Photography Courses for Portrait Photographers

Last month, we put together a list of excellent photography courses for beginners, a good resource for anyone just starting out. However, since many of our readers have a few years or decades of experience under their belts, we decided to put together another list of online courses for established photographers who want to hone their skills.

In particular, this second list is for portrait photographers, both amateur and professional. If you love taking photos of people, even if it’s “only” for social media, these courses can help you improve your techniques, workflow, and results.

Photography Classes

As with the previous list, all of the following courses are available through our partner Udemy, the world’s largest online marketplace for learning. Udemy has more than 65,000 courses in over 50 languages, so if you enjoy learning from these photography courses, there are plenty more to choose from!

Photography Composition & Portrait Photography Masterclass

photography composition course

This masterclass takes an in-depth look at two major subjects: composition and portraiture. It’s a good choice if you want a lot of content and details to dig into. With 81 downloadable resources, 11.5 hours of on-demand video, and lifetime access, you’ll have plenty of information to build your skills. Some of the topics include:

  • How to capture emotional body language and gestures
  • How to use natural light to create stunning portraits
  • How to set up an affordable, home-based portrait studio
  • How to take beautiful portraits in a studio with flashes and strobes
  • How to pose your models’ bodies and faces
  • How to use eyes to create deep interest in your photos

And much more!
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Become a Better Photographer

become a better photographer

If you prefer a simpler course, this course is quick and easy to follow. With 5.5 hours of on-demand video, it offers 50 tips for taking amazing photos, especially for portrait photography. You’ll learn how to take gorgeous portraits indoors and outdoors in various conditions, including snow, bright sunshine, and blue skies. But you’ll also get nice tips in other areas, such as photographing fireworks and landscapes.
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Wedding Photography: Complete Guide to Wedding Photography

wedding photography

If you’re interested in wedding photography – or if you keep getting asked to photograph weddings – this course is for you. It walks you through all the steps of shooting a wedding and becoming a successful wedding photographer. It’ll give you tons of examples, details, and insider tips, both for the wedding itself and for everything that surrounds it: choosing equipment, pricing wedding packages, editing the wedding photos, etc.

You’ll get 9 articles, 4 downloadable resources, and 4.5 hours of on-demand video, all packed with information. There’s so much to learn that you might end up watching the videos several times. Fortunately, with full lifetime access, you can refer to them whenever you want.
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Ultimate Fashion Photography Masterclass: Your 2018 Guide

fashion photography

This masterclass gives you an insider’s look at professional fashion photography, from lighting and posing models to putting final touches on your images in Adobe Photoshop. You’ll go behind-the-scenes of live photo shoots and learn how direct models, makeup artists, and hair stylists to create strong images. You’ll also learn how to present your editorial images to clients, so you can get started in the fashion photography industry.

The course is fascinating and quick to complete with 4 hours of on-demand video, 3 downloadable resources, and full lifetime access. Whether you’re seriously considering a career in fashion photography or simply want to take cool editorial photos, this course is worth checking out.

For more portrait-themed photography courses, take a look at the full portrait photography list on Udemy. Enrolling in one of these courses can be a great way to jumpstart your creativity and discover new interests. If nothing else, you’ll walk away with some fresh ideas and techniques for improving your photos.
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