Lighting an Executive Portrait

  • Instructors:
    Cris J. Duncan

    PPA Members:


    In this video course, lighting expert Cris Duncan teaches you how to light the perfect executive portrait.

    First, you’ll learn how to connect with your client-- understand their personality as well as their profession, their company and their products. Knowing your client will enable you to create a successful set for an executive portrait.

    Next, Cris tackles the lighting. Learn how to meter the existing light and add the main and background lights that you’ll need. Discuss light quality, colors and décor and other factors that will affect your portrait.

    When your set up is complete, Cris always advises test images –after all, your client’s time is valuable. Having an assistant sit in not only saves time, it allows you to make any essential adjustments or changes before your client enters the set.

    When it’s “go time,” Cris shares his posing and placement tips that are sure to make the shoot a snap and impress your clients. Learn the software to use so your client has a live feed and can immediately approve the finished product. In and out – everyone walks away thrilled with a job well done!

    Efficient, effective and to the point – the type of shoot that is an executive’s dream – and your portraits will be too!

    We value your feedback and want to know how we can improve. Please share your thoughts about the class here.

  • Duration: 0:11:58 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Cris J. Duncan

        M.Photog.Cr., CPP

        A devoted husband, loving father and professional photographer, Cris J. Duncan, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, feels blessed to share a little about himself with you. Cris and his wife, Deanna, operate a studio in Lubbock, Texas, offering high-end commercial, portrait and wedding photography. It may sound cliché, but they truly love what they do…and he is quick to credit that to their success. He knows that this wonderful profession of photography will take anything you are willing to give and give you whatever you are willing to go after.

        Cris is a Certified Professional Photographer and holds the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees. Since turning pro in 2002, he has photographed Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries and countless others. He has worked for such companies as Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and has been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments for great people all over this land. Cris and Deanna were also selected by the design team of Extreme Makeover:Home Edition to provide portraits of one of their deserving families.  Cris was a PPA Photographer of the Year and is also the recipient of several awards and honors. For example, his acclaimed work, “The Carpenter’s Masterpiece,” was awarded a perfect 100 as well as Album of the Year, two Judges Choice awards, a distinguished ribbon and acceptance in the exclusive PPA Loan Collection.

        Today, Cris is a highly sought-after photographer and educator. He is the founder of “Find your Focus” photographic education experiences.  

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