Conceptual Portrait Photography

A course by Veronica Cerna , Photographer

Photographer. Lima District, Peru.
Joined July 2019

Explore your imagination and delve into lighting and post-production techniques to create conceptual photos

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 420 students

Explore your imagination and delve into lighting and post-production techniques to create conceptual photos

Portrait photography can be equally revealing both for the photographer and for the model. Lighting patterns, model direction, and postproduction are all conscious decisions that create an atmosphere and give clues about who the person behind the camera is, and what they want to communicate with their photos.

In this course, you’ll learn how to approach a conceptual portrait photography session, going through every phase of the process with Verónica Cerna, a Peruvian-born photographer who’s been recognized by the International Photography Awards, and The Photo Phore, and has been published in magazines, such as Musée Magazine, Shots Magazine, better Photography, and Revista Pecado.

This course will walk you through every part of the process. You’ll learn to start with an idea, and then how to use Verónicas favorite lighting patterns, and finally how to edit images as if they were paintings in Adobe Photoshop.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 7 downloads

Starting from the concept
8 minutes, 10 seconds
The portrayed is a mirror
3 minutes, 59 seconds
Materials and equipment
3 minutes, 19 seconds
The narrative of space
4 minutes, 36 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 420 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 22m)
  • 7 additional resources (2 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 portrait photo session and then select a photo that you will work in postproduction, using Verónica Cerna’s creative process.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Amateur photographers who wish to experiment with conceptual photography.

Requirements and materials

You’ll only need basic photography skills, like knowing how the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work.

Regarding materials, you’ll need a camera, a 50 mm lens, three LED lights, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.


420 Students
23 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Veronica Cerna

A course by Veronica Cerna

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Verónica Cerna is a Peruvian-born photographer. She studied Audiovisual Communication at the University of Lima, she has a postgraduate degree in Photography from The International Center of Photography in New York, and specialization courses in portraits and experimental video in Buenos Aires.

In 2013, she co-founded BAF, a photographic and audiovisual studio dedicated to the creation of conceptual projects.

Her work has been recognized at the International Photography Awards, The Photo Phore, and published in magazines such as Musée Magazine, Shots Magazine, Better Photography, and Pecado Magazine.

She currently resides and works between Lima and New York.


  • U1


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

    Think about the body and the concept

    • Starting from the concept
    • The representation of the body
    • The portrayed is a mirror
  • U3

    Creating narrative through light

    • Materials and equipment
    • The narrative of space
    • How to brighten the body
    • Lighting schemes
  • U4

    Photoshop: digitally paint in postproduction

    • Selection of photos in Lightroom
    • Light curves
    • Color curves
  • FP

    Final project

    • Conceptual photo portrait

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Conceptual Portrait Photography. Photography, and Video course by Veronica Cerna

Conceptual Portrait Photography

A course by Veronica Cerna
Photographer. Lima District, Peru.
Joined July 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 420 students