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Series

Professional Portraits

4.1/5
Course participants’ average review after course completion.
(99 Reviews)
Bundled offer
¥1,249.00
(¥1,961.00 if purchased separately)

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Description

About this series

In this series you can see high street photographer Hannah Couzens working on location with her real clients. She shows how you can find inspiration all around you, wherever your next clients are. You’ll learn how to assess the available light in a scene and a variety of lighting techniques from simple bouncing techniques with an on-camera flash to a full concept shoot in a cinema using a three light setup.

Lighting skill level: Basic

Duration: 2 h 38 min

What you'll learn

Courses in this series

Course 1

Controlling nature – Outdoor and indoor portraits

Discover how to create beautiful, natural looking images by mixing ambient light and flash.

Course 2

Business on a time crunch – Corporate headshots

Learn how to create a variety of different looks in your images by adapting and using different elements in your surroundings.

Course 3

Cinematic and moody – Dramatic portraits

Find out how to create inspiring cinematic images using stunning locations and more advanced lighting techniques.

What you may need

Essential information

Recommended gear

  • 1 x light for on and off-camera use (3 x lights for off-camera use in course no.3)
  • 1 x umbrella or similar light modifier of choice
  • 1 x beauty dish or similar light modifier of choice
  • 1 x hard light modifier of choice
  • 1 x grid of choice

Useful knowledge

  • Lighting skill level: Basic
    • No or little experience of off-camera lighting
    • Want to start exploring simple lighting techniques
  • Camera skill level: Comfortable handling the camera in manual mode

Reviews

Taisuke Sato
27 七月, 2020

I learned a lot about how to use strobes, so it's fun to shoot. These are more dramatic photos than ever.

Ricky Yunata
27 六月, 2020

Great explanation on 3 lights setup and taking night time portraits with dragging the shutter.

Ricky Yunata
27 六月, 2020

Great tips on creating a black and white background without carrying too many gears. Also great tips on removing reflections on the glasses.

Ricky Yunata
26 六月, 2020

Hannah explains it well on how to do an environmental portraits indoor and outdoor. Great tips and easy to follow.

Arash Beheshti
17 五月, 2020

That was a high quality video tutorial. Thank you!

Arash Beheshti
17 五月, 2020

Very informative & inspiring. Thank you!

Kaye Cooksey
03 五月, 2020

Great video

Stefano Marsili-Libelli
16 三月, 2020

The course is simple but effective. The photographer sets her goals in very clear terms and shows how to get them through very detailed explanations. Congrats!

Anonymous
22 三月, 2020

The course was ok but,... I expected more. You can get the same information for free in any YouTube channel

Åsa Stöckel
19 二月, 2020

From clarity to clarity. You are a great teacher and I love your creativity!

Anonymous
15 二月, 2020

Continue making portrait courses that allow viewers more selections; home cooking portraits in the kitchen, walking your pets, corporate, sports portraits and real estate room portraits.

Rob Coombe
14 二月, 2020

It's a good course with lots of useful tips. As a pro I felt I could already get around most situations but I have learnt a lot more and am 100% confident of achieving the results I want in any situation

Åsa Stöckel
11 二月, 2020

Hanna - you are the best! This is exacly the kind of pictures I want to take and you explained it perfectly! Thanks Hanna!

Ken Marks
26 二月, 2020

I am a Pro. Somehow I don't think this video was aimed at working pros.

Ivar Fjeldheim
07 二月, 2020

Great training for beginners, maybe ND filter could be included as an option?

No, thanks.
09 二月, 2020

how about to change the 2rd model as baby, this will more interesting .

Anne
08 二月, 2020

Key informations are missing to be able to reproduce... Like how is light measured ? Does she shoot manual or with A or S mode ? If manual, how does she determine her set ups without measuring light ?

ISA Texas
23 十一月, 2019

Good presentation. Definitely learned from her experience and the problem solving she explains. Thanks.

Ignacio Perez
09 十月, 2019

Extremely helpful guides. Great explanation and important tips.

Jen Packard
04 十月, 2019

Very clear instruction, excellent examples and pace.

Mike Harding
22 九月, 2019

I like the details and science provided by Davids courses. These felt a bit more subjective and more like the usual internet stuff than something from Profoto.

Anonymous
24 十一月, 2019

Fairly basic stuff, no actual focus on the flash settings

Denis Stosic
05 七月, 2019

The course is easy to follow, direct and very informative. It is the basic of HSS lightning and using shutter speed to control ambient light. Only topic which would need more work is how to do a formal posing for business people. They do not have much time, so few tips on posing would be great as aditional Chapter.

Michito Kawamura
08 七月, 2019

The condition was too good for the video.
I would like to acquire the ability to cope with adverse conditions.

