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photo critique with gary hughes
Lighting Technique , Posing

Photo Critique with Gary Hughes

After doing a critique for Gary's YouTube channel a few weeks ago, we decided to record one for mine, which I will post publicly...

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begiiners lighting tutorial with flash
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique

Transitioning from window light to flash – a beginners guide to portrait lighting

This video will help you learn essential techniques with basic equipment to create and control artificial light, so that you don’t have to worry...

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how to hang a paper or canvall backdrop in your photo studio
Fundamentals , Gear

4 Ways to Hang a Backdrop including a corner and all the hardware you need to do it!

In this video I go over all of the hardware you might use to hang a paper or canvas backdrop, including stands, wall mounted...

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THe Academy with John Gress Live Q&A

March 17, 2021 Live Q&A / Critique

Last night we had our very first live Q&A / critique! It was a lot of fun seeing and talking to everyone. 

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Elinchrom Bridge
Exclusive Training Videos , Gear , The Academy

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Do you need to buy the Elinchrom Bridge? Control up to 20 lights individually or simultaneously

The new Elinchrom Bridge device allows you to speed up your workflow by controlling the brightness, modeling light, recycle time, photocell, and beep right...

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How to use C-Stands & Other Hardware essentials in your studio
Fundamentals , Gear

How to use C-Stands & Other Hardware essentials in your studio

Today were going to cover everything you need to know about c-stands including some really cool hardware for the studio.

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tethering with your canon EOS R5
Fundamentals , Pre-Production

How to tether your Canon EOS R5 in Lightroom Classic using EOS Utility

In today's video I am going to show you how to tether your Canon EOS R5 to Lightroom Classic using EOS Utility.

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Lightroom and photoshop retouching
Exclusive Training Videos , Post-Production

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: How I retouch my photos in Lightroom Classic

How I retouch my photos in Lightroom Classic plus extending the background in Photoshop with content aware fill

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using a color wheel calculator to create color harmony on set

Color Harmony

I can't stress the importance of this topic enough, because coordinating all of the elements in your shot is ultimately things you will do...

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Modifier test
Gear , Lighting Technique , The Academy

Soft boxes, parabolic modifiers and umbrella shootout! Which modifier for perfect portrait lighting?

Over the last 20 or so years, I have acquired about 20 different softboxes, but I have never actually sat down and tested them...

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Canon RF and EF 35mm lenses

Review: The Canon EOS RF 35mm f1.8 Macro v. the Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM for R5 Mirrorless Camera

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Are grids worth the money
Lighting Technique

Are grids worth the money? When and why should you use them in the the studio and on location?

Watch as I unbox my new Billingham 445 ( camera bag and move out of my old Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 2.0 (

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