Phillip McCordall

Phillip started photography as a hobby at the age of 10, on leaving school at 16 he worked in a London studio as assistant to Barry Bullough a well known food photographer. Over the next 3 years he worked for other photographers in all types of specialities including cars, fashion and still life.

Then branching out on his own, he started a studio in Bruxelles Belgium, where he became well known as an all round advertising photographer, eventually specializing in cars. He worked on many International campaigns over his career, he has 3 Clios and many other international awards to his name. On retiring at 50 he decided to leave the hustle and bustle of city life for the South West of France, where he amuses himself by teaching photography through the video media.

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Learn to take beautiful abstract photos of smoke. This lesson explains how to light smoke and set the correct exposure settings for great pictures - all without the use of a tripod. Phillip also teaches you how to process photos of smoke using Adobe Photoshop to create beautiful frameable photographs.

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For those interested in digital or film photography, this tutorial explains the basics of a camera lens, from understanding focal length to adjusting the aperture. You will become familiar with what the markings on the lens mean, what kind of lens you should use for a particular picture, and how to properly care for your lens to capture the best quality images.

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Better pictures of your product means better sales of your product—and more cash in your wallet! If you enjoy selling items online (eBay, Etsy, etc), this product photography lesson is for you! Learn how to position your product at the best angle, and how to achieve studio lighting by using tracing paper over a light source to diffuse light. Most importantly, learn how to eliminate lens flare. All of these things matter because when customers can see your wares, they’ll be more inclined to buy.

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Have you ever been unhappy with the way your flash photos turned out? Learn how to use off-camera flash, a tool that can improve your pictures dramatically. In this lesson, professional photographer Phillip McCordall uses a Canon Speedlite off-camera flash to demonstrate how a flash positioned away from the lens can really improve the exposure. Also find out about the different ways to connect an off-camera flash to your camera.

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Taking a photo through a window can be frustrating if the glass reflects too much. Learn how to use a polarizing filter to reduce glare from reflective surfaces and to enhance the color of your images. Find out how to adjust your filter to the level that you need for the exposure you’re trying to get. Your photos will look better in no time!

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Your portrait photography studio should have good lighting, a high quality camera and… a few bottles of wine? In this lesson, teacher Phillip McCordall gives you portrait photography tips on everything from insuring your business, to keeping your model relaxed, to dealing with a poorly dressed model. Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, this introductory lesson will show you how to avoid common mistakes and get the most out of your portrait studio.

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Are you looking for a particular effect when taking portrait photos? Learn about the different kinds of light sources you can use in the studio! Find out what effects a halogen lamp makes, what a studio flash can do for a subject, and what a cheap economy light bulb can do—no need to break the bank here! If you are interested in creating a home photography studio, this lesson will help you get started.

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When taking photos in a studio, you will need to choose flash or continuous light to illuminate your subject. Flash provides a quick and fleeting burst of bright light, whereas continuous light allows you to see what your image will look like before you take it. Watch this lesson to learn about the advantages and disadvantages to both of these options.

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Did you know photographers used to have to manually fire a flash while keeping their camera’s shutter open? Fortunately, now we have flash synchronization. Professional photographer Phillip McCordall breaks down the concept of flash sync: when the flash is fired automatically, at the exact time the shutter is fully open. Find out what to set your shutter speed to in order to get a fully lit photograph.

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Ever tried to take a picture in which you needed everything in focus? Kind of impossible to do with one photo, huh? Learn to focus stack for universal crispness. Professional photographer Phillip McCordall demonstrates how he gets everything in his pictures in focus by taking several photos at different F-stops and stacking them in Photoshop (Adobe CS4, CS5, or CS6). You don’t even need to be an advanced image editor; just follow these easy steps to get a professional photography finish.

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Figuring out how to use your DSLR camera the proper way? Take things into your own hands by learning how to choose the correct aperture for photographing. Don’t worry - you’ll still be in a semi-automatic mode, so your camera will choose shutter speed for you. Delve into the beginnings of switching to manual on your DSLR with this lesson on the aperture priority mode so you can start taking professional photos.

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As a photographer, you probably know how to clone in Adobe Photoshop. But do you know the extent of what the clone source tool can do for your image? Find out! Professional photographer Phillip McCordall reveals where to find the clone source tool in Photoshop, then demonstrates how to scale the cloned aspect smaller or bigger, how to rotate it and how to turn the overlay option on or off. You’ll even learn how to clone one image onto another in an entirely different document.

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