Photographic Portraits in Black and White

A course by Giuseppe Falla
Photographer. Lima District, Peru.
Joined April 2019
, Photographer

Learn to take unique and intimate portraits with a single light source

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 74% positive reviews (35)
  • 669 students

Learn to take unique and intimate portraits with a single light source

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 74% positive reviews (35)
  • 669 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 lessons (1h 8m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Knowing more about people and their environment is essential before trying to portray them in a photograph. The visual artist and photographer, Giuseppe Falla, dedicates a part of the process to observe his portrayed and see beyond to be able to get his true essence in the photographs.

In this course you will learn the process of making a photographic series of portraits, under a concept based on your client and with a basic studio lighting. Giuseppe will give you the keys to get your portrayed to feel free to show himself as he is in the session and that you can get that way, portray his personality.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. The time has come
  • U2
    U2. Portrait Preparation
  • U3
    U3. The take
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction and final version
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start the course knowing Giuseppe Falla, who will tell you more about his career as a photographer as well as explaining how he got a clear identity in his photographs. You will see what inspires him and who his references are.

You will learn step by step the work process of a shooting of portraits. You will see the importance of connecting with the portrayed, of knowing more about him or her and their surroundings, as well as the purpose of the photos. This will allow you to work on more produced or more minimalist lighting, among other factors.

Once you have the idea of what your client is like and what you want, you will create a mood board with references of style, energy or essence of what we want to achieve in the session, as well as the acting , styling and makeup.

You will prepare the space and materials for your session. You will learn to configure the lighting, checking that the flash and space light is adequate. You will also check that your camera is connected to your computer to be able to preview your photos live.

Giuseppe will give you fundamental advice on lighting in shooting, to achieve concrete effects or emotions. Also tricks that will help the portrayed to be more comfortable and to show himself as he is. Once the photos have been taken, it will show you how your selection process is.

Finally, you will edit the final photographs with Adobe Lightroom to begin to colorize, reframe, edit, balance the lighting and give the latest composition touches. Then, you will export the images to Photoshop to finalize the image to your liking.

What is this course's project?

You will hold your own photo session: a series of 4 black and white portraits, under the same lighting and the same concept.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To people interested in photography who want to start portraying with basic elements.

What you need

It is required to know how to handle an SLR camera, as well as have basic notions about lighting.

As for materials, you will need an SLR camera and a light source for your photo shoot and a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.


669 Students
35 Reviews
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Giuseppe Falla

A course by Giuseppe Falla


Giuseppe is a photographer specialized in portraits and documentary photography, but is currently making a dent in the fashion market. Among its ongoing projects are: "Intimate" and "Fluorescent".

Thanks to his expertise in lighting and flashes, he has taught at the New York International Photography Center and the MCM Studio in Buenos Aires, with teachers such as Ruven Afanador, Gabriel Machado, José Cicala, Fabian Morassut Andrew French, Stephanie de Rouge and Natan Dvir.

His other great passion is theater, a fact that has led him to photograph Rock of Ages (Mexico), Lies: The Musical (Mexico), The Vagina Monologues (Mexico), Next to normal (Argentina), Equus (Argentina), The other side of the bed (Argentina), El Padre (Peru), Mudanza (Peru), Mamma Mia (Peru), among others.


  • U1

    The time has come

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

    Portrait Preparation

    • We prepare the conceptual proposal
    • Moodboard Creation
    • You think about styling and makeup
    • Materials and space preparation
  • U3

    The take

    • Proper light setting
    • Shooting
    • Conclusiones de la sesión
  • U4

    Postproduction and final version

    • Selection of the images
    • Lightroom edition
    • Final retouching in Photoshop
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Final project

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Photographic Portraits in Black and White. A Photography, and Video course by Giuseppe Falla

Photographic Portraits in Black and White

A course by Giuseppe Falla
Photographer. Lima District, Peru.
Joined April 2019
  • 74% positive reviews (35)
  • 669 students