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Have you been using the wrong fill?
09/12/2022
Fundamentals , Lighting Technique

Have you been using the wrong fill?

In this week’s video I am going to breakdown how I lit this cinematic portrait using a softbox which I controlled (flagged) with a V-Flat and a cucoloris. To complete the image, I used a Mole Richardson 407 movie light and a strip soft box.
08/22/2022
Lighting Technique

Clamshell Lighting Tutorial

Why you need a Fresnel for Portrait Photography
08/19/2022

EXCLUSIVE TRAINING VIDEOS

In this month's member exclusive video, I creat multiple looks with our model Eric, all with only a 100cm Deep Octabox
08/16/2022
In this months member video, follow along as I work with model Haley and my friend Diana Robles.
07/07/2022
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique

Member Exclusive: Problem Solving On Set with Haley Part 2

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Why you need a Fresnel for Portrait Photography
08/19/2022
Gear , Lighting Technique

Why you need a Fresnel for Portrait Photography

In today's video I am going to discuss what a Fresnel is, and how it shapes light. Long a staple of the film industry,...

How to create three different types of light with only one soft box
08/14/2022
Gear , Lighting Technique

How to create three different types of light with only one soft box!

In today's video I am going to show you how you can get three distinctive looks out of one softbox - a Elinchrom Rotalux...

Watch as I explore how bright these LED lights are when paired with a Fresnel and a 90cm Parabolic Soft box. I’ll compare them to the Arri Sun 5 andd the M8 / 1.2k HMI, plus I will share light meter photometrics for each light with each modifier.
07/15/2022
Gear

Can the Nanlite Forza 720 blow the 500 out of the water?

Watch as I explore how bright these LED lights are when paired with a Fresnel and a 90cm Parabolic Soft box. I'll compare them...

This simple cover for your soft boxes will help you create dramatic images that look like they were taken with a Maxi Brute, Audience Blinder or Mole Richardson Fay circular continuous lights.
05/26/2022
Gear

Review: Why you should buy Pro Light Mods

This simple cover for your soft boxes will help you create dramatic images that look like they were taken with a Maxi Brute, Audience...

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LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Have you been using the wrong fill?
09/12/2022
Fundamentals , Lighting Technique

Have you been using the wrong fill?

In this week’s video I am going to breakdown how I lit this cinematic portrait using a softbox which I controlled (flagged) with a V-Flat and a cucoloris. To complete the image, I used a Mole Richardson 407 movie light and a strip soft box.
08/22/2022
Lighting Technique

Clamshell Lighting Tutorial

Why you need a Fresnel for Portrait Photography
08/19/2022

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