Dark Conceptual Portraits

A course by Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2016
, Photographer

Carry out a somber-looking photoshoot from concept to editing

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (72)
  • 1428 students
Dark Conceptual Portraits

Carry out a somber-looking photoshoot from concept to editing

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (72)
  • 1428 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 43m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Specializing in the artistic portrait with mysterious and dark themes, photographer Eduardo Gómez - better known as Alter Imago - explores through his work forbidden themes, monstrous and fantastic characters, as well as all kinds of oddities that come to mind. With more than 15 years of experience, his photographic experience has led him to work on different projects where imagination and a taste for the dark are key.

In his first Domestika course, Directing Models for Photography, Eduardo teaches the art of directing people for fashion photographs and portraits, and this time he will teach you how to make dark-themed portrait photographs from scratch, incorporating influences from mystery, horror movies, Gothic literature and various elements of dark fantasy that will serve you not only to have fun and unleash your creativity to the fullest but also as an art and business form.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The concept, creative process and casting
  • U3
    U3. Preproduction
  • U4
    U4. Lighting and shooting
  • U5
    U5. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You'll be introduced to Alter Imago’s work and experience in the world of dark photography, you'll discover his main influences, both in photography and in cinema, literature, art, among others. Then you'll briefly see what you'll learn and do throughout this course.

Learn the creative process to generate and develop a concept from scratch before defining the theme and the character. Once you have a clear idea, you'll do a little research and gather all the information on a mood board.

Next, you'll define in a sketch the framing, the pose, the physical characteristics of the character, among other important elements to choose the right person in the casting.

Before preparing your photoshoot, you'll understand the importance of costumes and makeup so that your model can interpret their character perfectly. In addition, Alter Imago will share various tips on the set, the props, and the art direction. You'll learn to define the lighting to create a dark and somber atmosphere.

You'll see how to achieve the right lighting scheme, with homemade lamps and also with professional flashes. Then, you'll see a new style of model management - different from the one he teaches in his previous course - much more emotional and theatrical.

Finally, you'll select the best photos and learn to edit them in Adobe Photoshop to give them a finish, add effects and export your photos for social networks or print them as a work of art.

What is this course's project?

You'll make a photoshoot of a dark character from scratch, developing the concept, sketch, production, shooting, and editing.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Photographers of all levels, visual artists, designers, art directors, and any creative person who wants to translate their ideas into unique and different photographs.

What you need

You'll need previous knowledge about photography and camera management.

You must have a camera, home or professional lights, and a model or friend you want to transform with dark aesthetics.


1428 Students
72 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)

Eduardo Gómez Muñoz, more commonly known as Alter Imago, has been a professional photographer for 14 years. Although he started as a rock band photographer, he has specialized in portrait and artistic photography, digital retouching, photo manipulation, and advertising photography.

Since 2015 he has regularly published on his YouTube channel 'Alter Imago fotografía', where he has 90,000 subscribers and more than 36 million minutes of viewing. He has won the silver medal at the Photography World Cup in Sydney (Australia) in 2018 in the digital illustration category, and the Nation Awards in Dublin (Ireland).


  • U1


    • Presentation (Who I am)
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    The concept, creative process and casting

    • Theme and character definition
    • Mood board and sketch
    • Casting
  • U3


    • Costumes
    • The makeup
    • Art direction: set and daring
  • U4

    Lighting and shooting

    • Dramatic lighting
    • Model and session address
  • U5


    • Digital development
    • Skin retouching
    • Digital backgrounds and dark atmosphere
    • Special effects and final finish P1
    • Special effects and final finish P2
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Dark conceptual portrait

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Dark Conceptual Portraits. A Photography, and Video course by Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)

Dark Conceptual Portraits

A course by Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2016
  • 100% Positive reviews (72)
  • 1428 students