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In this week's video I breakdown how I created this full body portrait using 4 flashes and two Mole Richardson constant lights.
08/01/2022
Lighting Technique

Lighting Tutorial: breaking down this 4/6 light setup

In this week's video I breakdown how I created this full body portrait using 4 flashes and two Mole Richardson constant lights.

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Infinite tools plugins skin retouch photoshop tutorial
07/23/2022
Post-Production

Beauty Retouching Tutorial With Infinite Skin & Infinite Retouch Photoshop Plugins

In today's video I will show you how I retouched this beauty image in Photoshop. I will liquefy, clone and heal. Then I will...

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Watch as I explore how bright these LED lights are when paired with a Fresnel and a 90cm Parabolic Soft box. I’ll compare them to the Arri Sun 5 andd the M8 / 1.2k HMI, plus I will share light meter photometrics for each light with each modifier.
07/15/2022
Gear

Can the Nanlite Forza 720 blow the 500 out of the water?

Watch as I explore how bright these LED lights are when paired with a Fresnel and a 90cm Parabolic Soft box. I'll compare them...

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In this week's video I am going to breakdown how I lit this cinematic portrait using a softbox which I controlled (flagged) with a V-Flat and a cucoloris. To complete the image, I used a Mole Richardson 407 movie light and a strip softbox.
07/13/2022
Lighting Technique

Lighting Tutorial: how to control soft light using flags and a V-flats

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In this video we go over strategies for shooting outside and using short lighting to make your subjects look thinner.
07/10/2022
Live

Live: Q&A and Critique July 9, 2022

In this video we go over strategies for shooting outside and using short lighting to make your subjects look thinner.

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In this months member video, follow along as I work with model Haley and my friend Diana Robles.
07/07/2022
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique

Member Exclusive: Problem Solving On Set with Haley Part 2

In this months member video, follow along as I work with model Haley and my friend Diana Robles.

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In this week's video I am going to breakdown how I created extremely soft light in the photography studio using an Elinchrom Indirect softbox, diffusion and a V-flat.
07/02/2022
Lighting Technique

Lighting Tutorial: how to create extremely soft light using a soft box, diffusion & V-Flats

In this week's video I am going to breakdown how I created extremely soft light in the photography studio using an Elinchrom Indirect softbox,...

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07/02/2022
Live

Live: Q&A and Critique June 24, 2022

Is this video we go over lighting outdoors as well as how to light small and medium sized groups.

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In this months member video, follow along as I try to chase the rainbow with model Haley and my friend Diana Robles.
06/30/2022
Exclusive Training Videos

Member Exclusive: Problem Solving On Set with Haley Part 1

In this months member video, follow along as I try to chase the rainbow with model Haley and my friend Diana Robles.

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Everyone makes mistakes, weather your a beginner or a seasoned professional. The goal is to practice and to make fewer of them as you advance in your career. In today's video, I go over 7 common portrait composition mistakes.
06/22/2022
Fundamentals

7 Composition Mistakes Every Photographer Makes

Everyone makes mistakes, weather your a beginner or a seasoned professional. The goal is to practice and to make fewer of them as you...

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In this week's video I am going to breakdown how I lit this cinematic portrait of Dyren. I'll cover everything from light placement, to ratios, to fill, to flagging, and freezing action in this lighting tutorial.
06/19/2022
Lighting Technique

Lighting Tutorial: Cinematic Hard Light Portraiture using hard reflectors, a beauty dish & a softbox

In this week's video I am going to breakdown how I lit this cinematic portrait of Dyren. I'll cover everything from light placement, to...

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Part of making a refined image in the studio is separating your subject from the background. In today’s video, I will teach you the three secrets to using a edge light, including why you would use one, where you should place it and how bright it needs to be.
06/10/2022
Lighting Technique

Kicker 101 – The 3 Secrets You Need to Know!

Part of making a refined image in the studio is separating your subject from the background. In today’s video, I will teach you the...

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