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Portrait of Atlanta Model Kalmon Stokes shot with Elinchrom lights and a Nicefoto optical snoot
12/06/2019
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Am I a good photographer or am I just projecting?

Projecting patterns on your subjects and backgrounds with an optical snoot can be a fun way to boost your creativity and freshen your feed!

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chicago headshot photography workshop
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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Our Elinchrom Gear
09/27/2019
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How I travel with my photography / lighting gear

How I travel with my Elinchrom lighting gear, including my ELC500 Pro HD monolights, ELB400 and Quadra Ranger. Plus a ton of modifiers using...

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Pimped and Altered RocknRoller MultiCart top shelf to assemble quickly
06/28/2019
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How to Fix Your RocknRoller MultiCart’s Top Shelf

Modifying a RocknRoller MultiCart R8 so the top shelf, Quick Set Shelf, assembles with ease in seconds rather than minutes when you get to...

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Hardware that you would use in studio by matthews and Kupo
11/07/2018
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Hardware Studio: equipment that will make your photo studio hum!

Everyone has a light stand, even make up artists. Some photographers have boom arms but when you really want to refine your work, or...

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My garbage can full of photo modifiers
04/02/2018
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A garbage can full of modifiers, that’s perfectly normal right?

Let’s pretend for a moment I am sitting inside a reality show confession booth. Instead of disparaging the other characters on the show, I’m...

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Chicago Portrait Photographer Vintage Lights and Painted Backdrop
03/24/2018
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What ARE those lights I keep putting in my photos…

One of the most popular questions I am asked is: what are those lights in the background of my portraits? Aside from the one...

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Canon C200 with a gold mount battery
01/16/2018
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Powering a Canon C200 with Gold Mount Brick Batteries

After picking myself up off the floor following my discovery of the sticker price for Canon's C200 batteries, I decided to look at other...

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Shooting test footage with my new Canon C200 and comparing it to the C100
11/07/2017
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Upgrading to the Canon C200 (Test Footage) from the C100 and 1DX Mark II

I recently purchased the new Canon C200 and decided to shoot some test footage to compare it with the Canon C100.

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Broncolor Siros 800S and Profoto D1 Flash
06/28/2017
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Broncolor Siros 800 S v Profoto D1 500 AIR Review

The first time I showed my old assistant my Profoto D1 Air 500 Monolights he remarked how sexy they were…. that’s all he kept...

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I found window light nirvana with a Elinchrom Rotalux 74-Inches Octabox Light Bank on a Gravity Backdrop
05/29/2017
Gear , Lighting Technique , Studio

Elinchrom vs Profoto: Why I Own 4 Octaboxes

If you were expecting a side-by-side head-to-head comparison of these modifiers, this review is not for you. Over the course of 10 or so...

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Chicago Photographer John Gress using a Photek Softlighter II Umbrella
03/18/2017
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The Photek Softlighter II Umbrella… the Best $115 You’ll Ever Spend

When I received a Photek Softlighter II for Christmas in 2015, it quickly became one of my most treasured tools. I first became aware...

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