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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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Elinchrom ELC500 Monolight
02/25/2020
Gear

Review: Elinchrom’s new ELC 500 Monolight, HHS, TTL, and an LED Modeling Light

Elinchrom’s new studio flash adds High Speed Sync (HSS) and TTL to the manufactures compact monolight plug-in-the wall line-up. A technology pairing that was...

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Portrait of Atlanta Model Kalmon Stokes shot with Elinchrom lights and a Nicefoto optical snoot
12/06/2019
Gear

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 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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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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10/04/2019
Lighting Technique

THREE STUNNING ONE LIGHT SETUP LIGHTING TUTORIALS USING V-FLAT WORLD V-FLATS

Creating this studio lighting series was a lot of fun! The challenge was to create three dynamic portraits using one Elinchrom light and modifier,...

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Our Elinchrom Gear
09/27/2019
Gear

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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09/19/2019
Business , Exclusive Training Videos

Networking: Building your photography business and your personal network at the same time

Photographer John Gress shares how he built his business through building his personal network.

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