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Photography 101

Lesson 55 of 55

Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits


Photography 101

Lesson 55 of 55

Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits


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Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits

Olivia, bring that reflector up head height. There you go. Step in him a little bit right there. And then open it just a tiny bit. Come to my side of tiny bed and then come out a little bit This way. There you go. Okay. And then why don't we have you go behind the head so you can see where the light's hitting? There you go. There you go. And kind of get it right on there. Head there. Perfect. Can't. Leading to bring the hand up to his chest again. There you go. Love that. He looked down towards her. Look up in each other When you guys look each other, want you guys to look at each other's eyebrows. Okay? It's a little bit weird. I know you guys probably don't sit around the couch looking each other's eyebrows. Okay, Go for a little peck, guys. Perfect. What I want to do is get a couple like, candid shots. We're gonna go for a couple of close up candids. So the poses perfect when I want to do is lean onto his chest again. Okay? And almost like like, imagine that I'm not here basically r...

ight Now I know it's hard with my loud voice and Persian chest hair and all that stuff that makes it impossible to ignore me. Yeah, I closed it all up. We don't want toe reveal anything. OK, so step a tiny bit of the side, guys. Perfect. It's right there. But we're gonna dio on my way for the viewers out there. I'm not sure which camera to talk into all just talking to this one for the viewers. I want you guys to know I'm shooting on a 50 right now because I actually want an 85 millimeter focal length forward. The compression, the background. But guess what? This is a crop bring body. We're gonna talk about that or we have talked about that. But either way, Ah, 50 millimeter on this body is more like an 85. Where it on a full frame camera. I would need to be using an 85. So that's why we're using the 50 Normally for these kind of shots, I would not use a 50 on a full frame camera because, well, it's gonna give me a little bit of distortion. It's gonna give me just around the edges. It's not as good of a look at the 85 would. So let's go ahead and get the shot. Christina's lean on his chest a little bit, just like that. And what I want is you're going to kind of look towards the light. Christine's to kind of be on that side key. They're gonna look down towards her and Christie on the back. Just, uh, grab those flyways real quick in the hair. You're totally fine. That's perfect. Perfect. Just like that. Just like that. You don't have to lean on, right That I just want you guys to kind of what I want is have you got some sort of smooth line whisper in her ear and then look down, kind of towards each other. And I want to get that last right is Christy and Christine can keep the chin down. Kind of look over the light. All right. Right there. Let's wait for this random person to be goodbye. I know this is like, this is like a surprise. That's so awesome. Christine. Right there. Look up at me right there. Turn chin down A little right there. Perfect. And until they had a little bit in the key. There you go. Right there. Perfect. It's like that. All right. I love that. Look, that's so perfect. What I want to do is from this post, keep what I want to do is you lean kind of into her. So lean over a little bit hugger around her, not around her chest area, because that's kind of grab asi, but, like, right above the breasts. There you go. That's such a weird word. I don't like saying that word breasts right above the breasts. Okay. Um, yeah, maybe anymore. It's a little bit. It feels a little bit tight, so maybe kind of more casual with that. Like choking her. Yeah, exactly. Over the full Nelson. Okay, drop him down a tiny bit. There you go. Right there. Perfect way. Can't that one's covered up? Fortunately, don't worry about it. It's comfy living. Can you grab the silver and the white? What I want is so keep bring that face in. Bring that face, bring that beautiful face into the okay and you're gonna, like, lean down into her, like, kind of like you're almost like you're whispering in her ear, but not you don't need to say. There you go. Perfect. Perfect. Beautiful. Okay, What we're gonna do is bring that silver side right over here. Okay, then let's go up on the silver and come right in on their faces. So I want you to go all the way over to a shoulder. There you go. Right there. Perfect. Okay. And you can even till decide and a little bit more. Or picked. All right, Christine, looking over me and tilt back into a little bit. He kind of come out. There you go. Come up a little bit. There you go. Perfect. Keith, whisper something into her. Guys, do this. Lean forward from the hips all the way to me. There you go. Right there. Keep make her laugh. Let's do this. Let's go. Um, turn. So, Keith, your your back is just facing that way directly. There you go. And then let's just have Christine facing me straight on. Let's go right over. Perfect. Keeping fingers close. He clean and do again. Keep looked towards her.

Class Description

Learn how to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.

To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

  • Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera
  • Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs
  • Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you
Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with SLR Lounge's Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images; all with no more gear than you started with. 


  1. Introduction
  2. The Camera is Simply a Tool
  3. How Does a Camera Work?
  4. How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
  5. Exposure Triangle
  6. What is a Stop of Light
  7. Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
  8. Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
  9. White Balance & Color Temperature
  10. No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure
  11. How To Measure or Meter Light
  12. 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
  13. Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods
  14. How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
  15. Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
  16. Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
  17. Starting with Automated Modes
  18. Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
  19. Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
  20. Landscape Mode on the Beach
  21. Sports or Action Mode
  22. Macro Mode with Food Photography
  23. Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
  24. In-Camera Processing
  25. A Glimpse into RAW Processing
  26. 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
  27. 3 Primary Types of Autofocus
  28. Single Shot with Portrait Session
  29. Single Shot with Action Shots
  30. AI Servo with Action Shots
  31. Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection
  32. Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
  33. How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
  34. What Makes a Great Photograph?
  35. How to Capture Candid Moments
  36. How to Find the Right Light Direction
  37. 5 Basic Compositional Theories
  38. The Power of Cropping
  39. Color Schemes
  40. Diving into the Narrative
  41. If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against
  42. More About Your Camera and Lenses
  43. Understanding Megapixels
  44. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras
  45. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
  46. Prime vs. Zoom Lens
  47. How the Lens Affects Composition
  48. Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG
  49. 5 Tips on Memory Cards
  50. 10 Tips on Buying Gear
  51. Conclusion
  52. The Good Karma Jar
  53. Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
  54. Posing and Lighting with Female Model
  55. Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits



I watched this class "live" and was simply amazed at the amount of information Pye covered. Yes, he talks a little fast, and since I was streaming the class I couldn't stop it to review anything, but this guy really knows his stuff and explains it very well so I absorbed quite a bit. Bye is enthusiastic, clearly enjoys his craft, and delivers excellent information to students in a light heartedI and fun way. I think some reviewers are a bit harsh about his humor. Lighten up, people! His examples and the additional information his co-host provides are very worthwhile and you can tell the course was well thought out. I plan to buy the class to help me get back into DSLR photography.


I really enjoyed this class. I am not a beginner, but there were still things I learned here that I found helpful. I really enjoy learning from Pye. He is quick, gets to the point and doesn't spend a lot of time going over and over the same point. There is a wide variety of things that he covers, so really something for everyone. I would recommend purchasing this class if you want to understand your camera better, improve your technique and start taking better photos.

Joy Bobrink

I have tried to learn photography myself via the internet / YouTube but always felt like I was missing something in my foundation. Sure I can zero out my meter...but why? How do I know the settings I've selected are the correct ones? I've been circling this drain for a year until this course. WOW! Pye has SO MUCH information in every video. He doesn't just stand in a classroom and talk, he's out in the field actually putting his settings into his camera, talking about why and why not and then shooting. He's hands on the entire course. You don't just hear him, you see exactly what he's doing! I'm a visual / listening learner and this is my eureka moment! Thank you Pye! Watching the Exposure video and how you changed the settings yet maintained the exact same exposure was mind blowing. Awesome course! I would recommend this to anyone new to photography or anyone that feels like they don't have all the info.