Creative Portrait


online photography class 

Almost everyone is taking portraits these days, but it’s getting harder and harder to stand out! In this course, you will discover many methods and techniques to take portraits in a new and unexpected way. The course materials include a detailed description of these photographic techniques, many photos, advice and tips on how to find and use locations, light, photo accessories, styling, and how to combine it all to reflect your original imagination and vision. You’ll learn how simple things can dramatically change your photos and how to easily achieve unique results. You will also try more complicated techniques that you always wanted to try, but never did… or that you did not know about before. The materials also include explanations of camera settings and many “behind the scenes” stories, shots and videos from which you will also learn a lot. And because photographing should be both fun and rewarding, at the end of this course you will have not only great portraits, but also an “I really enjoyed this” feeling. These four weeks will motivate you to experiment, to think outside the box and maximize your creativity for stunning and surprising shots. Get inspired and embark on a journey of creative portrait photography, experimenting and improvisation with us!

How it works:
Class materials/lessons
Class starts on Friday - your first lesson will be opened (and so on - four lessons in four weeks). Lesson materials are super valuable with great content - full of interesting theory and practical photo examples. 
Each week you will receive one fun and innovative lesson that you can download, four lessons in total. At the end of each lesson you will also find your enjoyable and challenging assignment. After you have completed your work, you will upload your photos and our instructor will offer an honest, to the point critique of your photographs. Detailed schedule of the course can be found here.

Invaluable critiques
Your instructor is passionate about  portraits and she will offer extremely honest to the point critiques of your work - we’re all adults here and we’ll save the “sugar coating” for the dessert cookies. Feedback is a gift! 
You also have the ability to see the other students images and view their critiques from the instructor as well in each course. 


Q&A Forum
A forum is available for all your photographic discussions. Here is where you will ask the questions and get answers! Here you can interact with our instructor and fellow photographers. Meet new friends in a fun approachable learning environment.

Author and instructor: Monika Banas

What is also included:

  • 4 valuable lessons + 1 bonus lesson / class materials with tons of examples

  • 8 photography assignments (2 per lesson) + honest feedback/critique of your images

  • 330 pages, 150+ images, 10+ videos & 4 :Behind the scene" PDF files

  • experienced portrait photographer and photo instructor

  • access to closed Facebook group - Q&A forum

  • time flexibility


Starting Date: Friday, October 4, 2019

Duration: 6 weeks 

Regular Price: 129 CHF

Introduction / Early bird price: 99 CHF

Payment via bank transfer or online in advance prior the course opening.

​Interested? Contact us for more info:     Any other questions? Read our FAQ.


Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Usual techniques unusually

Welcome, Something practical before we start, What’s in my photo bag, Different angle, Background, Bokeh, Styling and props, Framing, Reflections, Multi exposure

Lesson 2: It is all about the weather

Sun, Wind, Fog, Behind the glass / window, Water drops, In the rain, Snow, Frost, Rainbow, Water everywhere, Milk bath

Lesson 3: Light, light, shadow

Foreground bokeh, Light&shadow / Gobos, Silhouettes, Low key, High key, Unusual source of light, Candle light portraits, Light painting

Lesson 4: In the middle of colors

Portraits and colors, Make-up and hair, Make a mess, Importance of red, Smoke, Colorful source of light / Foils, Monochromatic portraits

Lesson 5: Bonus (no assignment)

Shooting with old lenses, Is it a portrait or not?, Wrap up

Course Requirement:
- basic knowledge of photography triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)

- camera + lens

- computer with internet connection

- facebook profile

What students say about this class:

“Amazing, great, fantastic, creative and very inspirational! Thank you so much!”

Lenka R.

“Cool! Great ideas, beautiful photos, a lot of inspiration and the instructor is just the best!”

Darja N.

“For me one of the most valuable and most inspirational classes I’ve ever took! And a lot of fun too!”

Blanka U.

Extraordinary! A lot of new techniques and tips, assignment every week that makes you try it and valuable feedback – that what makes this class absolutely perfect!

Sarka M.

“Creativity, inspiration, amazing photos and class materials, great videos and a lot of fun! Highly recommended!”

Michaela N.

We are offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your course - please notify us within 7 days of your course start date (prior opening second lesson). We will refund your tuition in full, no questions asked.

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