Part 1 | Introduction 2 Videos (13:30m)
  • 01 - Welcome to Gods of the Nile
    Aaron Nace introduces our high-end conceptual photo-shoot and explains everything you will learn throughout this tutorial.
  • 02 - Pre-Production
    Learn about building partnerships, creative collaboration, and working with clients, as well as everything that came together to make this photo-shoot happen.
Part 2 | Gold Room 10 Videos (5:17h)
  • 01 - Overview
    In this section, Aaron introduces our Gold Room photo-shoot and the challenges that come with photographing multiple subjects in the same scene.
  • 02 - Lighting
    Aaron discusses each light source used in the photo-shoot and the reasoning behind every lighting decision.
  • 03 - Camera
    Aaron goes over the camera settings he used to capture the vibrant images of the Gold Room photo-shoot.
  • 04 - Importing with Lightroom
    Organization is crucial, and in this section Aaron details the workflow he has developed over the span of his career to import his photos properly using Lightroom.
  • 05 - Culling in Lightroom
    Aaron begins the edit by culling down his images in Lightroom and planning out his composite, before moving into Photoshop.
  • 06 - Compositing
    In this section, Aaron moves to Photoshop and uses masks to composite his subjects into the same image.
  • 07 - Changing the Background
    Aaron replaces the background in this section and teaches the right technique to create impressive results.
  • 08 - Replacing the Floor
    Aaron continues background replacement, using layer masks and the Clone Stamp Tool to replace the jaguar pelts on the floor.
  • 09 - Retouching
    In this retouching portion of the tutorial, Aaron removes unwanted objects and cleans up edges and surfaces, all with the use of the Brush, Clone Stamp, and Spot Healing Brush tools.
  • 10 - Coloring, Sharpening, & Finishing Touches
    In the final section of the Gold Room photo edit, Aaron puts on his finishing creative touches; sharpening, dodging and burning, and coloring.
Part 3 | Long Exposures 10 Videos (3:06h)
  • 01 - Overview
    In the second Gods of the Nile shoot, Aaron introduces us to the long exposure concept and touches on what will be covered in this part.
  • 02 - Lighting
    The right combination of continuous and strobe lights is crucial in creating exciting long exposure fantasy photographs.
  • 03 - Camera
    Getting the best camera settings takes some trail and error, so Aaron goes through exactly which settings worked best for him and why.
  • 04 - Culling in Lightroom
    Lightroom is a powerful tool for beginning your edit, and Aaron uses its full potential to select the best images from the shoot.
  • 05 - Editing Horus
    Aaron edits the Horus image from start to finish: cutting the subject out from the background, retouching, coloring, and enhancing the long exposure effect.
  • 06 - Editing Osiris
    Aaron edits the Osiris image from start to finish: cutting the subject out from the background, retouching, coloring, and enhancing the long exposure effect.
  • 07 - Editing Anubis
    Aaron edits the Anubis image from start to finish: cutting the subject out from the background, retouching, coloring, and enhancing the long exposure effect.
  • 08 - Editing Shea Coulee
    Aaron edits Shea Coulee from start to finish: cutting her out from the background, retouching, coloring, and enhancing the long exposure effect.
  • 09 - Editing Naomi Smalls
    Aaron edits Naomi Smalls from start to finish: cutting her out from the background, retouching, coloring, and enhancing the long exposure effect.
  • 10 - Compositing the Group Photo
    After editing each of the individual photographs, Aaron composites them together in Lightroom, enabling him to easily make future changes to the individual images.
Part 4 | Shea & Naomi Portraits 9 Videos (5:13h)
  • 01 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Lightroom & Compositing
    In this first step, Aaron selects his best images in Lightroom and then composites them together, using masks and the Clone Stamp tool to create the best photograph to begin editing.
  • 02 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Skin Retouching
    Aaron retouches Shea Soulee's skin, using Spot Healing, Sample and Painting, and Frequency Separation.
  • 03 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Advanced Retouching
    After a short break, Aaron gets back to retouching, cleaning up fine details, adjusting levels and colors, and experimenting with special effects.
  • 04 - Shea Coulee Portrait - Exporting
    In this brief final section of Chapter 8, Aaron covers exporting large format files and getting back into Lightroom.
  • 05 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Culling in Lightroom
    For the first step, Aaron selects his best images and organizes them in Lightroom.
  • 06 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Image Clean-up
    Before retouching Naomi's face, Aaron cleans up the headdress to draw appropriate attention to the subject.
  • 07 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Skin Retouching
    Aaron employs multiple retouching techniques, including Frequency Separation, to improve the look of Naomi's skin and eyes.
  • 08 - Naomi Smalls Portrait - Advanced Retouching & Coloring
    In this section Aaron uses color correction and levels adjustment to make the image truly pop.
  • 09 - Exporting for the Web from Lightroom
    In this very last section of the tutorial, learn Aaron's workflow for exporting final images for the web from Adobe Lightroom.
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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.

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39 Sample Images   |   31 Video Tutorials  |   PS Action

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace – PHLEARN Founder

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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.

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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Class 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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 !!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    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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