SD Official Portrait Session with a Canon Rebel t5i and $100 lens

Watch on as SD shoots a typical family portrait session exchanging his two 5Ds and his Einstein flash + assistant for a Canon Rebel!

Watch over SD's shoulders as you go on-location to a generic forest in Jerusalem with the Rosenthal family of mom, dad, and 4 kids. Armed with a Canon Rebel t5i and entry level 50mm f/1.8 lens in broad daylight, watch SD grapple with and navigate successfully through:

  • Grumpy and impatient children
  • Posing kids, families and couples
  • Posing awkward subjects who are not used to having their picture taken
  • Squeezing endearing and genuine expressions from kids and adults
  • Location scouting
  • Difficult lighting
  • Amateur equipment
  • Creating energy
  • Giving flow to the session
  • "Engineering the odds" to ENSURE amazing images no matter what

Also included for this insanely low price are links to download the entire folder of 805 unedited images (straight from the SD's camera) for you to look at and analyse in your own time.

Plus access to the official galleries that were delivered to the client so you can see exactly how a top level portrait photography company delivers and presents their pictures.

Click below to watch the official client A/V slideshow from this shoot

This course is divided into 4 sections:

  1. General introduction. SD will explain some of the issues that he experienced shooting with such basic equipment. He will also reveal to you the fundamentals of his system of photography that makes shooting SUPER easy and as headache free as possible for example, how to cheat exposure so that you only need to work with one variable. How white balance is not issue that many people turn it into etc.
  2. Links to download ALL the images from the shoot. Included in this insanely low price course are links to download not only the final images from the shoot but ALL of the unedited images straight out of SD's camera. ALL 805 OF THEM. This will allow you to analyse all the stats in your own time without the pressure of the momentum of the video. This inclusion is priceless and adds HUGE value to this already high content class!
  3. The full shoot. The 40 minute full edited video of the actual shoot. Sample images and metadata pop up as SD clicks giving the student an immersive and real experience of the shoot. This video will give you a helpful insight into the kind of energies and flow that SD always says is the key to awesome pictures and a great client experience.
  4. The shoot divided into 13 separate classes including an in-studio analysis of each section of the shoot. Join SD in his studio for a penetrating commentary into the what, why and how of exactly what is going on. SD discusses EVERYTHING from settings to posing to composition. Glean dozens of insightful gems of information collected over a successful career of 15 years. The length of the in-studio analysis (including the 40 minute film of the shoot) is 2 hours.

Try Before You Buy!

Click below to watch an excerpt from this class. Part 10 of 12 (14:08)

"This course will totally transform your photographic journey so far! After watching, you will be able to take that leap from having all the technical skills and know-how, to actually feeling the confidence and ability to get out there and take successful family portraits (and charge for them!). Shmuel has created a realistic portrayal of how a shoot plays out so you will be able to keep the energy of the session flowing while effortlessly putting your knowledge into practice."

- Y. Joseph, Photographer, Jerusalem

"Shmuel does not disappoint! With his trademark clarity and ability to break down concepts for every skill level, he really helped me take my photography up a notch. Worth every minute!"

- S. Hess, New York

"Combined with talent, years of skill and wisdom, Shmuel Diamond helps us see hands on real life examples that come up as photographers and teaches us how to tackle them... I am very grateful this course was put out as there is no better way to learn then seeing it being done in real life! Thank you Shmuel for yet another fantastic course! "

- Adina Shamie, Portrait Photographer, Toronto

"Watching Shmuel live is what wraps up everything you know and clicks it all into place. You feel like your part of an exclusive club of telling people to move a bit that way and pulling out random pieces of trees. There are the best tips and tricks you never knew of until you watch him "in field" ; hints that I have used so many times and have never seen anywhere else. Seeing Shmuel do a shoot from beginning to end is the best cherry on top!"

- Sara D, Part-time Portrait Photography, New York

Your Instructor

Shmuel Diamond
Shmuel Diamond

In his career spanning nearly a decade and a half, SD has become established as one of the most highly regarded names in event and portrait photography in the international Jewish community at large.

He is based in Jerusalem but is frequently flown around the US and Canada to shoot events for the highest profile families in the Jewish world.

To date, he has shot nearly 1000 weddings and a similar number of other events and family portraits sessions.

He opened up his school of photography in 2010 in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and their 8 children.

You can check out SD's extensive portfolios at

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