Dramatic Portraiture With Chris Knight

Dramatic Portraiture With Chris Knight

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Shadow, Emotion, Mood, Storytelling; all of these are foundational elements of a dramatic portrait. For photographers aching to improve their grasp on the tools of dramatic portraiture, knowing where, and how to start, can puzzle even the most sophisticated of artists.

PRO EDU partnered with Chris Knight, one of the best in the portraiture industry, to provide you with the highest quality educational experience possible. Chris shares his approach to using light, shadow, and mood to tell the stories of his subjects. This tutorial focuses on the methods to understand and craft light, and is perfect for photographers looking to take their portrait work to new levels.

In this tutorial you will learn:

About Advanced Lighting For Dramatic Portraits
Step-By-Step Lighting Diagrams
About Character Development For Your Subjects
The History Of Photography
How Chris Directs His Talent
How Chris Poses Talent
The Do's and Dont's of Posing Subjects
How to Shape & Control Light
Chris's Art of Storytelling
How to Dodge & Burn
How to Color & Tone
How to Cleanup Skin
Few things move viewers like the emotion and mood of a well-executed dramatic portrait. Chris takes you step-by-step in this all-inclusive walkthrough of his advanced portrait workflow. The story-telling centrality of his method lies in the understanding that crafting light should help to fulfill the narrative, not the other way around.

By the end of this tutorial you will be able to make an informed and intelligent approach to your lighting setup, light your sets with intent and purpose, focusing on direction, angle, and falloff as well as capture images rich in story, with cinematic lighting and styling.

This 13 hour tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Several actions are included: Frequency Separation (Pratik Naik’s Action), Sharpening, Noise, and Output. Raw practice images are also included.

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Dramatic Portraiture With Chris Knight
  • Introduction

    Episode 1

    For this section of the training, begin the process of creating one of literature's most memorable characters, Don Quixote. Listen as photographer, Chris Knight, gives a background to the story, films, and other creative renderings behind this iconic character. Become inspired to create a tragica...

  • Pose 1
    48:35
    Episode 2

    Pose 1

    Episode 2

    With technique and practice examples established, focus purely on creating a nuanced image. Watch as photographer, Chris Knight, makes adjustment to lighting, modifiers, and pose to create a dramatic pose for the Don Quixote Portrait shoot.

  • Pose 2
    32:38
    Episode 3

    Pose 2

    Episode 3

    For this second pose, push further into the narrative of the concept. Using the same lighting setup, transition the subject from standing to sitting for to create a different story and mood for the character. Instead of shooting up to create a heroic pose, shift the tone and power of the image to...

  • Pose 3
    37:57
    Episode 4

    Pose 3

    Episode 4

    For the third and final pose of the Don Quixote series, use the spot projector and ring flash to create a series of character portraits. Create an incredibly stylized and dramatic realization. Strip lighting away for a high contrast mood, creating intentional specularity and highlights. Utilize a...

  • Culling and Quick Development

    Episode 5

    With production complete, transition from the studio to the retouching phase of the Don Quixote dramatic portrait. Follow photographer, Chris Knight as he processes his RAW selects for retouching, using Lightroom. Learn to optimize your imagery for Photoshop.

  • Image 1 Workflow

    Episode 6

    Begin retouching the hero image, the standing portrait pose from the Don Quixote series. Over the next hour, follow photographer, Chris Knight, as he builds a stunning vision for the dramatic portrait using Photoshop. Learn best practices for cleanup, frequency separation, dodge and burn, and con...

  • Image 2 Workflow

    Episode 7

    With the hero complete, retouch a more intimate portrait with higher contrast lighting and focus on the subjects face. Leveraging the power of Photoshop, focus on things like naturalizing the theatre wig and beard, honing your skills with frequency separation to create natural skin texture and to...