Course Updates
08-2023 Generative AI Fill for Portrait Photography
05-2021 Adding a background in a portrait
04-2020 Creating the Porcelain skin effect


Lighting is a key ingredient in creating a successful portrait. Whether you want to photograph a business portrait, an individual, a couple, or children, effective lighting is crucial to the success of that portrait. This course will show you how to use your lights, how to shape your subjects with light, how to pose individuals, and how to do all this indoors in a studio or even your own living room.

Portrait photography is popular, fun, and in-demand! If you are looking for a course to photograph people for fun or jump start your photography career and get paid, this course shows you how to create beautiful portraits.





If you dream of owning a portrait photography business this course will show you how to create beautiful portraits from headshots to full length, groups, families, and more.

In no time you will have all the tools you need to get started creating fine portraits either in the studio or in your own home based business. And this course is designed specifically for the photographer with no lighting experience.

lisa_marie_MG_4483AppBWThis course shows you how to:

  • Learn how to see the portrait lighting
  • Understand how your lighting equipment works
  • How to understand key and fill lights
  • How to choose the best portrait lighting techniques setup for your model
  • Understand lighting ratios
  • How to best show your subjects with the right light
  • How to balance lighting contrast in a complimentary manner
  • How to add accent lights
  • How to balance your subject with the background
  • How to simple photo retouching (everybody needs some)


Enroll now to learn exclusive portrait lighting techniques and make good money enjoying your passion.

This course includes video lectures for easy understanding. Click here to See What’s Inside


What they are saying:

“Charlie, I have learned so much from your class, and feel as I try new lighting arrangements and combinations I do have a lot to learn. My confidence is growing in photographing portraits, and I have to admit I just love it and plan to keep on, having already added 2 lights to my set up.” Gratefully, Sarah

“Truly a wonderful class! You have taken the “Mystery,” and fear, out of portrait photography. You have a wonderful gift for teaching, and you express yourself very well through the written word – another wonderful gift. Thank you so much! Hoping to take another of your classes in the near future”. Blessings, Jennifer

Instructor: Charlie Borland has been a commercial and stock photographer for over 30 years. He has photographed for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Precision Castpart’s Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, and AGC. His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide and a sampling include: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few. Charlie is the co-author to Understanding Flash and the author of Outdoor Flash Photography.  Charlie has been teaching for over a decade and teaches several courses here.

Note: If you need lighting equipment to take this course, click here for a list of lighting equipment.