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Posing and Portraiture Techniques

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Posing and Portraiture TechniquesStart producing dynamic portraits after learning to pose your subject, gain an awareness of light and background, and making creative use of flash and focal length. This exciting 4-week online course is taught by portrait photographer and author Ibarionex Perello. Along with posing tips for more pleasing portraits, you'll also learn great ways to capture emotion-filled candids.

Key Features

  1. Posing Subjects
  2. Using Flash
  3. The Successful Candid
  4. The Impact of  Focal Length

  • How to pose your subject(s) for more pleasing portraits.
  • Use fill-flash in bright and low light conditions.
  • Techniques for capturing emotion-filled candids.
  • Use different focal lengths to achieve dynamic results.

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Ibarionex R. Perello Ibarionex R. Perello
Ibarionex R. Perello is a writer and photographer who has over 15 years worth of experience in the photographic industry. For six years, he was the associate editor for Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, and Digital Photo Pro magazines. He was a technical engineer for Nikon Inc. for 8 years where he provided technical support and training on both film and digital technologies.

Ibarionex also hosts and produces “The Candid Frame”, an audio podcast where he interviews the best professional and emerging photographers in the world. The bi-weekly podcast is available by visiting

His personal photographic projects include a 5-year documentary project that focused on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He is currently producing a series of portraits on established and emerging writers of Southern California.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Posing Subjects
Learn how to pose your subject so that they appear natural and comfortable. Discover how your interaction with your subject can produce better portraits that are engaging and interesting.
Assignment: Submit 2 images of a portrait sitting using the techniques discussed in this first lesson.

Lesson 2: Using Flash
Understand how your flash works. Learn how to use it for fill-flash and to customize its output. Discover how to change the quality of light by diffusing or bouncing the flash.
Assignment: Shoot a portrait at twilight or at night, using flash as fill.

Lesson 3: The Successful Candid
Discover techniques for creating more natural looking candids at parties and other special events. Learn tips and tricks for photographing moments filled with emotion.
Assignment: Attend or throw a small gathering where you can shoot candid images of your friends or family using the techniques discussed this week.

Lesson 4: The Impact of Focal Length
Learn how to creatively use wide-angle and telephoto lenses for more dynamic images of people. Use a combination of focal length, lens to subject distance and aperture bring attention to your subject.
Assignment: Create 2 images. One with a wide-angle and another with a telephoto lens of the same subject.

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 



  • Digital SLR.
  • Flash (suggest auxilliary flash with wired or wireless TTL capability).
  • Wide and telephoto zoom lens.
  • This class is an optional "Part II" of Available Light Portraiture.



Is this course intended for beginning, intermediate or advanced photographers?
This class is intended for intermediate or advanced photographers who have a good familiarity with an SLR.  

Do I have to have a digital camera?
No, the majority of techniques and suggestions are applicable whether you’re using film or digital. However, some of the topics will be specifically targeted for the digital shooter.  

How much time will be involved in completing assignments?
You should likely shoot a portrait for each assignment within an hour. Besides image editing, some of your time may be taken up by arranging for a subject to photograph. Approach several subjects and arrange a specific time for a sitting.  

What kind of lens do I need?
A single or multiple lenses that cover an effective focal length range of 28mm-135mm is suggested.  

Do I need a tripod?
It is not a requirement, though a stable platform will be necessary for the assignment involving fill-flash under low light.  

Do I need to have Photoshop?
No. Any level of image-editing software will be sufficient.  

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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