Long Exposure Portraits With Jake Hicks

Long Exposure Portraits With Jake Hicks

7 Seasons

Every day new and exciting images are competing for our attention. Famed UK photographer, Jake Hicks returns to PRO EDU teaching a fundamentally simple yet powerful technique to create long exposure portraits impossible to ignore.

Combining ambient light with studio strobes, Jake introduces four unique methods of creating portraits while capturing unbelievable practical effects in-camera.

This tutorial was designed to teach you not just the technical aspects of long exposure photography but how to be truly creative in the studio and experiment in ways that will set your work apart from the rest.

Long Exposure Portraits With Jake Hicks
  • Night Shoot

    Episode 1

    Go on location with Jake Hicks, and observe as he puts into practice all of the fundamentals of long exposure outside the confines of a studio environment. Watch 4 different setups and listen as Jake retrospectively breaks down the challenges and success of working on location to capture long exp...

  • Lightroom

    Episode 2

    Select and prepare the best image to retouch in Photoshop using some of the key features of Lightroom.

  • Cleanup

    Episode 3

    Clean up a variety of spots, bumps, discolorations, and reduce unwanted highlights

  • Dodge & Burn-Targeted

    Episode 4

    With minimal skin to retouch, work efficiently to maximize the dodging and burning on this fourth outdoor composition, targeting a few areas to maximize skin quality and tone

  • Frequency Separation

    Episode 5

    Utilize the same procedural method to maximize skin tonality, texture and quality. Apply this skin smoothing process to minor fabric inconsistencies.

  • Dodge & Burn-Global

    Episode 6

    Create subject separation, definition and dimension across skin and fabric to push the image towards the final layers of retouching

  • Sharpening

    Episode 7

    Apply a two multi-pass sharpening process to enhance the contrast of the entire image without compromising color.

  • Color Toning

    Episode 8

    For the last image, isolate the color channels of the image to balance and finalize the color grade. Bring all of the layered elements together into the final, polished image for the on location, long exposure image.

  • Closing Thoughts

    Episode 9

    Hear some final closing thoughts from Jake Hicks encompassing the journey of Long Exposure Portrait photography and considerations for your work going forward.