Conceptual Self-Portrait Photography

A course by Krishna VR
Photographer. Zapopan, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/11/2018
, Photographer

Learn to create photographs with an illustrative touch and bring them to life in post-production

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (350)
  • 8373 students
Conceptual Self-Portrait Photography

Learn to create photographs with an illustrative touch and bring them to life in post-production

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (350)
  • 8373 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (2h 40m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

A self-portrait is an art form but also great practice for the photographer to act as the art director and the subject, having control over all variables of the final piece. In the world of photography you can find anything from the most mundane, simple selfie to picturesque works of art - like those of Krishna, a visual artist whose self-portraits are conceptually loaded and aesthetically stunning.

In this course you will learn to replicate her techniques and seek inspiration to express your own ideas through self portraits; using props to create a strong visual and conceptual narrative. You will also learn post-production techniques to take your photos to the next level.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Construction of the concept
  • U3
    U3. Makeup and wardrobe
  • U4
    U4. Photoshoot
  • U5
    U5. Edition
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by getting to know Krishna, learn how she started as a photographer and why she chose the camera to express herself artistically. She will also give an overview of her career path as well some of her influences.

Before picking up your camera, you will first learn to conceptualize what you are going to create through sketches, moodboards and artistic references. Then, Krishna will share her process behind the camera - the costumes, makeup, props, lighting and set preparation.

You will see how Krishna sets up her camera in order to capture the perfect shot and, when you’re ready, you will start taking photos until you take your ideal selection.

Krishna will then walk you through the editing process. First in Camera Raw, where you will work on exposure, saturation and lighting; then moving on to Photoshop, where you will retouch textures, skin, eyes, hair etc…

What is this course's project?

You will create a self-portrait to tell a story through costumes, color and surroundings.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For any photographer or novice interested in expressing oneself through a creative self-portrait.

What you need

Basic knowledge of photography and Photoshop is necessary.

For materials you will need a camera (it's not necessary to have a DSLR), a computer with Adobe Photoshop, a tripod (a tripod with an automatic trigger that fits your camera would make your job easier).


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Krishna VR

A course by Krishna VR


Krishna VR is a young Mexican photographer specializing in self-portraits. She is known for her artistic work that merge photography and hyperrealistic painting, through detailed set design and postproduction to help to tell a story through photos.

At 17, she ranked first place in the 'Under 20' category at the Siena International Photography Awards. In her short career, she has already exhibited her work in the Louvre in Paris, participating in the Exposure Award Collection with her photo 'Path Of Destruction'. Other works have also been shown in Amsterdam, New York and Japan.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Construction of the concept

    • From the idea to the final image
    • Rain of inspiration (Moodboard)
    • Body expression and direction
  • U3

    Makeup and wardrobe

    • Makeup
    • Locker room
  • U4


    • Assembly and lighting
    • Camera settings
    • Shooting
  • U5


    • Photo and development selection
    • Cleaning tools I
    • Cleaning tools II
    • Elementary editing tools and dodge and burn
    • Frequency separation in skin
    • Textures
    • Colour
    • Final details
    • Excel with your creativity
    • BONUS: The eyes
  • FP

    Final project

    • Conceptual photographic self-portrait

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Conceptual Self-Portrait Photography. A Photography, and Video course by Krishna VR

Conceptual Self-Portrait Photography

A course by Krishna VR
Photographer. Zapopan, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/11/2018
  • 99% Positive reviews (350)
  • 8373 students