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In both print (magazines) and digital (web design) designs, graphic designers use images to convey a message or an idea. Images can quickly tell a story, and they help break language barriers. Although these images can be created with design software, photography skills are an additional skill a graphic designer should have. So, if you’re ready to develop your photography skills and improve your designing skills, the following Udemy course may be right for you!
By developing photography skills, a designer can improve their design skills. One of the skills that will improve is your composition skills. Composition is the way visual elements are arranged or placed in a design. In photography, photographers use composition by combining elements such as balance, lines, and shape to create an effective image. As with graphic design, photographers also need to know about light, color, framing a shot, and the right settings to use for their projects.
Photography Composition & Portrait Photography Masterclass
Mark Timberlake is an instructor an owner of an online training website called SME Heroes. On his site, he has courses on marketing, management, sales, and entrepreneurship. Mark also has over 6 years of experience as a commercial photographer. Philomena Timberlake is a business development manager with over 15 years of experience in running an online business. She also has experience as a videographer and video editor.
In Mark’s and Philomena’s course Photography Composition & Portrait Photography Masterclass, you’ll learn about portrait photography, street photography, black and white photography, and DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) photography. In the first part of the course, you’ll get a brief history lesson on photography. You’ll learn how photography started as a leisure activity for the rich and how it eventually reached the masses. Also, you’ll learn about the different thought schools of photography such as straight photography and pictorialism.
Then, as you move through the course, you’ll learn about the laws of composition such as rules of thirds, leading lines, symmetry, etc… In addition, you’ll learn about the different elements (light, subject, and background) that make up an image. Also, if you’re on a budget, Mark shows you how to create a home-based portrait studio.
Classic and Modern Portrait Photography
Within the course, Mark and Philomena have a section on both classic and modern portrait photography. In the classic studio section, you’ll learn about the types of lighting professionals use in the studio such as open/close loop lighting, split lighting, butterfly lighting, and Rembrandt lighting. Additionally, you’ll learn about body poses/postures and which body poses are best for men and women. Moreover, Mark teaches you tips and techniques for creating group and couple shots.
In the modern studio section, you’ll learn how to buy the right studio lights. In addition, Mark teaches you about strobe modifiers. Strobe modifiers soften strobe lights. Moreover, Mark teaches you techniques for using one, two, three, and four lights. Furthermore, you’ll learn about Hollywood lighting which is used to create glamour portraits in the classic Hollywood style.
After completing this course, you’ll be able to add the title photographer to your resume!
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