Casey Habich
Educator - Photographer - Volunteer

Genetic Portraits - A Guide

Project Published 2/27/16 Last updated on 2/28/20

Learning portrait photography and Photoshop go hand in hand. With today’s technology you can transform the standard portrait into a telling story about your genetic code and how much we are alike rather than different. The human face has distinct categorical characteristics known as dominate or recessive traits as some of you may have learned about in a biology course. Many are obvious between familial relatives but some are shared throughout the human race.

In this exciting and hands-on project you will go through a carefully formulated portrait session acquiring the images with precise specifications and a standard portrait editing workflow incorporating basic masking and alignment skills in Photoshop.

This is not a step-by-step tutorial for new users. It is a guide for users with basic knowledge of Photoshop and Bridge. Once my students have an understanding of Photoshop I find giving them a guide rather than step-by-step instruction challenges them to use critical problem solving skills using what they have already learned and make independent decisions to get from point A to B.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Bridge

    Centralized desktop access for all your files and assets.

1-2 Hours
ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

DSLR Camera


Posing Stool

Strobe Light Kit

Portrait Backdrop




CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
4 / 5 • 3 Ratings

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Barbara Swanner, AET

Posted on 4/20/16 12:38:00 AM Permalink

This looks interesting, think my photo students will like this. Thanks for sharing,

Casey Habich

Posted on 4/28/16 1:18:54 PM Permalink

Of course! We had fun with it. Hope it goes well.

Tracy Grant

Posted on 3/8/16 6:40:03 AM Permalink

Thank you for the resource, very keen to try it with my Photography students.

Casey Habich

Posted on 4/28/16 1:19:20 PM Permalink

Great! Would love to see the results. Good luck!