Portrait Photography with Nonprofessional Models

A course by Catalina Bartolomé , Photographer and portraitist

Photographer and portraitist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined May 2019

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

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (104)
  • 2732 students

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

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.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 20 downloads

What i offer
8 minutes, 30 seconds
How do i offer it
17 minutes, 41 seconds
Materials I need
5 minutes, 9 seconds
Putting together the set
6 minutes, 10 seconds
Headshot white background
13 minutes, 17 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (104)
  • 2732 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 21m)
  • 20 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

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

Projects by course students

Who is this online course 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.

Requirements and materials

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.


2732 Students
104 Reviews
93% Positive ratings

Catalina Bartolomé

A course by Catalina Bartolomé

Teacher Plus
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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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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

Portrait Photography with Nonprofessional Models

A course by Catalina Bartolomé
Photographer and portraitist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined May 2019
  • 93% positive reviews (104)
  • 2732 students