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Beginners Guide to Studio Portrait Photography

Start your own studio portrait business and learn learn how to light people in a complimentary way.
Charlie Borland
1,346 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Understand the lighting equipment
Understand lighting and how best to apply it to people
Photograph individuals, families, and groups
How to photograph business portraits
How to setup your studio in your home or studio location

NEW videos added 10/20 on creative processing of studio portraits.

Introduction to Studio Portraiture, is rated in the TOP 10% of all courses on Udemy? Great job! -Udemy 2016

I truly enjoyed your course. Your course was packed with great material which should be helpful as I attempt to break into the world of Portrait Photography. So much information, some of which is currently way over my head, but really put the field of Portrait Photography into perspective for me.  Your presentation was wonderful, logically laid out, and easy to follow. Thank you.

-Robert M.


Would you like to make money with your camera? Are you a ‘people person’ and LOVE photography as well?  Would you like to start a home based business? If so, let me show you how to create beautiful portraits to start your path to your own photography business.

Portrait photography is popular, fun, and in-demand! If you are looking for a course to photograph people for fun or jump start your photography career and get paid, this course shows you how to create beautiful portraits.

If you dream of owning a portrait photography business this course will show you how to create beautiful portraits from head shots to full length, groups, families, and more. 

In this course you will learn:

  • How to photograph people in various poses and lighting techniques

  • How to master strobe lighting

  • How to photograph white backgrounds

  • How to create special effect portraits

  • How to be a creative and in-demand photographer

In no time you will have all the tools you need to get started creating fine portraits either in the studio or in your own home based business. And this course is designed specifically for the photographer with no lighting experience.

This course shows you how to:

  • Learn how to sculpt people with light

  • Understand how your lighting equipment works

  • How to understand the difference between key and fill lights

  • Understand lighting ratios

  • How to add accent lights

  • How to light backgrounds

  • How to simple photo retouching (everybody needs some)

By the time you finish this course you will be able to shoot great portraits of family, friends, and even clients and without a million dollars in photo gear. 

Who’s the Instructor?


There are many courses on how to be an amazing photographer, but how many are taught by true professionals who have a career and worked as a photographer?


I was formally trained at Brooks Institute in the 1980’s and have worked every day since. I have photographed for Fortune 500 companies, been published in countless magazines (you’ve probably heard of), and photographed Hollywood actors, pro athletes, politicians, hotels, well known products, real estate, and more people, places, and things, than I can recall.


I have taught photo workshops across the USA and Middle East. Founded two stock photo agencies, and sold thousands of stock photos. I love to teach and want to insure you succeed and love photography like I do. You can trust me to teach you photography!

  Enroll now to learn exclusive portrait lighting techniques and make good money enjoying your passion. 


What they are saying: 

        “Charlie, I have learned so much from your class, and feel as I try new lighting arrangements and combinations I do have a lot to learn. My confidence is growing in photographing portraits, and I have to admit I just love it and plan to keep on, having already added 2 lights to my set up.” Gratefully, Sarah 

        “Truly a wonderful class! You have taken the “Mystery,” and fear, out of portrait photography. You have a wonderful gift for teaching, and you express yourself very well through the written word – another wonderful gift. Thank you so much! Hoping to take another of your classes in the near future”. Blessings, Jennifer 


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Working hours

Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Beginners Guide to Studio Portrait Photography
$29.99 $24