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The Secrets of Posing and Styling with Irene Rudnyk
Join Irene Rudnyk to learn her secrets for posing and styling models. For some photographers, posing and styling are the last things they think about when planning a photo shoot, but this is your chance for ultimate creative freedom and further developing your signature style. You won’t always have professional models in front of your camera, or the assistance of a stylist on a shoot, and it is your responsibility as the photographer to guide the subject through the process. Irene challenges you to consider styling and posing just another photographic technique to master, and in this class she gives you a strong foundation for posing and styling your subjects, and inspires you to go out and try it yourself. From making a strong first impression to more advanced posing techniques, you’ll learn what you need to feel confident posing your subjects on your future photo shoots.

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Get inspired to be more creative with natural light with Irene Rudnyk! Using just a camera and lens Irene takes you through her tips and tricks for creating beautiful portraits using only natural light. With live examples shooting outdoors and inside, Irene teaches you how she nails focus at wide open apertures, creates artistic lens flares, makes creative use of window light, obtains a three dimensional look in her photos, and all while working with a minimum of gear and a small budget.

Essential Tools & Techniques for Making Beautiful Prints with Daniel Gregory
There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your work printed and hung on the wall! Join Daniel Gregory as he breaks down the steps needed to create beautiful prints. Whether you’ve never printed before or print all the time, this class is sure to provide you with a clear, efficient, and effective print workflow. Daniel covers all the considerations for selecting paper, choosing a printer, soft proofing, staying organized, working in Photoshop and Lightroom, image sizing, output sharpening, and even how to avoid common problems. Printing your photos is rewarding and one of the most effective ways to improve your craft.

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Vocabulary is at the root of all communication. Join Mia McCormick, and special guest RC Concepcion, for a conversation with Daniel Gregory, a fine art photographer based in Seattle. This class is intended to help you develop a set of tools that can enable you to gain a deeper understanding of your voice, your vision, and ultimately your work. Those tools come in the form of gaining awareness of your intention before you get behind the camera, and in developing a visual vocabulary that will help you analyze your work and aid you in talking about your work with confidence. You may leave the class with more questions than answers, but the process of discovery that you embark upon will bring you closer to your work and improve your ability to communicate visually with the world.

How To Get Started In The Headshot Business with Peter Hurley
Everybody needs a headshot, shouldn’t you be the one to take it? Join Peter Hurley as he teaches you how to get started in headshot photography! Peter has been making his living as a headshot photographer for 18 years, and in this class he gives you a game plan for getting started, goes over different lighting set ups for a range of budgets, shares his tips and techniques for making clients feel comfortable from the moment they arrive through the end of the shoot, and shows you his streamlined workflow for putting it all together. Don’t let fear hold you back! Use your talent and skill to give people the gift of a beautiful photo of themselves.

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Go out and start taking headshots! Join Peter Hurley as he brings you the answers to the top 10 headshot questions he gets asked the most. In this class you’ll learn how to chill out your subject, how to get started with a limited budget, how to make people look their best, and how to fix all kinds of things that come up during a shoot. From gear choices to working with clients, Peter doesn’t only provide the answers, he demonstrates how he works with live subjects, so you get to see it all from start to finish in a series of shoots with a variety of people. To really get the most out of it though, you’ve got to apply it, and by the end of the class you’ll be ready to get started.

The Complete Guide to Creating Natural-Looking Lifestyle Family Portraits with Elena Blair
Join Elena Blair as she takes you through her shooting workflow while working with a family on location. Meaningful family lifestyle photography is in high demand. Creating photographs based on how you feel is more important than technical skill alone. Elena’s workflow is efficient and effective, but what drives her is the opportunity to create timeless family heirlooms for her clients. In this class Elena shares her process for getting clients ready, scheduling a shoot, selecting the gear she uses, working with her clients on a shoot, and selecting the final images that make up the gallery that is shared with the client. When approached through your creativity, family photography has the potential to be both profitable and fulfilling as an artist.

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Learn how to cultivate beautiful memories for your client families! Join Tracy Sweeney as she shares her years of experience as a family photographer to help you prepare for success in this business. Tracy starts off the class with a focus on planning, preparation, and scouting; all of which will help you get the most out of your session while feeling confident and looking professional. From there you’ll witness Tracy at work with two different families in a park and on the beach. Tracy talks through her approach to lighting, to working with the families, the importance of building a relationship with the family members, and how she poses them as a group and one-on-one. After the shooting is done, you’ll head to the studio where Tracy teaches you her post processing workflow from Lightroom through Photoshop to create the final images that go on to become family treasures for years to come.

Travel Photography: A Photographer’s Guide to New York City with Scott Kelby
Join Scott Kelby for an in-depth look at twenty locations in and around New York City for amazing photographic opportunities. From some of the most iconic spots to places you’ve probably never heard of, Scott shares tips and tricks for getting there, what to shoot while you are there, and things to know before you go. Not only will you come away with stunning photographs, but you’ll have had a fantastic time experiencing some of the best that New York has to offer. Don’t forget to download the provided PDF to get the street addresses for every location mentioned.

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Join professional photographer Scott Kelby on his trip to Paris. He walks through realistic travel scenarios including night time photography, avoiding tourists, and weather, and offers tips and techniques on how to best handle them to get the iconic photos you want. Make sure to check out Part II of this series Travel Photography – Post Processing to learn how to edit all of your travel photos. This class is perfect for a beginner photographer looking for tips for shooting on vacation.

How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites with Bret Malley
Realistic shadows are an essential component of a realistic composite. Join Bret Malley to learn how to create custom shadows in a variety of lighting situations from diffused overcast light to hard direct light. In this class Bret demonstrates tips and techniques for creating soft shadows, hard shadows, custom shadows with the Pen Tool, shadows on natural terrain, and finishing touches like realistic reflections to tie it all together. Nothing can ruin a composite faster than a poorly crafted shadow, so it is critical to get them right.

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Join Tim Wallace as he takes you through his entire process, from planning through completing the final composite, of photographing an airplane for a commercial project. In this class you’ll learn how Tim approaches the job, the planning that goes into each element of the final image, what factors you need to keep in mind when shooting, and how Tim pulls it all together in post processing. Through each step in the process, Tim shares tips and techniques he’s learned and developed from years of shooting similar commercial transport projects all over the world.

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