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07/26/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals , Gear

Light meters: How flash meters can speed up your workflow and help you properly expose your images

When the topic of light meters comes up, many photographers are surprised to learn that I used them. While TTL and trial and error...

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The Exposure Triangle-How photographers camera, shutter speed, aperture & ISO exposure settings work
07/19/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals

The Exposure Triangle-How photographers camera, shutter speed, aperture & ISO exposure settings work

Breaking down in depth how your camera settings and exposure work to record images.

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An expandable Drobo backup system can be a great way to store and protect your images. The housing costs $699 and then you just need to buy two hard drives to get started, like two Western Digital WD Red 4TB NAS Internal Hard Drives
07/12/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Post-Production

Product Review: Store and protect photo & video data with an expandable Drobo RAID storage solution

An expandable Drobo backup system can be a great way to store and protect your images. The housing costs $699 and then you just...

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07/05/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals , Pre-Production

Photographers: Developing your personal sense of style so clients will come to you for your work

When I was just starting out in photography, I really looked up to other photographers who had a lot more experience, because I realized...

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Gels, CTO, CTB, CTS, Color effects
06/28/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique

The 4 types of gels photographers can use to kill it in the studio

The sun rises in the east with a hint of yellow; it casts unflattering colorless light at its zenith and it sets with a...

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Quickbooks A “quick” solution when applying for federal COVID-19 aid: CARES ACT
04/25/2020
Business , Exclusive Training Videos

A “quick” solution when applying for federal COVID-19 aid

There are plenty of reviews that will teach you how to use the Quickbooks. I just wanted to take this opportunity to share with...

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Styling photoshoots for men and males models plus building relationships with stylists
04/20/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Posing

Styling photoshoots for men and males models plus building relationships with stylists

Styling tips for photographers with an emphisis on working with male models and subjects

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How to get the best quality when posting to Instagram on your iphone: Lightroom-iPhoto-iTunes-sync
04/15/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Post-Production

How to get the best quality when exporting and uploading images to instagram

I walk you through the process step by step as I use Adobe Lightroom, iPhoto, iTunes and my Apple IPhone to post to social...

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Some photographers have a reputation for being narcissistic micromanagers. Don’t be that guy. And I do mean, THAT GUY!
03/30/2020
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals

Playing well with others: how to work with a crew, while not acting like THAT GUY

Some photographers have a reputation for being narcissistic micromanagers. Don’t be that guy. And I do mean, THAT GUY!

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How I made it thorugh the great recession as a photographer
03/21/2020
Business , Exclusive Training Videos

How I made it through the Great Recession as a photographer

During the 2008-2010 Great Recession, 50% of my business disappeared and to fill the time I practiced my lighting by working with aspiring models,...

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Chicago Nightlife Advertising Campaign behind the scenes with profoto lights
11/14/2019
Business , Exclusive Training Videos

Commercial Photography: Bidding and working with clients

A friend recently asked me how to bid on commercial jobs. This video will cover the entire process of working with commercial clients from...

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10/10/2019
Exclusive Training Videos , Gear

Which cameras and lenses should you use for portrait photography?

People always ask me which cameras and lenses I use. Here are the answers!

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