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Creating Breathtaking Floral Images with Melanie Kern-Favilla
Learn how to create stunning floral photographs! Join Melanie Kern Favilla as she shares her secrets for creating dramatic still life photographs using natural light. In this class you’ll learn how to recognize qualities of light, what gear is needed, how to create props and light modifiers yourself, how to choose the right flowers for subjects, and how to apply all of these techniques to any still life subject you choose. There’s even a bonus lesson at the end on macro snowflake photography and using a scanner instead of a camera! Your ability to create amazing photographs is as close as your own window.

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Join Dave Black for some lightpainting under the stars in Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town. Dave starts off with a walk through of all the gear needed for lightpainting before taking us through the importance of a site survey. Over the course of six different shoots in a variety of locations Dave shares all of the steps and settings needed to create stunning lightpainted starscapes. Each lesson is packed with tips, tricks, and lessons learned from Dave’s decades of experience. Dave is a master teacher, and his love for creating these photographs is truly infectious.

Proven Techniques for Repeat Business with Tracy Sweeney
Ignite more enthusiasm in your photography business! Join Tracy Sweeney as she shares time tested and proven techniques to help you create a sustainable business with repeat clients. Tracy is all about the client experience, and in this class she shares her secrets for building lifelong clients through attention to detail, creating emotional connection, setting clear expectations, developing consistency in branding, and so much more. By the end of class your head will be swimming with new ideas you can infuse into your own business!

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Join Tim Wallace for the conclusion to his series on building a profitable photography business. Continuing on from the previous class, Tim delves deeper into the methods, business practices, and philosophy that has propelled his business to success. The goal of this class is to help prepare you to make well informed business decisions and take your business to the next level. According to Tim, your professionalism is your brand, your personality is your business card, and how you make clients feel is your trademark.

Learn Lightroom CC In One Hour with Scott Kelby
If you’ve been wanting to get up and running with the new desktop version of Lightroom CC, then your wait is over! Join Scott Kelby for a special one hour class designed to give you everything you need to know to start using Lightroom CC. From importing your photos to keeping them organized to making them look fantastic to keeping them synced across all your devices, Scott shows you his workflow and shares a wealth of tips and tricks along the way. Just to be clear, this is the new cloud storage-based version of Lightroom for both desktop and mobile devices, not Lightroom Classic.

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Scott Kelby’s “Seven Point System” book revolutionized how photographers edit their images, and in this course you’re going to learn his latest updates and refinements to the system (including his own post processing “secret sauce”) for Lightroom (or Camera Raw) users. Once you learn these Seven Points, you’ll know exactly what to do, in what order, and why for every JPEG, Raw, and TIFF photo you edit. It will transform the way you edit your photos from this moment on.

Master High Key and Low Key Lighting with Lindsay Adler
Join Lindsay Adler in studio for a class all about the extremes of lighting! From low key to high key setups, Lindsay starts you at the beginning where your shoot’s purpose determines the type of lighting you will use, and all the choices you make from that point onward.

In the first half of the class Lindsay focuses on low key setups, with a look at the characteristics of low key photographs, to the modifiers you can use, to examples of her favorite setups. In the second half of the class Lindsay builds on what you’ve learned about low key lighting to morph into a variety of high key setups.

All throughout the class Lindsay shares her perspectives on why and when she uses a particular set up, the gear she uses, the positions of the lights, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have a new repertoire of low key and high key lighting setups you can add to your studio offerings.

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Direct sunlight for portraits is typically harsh and unflattering, full of dark shadows and bright highlights. Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler takes on the midday sun at Central Park, where she teaches you how to take control of the light. You’ll review tips to get out of the direct sunlight as well as ways to use diffusers and reflectors (including natural reflectors) to conquer the harsh light and still get beautiful portraits. This class is perfect for anyone needing tips on how to conquer harsh sunlight for portraits.

User’s Guide For The Sony A7R III with Larry Becker
Attention all Sony A7R III owners! Larry Becker has a fantastic guide to help you get the most out of this full featured camera from Sony. This class is designed with the advanced enthusiast to pro photographer in mind. Larry starts off with a look at the things you need to know to get up and running quickly, and then proceeds through shooting modes, autofocus options, video capture, customizations you can make, and a whole lot more.

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Photograph your kids sports like a pro! Join Rob Foldy, professional sports photographer, as he teaches you the basic photographic principles that will make your subjects proud. This is not a class on gear, but Rob does show you how to use what you have, and how to configure your camera for the best results. You’ll also learn the importance of storytelling and how being prepared before you go to the game will help you take your photographs to the next level. Rob brings it all together by working with three parents while they photograph their kids’ soccer game, providing them tips for shooting with everything from a mobile phone to a DSLR.

Mastering The Natural Light Portrait: Post Processing with Scott Kelby
Join Scott Kelby for the conclusion to his Mastering the Natural Light Portrait class, as he works through his process for editing the photos from that shoot. In this class you’ll learn the core types of edits you will apply to all of your natural light portraits. In this class you’ll learn different techniques for reducing distractions and making the face the most eye-catching part of the photo. From soft northern exposure light to dappled light, Scott teaches you how to analyze the photo, plan your approach, and get the most out of what Lightroom and Photoshop have to offer.

This class is perfect for anyone looking for tips on post processing or editing natural light photos.

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Learn the essential elements of retouching! Join Viktor Fejes as he provides you with a solid a foundation for how to approach retouching. This is not a class on how to use the basic tools of retouching, but rather how to think about retouching in a logical and methodical fashion, so that you can develop a workflow to properly retouch a photo from start to finish. You’ll learn how to evaluate an image, how to start in Camera Raw, how to structure your layers in Photoshop, how to use techniques involving false colors to fine tune texture, tones, and color, and all the while gaining a firm understanding for why you would approach retouching in this way.