Cinematic and moody – Dramatic portraits | Profoto
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Cinematic and moody – Dramatic portraits

4.2/5
Course participants’ average review after course completion.
(18 Reviews)

Part 3 of 3 in the Professional Portraits series

$65.00

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Description

About this course

Hannah creates inspiring cinematic images for a commercial client, using stunning locations and more advanced lighting techniques. In the first scenario Hannah is shooting in a beautiful art deco cinema using a three light set-up, including a main, rim and background light. You’ll learn how to drag the shutter with a long exposure to bring out the interior tungsten lights and use flash to freeze your subjects. Hannah will show you how to create a cinematic Hollywood look with hard light modifiers and grids. Then in an atmospheric dawn shoot, Hannah uses flash with a long exposure to freeze the subject’s movement, whilst combining it with the city’s ambient light.

Lighting skill level: Intermediate

Duration: 43 min

What you get in this course

  • Online light shaping course
  • Downloadable step-by-step guide
  • Scenario based teaching from real life photographic shoots
  • Unlimited access on all devices
What you'll learn

Discover how to:

  • Create a concept shoot for a commercial client
  • Make your portraits more dramatic with background lights, hard modifiers and grids
  • Build different 3-light setups using main, rim and background lights
  • Shoot in low light situations by dragging the shutter both indoors and outdoors
  • Use flash to freeze movement at dawn, whilst mixing it with ambient light

What you may need

Essential information

Recommended gear

  • 3 x lights for off-camera use
  • 1 x hard light modifier of choice
  • 1 x grid of choice

Useful knowledge

  • Lighting skill level: Intermediate
  • Strongly recommended to take the other courses in the Professional portrait series
  • Want to start exploring simple lighting techniques
  • Camera skill level: Comfortable in handling the camera in manual mode

Reviews

Taisuke Sato
27 July, 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 June, 2020

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

Arash Beheshti
17 May, 2020

Very informative & inspiring. Thank you!

Åsa Stöckel
19 February, 2020

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

Ignacio Perez
09 October, 2019

Extremely helpful guides. Great explanation and important tips.

Marc Lang [fotograf-mannheim360]
11 February, 2019

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

Anonymous
11 March, 2019

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

Chris G
27 October, 2018

Content is 10 $ worth

Anonymous
09 April, 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.

Jason Lau
28 February, 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
15 February, 2018

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

Anonymous
31 January, 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.

Phil E.
01 March, 2018

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

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 B1X

OCF Zoom Reflector

OCF Magnum Reflector

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