Hyrom Jones
18 五月, 2019

I enjoyed and learnt some new skills from this Video. I enjoyed the creativity that was demonstrated in the Video and will continue to use those skills within my artistic photography activities.

Harlen Seeliger
17 四月, 2019

This is a very special way to present flash and
camera use to really understand what makes
Great portraits. Thank you guys.

Christian Weymann
09 四月, 2019

It's an interesting course, simply explained with good examples

Anonymous
11 六月, 2019

Very basic

Hyrom Jones - BOUTIQUE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Perth, Western Australia.
28 三月, 2019

Well presented and understood. Thank you. :)

Rikard Hernqvist
21 二月, 2019

Learn so much more from this course then i did looking on YouTube tutorials

Marc Lang [fotograf-mannheim360]
11 二月, 2019

As a longtime photographer, I know many techniques. Nevertheless, I am inspired and learned some new techniques. I say thanks :-)

Anonymous
02 三月, 2019

No English

Anonymous
11 三月, 2019

The lesson was very easy to understand.

Toshiaki Takagi
23 二月, 2019

Thank you for the great course.
I think that drawing arrows and letters to explain the photos helps me to understand the course.

Marc Lang [fotograf-mannheim360]
11 二月, 2019

I just have to say Great! - This course was so helpful for my work as professional business photographer.

Marc Lang [fotograf-mannheim360]
10 二月, 2019

This course is made for everyone. Even professional photographers get inspirations for better pictures.

Scott
15 二月, 2019

For the price, would have appreciated more content. The information that was there was good.

Chanda M. Scott
28 十二月, 2018

It taught a lot regarding the basics of lighting. If I just implement the techniques mention in the class my skills will drastically improve.

Anonymous
11 三月, 2019

Sorry this portrait course series did not live up to my expectations. Too basic and not comprehensive enough to cover the subject.

Stephen K Mack
12 十一月, 2018

Very informative and well produced. It's a step up from similar YouTube videos to be sure.

Anonymous
29 一月, 2019

The production of this video is simply awesome, however the content was a bit lacking. Namely, there were several scenes where Hannah made adjustments to flash settings but the on-screen reading didn't give what those adjustments were. While I do understand that each scenario will be different, it's also helpful to know how Hannah handled her adjustment as a guide for the viewers/learners. I unfortunately am severely underwhelmed.

John Walton--but I am not intending these comments to be public. They are for the Profoto staff. Also, I have dot done part 3 yet. Maybe that will be more advanced, I hope.
08 十二月, 2018

Although his course has some good information in it, I do not think it lives up to it's name-"Professional Portraits". I bought this course because I thought it was for professionals. It is really geared to those who aspire to be professional (and that's ok), but being it is my first series I purchased from Profoto, and have Profoto gear, I was expecting something more "by professionals, for professionals". That's not to say the instructor is not a professional, she is, I think it has more to do with how the course was marketed. That is evident by the quizzes. They are very "beginner" type of questions...not "professional" level.

Chris G
27 十月, 2018

Content is 10 $ worth

Chris G
26 十月, 2018

Content for 10 $, but it is superb

Chris G
26 十月, 2018

Content good for 10 $...

Lawrence
20 十月, 2018

Be better provide english subtitle

John Jury
16 十月, 2018

Interesting but regret not worth £49.00

Anonymous
27 十月, 2018

Course material was too basic and I didn't really learn anything. Some of the videos could've been shorter and more to the point.

Paul Eriksson
31 七月, 2018

I like the arrangement of the education films. That one can see and hear how you should or could plan a phto session. And that the pro photographer let me know how to think and what to look for.
Very well balanced -not too basic and not too difficult.

Anonymous
17 七月, 2018

Consider mentioning the importance of white balance and using a color chip card or gray card.

Jeff M
21 六月, 2018

Great tutorial for getting started with lighting. Love the A1 too - I ordered mine as soon as the course ended.

Peter
24 六月, 2018

too expensive!

Lars of Sweden
21 五月, 2018

Hannah is incredibly good at explaining in an easy way.

Ryoko Kuwamoto
07 六月, 2018

It was very helpful.
Thank you very much.

Antuna Manu
09 四月, 2018

Despite a small personal experience some of us can have, i found this « Live » conditions lesson truly useful and inspiring, everything was clearly detailed and explained by Hannah who’s a great teacher !

Antuna Manu
09 四月, 2018

These are excellent lessons where Hannah doesn’t only provide lighting tips but embraces the whole aspects of the job ! I highly appreciated and (as usual) will recommend these lessons to friends of mine.

