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Senior Portraits: Background, Props, and Shooting Ideas
James Schmelzer
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Senior Portraits: Background, Props, and Shooting Ideas
lessons: 16 Course Lessons
duration: 56min
published: 2009
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Senior Portraits: Background, Props, and Shooting Ideas
with James Schmelzer
Join portrait photographer James Schmelzer as he shares his cutting-edge ideas and concepts for creating and lighting unique backgrounds for studio portraits. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

An introduction to the instructor and what will be covered in this course

1min, 54sec
lesson 2: Zebra Print

Controlling the light on an animal print background with daylight-balanced fluorescent bulbs by Westcott

8min, 24sec
lesson 3: CD Wall

The reflective surfaces of the CDs make for an interesting challenge

2min, 35sec
lesson 4: Shag Rug

Breaking up the wall behind the subject with fill light

1min, 43sec
lesson 5: Beads and Hand-Painted Foam Core

Creative painting and turning your light into a spotlight with Turbo Spot

4min, 33sec
lesson 6: Old Boards and Chipped Paint

Be sure to offer a variety of backgrounds for your customers to choose from

3min, 11sec
lesson 7: Pillows and a White Background

Inspiration can come from walking around the mall and looking at the window displays

7min, 38sec
lesson 8: Rose Petals

One of the more beautiful and popular poses for high school portraits

5min, 1sec
lesson 9: Frosted Tungsten Bulb

Trying to match the color temperature of the chandelier

4min, 0sec
lesson 10: Black Couch, Tiled Floor

Mixing these elements with a bead background and the correct lighting

1min, 56sec
lesson 11: Painted SubFloor as Background

This eye-catching material works great in this setup because the subjects can lean and touch on the background

1min, 58sec
lesson 12: 3D Wall Paper

Many different ways to be creative with this background material

2min, 52sec
lesson 13: Antique Couch

Antique store is another great source for interesting set pieces for the studio

2min, 54sec
lesson 14: Glitter Board

Using studio lights with barn doors attached are great for creating lighting patterns

3min, 57sec
lesson 15: Ring Flash

This type of flash can be used to give a fashion look to all of your images

2min, 18sec
lesson 16: Conclusion

Learn the rudiments to lighting and have fun taking senior portraits

1min, 3sec
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James Schmelzer
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Award-Winning Photographer & Technical Rep for Westcott Lighting
James is an award-winning photographer, lecturer, and a technical representative for F.J. Westcott Company. James has been actively involved in designing new light modifier products as well as creating instructional videos demonstrating control of light. He's also the creator of the Quality of Light video series as well as a member of the Professional Photographers of America, where he holds the Master Craftsman Photographer Degree.
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