Beauty Photography

A course by Nicolás Cuenca
Photographer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2015
, Photographer

Learn to produce beauty photographs from the idea to the digital retouching stage

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (144)
  • 2797 students

Learn to produce beauty photographs from the idea to the digital retouching stage

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (144)
  • 2797 students
  • 26 lessons (4h 50m)
  • 18 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Showcasing and valuing the beauty of human beings is what defines Nicolás Cuenca's work. An Argentinean photographer specialized in beauty and fashion photography, his work has been featured in magazines such as Vanidades and Kunst Magazine and used by beauty brands like Fenty Beauty and MAC Pro.

In this course, enter the world of beauty photography and learn about different genres, applications, lighting techniques, workflows, and digital editing.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation and equipment
  • U3
    U3. Lighting Techniques
  • U4
    U4. Shooting
  • U5
    U5. Fine developing and retouching
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by meeting Nicolás, who will tell you about his most important projects, his studies, and his influences in the world of photography.

Discover the different types of beauty photography and their applications, and then learn how to develop the brief for a production. See how to capture an idea by gathering references and inspiration.

Review the necessary equipment for the session, both hardware and software: from the flash and a camera to editing programs and tethering .

Choose the appropriate camera settings to photograph your subject and the focal lengths that favor them. Learn to configure different parameters, such as shutter speed, ISO, flash power, and aperture, among others.

Learn about tethering and what purpose it serves within the workflow of a photoshoot. See how basic editing can be applied to images during the session to see them in real time as you work.

See the differences between hard and soft light, when to use one or the other and why it is important to take into account the quality of light to favor different skin types and generate the desired environment. Learn alternatives to position the key light of your photo session, as well as how to use the fill, effect, and background lights.

In addition to artificial lights, learn how to shoot beauty photos using a natural light source, accessible to all, such as light from a window, complemented with reflectors and panels to shape it to your liking.

Also discover framing and reframing techniques for your photos and the advantages of composing in-camera or in post-production.

Once the photos are taken, it's time to move on to the digital editing stage. Start by reviewing the tools to be used and then select the most powerful images.

Learn to get the most out of your digital files, adjusting the contrast, brightness, curves, levels, and color grading, among other options.

Next, move on to Adobe Photoshop for touch-ups like texture corrections and skin touch-ups before exporting your edited files to the platform the image will be displayed on, whether that be on social media, a website, or printed.

What is this course's project?

Carry out a beauty portrait session with artificial lighting and natural light and then edit your photos.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers who want to expand their knowledge of portrait photography and lighting techniques focused on beauty photography.

Requirements and materials

Intermediate knowledge of photography and basic notions of lighting are required. For post-production, basic knowledge of RAW image editing and Adobe Photoshop is needed.

As for materials, you need a digital camera, a flash for artificial lighting, a window as a source of natural light, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Capture One installed.


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Nicolás Cuenca

A course by Nicolás Cuenca

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Nicolás Cuenca is an Argentinean beauty and fashion photographer who specializes in portrait photography. His works has been featured in different print and online media such as Sicky Magazine, Kunst Magazine, "Vanidades[/i], and Flanelle Magazine, and used for beauty brands such as Fenty Beauty, MAC Pro Cosmetics, and NARSissist.

Nicolás is also an art ambassador for the Bergner Group Art & Design foundation in Spain, an international institution dedicated to bringing fashion and art to homes around the world.

His photography is inspired by the emotions transmitted by faces, and he is always searching for new forms of creative expression in his work.


  • U1


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

    Preparation and equipment

    • Kinds of work
    • Briefing
    • Hardware and software
  • U3

    Lighting Techniques

    • Camera setting and tethering workflow
    • Hard vs. Soft
    • Main light
    • Fill lights
    • Effect light and backlight
  • U4


    • Natural light
    • Artificial light
  • U5

    Fine developing and retouching

    • Postproduction tools
    • Culling image selection I
    • Culling image selection II
    • Development and preparation of RAW I
    • Development and preparation of RAW II
    • Development and preparation of RAW III
    • Plan the touch up
    • Retouching in Photoshop I - Part I
    • Retouching in Photoshop I - Part II
    • Retouching in Photoshop II - Part I
    • Retouching in Photoshop II - Part II
    • Retouching in Photoshop II - Part III
    • Export for different media
  • FP

    Final project

    • Beauty photography

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Beauty Photography. Photography, and Video course by Nicolás Cuenca

Beauty Photography

A course by Nicolás Cuenca
Photographer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (144)
  • 2797 students