Learn to produce beauty photographs from the idea to the digital retouch
Highlighting and valuing the beauty of the human being is what defines the work of Nicolás Cuenca - Argentine photographer specialized in beauty and fashion photography - whose photos have appeared in magazines such as Vanidades or Kunst Magazine and have been highlighted in beauty portals like Fenty Beauty or MAC Pro.
In this course you will enter the world of photography beauty and learn about the different types of beauty photography, its applications, lighting techniques, workflows, development and digital editing.
About this course
You will start by knowing Nicolás, who will tell you about his most important projects, his studies and his influences in the world of photography.
You will discover the different types of beauty photography and their applications, and then learn how to develop the briefing of a production. You will see how to capture an idea from references and inspirations.
You will review the necessary equipment for the session, both hardware and software ; from flash and camera to development programs and tethering .
You will decide the appropriate camera parameters to photograph your subject and choose the focal distances that favor it. You will learn to configure different parameters such as: shutter speed, ISO, flash power or aperture of diaphragm, among others.
You will learn what tethering and what it is for in the workflow of a photo shoot. You will see how it is possible to apply during the session, a basic development in the images to see them in real time as you work.
You will 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 the light to favor different types of skins and generate the desired environment. You will also learn alternatives to position the main light of your photo shoot, as well as to use the fill, effect and background lights.
In addition to artificial lights, you will learn to make a beauty shooting using a natural light source, accessible to all, such as window light, complemented by bounces and flags to mold it as you wish. .
You will learn model management techniques, from pose types to communication techniques to achieve the general mood of your photo shoot.
You will also discover techniques of framing and reframing of your photos, exposing the advantages of composing in the camera or composing in postproduction.
Once the photos are taken, you will go to digital development. You will start by reviewing the tools to use and then Nicolás will help you make a selection of the most powerful images.
You will learn to get the most out of your digital negative files, adjusting the contrast, brightness, curves, levels and color grading , among other options.
Then, you will go to Adobe Photoshop to make adjustments such as texture corrections and skin touch-ups, before exporting your files adapted to the platform where the image will be displayed, from social or web networks to prints.
What is this course's project?
You will hold a session of beauty portraits with artificial lighting or natural light and you will post-produce your photos.
Who is it for?
To photographers who want to expand their knowledge in portrait photography and lighting techniques, focused on beauty photography.
What you need
Intermediate knowledge of photography and basic notions of lighting are required. For postproduction, basic knowledge of development in RAW and Adobe Photoshop.
As for the materials, you will need an SLR camera with flash for artificial lighting, a good window as a natural light source and a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Capture One installed.
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Nicolás Cuenca is an Argentine beauty and fashion photographer, specialized in portrait photography. His works have appeared in various print and online media such as Sicky Magazine, Kunst Magazine, Vanidades or Flanelle Mag and in beauty portals such as Fenty Beauty, MAC Pro Cosmetics and NARSissist.
Since January 2019. Nicolás is also an art ambassador for the Art & Design Foundation of Bergner Group in Spain, an international institution dedicated to bringing fashion and art to the homes of the world
His photography is inspired by emotions transmitted by the look and face, looking for new forms of creative expression in his photographs.