Photographing Everyday People By Lindsay Adler

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Join Lindsay Adler, a portrait and fashion photographer, to learn professional strength techniques for photographing everyday people. In this class you will learn how to utilize all of the tools at your disposal, from posing and lighting to lens choice and clothing selection to get the best possible capture possible. From there Lindsay walks you through an array of post-processing tips and tricks to deal with the most common types of challenges all portrait photographers have to face. By the end of this class you’ll feel more confident in your ability to flatter any subject that steps in front of your lens.

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Join Lindsay as she introduces the concepts covered in this class and lays the foundation for the subsequent lessons.
It is your job to bring out the best in your subject by using techniques that enhance their strengths and downplay their flaws.
There are a number of techniques, from posing to lighting, to help you photograph a person with a pronounced double chin.
When photographing a person who is a bit more curvy there are a number of do's and don'ts to keep in mind.
There are additional posing and lighting techniques that can help you photograph an even more full figured person.
Lighting is one of your greatest tools for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, but makeup and Photoshop are important too.
There are a variety of tools to help minimize the appearance of a more pronounced nose.
From makeup to lens choice, there are a lot of ways to minimize the forehead and help you deal with uneven features.
Your choice of lens has a big impact on how the subject will look.
You can use shadows to control the shape of your subject.
There are a few techniques to help reduce or eliminate reflections in glasses.
The right clothing can go a long way to flattering your subjects.
Lindsay introduces some of the Photoshop tools she uses to make her subjects look their best starting with the Liquify Tool.
The Liquify Tool can be used a number of ways, but there are additional techniques that allow you to take it further.
Building on previous techniques Lindsay demonstrates a few techniques for reducing highlights on oily skin.
Lindsay demonstrates techniques to soften wrinkles and brighten teeth.
Here are techniques to deal with situations that all portrait photographers have to face at some point.
This is an advanced retouching technique involving multiple steps to separate the color and tone from the texture in a subject's face.
Lindsay wraps up the class with a few techniques for reducing the appearance of a double chin.
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Lindsay Adler


Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. For the past 10 years she has owned and operated a portrait, fashion, and wedding studio distinguished by its 'fashion flair' approach to imagery. As a New York fashion photographer, she has written editorials that have appeared in dozens of publications ...

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    Fantastic! Great content, great organization, great delivery. Well done.

  2. Profile photo of David Lawrence David Lawrence

    This was great! More please!

  3. Profile photo of longshore.anthony longshore.anthony

    This course is one I’m sure photographers at any level would benefit from. Your teaching skills together with the knowledge you bring to the table is just amazing. Thank you for sharing such brilliant talent.

  4. Profile photo of Brendan Brendan

    Thank you!

  5. Profile photo of Karyn Karyn

    Brilliant course. I would love more about everyday people. Very easy to follow and a great teacher

  6. Profile photo of robertdumonphotography robertdumonphotography

    Wow, I feel like I got my year’s money’s worth just from this one class! Excellent presenter! VERY helpful, thanks!!! I’ll be watching her other videos as well, for sure!

  7. Profile photo of rh rh

    Phenomenal course! I loved the fact that she used ‘normal’ subjects. Most photographers don’t have the option of exclusively shooting super models. Ms. Adler did an expert job and provided useful guidance. A+

  8. Profile photo of pmsswim pmsswim

    enjoyed your teaching. yes, some of it went by me, but some stuck.

  9. Profile photo of mdolheim mdolheim

    Great class…straight talk…..right to the point….tips for the average person who walks into your studio…

  10. Profile photo of nosaj2 nosaj2

    I’ve really been needing this class. Thank you so much!

  11. Profile photo of Juan Carlos Guzman Juan Carlos Guzman

    this is one of the best classes I’ve ever watched here in KelbyOne congrats to Lindsay for such a great tutorial …awesome !!!

  12. Profile photo of D. Lee Owen D. Lee Owen

    Very very good. No, Excellent. What a great instructor. And she used real people. So appreciate this.

