(Sold Out) 30 Days to Professional-Quality Portrait Photography (Online Class)

Portrait photo of a woman with her hair twirling around--fun!

Join me on fun and interactive 30-day class to improve your portrait photography.

This class is over.  Please check out this page for our current courses.


  1. Shannon

    I was wondering if you will have this class again in September or another month? I would love to take this, but August is such a busy month for me.

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      I will not be doing this portrait class again for quite some time. I may do other classes next month, but they will be on subjects other than portraiture.

  2. Author
    Jim Harmer

    Jill, To sign up for the class, simply pay via the large Buy Now button at the bottom. Once you pay securely via Paypal, I will send you a welcome email within a few days with information on the class and a short questionnaire. The welcome email will explain how to access the materials when the class begins on August 8. Glad you’ll be joining us for the class!

  3. Lyndsey

    Hi Jim! You know that I will be signing up for this! I am very excited for the oportunity to learn from you again. You are a great teacher and your book and lesson in exposure were the perfect starting point for me. I have and will continue to recommend this site and your books to everyone I know that is interested in photography.

  4. Kathryn

    Hi Jim,

    I use Photoshop Elements 9 and was wondering if the post editing info you have will apply to it?

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      I think most of the people in the class will be using Photoshop Elements 9, so I am going to do my best to adapt my workflow to show how to do things in Elements. I’m used to working in Photoshop CS4, but I hope to do the tutorials in Photoshop Elements 9. Either way, the two programs are so similar that it won’t make much of a difference.

  5. Zach B

    I randomly stumbled upon this site earlier today and can’t even remember what I was searching for now. It was almost overwhelming how many tabs I had opened with articles I wanted to read. After just a few hours here, I am very very tempted to sign up for this course, even as a very beginner photographer.

    After that bit of unrelated talk, THANKS for such a compelling site and incredible knowledge that you portray to every skill level. Looking forward to this upcoming course and I have no found a go to site for anything photography related.

    Also glad to hear that you’ll be covering LR3 with the others as that’s mt software of choice so far.

    Keep up the great work, you got me hooked!

  6. Gloria

    This course is for me but not this go round. August is a very busy time at work and I will be away for a week. Hopefully I will be able to take it the next time around.

  7. Yash Patel


    I love take this class. I am new to photography. I love to learn new stuff. I am full time computer engineer and now started learning portrait and marriage photography. I have couple of questions about this class.

    1. what will be the time of interactive webcast.
    2. Can we contact you after 30 days time over as with my day to day life schedule i can’t get time for assignment everyday. So, if I can contact you anytime after 30 days than its worth point for me signup for this.

  8. Yash Patel


    Will i be able to download the screen cast so i can watch later (without connecting to internet)?

    I have already register to the class. I just want to know what preparation i need to do before class start. What things i should have it before class start. Like some lens, external light, software.


  9. Brad

    so I’m thinking that maybe its time to step out of my comfort zone and learn lighting, however like many others, My summer schedule is very busy. will the classes be available on DVD or to download after the sessions are over? and how much $?

    1. Rowena King

      I am so looking forward to beginning this class, I am however using/learning photoshop cs5 I am not too sure how it differs from cs4 or pse9.

  10. jamie

    Do you think it would be to much if I was taking another class at the same time? I work primarily in CS5 I never use elements anymore since I bought CS, but I do have LR3 and I have NO idea how to use it. I get frustrated and stop them just finish with CS. Will you be going over LR3 and the presets etc? Are you also going to be talking/teaching about reflectors? Will you give constructive criticism as well? Sorry i have so many questions but I really want to take my photography to the next level.

  11. Mandy Rose

    Hi Jim,

    Busy guy you are! Love your candid talk and simple explanations. Will you do a class on studio shooting sometime? Would you include post production with PS Elements 9?

    I am stuck in the dark with product (jewelry) photography for the web. New Canon SLR and EF 28-135 close up lens has my creative juices flowing… Just need some help to step up. Thank you!

  12. Author
    Jim Harmer

    @Jamie – Yes, yes and yes. Yes, I will discuss Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements for post-processing. Yes, I will talk quite a bit about reflectors. Yes, I will be giving constructive criticism. :-) Hope you’re able to join us for the class.

    @Rowena King – I haven’t yet upgraded from CS4 to CS5, but it is highly doubtful that you’ll even notice. The two versions are only VERY SLIGHTLY different. I’ll show how to do things in Photoshop, Lightroom, and PSE.

    @Bala – this is a “learn on your own time” class. We’ll do a few live sessions of about 45 minutes in length, but the rest of the content will be available on demand. Also, we’ll have weekly assignments if you choose to participate with them.

    @Glen MCQ – All you need is a computer with an internet connection, ANY DSLR, and a lens. That’s it!

  13. Jeff

    When will you be sending out confirmations for this class? I registered last week but haven’t gotten any kind of confirmation yet and want to make sure I actually got a spot.

  14. Christie

    Hi, I was going to sign up for your portrait class but see it is full. I know you mentioned your next class will be on landscapes. Do you think you’ll offer another portrait class in the very near future???

  15. Vanessa

    Sold Out?!?! But..but, I just discovered your site! Oh well, I’ll keep looking out for this class again – it looks really great and helpful. It’s a topic that I am really looking forward to learning more about.

  16. Jack

    where is a schedule for all classes being taught? If we miss a live lecture, will there be a recorded version? Thank you

  17. Nery Rodriguez

    Hi, Jim hope all is well! I am so upset with myself for missing out on this class, please do another portrait class soon! I’ll be anxiously waiting.

  18. Kate Feider

    I HIGHLY recommend this class! I am in it right now. I have been doing photography for 3 years, and have had a photography business for 2 years where I’ve done over 200 photo shoots. But I have learned a TON in the few short weeks of this class!
    The class is for beginners as well, as long as you have an understanding of exposure and are comfortable shooting in manual.
    Jim is such a great teacher. He truly enjoys helping others improve and is dedicated to that cause. He will answer all your questions thoroughly and without pretense. He is laid back and very easy to talk to and learn from. I really, really hope that there will be a portrait photography part II sometime soon! What do you say Jim? 😉

  19. Katherine Jamieson

    Hi, i am a very enthusiastic photographer with a Canon EOS450D, but sadly i generally stick to the presets on the camera as i just cant get my head around the functions! I read books which tell me what the settings mean and do and it seems to go in one ear and out the other so to speak! Which is very frustrating as i am very keen and really want to know how to get the best from my camera.
    Do you have any suggestions? :-)

    Many thanks!

  20. Frances

    Just found your website — bummed out that I missed your class but am looking forward to the next one!

    Thanks for providing so much wonderful information!

  21. Payal

    Just stumbled upon this terrific site (and bookmarked, of course). Hope you’re having another online course soon. :)

  22. Matt Harper

    Hoping to sign up for your class. Keep me posted as to when you will have another. I actually just got a gig photographing newborns right in the hospital so I want to fine tune what I do.

  23. Author
    Jim Harmer

    @David Charles, I have not yet set the times for the live sessions yet. I am going to ask in the questionnaire to paying students when they are available and will schedule them when the most people are available. Each of the live sessions will occur at DIFFERENT times so if you can’t attend one, you will likely be able to attend a different one.

    @Lyndsey Do you think I would leave you in the cold? :-) I’m a big Lightroom user, so I will show how to do things both in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements, as well as Lightroom 3. I LOVE Lightroom.

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