Headshot Photography Course with Mark McGee

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Course Description

The ultimate guide to mastering the art of headshot photography! We’ve teamed up with pro portrait photographer Mark McGee to bring you this comprehensive Headshot Photography Course.

This course will take you on a journey learning all about lighting, posing, editing, and how to gain top paying clients. It’s designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to create stunning headshots that will make your work stand out from the crowd.

As always with TSOP the course has been designed and structured by a professional, fully qualified teacher. Teaching photography since 2002 means the education you receive is free of waffle and focuses on accurate and thorough knowledge. We’ve structured the course in an easy-to-understand way, breaking down this advanced area of photography into manageable learning that anyone can understand.

Follow along with Mark as he transports you into a professional portrait photographer world and teaches you the secrets behind creating the best headshot photography out there.

If you’re looking to learn headshot photography and create images that stack up against the best out there, then this course is for you.

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Light and pose with confidence

Lighting and posing are two of the most important aspects of headshot photography. Watch Mark teach you many studio flash and natural lighting set ups together with posing techniques that will make your clients feel at ease and ensure you get great pictures.

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Pro editing techniques

Editing plays a big role in making any portrait look good but for headshot photography it’s an even greater skill to master as you need to make your clients look natural whilst retouching them to look good. Watch Mark teach you his secrets into getting that balance right.

Unlock your potential and create stunning Headshot Photography by joining Mark McGee on this journey which will transform your photography into something special!

What you will learn

  • Introduction to professional headshot photography, what it is and why you should do it.

  • Specialised equipment used for headshots.

  • Camera settings and techniques used by the pro’s.  

  • How to pose models.

  • Studio lighting set ups for headshot photography.

  • How to use natural light for headshots.

  • How to edit headshots in programs like Lightroom, Affinity and Photoshop.

  • How to plan for a headshot shoot.

  • Psychology of the headshot.

  • How to effectively promote yourself to potential clients.

  • How to build an active social media following.

  • The business of headshot photography and how to get clients.

Who is this course for?

  • Photographers wanting to take their headshot photography to the next level.

  • Photographers wanting to add headshot photography to the services they provide.

  • Photographers looking to learn pro portrait techniques.

  • Portrait photographers wanting to go professional.


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Course Content

Intro to your Course and Mark McGee

An introduction to Mark McGee, his photography and how the course works. Here Mark shares his photography journey from the acting world into one of a professional photographer and YouTuber. He also talks about what headshot photography is and how important it is in today’s world.

Lesson 2 – Equipment

Here you will learn about the equipment needed to achieve good results. You’ll look at cameras, lenses, lighting, and essential accessories to get more refined professional imagery.

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Lesson 3 – Camera Settings and Techniques

In this lesson you’ll start by learning the basics of headshot photography and you’ll understand the physics behind why good imagery is so hard to achieve. You’ll also learn about specific camera settings for headshot photography, how to control light, and many more pro techniques to send your photography to the next level.

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Lesson 4 – Psychology of the headshot

The relationships you will form with your clients will be the key to creating great headshots. The psychology of the headshot is an important concept to understand and one you will learn in this lesson.

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Lesson 5 – Lighting set ups

In this lesson you’ll look at how the pros create studio lighting set ups. You’ll learn how to balance key, kick, hair lights and reflectors for varied lighting effects that get guaranteed results.

Lesson 6 – Creating Female Headshots

In this lesson we start to create female headshots. Your taught six separate studio lighting set ups and how to combine natural light with studio lights for stunning effects. You’ll also learn how to make clients feel at ease and how to pose them properly.

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Lesson 7 – Editing Female Headshots

Here you’re taught the pro’s workflow in editing headshots. From efficient culling to editing in Lightroom, Affinity and Photoshop. Here’s where you learn how those finishing touches are achieved and to make your learning easier, you’re provided with the Raw files to work along with.

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Lesson 8 – Creating Male Headshots

Working with men and women can present different challenges and, in the lesson, you’re taught why and how to deal with that. You’ll also look at nine different lighting set ups and how to pose men properly.

