Portrait Photography: Capturing Authenticity

A course by Catalina Kulczar
Photographer and director of photography. New York, United States.
Joined February 2019
, Photographer and director of photography

Learn photographic techniques and the creative process to express people's essence in a portrait

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (44)
  • 1081 students
Portrait Photography: Capturing Authenticity

Learn photographic techniques and the creative process to express people's essence in a portrait

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (44)
  • 1081 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 13m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

In a portrait, the most complex part is not the technical part of a photo shoot but rather to bring to light the essence of the portrayed, capturing it with naturalness and authenticity. Photographer Catalina Kulczar looks through people, is inspired by knowing them and forms her identity as an artist capturing the essence of people and expressing it in her photographs.

In this course Catalina will transmit you in detail all her creative process to portray a person. From pre-production and all the necessary steps before the session, until the moment in which he makes the portrait (teach the person how to pose, how to speak to him, how to connect ...). Finally, you will know its postproduction process and final edition of the photographs.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. The portrait
  • U4
    U4. Post-production
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Catalina will tell you a little about her and how she became a photographer. She will tell you what inspires her and show you what her referents are. Then, it will give you a brief summary of what you will see throughout the course.

You will start preparing the session and for this it will be essential to understand who you are going to portray. Catalina will give you the keys to finish understanding more the person you are going to photograph. Then you must make an inspiration board to get more customer: photos of their surroundings, costumes, data ...

The teacher will tell you about the differences between portraying someone in a studio where you can have control of everything or a location. You will see and prepare the necessary photographic equipment for your session.

Let's do it! You will prepare the set with the lights, camera, laptop, photographic equipment and environment of the place so that everyone is comfortable.

You will learn tricks to make the model look, stand and relax, using a specific technique used by the teacher. You will also see how to make it warm, so that people are completely honest, intimate and carefree. You will familiarize yourself with the three points of view to create a variety of portraits.

Then, you will make a session of the person removing all objects from the set, assembling the portrait and giving importance to a single element.

Finally, you will make the final selection of the portraits using Lightroom. You will discover what you should consider when making the decision and, once chosen, you will see how to adjust the style that defines your photographs. After the photo editing, you will prepare the photos for web format and print format for magazine.

What is this course's project?

You will make two portraits of the same person: a studio portrait and another in a day-to-day location that can talk about the person in question, such as your home or work.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

A photographers who have already have knowledge of lighting and experience with lights strobes , but want to increase their level of production and preparation in a photo shoot, with the aim of creating portraits where it really connects with the portrayed.

What you need

You will need knowledge of photography and operation of a digital camera in manual mode, and the relationship between light, aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

It is recommended to know how to photograph directly connected to a computer ( tethered ), although it is not necessary, since it simplifies the work process when working on portraits and, in this way, both the portrait and the makeup artist , as the customer can see the images immediately.


1081 Students
44 Reviews
95% Positive ratings

Catalina Kulczar

A course by Catalina Kulczar

Photographer and director of photography

Catalina Kulczar is a portraitist, filmmaker and visual storyteller who connects in an authentic way with the topics she addresses and drives them through her works.

His work tends to be based on projects, or groups of portraits that convey a broader theme, frequently exploring issues rooted in women's roles in work and contemporary society.

Catalina is interested in creating informed narratives about individual women who have bravely overcome resistance and obstacles in their path, regardless of the sector.

Catalina was born in Caracas (Venezuela), but is from Hungarian parents. It comes from a long line of immigrants and women with great willpower that have survived the wars, the Nazis and tremendous turmoil in search of a better life "elsewhere", always with their optimism and sense of humor intact.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2


    • Creative Research
    • Creating the image
    • Equipment and light
    • Study vs. location
  • U3

    The portrait

    • Preparing the set
    • Address and inn
    • Portrait in studio - Part 1
    • Portrait in studio - Part 2
    • Portrait in studio - Part 3
    • Portrait in location
  • U4


    • Final Photo Editing
    • Basic settings and final formats
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Portrait photography: capturing authenticity

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Portrait Photography: Capturing Authenticity. A Photography, and Video course by Catalina Kulczar

Portrait Photography: Capturing Authenticity

A course by Catalina Kulczar
Photographer and director of photography. New York, United States.
Joined February 2019
  • 95% Positive reviews (44)
  • 1081 students