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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Budget-Friendly DIY Photo Studio
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Forget what you've heard—you don’t need buckets of money to create a functional photography studio! Professional photographer Phillip McCordall has developed many low-cost and DIY solutions for photography gear, and shares his secrets in this 12-lesson course. Begin with an overview of photo studio basic gear, then get tips for buying affordable or used lenses. Build your gear arsenal with six ingenious DIY lighting solutions, then learn how to set up a photography studio on your own home!
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How to Launch a Photography Career
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Do you dream about turning your photography hobby into a career? Professional photographer Phillip McCordall shares insider insight into the world of professional photography. Because it’s not always best to turn a passion into an income source, learn the pros and cons of earning a living through photography. For those still set on going pro, learn the best ways to launch your photography career, and why specializing in portraiture, sports photography, or product photography is a great idea.
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Intermediate Photo Gear & Techniques
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Building your photography skills means expanding your range of tools and equipment. In this course, professional photographer Phillip McCordall explains basic and intermediate photography techniques and tools. Start by understanding the basics of DSLR cameras and lenses, then learn how to use filters, sensors, and camera settings to bring a new level of precision to your work. Explore concepts like depth of field, aperture, and exposure, and finish with an overview of darkroom essentials.
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Portrait Photography Lab
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Portraits are the bread and butter for many photographers. If you’re comfortable with a DSLR and ready to bring a new level of professionalism to your work, Phillip McCordall’s portrait photography course will take your skills to the next level! Start with an overview of portrait photography, then plunge into the nitty gritty with in-depth lessons on lighting for various portrait effects. Get tips for photographing models, children, and groups, and finish with portrait post-production basics.
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Product & Still Life Photography
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Learn the secrets of the trade from a seasoned professional! This course covers photographer Phillip McCordall's specialty—product and still life photography. Start with tips on still life studio setup and special techniques, then learn how to use light painting to compose beautiful product shots. Next, follow along to in-depth photo labs to build product photography chops. Learn the best methods for photographing products, from bottles and glassware to jewelry, food, electronics, and cars.
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Professional Studio Lighting Techniques
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Looking to acquire in-depth knowledge of studio lighting techniques? Follow along with McCordell Photography and discover how to implement professional and versatile techniques with ease! Whether you're new to photography, or a professional photographer, these techniques can be used to enhance your images. Learn how to use studio lights and strobe lights, light a portrait -- and much more in this comprehensive course. Bring life to your photos and improve the quality of your images today!
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Other Lessons by Phillip McCordall

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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RAW image files are pretty huge. Learn why they’re so big, the benefits of its stored information, and why JPEG files are like a cooked piece of steak. Professional photographer Phillip McCordall breaks down the difference between the two ways your camera saves a file: RAW and JPEG. He compares a RAW file to a raw steak; if you’re going to work with raw, you must be a good cook (i.e. a skilled photo editor). See which type of file is easier to edit in Photoshop, and which file type pros prefer.


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Can you capture all the steps in a golf swing with a camera? With a strobe flash, yes. Learn studio settings and camera settings for stroboscopic photography. Professional photographer Phillip McCordall offers tips and best techniques for performing this kind of photography that’s great for shooting sports and movement. Find out the proper set up, from the number of flashes per second to what your subject should be wearing. In this lesson, see the eleven frames of a golf swing all at once.


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How do you capture the details on a butterfly’s wing? How about the spores of a flower? By using automatic extension tubes, you’ll be able to take detailed macro photographs in crystal clear focus. In this lesson by photographer Phillip McCordall, learn how to use automatic extension rings to get extreme close-ups of your favorite subjects, without sacrificing the ability to control the F-stop or aperture. But don’t get too close – you still need to be able to light your photo subject.


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Want to create special effects for photo backgrounds? All it takes to unleash your creativity is some standard camera equipment. Start with a bokeh effect and experiment with a UV filter, flashlight, or even Vaseline. You'll be able to create fantastic, star-studded backdrops for your images in just a matter of minutes!


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Ready for some digital camera fun? In this lesson, learn how to create gorgeous portraits and still life image by zooming while exposing a shot. The resulting photo emphasizes the center of the frame by blurring the surroundings. Once you've grasped the technique, you can grab your camera and start inventing your own creative shots!


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The flexibility of Photoshop and the convenience of digital photography make it easy to forget just how difficult product photography used to be. In this lesson, professional photographer Philip McCordall describes a challenging car photo shoot he completed for a client. To get the shot, he had to perfectly capture the ripple of four drops splashing into a pool simultaneously, all without photo editing software. Try this lesson to find out the ingenious tricks he used to get the perfect shot!


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There's no need to spend a fortune scanning all those old slides and negatives you've been saving. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a DSLR and a quality photo scanner to transform them into digital files. Pro photographer Phillip McCordall walks you through an easy process for making a slide holder out of black cardboard and double stick tape. From there, its a simple matter of point and shoot to transfer those old images from the attic and basement into digital storage.


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Shooting glass requires a studio setting with professional gear, right? Not at all! In this lesson, learn to photograph a wine glass using household materials! Professional photographer Phillip McCordall demonstrates how to get a perfect still life shot without fancy studio lighting. Learn how to set up a standard desk lamp to build contrast, and use black and white cards to create perfect reflection. Grab that DSLR (or standard SLR) and give it a try! You will be impressed with the results.


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