Two Male headshots retouched before and after

Lesson 9 – Editing Male Headshots

In this lesson, we edit the pictures taken in the previous lesson. Being different skin than the female shoot, further techniques are needed to get a natural clean look. Again, the raw files are provided so you can edit along with the lesson.

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Lesson 10 – Creating Outside Headshots

In this lesson we move out the studio into natural light. The day is dull and raining, but Mark applies all his skill and experience to teach you how to make the best out of any situation. We look at five different compositions and how to use reflectors and LED lights to enhance outdoor portraits.

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Lesson 11 – Editing Outside Headshots

Working with natural light will give you different effects than working with studio lights. Therefore, the editing process is slightly different and here you’ll learn how to deal with that. And, as usual, you are provided with the raw files to work along with.

Lesson 13 – End of Course Recap

A friendly sign off from Mark and a recap on the knowledge you’ve learnt on the course.

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Lesson 12 – The Business of Headshot Photography

After mastering the art of creating headshots it’s time to get some clients. Here you’ll learn how to build a portfolio, increase your social media presence and how to get clients. 

A selection of Mark’s work


About your Tutor

Based in London, Mark McGee has been a professional portrait photographer since 2011. Over the years Mark has worked with companies such as Hasselblad, Rotolight, Columbia clothing and photographed many actors and musicians such as Boy George, Hannah Waddington, and Paul Whitehouse.

Marks career starting in the performing arts where he starred in west end shows such as Les Mis, The Lion King, and Starlight Express. His affiliation with the acting world was what led him to be a headshot photographer. Having an abundance of actors around him that needed headshots enabled him to cut his teeth in the trade and he hasn’t looked back since!

He also has a very successful YouTube Channel with over 200k followers which is all about...you've guessed it, photography!

View Mark’s website here www.markmcgeephotography.com

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What level do I need to be at?
This course is suited for intermediate photographers and Photoshop users. It is not suited for anyone who hasn’t used studio lighting, Photoshop and Lightroom or learnt about the basics of photography. In this case, please take a look at our Photography, Studio Lighting and Photoshop courses.

I’m not in the UK, will this course still be suitable for me?
Yes. All skills taught are the same worldwide.

What’s the difference between ‘This course only’ and ‘Become a Member’?
Please see ‘Buying Options’ above.

Do I need Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Affinity for this course?
It depends. If you want to follow along with the edits then the answer is yes. However, if you edit your work in a different program then you can simply use the same editing techniques in whatever program you are used to. The raw files provided will open in any editing program that supports raw editing. If you wish to buy Adobe editing software we recommend buying their ‘Photography Plan (20GB)’ which includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic, and Lightroom CC for a monthly fee. For more details on this plan click here.

What’s the cost in my own currency?
The courses are priced in British Pounds and US Dollars. On checkout, it will show the cost in British Pounds and will be converted into your currency when purchased. To get an accurate cost in your own currency click here to use a Currency Converter.

Do I get a certificate with this course?
Yes - On completion of all our courses, you receive a certificate from The School of Photography.


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Downloadable Course Content

We’re with you through this journey, from image to edit. Watch the videos, anywhere, anytime and download the worksheets, Raw files, textures and Ps brushes provided to easily work along with the videos and reinforce the knowledge learnt.

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  • Critiques of student’s work.

  • Monthly assignments.

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  • Live Q&A sessions with pro photographers.

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  • Learn in your own time at your own pace.

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This is real learning delivered by Professional Teachers!

We’ve been teaching photography since 2002 and all courses are planned and structured by a fully qualified UK Advanced Skills Teacher. Marc Newton an educational speaker, author, has a photography degree and a post-graduate degree in education. All this experience goes into bringing you the best education money can buy.

If you want to build a photography career, or just have the ambition to create great photos, TSOP is a great place to start.

Buying Options

Become a Member

  • £10.50 / $13 per month (billed annually)

  • Unlimited access to all courses and more

This Course Only

  • Unlimited access to this course

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