Portrait Photography with Nonprofessional Models

A course by Catalina Bartolomé
Photographer and portraitist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On Domestika since 05/21/2019
, Photographer and portraitist

Learn the techniques to create professional portraits of people who don't know how to pose

  • Spanish with subtitles
  • 100% Positive reviews (4)
  • 174 students
Portrait Photography with Nonprofessional Models

Learn the techniques to create professional portraits of people who don't know how to pose

  • Spanish with subtitles
  • 100% Positive reviews (4)
  • 174 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 21m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Photographer and portraitist Catalina Bartolomé began making self-portraits covering her face to help put herself in the shoes of those she was capturing. This act prompted her to take the leap and work with people without experience in posing for photographs, fully representing their personalities and giving visibility to their stories, companies, or ventures.

In this course Catalina will teach you how to plan and execute professional portraits, exploring different possibilities depending on the subject's profile and needs. You'll learn the techniques to create practical and versatile lighting, as well as advice for directing people who are not used to posing for photographs. In addition, you'll learn basic editing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and how to export the photographs in the correct format for your client.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction
  • U3
    U3. Shooting day
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You'll start by getting to know Catalina, who will explain how she started in this profession and why she currently photographs nonprofessional models. She will also share her influences with you.

In the second unit, you'll see the different clients that exist and the types of services you can offer. In addition, you'll ask yourself some questions that will help you work on your empathy and be able to solve problems that may arise with your subjects.

On to the photoshoot! First, you'll assemble the set in an agile way in order to work comfortably. You'll see how to receive the person you are going to photograph, helping them think about wardrobe and understanding your directions. You'll see all the steps to carry out your portrait session, and discover the techniques to create practical and versatile lighting.

You'll take headshots (from the shoulders up) and a Cowboy shot on a white background, exploring various possibilities and once again on a gray background. Then you will take a creative portrait.

Once you have taken the photos, you'll select the best ones and post-produce them with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Bridge or any other editing program, tweaking them in Photoshop.

You'll export them both in color and in black and white, with different definitions, and you'll see what to take into account to deliver the materials to your client. Finally, you'll see the different ways to show your work online.

What is this course's project?

You'll make a set of portraits of the same person: headshots, Cowboy shot, and creative portraits.

Who is it for?

To anyone who wants to go deeper into the portrait genre, as well as professional photographers who want to explore a different way of taking portraits.

What you need

Basic photography skills required: control of the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and lens types.

As for materials, you'll need a camera, a white wall or a photo studio, an external flash, a computer, and an editing program such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.


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Catalina Bartolomé

A course by Catalina Bartolomé

Photographer and portraitist

Catalina is a portraitist and photographer who has been doing portraits for more than 12 years. She studied sociology and photography and began working as an editorial photographer for Argentine national media La Nación, OHLALÁ, Clarín, Radar, Inrockuptibles, Rolling Stone, and Las 12.

In 2016 she founded her company Professional Portraits, specialized in taking portraits of inexperienced professionals. She also organizes events to give visibility to some of her interests, such as photography exhibits.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What are we going to do in this course
  • U2


    • What i offer
    • How do i offer it
    • Materials I need
  • U3

    Shooting day

    • Putting together the set
    • Headshot white background
    • Headshot gray background
    • Classic portrait
    • Extra, extra, creative portrait
  • U4


    • I look - I analyze
    • E edition I
    • E edition II
    • Portrait R
  • FP

    Final project

    • Portrait photography with inexperienced models

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Portrait Photography with Nonprofessional Models. A Photograph, , and Video course by Catalina Bartolomé

Portrait Photography with Nonprofessional Models

A course by Catalina Bartolomé
Photographer and portraitist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On Domestika since 05/21/2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (4)
  • 174 students