Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits with Film

A course by Chantal Convertini
Photographer and Artist. Basel, Switzerland.
Joined September 2021
, Photographer and Artist

Learn to follow your inspiration and capture artistic self-portraits on film, experimenting with the virtues of analog

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 83% positive reviews (6)
  • 418 students

Learn to follow your inspiration and capture artistic self-portraits on film, experimenting with the virtues of analog

German with subtitles in English
  • 83% positive reviews (6)
  • 418 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 28m)
  • 19 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Like other art forms, photography encompasses many distinct techniques, and each one shapes the creative process in its own way. Thanks to this versatility, photographer and artist Chantal Convertini has found a signature style that she uses to create truly original images. In this online course, make a deep connection with your sources of inspiration and learn how to see yourself in a new light through analog photography and self-portraits.

The aim of this course isn't so much the result as the process itself. Chantal teaches you all the technical aspects you need to capture an analog self-portrait, from choosing the film, setting, concept, and lighting to manual focus and remote shooting techniques. By the end, you'll know how to tap into your inspiration and see yourself on an intimate level through analog film.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Film, Self-Portraits, and Light
  • U3
    U3. The Photoshoot
  • U4
    U4. The Image Editing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know your teacher, Chantal Convertini, as she tells you about the creative journey she followed from painting and drawing to the art of capturing images. She also shares her biggest influences, especially in terms of self-portraiture and analog photography

Next, take a look at the course materials, the characteristics of film, and the inner workings of an analog camera, followed by a brief introduction to self-portraits. Chantal then explains how to use light in your images and where to find inspiration.

Now grab your camera and start searching for your photo. Discover different approaches to analog photography and experiment with key aspects of your composition, from the idea to the space and pose.

After the shoot, prepare your film to be developed. With your images in hand, Chantal shows you how to pick out your favorites and digitally edit them. She also gives you some ideas on what to do with your photos and how to share them with your audience.

What is this course's project?

Shoot a series of analog self-portraits using different techniques.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with a passion for analog photography who wants to take an artistic approach to topics like the body, intimacy, and self-reflection in their images. This course is great for all levels, whether you're trying self-portraits for the first time or you want to get more practice and explore new ways to transfer digital images to analog or play with light.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of photography and how to use an analog camera are required.

For materials, you need a digital camera or a smartphone, a working analog camera (with a fully charged battery, automatic mode, and film) and a computer or laptop. A tripod and a shutter release cable will also be useful, but not essential.


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Chantal Convertini

A course by Chantal Convertini

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Photographer and Artist

Chantal Convertini works as a freelance photographer and artist. Of all the options in her profession, analog photography is her favorite. In her work, she combines documenting and capturing real moments, emotions, poses, and situations with skillful staging and acute self-observation to create self-portraits and other photography formats.

Chantal divides her time between projects, workshops, exhibits, photoshoots, and more personal work. Her client list includes major brands like Polaroid, LAMAREL, Gucci, Omega, Bulgari, Nespresso, Sfera, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Magnum. Her photos have been displayed in galleries in Paris and New York, and she published her first photography book in 2020: Permeable Membrane.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    Film, Self-Portraits, and Light

    • Materials
    • Introduction to the Analog Camera
    • Brainstorming
    • Introduction to Self-Portrait
    • Light, Poses, and Expression
  • U3

    The Photoshoot

    • Test Images with Digital Camera
    • Self-Portraits on Analogue Film
    • Pictures with Analog Camera
  • U4

    The Image Editing

    • Have Rolls of Film Developed
    • Image Selection and Editing 1
    • Image Selection and Editing 2
    • What Can You Do with the Pictures?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits with Film

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Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits with Film. Photography, and Video course by Chantal Convertini

Fine Art Photography: Self-Portraits with Film

A course by Chantal Convertini
Photographer and Artist. Basel, Switzerland.
Joined September 2021
  • 83% positive reviews (6)
  • 418 students