  13. Profile photo of bonnie bonnie

    Comprehensive and very useful!

  14. Profile photo of Tony Tony

    I’ve seen several of the suggestions at one time or another, but this was the first class that pulls them all together from lens, to angle, to lighting, to post. Thanks, Lindsay!

  15. Profile photo of Capaphotography Capaphotography

    Thank you! Great course.

  16. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    This is one of the best classes I have seen on Kelby. The information was very practical and easy to replicate. Thanks for you wonderful tips and techniques.

  17. Profile photo of tissime tissime

    Thank you Lindsay !!!
    This is an outstanding class !!!

  18. Profile photo of teigas teigas

    Great class. Would it be possible to make the slides with tips and before and after pictures available as downloads? So I can have them ass small ah remember that stuff, when ever I need to refresh my memory?

  19. Profile photo of veronicaablanco veronicaablanco

    Awesome class!!! This has been of so much help, I can’t wait to put all of the new things I learned in practice.

  20. Profile photo of eneasgarcia eneasgarcia

    Excellent. The course is very complete and Lindsay is a very good teacher. I liked the explanation about liquify and how to pose your subject. A lot of information and a very useful course.

  21. Profile photo of lseamer lseamer

    Great class. I have been wanting a class like this for a long time. Just what I needed. Thank you.

  22. Profile photo of walt342 walt342

    Thank you thank you thank you. Great class, learned so much from it!

    Now photos of my sister-in-law won’t frighten the children.

  23. Profile photo of Jim Greif Jim Greif

    Excellent course. Really detailed.

  24. Profile photo of Ralph Ralph

    Lindsay, when it comes to teaching photography, you are right up there with the best! Always solid, informative and honest. Way to go.

  25. Profile photo of TMueller TMueller

    Frankly, I had been hoping for a course like this for a long, long time. Most of us are not photographing perfect, young humans for a living. Not only is this course needed, it is extremely well done.

  26. Profile photo of BPG BPG

    Unbelievable class you are just the best teacher ever so easy to understand and follow along brilliant thank you so much

  27. Profile photo of fukuroda fukuroda

    Good job…simple technique explanation.. Fantastic prep work on Lindsay’s part.. Enjoyed her instruction..

  28. Profile photo of Joseph Pisani Joseph Pisani

    One of the best courses I’ve ever seen here. Tremendous amount of information and demonstration. I was starting to worry with the latest round of courses and inspiration series that the content was becoming watered down but this restores my faith.

    One suggestion, would love to see a PDF cheat sheet with the do’s and don’ts, tips and tricks. I will make one but thought this would be a great downloadable benefit.

    1. Profile photo of tldoherty1 tldoherty1

      I agree. It is a great course–from how to get the shot: lenses/focal length, shooting angles + distance, and lighting; and awesome info on post-production. A .pdf would be a great to have.

  29. Profile photo of Philip Bach Philip Bach

    An outstanding course in so many ways. Excellent preparation and presentation. Thank you Lindsey

  30. Profile photo of John Webb John Webb

    Wow! So much information in one course. Brilliant.

  31. Profile photo of ginatran ginatran

    Excellent class! Thank you Lindsay. I learn so much from you.

  32. Profile photo of Ivan Boden Ivan Boden

    Outstanding class!!!

    Lindsay is a master and this class is an absolute must for anyone interested in improving their portrait photography and retouching skills.

  33. Profile photo of Sims 2Crestway Sims 2Crestway

    Fabulous tips on how to photograph (and retouch) the everyday person.!

  34. Profile photo of Vincent Gerald Vincent Gerald

    I would certainly like to see more portrait courses that discuss techniques (lighting/retouching) for “everyday people”. Far too many courses on the kelby site use professional models with great make-up and for many photographers, pro and amateur alike, the subject is often not a professional model. Adler’s course is very welcome!

  35. Profile photo of Rob Sirota Rob Sirota

    This class was exceptional!!!

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