Defining and visualizing environmental portraits

Learn how an environmental portrait differs from a traditional portrait and what makes environmental portraiture so revealing about a subject. Learn how to use your photographic skills to enhance the location to fit your idea of the final image, whether its lighting for effect, using available lighting or supplementing the ambient light. See how lighting can simulate and enhance natural lighting vs the creativity of lighting for effect. Draw attention to the subject through your lens choice and use of depth of focus.

Total video length: 43:58 minutes.

A man and woman in period clothing on a grand staircase, photographed in B&W by Joey Terrill

Storytelling via a single environmental portrait

Environmental Portraiture allows you to tell a story within the frame. An environmental portrait allows you to learn about your subject and create a photograph that truly represents them. In this course, Joey will teach you how to pull interesting characteristics out of your locations to complement your portrait subjects. You’ll also learn how make a photograph by crafting an environment using lighting to enhance the scene.

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Learn from the best

Nikon Ambassador Joey Terrill is a Los-Angeles-based advertising and editorial photographer whose clients include American Express, Coca-Cola, Disney, Golf Digest, Major League Baseball, Red Bull and Sports Illustrated. He teaches workshops in editorial portraiture and lighting at various locations around the country. Finding teaching incredibly fulfilling, his website Photography One on One provides a resource for photographers wishing to explore the wide-ranging aspects of imaging; by sharing the how-to, why-to and behind-the-scenes details of the images he makes and his experiences in the creation of those images.

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Take your photography to the next level with clear, easy-to-follow instructional online video classes from Nikon School Online. Learn exciting new techniques through hands-on demonstrations from renowned photographers. Watch anytime, anywhere on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Nikon School has been educating and inspiring photographers for over 30 years—now we’re proudly bringing the classroom to you with Nikon School Online.

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