The Academy with John Gress




How to mount a canvass backdrop on a tube pvc
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals , Gear , Pre-Production

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: How to mount a canvass backdrop to a tube and then a background stand

Today were going to go over how to mount a canvass backdrop with gaffer tape to a PVC tube so you can easily hang...

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I was wrong about photogaphy
Business , Fundamentals , Gear , Lighting Technique , Post-Production

The 10 things I thought I knew about photography, but I was wrong

Over the course of my career I have often been certain about things, only to discover that I was on the wrong path. Whatever...

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Elinchrom Litemotiv 120 Review
Exclusive Training Videos , Gear

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Elinchrom Litemotiv 120 review, Parabolic softboxes are truly better

I bought this modifier 2 years ago and I didn't really know what I had until I tested it against my other modifiers and...

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Behind-the-scenes of my YouTube Set-up

I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at my YouTube setup, including all of the gear I use to make my videos. Nanlite provided...

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how to hang a paper or canvall backdrop in your photo studio
Fundamentals , Gear

4 Ways to Hang a Backdrop including a corner and all the hardware you need to do it!

In this video I go over all of the hardware you might use to hang a paper or canvas backdrop, including stands, wall mounted...

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Elinchrom Bridge
Exclusive Training Videos , Gear , The Academy

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Do you need to buy the Elinchrom Bridge? Control up to 20 lights individually or simultaneously

The new Elinchrom Bridge device allows you to speed up your workflow by controlling the brightness, modeling light, recycle time, photocell, and beep right...

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How to use C-Stands & Other Hardware essentials in your studio
Fundamentals , Gear

How to use C-Stands & Other Hardware essentials in your studio

Today were going to cover everything you need to know about c-stands including some really cool hardware for the studio.

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Modifier test
Gear , Lighting Technique , The Academy

Soft boxes, parabolic modifiers and umbrella shootout! Which modifier for perfect portrait lighting?

Over the last 20 or so years, I have acquired about 20 different softboxes, but I have never actually sat down and tested them...

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Canon RF and EF 35mm lenses

Review: The Canon EOS RF 35mm f1.8 Macro v. the Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM for R5 Mirrorless Camera

I wanted to see how my new RF 35mm f1.8 Macro STM compared to the EF 35mm f1.4 L II USM. So I tested...

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R5 follow-up review

Canon EOS R5 Six Months Later – Follow-up and Updated Review

After owning the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera for six months, I wanted to update you on my experience with the camera as a...

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Parabolic softboxes

Do parabolic soft boxes make a difference? Do they create narrower, more focused soft light?

For the last few years, often times, I have used a parabolic style soft box as a main light. Last year I mentioned in...

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mola beauty dishes
Gear , Lighting Technique

Which Mola for your moolah? Comparing three different beauty dishes during a portrait photoshoot

Three years ago I bought a Mola Setti and Rayo 15" beauty dishes, because I wanted to upgrade from my Profoto Silver Softlight. While...

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