Experimental Outdoor Self-Portrait Photography

A course by Cristias Rosas Chocano
Photographer and Visual Artist. Distrito de Lima, Peru.
On Domestika since 01/21/2020
, Photographer and Visual Artist

Channel your emotions and translate them into thought-provoking images

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 200 students
Experimental Outdoor Self-Portrait Photography

Channel your emotions and translate them into thought-provoking images

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 200 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (1h 54m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

What if your self-portraits could speak for themselves and were capable of communicating how you feel? Through his introspective and intimate perspective, photographer Cristias Rosas achieves this with every picture he takes. He believes photography to be the only way to process and express his life experiences.

Learn to channel your emotions in outdoor self-portraits using experimental photography techniques. Play with space and light to reflect feelings that are usually hidden from plain sight. With this course, you’ll discover how to connect your inner world with the nature that surrounds it.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. From inside to outside
  • U3
    U3. Rehearsing distortions
  • U4
    U4. In situ
  • U5
    U5. Reappropriation of the natural
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Cristias, how he became a photographer, and see some of his photography work. Discover the artists that have inspired him and led him towards his journey as a photographer.

Analyze a selection of self-portrait photographers that have represented themes across various time periods, from intimate emotions, to political and social ideas. Then, see how to start planning a photography project and get ready to shoot by learning about the materials you will use.

Practice Cristias’ experimental techniques with the sole purpose of practicing and getting familiar with them. Then, work on long exposure shots, your body’s expressiveness, and light painting.

Apply all that you’ve learned in the next unit by taking shots of the space and natural setting you chose. Then, find the frame you want to use and shoot until you are happy with the result. Lastly, apply light painting techniques to your outdoor setting.

To finish the course, edit your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop and learn how to create a simple montage with two images to achieve evocative results.

What is this course's project?

Create a small sequence of images combining self-portraiture and landscape photography, with the aim of expressing an emotion.

Who is it for?

For photography enthusiasts who want to experiment with self-portraits by learning innovative new techniques to apply to their outdoor photography.

What you need

To take this course you need to have basic photography skills.

As for materials, you need a digital camera, an angular lens, a telephoto lens or a 50mm lens, a neutral-density filter, an LED flashlight, a camera trigger, and a computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed.


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Cristias Rosas Chocano

Photographer and Visual Artist

Cristias Rosas has been a photographer for over sixteen years. In the last decade, he has focused on creating photography series inspired by his feelings, personal interests, and life’s unexpected events. His work ranges from creating portraits of his father suffering from senile dementia, for the project “La Edad de la desaparición”, to documentary-related themes such as New York’s sadomasochistic community, for “La Otra Cotidianidad”.

His images have been featured internationally, including in publications in Japan and Peru.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do during the course?
  • U2

    From inside to outside

    • References
    • How to propose a photographic project?
    • Plan the photoshoot
    • materials
  • U3

    Rehearsing distortions

    • Long shutter
    • Body performance
    • Light painting
  • U4

    In situ

    • Landscape photography
    • Self-portrait in the landscape
    • Experimental techniques
  • U5

    Reappropriation of the natural

    • Lightroom
    • Photoshop
    • Photoshop and montage
    • Photoshop and montage part 2
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Experimental Outdoor Self-Portrait Photography

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Experimental Outdoor Self-Portrait Photography. A Photography, and Video course by Cristias Rosas Chocano

Experimental Outdoor Self-Portrait Photography

A course by Cristias Rosas Chocano
Photographer and Visual Artist. Distrito de Lima, Peru.
On Domestika since 01/21/2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 200 students