In this tutorial, we’re working with health and fitness coach Nile Bratcher to explore the ins and outs of athletic photography and deliver images that are both stunning and representative of the spirit of his business. We’ll take you into the photoshoot as we build four different studio lighting setups from the ground up. Then it’s on to Photoshop where we’ll teach you everything from masking and cutting out your subject to effective dodging and burning.
Picture an athlete. What words would you use to describe them? Fitness, action, energy, strength, and physique are all characteristics that need to be present in any athletic portrait. We’ll demonstrate photographic techniques to highlight muscle definition, form, and motion that will help you bring the spirit of an athlete to life.
Studio Lighting Techniques
Beginning with a single light, we’ll construct several unique lighting setups piece by piece – each ideal for capturing a different concept, mood, or pose. We’ll also demonstrate how to position lights to capture and enhance muscle definition and motion.
One of the greatest challenges a photographer can face is making an uncomfortable situation – a studio photoshoot – a comfortable one. See first-hand how to help your clients relax and get the most natural images possible.
Having your client present at a photoshoot can be a huge advantage. See how to bring them into the process for ideas and feedback so you both can feel confident that you’re nailing the right shots.
Meet Needs & Deliver Variety
The best way to leave a client wanting more is by meeting their needs and giving them options. In this tutorial, we capture everything from simple portraits to kinetic action shots in several different colors, styles, and moods. Learn how to get a wide assortment of photos with only a few subtle changes.
From Capture to Export
See the creative process from end to end. Join us as we go in-depth during several photoshoots and then bring the images into Photoshop for retouching and styling. This is one of our most comprehensive tutorials to date covering studio lighting, client interaction, photography, and post-production.
As important as it is to highlight the features of an athlete when capturing a photo, it’s equally as important to maintain and enhance those features in post-production. We’ll show you how to remove blemishes, increase definition, and add creative effects to ensure an athlete is at their peak performance.
Dodging & Burning
We’ll teach you advanced techniques to sculpt highlights and shadows around your subject, providing more shape and definition. This can be especially impactful during athletic retouching, greatly enhancing musculature and form.
Color & Style
Since we shot on three different colored backgrounds, we have three totally different perspectives when coloring and stylizing our photos. From a bright pink, brimming with energy and abstract shapes, to black, where we’ll make things a bit more intense and dramatic. We’ll show you how to capture and magnify the tone of an image.
COMBINE PHOTOS (1)
COMBINE PHOTOS (2)
COMBINE PHOTOS (FINAL)
PERFECT CUT-OUT (BEFORE)
PERFECT CUT-OUT (AFTER)
ADD GRAPHICS (BEFORE)
ADD GRAPHICS (AFTER)
ADVANCED COLORING (BEFORE)
ADVANCED COLORING (AFTER)
Instructor & Featured Artist
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
Physical Therapist/Strength Trainer – Featured Artist
A lifelong dedication to dance & martial arts led to helping others improve their health, reduce their pain, & empower their lives. Nile has studied with many industry leaders since his early career beginning at the age of 17. View Nile’s Site
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