Peter Becher
09 四月, 2018

It´s so easy and understandable!! I love it! That was not the last course ;)

Anonymous
28 六月, 2018

I have bought many creative live videos and I bought this one as I am new to the Profoto system so want to learn more about the Profoto gear as well. Sadly this first course seemed rushed and not totally worth the money. A Creative Live course for the same amount of money has much more information and depth. Feeling a bit disappointed with this for what I paid for it. Especially after my huge investment in the gear.

Anonymous
09 四月, 2018

The applications and content seem very simple. I wish the only addition to the class is letting the student know what the power setting was on the light system, the 2 to 10.

Tim Matthews
14 三月, 2018

Extremely helpful course. I really appreciated the inclusion of the kit list upfront, through what kit to use and why throughout and the onsite workflow, trying different things to come up with just the right shot, explaining what was working and what was not, all the way through.

J.Wulfert
19 三月, 2018

Very good information about taking such kind of photos. Taking good photos can be so simple with good equipment. The only concern about the video is, that is flipped back different times (only 1/2 sec) and than it repeated the scene. I have no idea why this happened.

Jason Lau
28 二月, 2018

I love how Hannah Couzens created the outdoor dramatic shots. She was well prepared by having a Plan A and Plan B because not all the time in a real world situation you get what you want at first. She incorporated dragging the shutter in her shot which created a more lively dramatic feel to the photo.

Anonymous
21 三月, 2018

It very much depends on their skill level. It was very well done, but I felt a bit remedial. I was hoping for a little more detail.

Anonymous
08 二月, 2018

I definitely picked up some helpful tips I would have never thought of and will make the shoot go more quickly and smoothly!

Anonymous
15 二月, 2018

Great class, well presented. It sparked a lot of ideas for me and I can't wait to try them all out.

Anonymous
12 二月, 2018

I like to framework of this class. It's direct and to the point. You are teaching valuable skills to capture standout portraits. This class helps to master the basics which are essential.

Anonymous
31 一月, 2018

I like the step by step explanation of how to layer lights. The 3 light setup indoors was nice, every light has it's purpose for a polished look.
The information about how to drag the shutter to show the environment, and also to show motion of the cars was something I look forward to trying too.

Anonymous
31 一月, 2018

Really good information about simple light setups that you can do without an assistant.

Anonymous
30 一月, 2018

Very nicely presented. Indoors and out, plus subjects who very different in looks.

Anonymous
13 二月, 2018

No further comments it was useful but could include little more about lighting positions and different light modifers

Anonymous
06 三月, 2018

Great content, but would like a touch of technical.

Phil E.
01 三月, 2018

Some of the quiz answers were incorrect and the tech spec were also incorrect, sorry not very good.

Courses in this series

Part 1 of 3 Controlling nature – Outdoor and indoor portraits

Controlling nature – Outdoor and indoor portraits

Discover how to create beautiful, natural looking images by mixing ambient light and flash. 进一步了解
Part 2 of 3 Business on a time crunch – Corporate headshots

Business on a time crunch – Corporate headshots

Learn how to create a variety of different looks in your images by adapting and using different elements in your surroundings. 进一步了解
Part 3 of 3 Cinematic and moody – Dramatic portraits

Cinematic and moody – Dramatic portraits

Find out how to create inspiring cinematic images using stunning locations and more advanced lighting techniques. 进一步了解
Meet the teacher
Hannah Couzens
Hannah is an award winning professional portrait photographer, who shoots everything from corporate headshots to families and celebrities. She also runs a successful high street photography business in the UK and twice won the Young Business Person award. Hannah is involved in many UK speaking engagements for Profoto and runs her own workshops.
Meet the teacher

Hannah Couzens

Hannah is an award winning professional portrait photographer, who shoots everything from corporate headshots to families and celebrities. She also runs a successful high street photography business in the UK and twice won the Young Business Person award. Hannah is involved in many UK speaking engagements for Profoto and runs her own workshops.

Profoto products in action

You don’t need to own Profoto products to learn from this series. But just in case you’re interested, here are the ones we used:

Profoto A1

Profoto B1X

Umbrella Shallow Translucent

OCF Zoom Reflector

OCF Magnum Reflector

OCF Grid Kit

OCF Softbox Rectangular

OCF Beauty Dish White

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a series and a course?

A series consists of two or more courses from the same photographer. If you buy a series, you will benefit from a bundled offer for the entire package. Also, when you complete a series, you’ll receive personal feedback from one of our instructors and become a Certified Light Shaper.

Do I have to own Profoto products in order to take your courses?

No. All our courses are designed to improve your photography, regardless of what equipment you’re using.

How do I access the courses I buy?

As soon as we’ve received payment, you can view or take all your courses online - simply by logging on to the Profoto Academy website. You’ll find your courses at the Profoto Academy start page.

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