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Portrait of Atlanta Model Kalmon Stokes shot with Elinchrom lights and a Nicefoto optical snoot

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
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
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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Lighting Technique


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

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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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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Exclusive Training Videos , Posing

Photographer John Gress talks with model Jason Cates about working with models and posing

Get John and Jason's perspective on what its like to pose models and what it's like for models when working with photographers of personality...

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Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique , The Academy

The Difference Between Photography Lighting Power Packs, Monolights & Compact battery powered units!

I was recently asked what the difference is between AC Powered Studio Packs & Heads, Monolights and Battery Powered Compact photo flash heads. We...

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chicago lighting photography workshop
Lighting Technique , The Academy

Getting Started: a Beginners Guide to Portrait Lighting gear

If you're new to photography or just getting into portrait lighting you're probably wondering where to begin. This video will cover the lights, modifiers...

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Exclusive Training Videos , Post-Production

I’ll fix it in post…. Wrong!

Everyone loves to say we'll fix it in post! This video covers why I don't think using Photoshop and Lightroom as your first resort...

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Sway Chicago - Pretty Young Thing, featuring Marcus Gress
Lighting Technique

Why I love Aputure’s LED 120D and 300D lights for video

When I started shooting video I had to use fluorescent banks & giant hot lights. But when I replaced everything with LEDs, I could...

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Lighting Technique

Lighting Tutorial: The Circle of Light

You never know where you’re going to find the inspiration for your next photoshoot, so it’s always best to keep your eyes peeled and...

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