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How to build this photography set from scratch
12/02/2022
Lighting Technique , Pre-Production

How to build this set from scratch!

Learn how I built this set step-by-step and then watch as I use it for the very first time during a photoshoot.

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

Why a 3 light kit won’t cut it!

Professionals need to own 18 lights if they want to have gratuitous silly fun!

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Greating commercial portfolio images and a special gels look for Jakes new portfolio.
11/22/2022
Exclusive Training Videos

Tasting the rainbow with Jake

Creating commercial images and a special gels look for Jake's new portfolio.

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11/22/2022
Live

Live: Q&A and Critique November 20, 2022

We had a great discussion this week about retouching and making sure there is separation between the subject and the background.

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male posing tips tutorial
11/14/2022
Lighting Technique

Posing Men: the head to toe guide to posing for photographers AND models

This video with male model Jason Cates will taking your male poses from dreadful to dynamic whether you're a model, a groom, a photographer...

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In today's video I share the 6 things every photographer needs in their lighting kit besides lights and modifiers.
11/07/2022
Fundamentals , Post-Production

The 4 secrets that every new photographer needs to know in order to become a successful professional

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

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Learn why shutter speeds often don't have a lot of impact when you're shooting with flash in the studio. However, it's a whole different situation when you're on location.
11/01/2022
Fundamentals

Why shutter speeds don’t matter when you’re using flash

Learn why shutter speeds often don't have a lot of impact when you're shooting with flash in the studio. However, it's a whole different...

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You could also think as this as a beginners guide or exposure for dummies! in this video today I’m going to explain exposure or what people have started to refer to as the exposure triangle. if you’e looked down at your camera and seen a bunch of numbers and didn’t really know what they were, then this video today will explain what how all of those numbers work together to create a photo that isn’t too bright or to dark and how each of them affect your photos.
10/17/2022
Fundamentals

Learn how to use the exposure triangle in under 15 minutes to master manual exposure settings

You could also think as this as a beginners guide or exposure for dummies!

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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....

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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
Exclusive Training Videos

Member Exclusive: Moving Forward with Derrick

In this Member Exclusive tutorial, I start off my creating some images with movement, then I blend natural light with flash and finally I...

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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.

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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...

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