Photographing High School Seniors
with holli true
february 6, 2017
march 20, 2017
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Photographing High School Seniors is a four week workshop created for intermediate to advanced photographers. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to photograph your teen, run an established business or simply learn more about this market, this workshop will give you the opportunity to explore what senior photography is all about. You will learn how to maximize your locations through posing, expression, lighting and moving around the space. You will also learn more about the business side of senior photography, including how to prepare for a shoot, creating a session workflow, working with a makeup artist, building a senior model program and utilizing social media to reach your ideal client. This workshop is loaded with written content, visual references to get you inspired to create and several videos that will take you both behind the scenes and directly through the viewfinder.
Weekly shooting required
4+ hours required per week
this course has prerequisites
All students should have a full understanding of how to use their camera. Full understanding of manual mode is highly recommended. A reflector, while not required, is recommended, especially with a handle. Holli suggests a 30” Lastolite TriGrip Silver/White reflector. Basic understanding of Photoshop and/or Lightroom is also recommended.
Holli True is a high school senior portrait photographer based in Eugene, Oregon. She has specialized in seniors for seven years, building a genuine brand on the foundation of Young & Free. As industry educator, Holli loves nothing more than connecting with other photographers from all over the world, sharing her passion and simplistic approach to senior photography. She’s a dreamer, a thinker, a chaser and a doer. When she isn’t exploring the Pacific Northwest with her camera, you’ll find her adventuring with her family of four in their RV. Her portfolio can be found here.
• Printable PDF Lesson Downloads with Assignments (outlined in syllabus)
• 11 Videos (photo shoots, location scouting, posing, editing and more)
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Video Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading:Location breakdown by type; choosing the right location and making the most of small spaces; defining your photographic style and how to prep for a session.
Assignment: Describe your photography style in one sentence or 4-6 words. Select a location (one you’ve been to before or a new one) and find 10 areas to shoot in, without getting into your car. Photograph each area, with or without a client/model, creating a Location Catalog. Submit a gallery with these 10 images.
Reading: Working in a variety of lighting conditions; how to use a reflector; capturing bokeh, sunflare and backlighting; session workflow from start to finish.
Assignment: Photograph a senior/model outdoors in a variety of natural light conditions: full sun, shade and backlighting. Use a reflector, if you have one. Submit a gallery of 10 edited images for critique and share your experience working with the variations of light.
Reading: Introduction to posing; keeping it age appropriate; angles and perspective; shooting for more than just your senior client.
Assignment: Photograph a senior/model and shoot five distinct poses, three different ways (make small adjustments, change the angle and crop, etc). Submit a gallery of 15 edited images for critique, showcasing the five poses, shot three ways.
Reading: Bringing everything together to capture the essence of a high school senior; engagement and expression; observing and documenting the moments in-between; showcasing their personality; utilizing social media and how to start a senior model program.
Assignment: Photograph a senior/model, putting into action all of the tips given throughout the course. Choose a location with a variety of areas to work within, experiment with multiple lighting conditions. Focus on shooting each pose multiple ways, capturing a range of expressions. Submit a gallery of 20 edited images for critique.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.