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Follow along in this months member exclusive tutorial as I work with Derrick to update his portfolio with new body shots and suit pics.
01/03/2023
Learn how I built this set step-by-step and then watch as I use it for the very first time during a photoshoot.
12/02/2022
Lighting Technique , Pre-Production

How to build this set from scratch!

Professionals need to own 18 lights if they want to have gratuitous silly fun!
11/26/2022

EXCLUSIVE TRAINING VIDEOS

Follow along in this months member exclusive tutorial as I work with Derrick to update his portfolio with new body shots and suit pics.
01/03/2023
Greating commercial portfolio images and a special gels look for Jakes new portfolio.
11/22/2022
Exclusive Training Videos

Tasting the rainbow with Jake

In this Member Exclusive tutorial, I start off my creating some images with movement, then I blend natural light with flash and finally I create new headshots for Derrick's portfolio.
10/11/2022

LIVE SESSIONS

GEAR

Come along as I give a tour of my new studio! Including a lot of the gear I have in the space!
01/07/2023
Gear , Pre-Production

Studio Tour: John Gress’s Chicago Portrait Photography Studio

Come along as I give a tour of my new studio! Including a lot of the gear I have in the space!

in this head to head shootout I am going to test 6 different modifer options that you can use in your next beauty shoot. Please let us know in the comments below which one you prefer close up and at 1 meter.
10/13/2022
Gear , Lighting Technique

Beauty Dish vs. Softbox – which one is better for beauty photography?

in this head to head shootout I am going to test 6 different modifer options that you can use in your next beauty shoot....

In today's video I share the 6 things every photographer needs in their lighting kit besides lights and modifiers.
10/09/2022
Fundamentals , Gear , Video

The 6 things every photographer needs in their lighting kit!

In today's video I share the 6 things every photographer needs in their lighting kit besides lights and modifiers.

In countless videos and classes I have seen people misrepresent this key lighting concept. Negative fill doesn't suck light out of the shadows, it blocks light from entering. Watch as I prove it to you in three demonstrations.
10/03/2022
Gear , Lighting Technique

They have been lying to you about negative fill!

In countless videos and classes I have seen people misrepresent this key lighting concept. Negative fill doesn't suck light out of the shadows, it...

FUNDAMENTALS

BEFORE THE SHOOT

BUSINESS

LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Learn how I built this set step-by-step and then watch as I use it for the very first time during a photoshoot.
12/02/2022
Lighting Technique , Pre-Production

How to build this set from scratch!

Professionals need to own 18 lights if they want to have gratuitous silly fun!
11/26/2022

POSING & MORE

In today's video I set out to critique five portraits and headshots. After pointing out the positives I share my advice on how the images could be improved. So basically, this video is full of portrait and lighting tips and tricks!
03/28/2022
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique , Posing

Member Exclusive: Portrait Photography & Lighting Photo Critique

readylightmendia vs. johngressmedia photo critique studio lighting
09/23/2021
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals , Lighting Technique , Posing

ReadyLightMedia va. JohnGressMedia Photo Critique: Fashion & portrait photography tips

There are two ways photographers can grow and improve -- practice and critique. But the feedback we get online is often all positive and unqualified or destructive and also unqualified. So in today's video, James Quantz Jr. and I will go over 6 images, submitted by their makers, and give suggestions on how the photos could be improved.
05/29/2021
Lighting Technique , Posing

Photo critique with James Quantz Jr.

photo critique with gary hughes
03/27/2021
Lighting Technique , Posing

Photo Critique with Gary Hughes

AFTER THE SHOOT