Black Background Tutorial - Kirstie Marie Photography Mentorship

Black Background Tutorial

(2 customer reviews)

Learn how to photograph and edit black background-style portraits.



Black background portraits are wildly popular within the equine industry – and for great reason! They produce flattering images for both horses and humans alike that are ready to sell + hang as artwork.

In this 60+ minute course, you become a virtual second shooter as equine photographer Kirstie Jones takes you alongside her on a black background session, including: how she chooses locations around the barn, how she incorporates light into different settings, how she poses + instructs horses and clients, and how she composes the images. Starting with a horse and human, Kirstie explains exactly where to place the subjects for the best portrait possible. Next, Kirstie instructs the best way to photograph the elusive black horse on a black background. Lastly, Kirstie photographs a light-colored horse to discuss the differences and nuances when setting exposure and composition.

After the photoshoot, Kirstie invites viewers to take a seat beside her computer screen as she works through a session’s images. You’ll go through her process as she culls, uses Lightroom and finishes in Photoshop to edit her photos. You will learn how she determines which photos to keep and deliver, how she decides the editing steps and which steps she tends to outsource. Kirstie shows the entire process for both full-body portraits and headshots in order to give the full scope of editing techniques and tools. 

Whether you’re highly familiar with these tools for editing, or you’re just getting your feet wet, you’ll finish this tutorial with new tricks to try and workflow to tweak for your own business.

2 reviews for Black Background Tutorial

  1. Rachel

    I highly, highly recommend this course. Not only is it delivered professionally with very clear steps, but it was also incredibly helpful – thank you. Kirstie goes above and beyond to over-deliver. Thank you

  2. Carolyn

    This course is great. Kirstie is very clear and thorough with her directions and explanations of what she is doing. It is quite easy to follow along and apply what you learn. I especially enjoyed how you can follow Kirstie from the beginning, where she sets up her shoot, all the way through to the end where you are able to see a finished product. Everything is well documented, and you really do feel like you are right there with her as she works. Her personality comes through as well with a kind and patient teaching tone. I loved the videos and have already re-watched them to make sure I got everything! I do wish that there were a small troubleshooting section- like dealing with a swished tail that is hard to edit around or something like that- but I learned a lot and still felt as though this was a five star course.

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