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Training Part III (plus a bonus!)

I hope you all had a great weekend, and if you're in America, I hope you had a great Memorial Day holiday.

Last week, I released the first two parts of a free three-part photography training series and today I'm releasing the third video in the series. FREE TRAINING PART III

 I've received a lot of great comments via the video page, twitter, Instagram and even instant message and email. One photographer asked me a question about only using natural light. He only uses natural light and wanted to know why I list this as a rookie mistake. I think this question is important for many of us today so I made a short video to explain more.

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Training Part II

On Tuesday, we released the first FREE training video of a 3-part photography training series. At the time of this writing, almost 500 people have watched video # 1 and we hope the video reaches more as the week goes on.

Today, we are releasing training video # 2 and hope to help photographers by sharing some of the mistakes I made at the start of my career. To watch both training sessions you need to sign up for the series. AS soon as you sign up you get instant access to the series.


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How did you shoot that picture?

For years people have asked me "how did you shoot that images?" Sometimes the question is in reference to the camera, and sometimes it is about the light, but rarely does anyone go deeper into the question to get the essence of creating an images.

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In regard to lighting, this images was created using Kino flo lights, but the magic is know when to use specific light and the quality each type of light has. Working as a photo assistant taught me how to do a lot of different things with light, but one of the most important things was learning which type of light to use to achieve a specific look.

If you'd like to know more about using lights fill out my one question survey on lighting by clicking the link below.

Link: Lighting Survey


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FREE PDF: 5 Secrets To Creating Powerful Children's Pictures

I am known for creating portraits of celebrities, but in many ways, working with celebrities has trained me to photograph children.  In my current personal project, Future American President, I photographed 100 children throughout America and I discovered many of the secrets to getting great images of famous celebrities also applies to photographing children. In both cases, you must get the image quickly or you lose them forever.

Today I'd like to offer a FREE pdf filled with images and helpful information to help you become a better photographer. Over the next two months I will give away video's, pdf's, instructional documents and more to help you achieve your goals to become a better photographer. To receive today's FREE pdf, click the link below.

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The Secret To Shooting Big Jobs

Recently I was part of a panel discussing elements of the photography industry. The panel included an art buyer, photography agent, magazine editor and several photographers. During the course of the evening someone in the audience asked the art buyer a great question. His question was, "If you loved a new photographers work, who had never shot an advertising job before, what would persuade you to give him or her the job?" The art buyer said, "I would have to make sure they had a great producer."

Having a great producer on your team is essential for big advertising and editorial jobs. I have seen many photo seminars that focus on teaching lighting and shooting techniques, but production before the job, during and after are extremely important. For the Farmers Insurance job, we had my set builder make the floor and chalk board, but before that, we had several meeting to discuss the size, color, and what fake room should feel like. This is all up to the photographer, so you must do your research and have references to show your team. All the other elements were rented for the shoot. We had several options for everything pictured in the image, including several desk options, chairs, books and more. To learn more about production, lighting, and photography check out the tutorials available at Photography Help Store.

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