Posing & Lighting: Large or Extended Groups

  • Instructors:
    Drake Busath

    PPA Members:


    It’s a photographer’s nightmare—30+ people ranging from great-grandma to newborns, sullen teens, toddlers running wild, adults complaining and sunlight fading. But after you take this video class on posing large groups, you might just find yourself handling this scenario with confidence and aplomb, creating portraits that will lead to great sales.

    It all begins with the posing system that instructor Drake Busath uses to create those large group portraits. Once you’ve learned it, you might never go back because it helps you create a group’s shape, position multiple family units, manage the younger children and work with the singles without ostracizing them!

    Along with his posing system, Drake will also discuss:

    • The importance of lighting.
    • Details to improve the image – props to include, why to pay attention to the “skyline” and other tips he’s gathered through the years.
    • Polishing the pose – fine-tuning the details that a great photographer should notice.
    • Engaging your customers – flattery, enthusiasm and a crazy story or two will take you far.

    Adding to the brilliance of this class is that you see an example of what Drake did with a large family, and then you get to watch him do it live!

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  • Duration: 0:41:24 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Drake Busath


        Drake Busath says he “grew up in a darkroom” as a second generation photographer.  He now owns Busath Studio and Gardens, a vibrant portrait business with five photographers, three of which hold Masters Degrees from Professional Photographers of America.

        His portraits have been the subject of numerous articles in photographic journals, three times on the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine.  Drake has taught portraiture to professional photographers world wide, from Australia and Asia, to Europe and in 35 U.S. states. He’s been a regular platform speaker at Imaging USA.

        Since 1999 Drake has also operated ItalyWorkshops.com, a photographic village-tour in Italy.  Hundreds of photographers have attended what Drake calls a “personal renaissance” in Tuscany, Umbria, Liguria Coast, Venice, the Lakes District and Val d’Aosta, all regions in northern Italy where he has lived and worked.

        Recognitions include:

        • Masters and Craftsman Degrees from Professional Photographers of America
        • Charter member of XXV, a society of Photographers world wide
        • Numerous Loan Collection (PPA) honors
        • Exhibited in Epcot and the Photographic Hall of Fame
        • Best of State 2010, 2011, 2012 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah
        • PPA National Award

        Drake and his wife Liz are based in Salt Lake City. Two sons, Richard and Bromley Busath currently manage the portrait business.

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