Posing & Lighting: Large or Extended Groups

Drake Busath M.Photog.Cr.

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 andwork 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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Drake Busath Bio

"Raised in a darkroom," as the son of a photographer, Drake Busath has devoted his life to his craft. Today, Drake and his sons – the 3rd generation of Busaths – manage Busath Studio & Gardens and just celebrated a major milestone, having surpassed the 75,000th mark in unique photo sessions! Busath Studio generates over $1 million a year in portraiture, specializing in families, graduates, children and business portraits.

When Drake is not in his studio, you can find him touring the world as the owner of ItalyWorkshops.com, which offers photographic tours abroad. Theses tours, which focus on small village and landscape experiences, go throughout regions of Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast. Busath is fluent in Italian and has lived in these areas, so he's the perfect instructor! Drake has recently increased his workshops, offering tours through Nepal, France and the beauty of his native Utah.

Drake is also a sought-after teacher and speaker, having lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He's a charter member of the elite XXV Society, and his work has been featured four times on the cover of Professional Photographer as well as received numerous PPA Loan Collection honors. It's no surprise that Drake has been awarded the PPA National Award for lifetime service, as well as Best of State from 2010-2015 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah. 

Drake Busath is a great example of a photographer's life well-lived, surrounded by a perfect balance of family, colleagues, students and clients!