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How photographers can stain their apple boxes to create a weathered antique photoshoot prop
06/17/2020
Pre-Production

How photographers can stain their apple boxes to create a weathered antique photoshoot prop

While using photo and film gear as props in portraits has been cool almost as long as there have been cameras, there are some...

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Breaking down how I use my 14 softboxes to modify my lights during my photoshoots
06/07/2020
Gear , Lighting Technique

The hard truth about softboxes

Breaking down how I use my 14 softboxes to modify my lights during my photoshoots

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DIY Cucoloris for Photographers and Filmmakers made with black foamcore Do-it-yourself
05/31/2020
Lighting Technique

DIY Cucoloris for Photographers and Filmmakers made with black foamcore, Do-it-yourself

You can buy a professionally made one, or you can make your own for just a few dollars in about an hour.

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The 9 types of portrait lighting photographers need to know-whether they're on location or in studio broad short lighting
05/16/2020
Lighting Technique

The 9 types of portrait lighting photographers need to know-whether they’re on location or in studio

Studio lighting staples that every photographer should master.

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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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Wood flooring for photoshot portrait sets
04/09/2020
Pre-Production

Need some wood (flooring)?

How I complete my photography portrait sets using wall paneling and tongue and groove flooring from hardware stores

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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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Studio Titan America STA 06-200 Geared Crank Stand
03/25/2020
Gear

Geared crank stands can make everyone a superhero in the studio

You are unauthorized to view this page. Please login or visit the Academy home page for more information. Monthly memberships start at only $16,...

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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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Makeup basics for male models of all skin tones
03/09/2020
Posing

Makeup basics for male models of all skin tones

Using makeup will even out a subject’s skin tone, and reduce reflected light which may make them look oily or sweaty. Plus it will...

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