How to Photograph and Composite Group Portraits


This course brings creativity, photography, Lightroom and Photoshop together to push boundaries. Download all the images you need to follow along and create stunning images of your own.


  • 39 Sample Images
  • 1 Frequency Separation Action


Table of Contents

Part 1 | Introduction
  • 01 - Welcome to Gods of the Nile
  • 02 - Pre-Production
Part 2 | Gold Room
  • 01 - Overview
  • 02 - Lighting
  • 03 - Camera
  • 04 - Importing with Lightroom
  • 05 - Culling in Lightroom
  • 06 - Compositing
  • 07 - Changing the Background
  • 08 - Replacing the Floor
  • 09 - Retouching
  • 10 - Coloring, Sharpening, & Finishing Touches
Part 3 | Long Exposures
  • 01 - Overview
  • 02 - Lighting
  • 03 - Camera
  • 04 - Culling in Lightroom
  • 05 - Editing Horus
  • 06 - Editing Osiris
  • 07 - Editing Anubis
  • 08 - Editing Shea Coulee
  • 09 - Editing Naomi Smalls
  • 10 - Compositing the Group Photo
Part 4 | Shea & Naomi Portraits
  • 01 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Lightroom & Compositing
  • 02 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Skin Retouching
  • 03 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Advanced Retouching
  • 04 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Exporting
  • 05 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Culling in Lightroom
  • 06 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Image Clean-up
  • 07 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Skin Retouching
  • 08 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Advanced Retouching & Coloring
  • 09 - Exporting for the Web from Lightroom

Gods of the Nile

Composite a Group Photo

It can be hard to get everyone looking their best in a group photo. Learn how to photograph your subjects separately and then choose the best images to composite together into the perfect group shot.

Smart Objects, Smart Edit

Composites involve working with a lot of different pieces, which can make workflow frustrating and create huge files. Learn how to simplify workflow and reduce file size by using different types of smart objects.

Create Special FX

Photoshop gives you the ability to enhance the “wow” factor of your photos. Learn how to add lighting and color effects to your images to make them stand out from the crowd!

Photo Shoots, Explained

Go behind the scenes into each photo shoot and learn the details of how these images are captured.

Gods of the Nile

Join Aaron on set as he creates themed images with Shea Coulee and Naomi Smalls. Then see everything come together in Photoshop with some compositing, retouching, and creative effects.

Frequency Separation

Retouching involves removing blemishes and smoothing skin, but that can make skin look like plastic. Many techniques destroy skin texture in the process of smoothing skin. Use the included Frequency Separation Action to make skin perfect and keep detail at the same time!

Portrait Compositing

It can be difficult to capture the perfect portrait in one frame. Often times there will be elements you want to change. Learn how to combine multiple portraits together to create stunning images.

Learn Continuous & Strobe Lighting

A photographer has many tools at their disposal, and the more you learn how to use, the more options you have. Creativity can flow freely when you are unrestricted by gear or technique. Learn how to combine multiple types of light sources to create stunning lighting effects.

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Course Instructor

Aaron Nace


Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.


  1. The best teacher ever! He came to México to teach and is the best i ever had

  2. At first I thought that this was not for me. I then made a decision to watch the whole thing and was blown away by what I was seeing. I learned so much and could not believe the skill that Aaron has. excellent tutorial.

  3. It was an amazing tutorial, learned a lot thanks Aaron.

  4. I am happy with this purchase! What i love most is the complexity. The videos give insight into taking group photos, editing interiors and close-up retouching. The only thing which i found a bit on the down side, is the length of the tutorial, i wish it was just a bit shorter, like 2 hours shorter. But this is coming from someone who has a few years of experience in Photoshop. I am well aware that for a Photoshop user with little experience, the tutorial is perfect as it is. I am looking forward to watching and learning from my next purchase!

  5. Amazing talent of everyone taking part in this shoot and tutorial…very inspiring and illuminating at the same time.

  6. I REGRET NOT BEING A PHLEARNER SOONER !!! I never thought that you could do so mucht with photography and photoshop. Started photography last year. subscribed here last month and i learned so much !!!! Aaron you got such a great way of explaning things and you can tell that you also enjoy what you do !!!!! Keep it going !!!

  7. Great Tutorial! I love how Aaron gets with simple steps awesome results. Recommended!!!

  8. My heart jumped when I saw the concept. I was absolutely enthralled when I saw the lighting setup. It is brilliant and the results are beautiful. Before Aron commented on it, I noticed the 4 x 6 white board being hoisted up on light stands to be positioned above the subject. Never thought of that before. I’m going to try that. I loved the whole collaborative effort. It is stunning. Aron and his creative team is so creative.


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