Conceptual Portrait Photography

A course by Veronica Cerna
Photographer. Lima District, Peru.
Joined July 2019
, Photographer

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

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 238 students
Conceptual Portrait Photography

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 238 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (1h 22m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

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.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Think about the body and the concept
  • U3
    U3. Creating narrative through light
  • U4
    U4. Photoshop: digitally paint in postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will get to know the way in which Verónica Cerna perceives photography, as well as the artists who most influenced her in her profession. Then, she will explain what she will be teaching you during the course and everything you need to consider to create a perfect final project.

You’ll start with the preproduction of your portrait session: from the inspiration to the location and materials you need. You will discover Verónica's creative process behind every concept and then you will seek inspiration from artists who work with the body as their main element, to understand the expressiveness of light and body language.

You’ll learn how to generate a link with the model, how to direct them and connect with the people you portray so that you can understand each other and achieve truly intimate images.

You will see what equipment and materials you will need to complete your final project, including those used by Verónica and others that you can also use.

You’ll understand why the location is a very important element for your photography, and how you can develop the narrative of a space, taking into account the color, intensity, and direction of light. Next, you will learn how to use two light patterns that are widely used in portraits: Rembrandt and Butterfly.

Once the session is finished, you will go through the postproduction process. You will select the best photography in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom using Veronica's advice. Then, you will learn how to edit the selected photo to highlight certain elements through the use of lights and shadows, and lastly, you’ll perfect the direction of light and textures with curves and masks in Adobe Photoshop.

Finally, you will learn how to make basic color corrections and add certain nuances to reinforce the environment and the narrative that you have created for the portrait.

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.

Who is it for?

Amateur photographers who wish to experiment with conceptual photography.

What you need

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.


238 Students
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Veronica Cerna

A course by Veronica Cerna


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. A 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 (12)
  • 238 students