CreativeLive is not just another online learning platform. Unlike most other sites, CreativeLive has a unique learning system: Live streaming online classes. If you haven’t already, read more about Creative Live’s learning system here.

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All the classes on the site, from Photoshop courses to photography, filmmaking and much more, are taught live in front of an audience. And CreativeLive live-stream those classes for you to watch at zero cost.

But that’s not all. When the live-stream comes to an end, you can purchase that course and its materials to watch it at home at your pace, whenever you want.

The instructors in CreativeLive are also some of the most reputable professionals in the world. Besides Photography and Photoshop, you can also learn graphic design, filmmaking, music, crafting products, marketing, social media, and much more subjects through this innovative learning platform.

Their online classes catalog is huge. They offer about 1200 on-demand courses and many live streaming classes per day.

For this guide I gathered five incredible Portrait Photography and Retouching courses by reputable instructors such as Julia Kuzmenko McKim, Lindsay Adler and Michele Celentano.

1. The Art & Business of High-End Retouching with Pratik Naik

One of the biggest challenges a photographer faces is the amount of time spent on retouching images. Creating a beautiful high-end finished photo requires the right tools and techniques — but the process doesn’t need to dominate your workflow. Join international retoucher Pratik Naik, owner of Solstice Retouch, as he shares his secrets for creating beautiful photos in less time. You will also learn the business and marketing side of retouching — everything from working with clients to creative branding opportunities. During a live photo shoot, Pratik works with photographer Felix Kunze, demonstrating how photographers and retouchers can work together to craft a final product that exceeds the expectations of both parties. You’ll learn every single step of the retouching process by watching as Pratik turns Felix’s raw photos into high-quality images. Watch free preview at creativelive.com

2. Skin 101: Lighting, Retouching and Understanding Skin with Lindsay Adler

Capturing beautiful skin tones is essential to the success of any portrait, yet skin is notoriously difficult to photograph and retouch. Skin comes in all colors, tones, and textures — each requiring different treatment. Learn how to handle your subject’s skin and add polish to all of your portraits. In this course, Lindsay Adler will take you through the essentials of understanding, lighting, photographing and retouching skin in all its variations. Lindsay will teach you how to work with a variety of skin textures and tones – whether the skin is very pale, extremely dark, very oily, has extreme blemishes and much more. You’ll learn everything from how to photograph each type of skin to how to retouch these varieties in skin. Watch free preview at creativelive.com

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3. Experimental Portraits with Sue Bryce, Lara Jade

Bring your most imaginative ideas to life with Sue Bryce and Lara Jade‘s dynamic workshop on illustrative portraiture. This course will stimulate your creative senses and show you how to produce magnificent conceptual fine art portraits. Sue and Lara will break down every step of their process — everything from scouting for creative props and settings to styling and shooting your portrait. Finally, this dream team will bring all the elements together in Photoshop and show you how to polish your raw photos into pieces of art that reflect your own unique imagination. Watch free preview at creativelive.com

4. Family Portraits with Michele Celentano

You’ll learn how to pose and light groups, but to be a family photographer you also have to be a psychologist, director, sales manager, a marketing director and postproduction expert. Spending three days with Michele will help you find the style of family portraits that you love, learn how to create portraits that illustrate family relationships and learn how to work with people of all ages, from newborn to 99. Watch free preview at creativelive.com

5. Basic Portrait Retouching with Julia Kuzmenko McKim

Every photograph is unique and there’s no one retouching rule that will work for all photographs you encounter. In Basic Portrait Retouching, Julia Kuzmenko McKim will discuss how to develop a solid retouching workflow that will have you quickly and efficiently achieving the kind of results that keep clients happy. You’ll learn how to retouch skin while preserving its texture, fix makeup and hair, and finalize your portraits without spending countless hours doing it. Read more at creativelive.com

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