Photographing Men With Jeff Rojas

Photographing Men With Jeff Rojas

4 Seasons

Jeff Rojas shares his theory and workflows for photographing men in this comprehensive video course. Covering styling and posing, lighting, composition, and retouching, Jeff breaks down his process for conveying confidence and masculinity in a series of distinguished studio portraits. Using simple one and two-light setups, Jeff offers easy-to-understand processes for controlling and shaping light best suited for male subjects. Take advantage of this overlooked genre of photography and create value for your work by specializing in an untapped market.

Photographing Men With Jeff Rojas
  • Lighting-Single Light Setup

    Episode 1

    Follow photographer, Jeff Rojas, as he begins with the first studio shoot - a single light setup. Learn to use diffused lighting to create soft, clean skin tone and smooth dramatic portraiture, regardless of your gear. Watch as Jeff meters light, iterating through captures, and works with you ste...

  • Lighting-Using Flats

    Episode 2

    In this setup, remove the diffusion from your key light and use a different modifier as a backdrop for your subject - the v-flat. With the umbrella diffusion removed, focus on creating higher contrast imagery. Watch as photographer, Jeff Rojas, meters lighting and creates the ideal settings for c...

  • Lighting-Rim Light

    Episode 3

    For this setup, remove the v-flat and replace it with a softbox backdrop behind your subject. Focus on creating a controlled rim light around your subject’s face. Examine the effects of backlighting your subject with specific attention on retaining skin and hair texture. Build up through the ligh...

  • Lighting-Commerical Lighting

    Episode 4

    Change out lighting for a Westcott Zeppelin Part 47 key light to create a more commercial look for your male subject. With inner and outer diffusion on the light, a V-Flat modifier and longer, narrower source, control the look of the image using diffusion, angle, and lighting position. Intentiona...

  • Lighting-Incorporating Props

    Episode 5

    Using the same commercial lighting setup, begin to incorporate different props to change the mood and posture of your male subject. Iterate through a series of captures changing your camera’s position to achieve different perspectives.

  • Posing-The Essentials Part I

    Episode 6

    With a foundation for lighting, transition to structuring intentional posing for your subjects. Focus on the nuances of posing to create cool, comfortable, and confident male portraiture. Start this exercise in posing with a simple one light softbox setup. Learn to control shadows and highlights ...

  • Posing-The Essentials Part II

    Episode 7

    In this second part of the posing focus, transition from a commercial portrait style into a corporate headshot aesthetic, evaluating posing techniques for professional male subjects. Continue to build on creating structure, negative spaces and accentuating the inverted triangle to create strong, ...

  • Posing-The Essentials Part III

    Episode 8

    For this segment, transition to a different male subject for a variant of the corporate portrait aesthetic. In this setting, leverage the usage of your backdrop and props to create effective poses for standing vs. sitting. Learn to create posing the evokes both comfort and confidence, with subjec...

  • Posing-The Essentials Part IV

    Episode 9

    For this segment of the posing focus, switch to a more casual subject and aesthetic. Work to elongate your subject using perspective in relationship to the camera. Iterate through a series of captures using pose, props, and v-flat reflection for a casual, confident male portrait.

  • Commercial Portrait-3 Light Setup-White Backdrop

    Episode 10

    With a firm foundation establish, put all of the pieces together for a commercial studio shoot. Follow photographer, Jeff Rojas in a new lighting and modifier setup, leveraging a key with umbrella, v-flats bouncing 2 lights onto a white backdrop. Meter each light building up a precise setup to ca...

  • Commercial Portrait-3 Light Setup-Black Backdrop

    Episode 11

    In this studio shoot, transition to a black background and a different male subject. Iterate through a few captures and then reverse engineer the lighting setup to understand the shape and control of lighting for this compelling male portrait.

  • Commercial Portrait-Single Light Setup

    Episode 12

    Follow photographer, Jeff Rojas, as he builds up a single light setup for a commercial portrait. Using a Profoto B1 key light, diffusion, a v-flat modifier, and a black backdrop, watch as he builds up his light to create a modern, clean male portrait. Watch as Jeff experiments with a black v-flat...

  • Commercial Portrait-Budget Setup

    Episode 13

    Learn to create an image with a soft, diffused single light without an expensive gear setup. Follow photographer, Jeff Rojas, as he builds up a beautiful black and white portrait. Continue to build on your experience, to shape light, controlling highlights and shadows. Manipulate v-flats and basi...

  • Cinematic Portrait-Subject I

    Episode 14

    Transition to an entirely different aesthetic for this next studio shoot. Follow photographer, Jeff Rojas, as he walks through his lighting setup for a more cinematic portrait. Build up the lighting, isolating the effect of each source and subsequent modifiers. Examine posing to create a moody, s...

  • Cinematic Portrait-Subject II

    Episode 15

    With the same lighting setup, change the tone and mood of the cinematic male portrait with a different subject. See how changing up styling can change the emphasis of the story, while maintaining the same elements of the set. Switch out lenses and shoot handheld for more organic emotions and feel...