memorable portraits with the minimum amount of resources needed.

What you need

You should be familiar with the use of a SLR camera in manual mode and have basic knowledge of Photoshop.

With respect to the materials, you will need a camera, a luminous lens, a person who is willing to pose for you, another who can help you with the interview and a computer with Photoshop Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge installed.


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A course by Lupe de la Vallina


Lupe de la Vallina is a freelance photographer specializing in portraits and travel. He regularly collaborates with publications such as El País Semanal, Jot Down or YoDona and his photos have appeared in Vanity Fair Spain, GQ Italia, Interiors, Magazine Fashion & Arts, or the Mexican Travel & Leisure and Life & Style.

His technique is intuitive and natural, privileging the freedom of movement over perfection to adapt to the subject and favor the deep dialogue between model and photographer from which the portraits that characterize him arise.

In addition to photography, he writes occasionally and gives talks, mainly on the capacity for amazement (TEDx, teacher training Francisco de Vitoria University ...).


  • 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. A 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
  • 97% positive reviews (415)
  • 6210 students