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Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling

with Kirk Tuck
Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling
Capture everyday moments with timeless family photos!

Gain the confidence and skills you need to turn spontaneous moments into unforgettable photos! Learn expert strategies for indoor and outdoor family shoots guided by professional photographer Kirk Tuck, and discover how to think like a storyteller for compelling photos that capture your subject’s personality. Explore the key settings behind blur-free action shots, and unlock the secret for shooting successfully in harsh sunlight. Use bounce flash for flattering indoor portraits, and dive into Adobe Lightroom with essential presets and advanced techniques for professional images that will bring out the best in everyone. Plus, learn how to size, format and export photos for personalized greeting cards that showcase your family and your photography skills!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Kirk Tuck, and learn some of the foundations for getting great family photos.


Lesson 2. Shooting in Open Shade

  • Shooting outdoors in the sun and in the shade presents some exposure challenges. Kirk shows you how to get a great shot wherever the light falls.


Lesson 3. Shutter Speed & Movement

  • If your family is always on the go, why not get some action shots? Freeze that trampoline jumper high in the air or create motion blur as you capture an intrepid scooter-rider.


Lesson 4. Natural Light Indoors

  • Capture those quiet, indoor moments with ambient light. Kirk shows you how to create beautiful, natural portraits of your family.


Lesson 5. Think Like a Storyteller

  • When chronicling your family's events, think like a storyteller. Kirk explains how to plan and choose your shots so to create a beginning, middle and end in an engaging package.


Lesson 6. Post-Processing Fundamentals

  • Using Adobe Lightroom, Kirk demonstrates how post-processing can enhance a photo that captures a great moment but has some technical problems such as under- or overexposure. Add sharpness and saturation or crop your photos to make them more compelling.


Lesson 7. Advanced Post-Processing

  • Kirk walks you through some of the more advanced features of a photo-processing program such as Lightroom, explaining how to use the histogram, tone curve and HSL sliders to enhance your photos. Learn how to remove blemishes, use presets and share your photos.


Lesson 8. Bonus: DSLR Menus

  • Kirk gives a quick review of the common settings on your digital single-lens reflex camera.

Praise for Kirk Tuck's Studio Portrait Lighting:

"I just finished Mr. Tuck's class on studio portrait lighting. The class was extremely informative and answered many questions I had trying to put together a studio, Mr. Tuck simplified what used to seem so complex and did so in a relaxed style that was so easy to understand. I highly recommend this course."
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