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About Cole

My goal is simple - give easy to understand, relevant & unbiased advice to transform you into a better photographer. When not writing for Cole's Classroom I am often behind the camera running my San Diego based wedding studio, Cole Joseph Photography or playing guitar on a local stage somewhere! What I love most about running an online blog is all the people I can help, and all the people I can "meet" so feel free to leave a comment and say hello!

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Lacey Labs

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Lacey has been contributing to the group in both asking for help and more important, providing help to all the other clique-mates 🙂

Congrats Lacey! Keep […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Sharon Westergard

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Sharon has been contributing to the group in both asking for help and more important, providing help to all the other clique-mates 🙂

Congrats Sharon! Keep […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Jennifer Fox

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Jennifer has been contributing to the group in both asking for help and more important, providing help to all the other clique-mates 🙂

Congrats Jennifer! Keep […]

Why 85% of Photographers Fail & How You Can Succeed!

Why 85% of Photographers Fail & How You Can Succeed!

Well hello there new aspiring photographer! So you want to make money with your photography? That’s great…as long as you’re prepared for the bumps, peaks and valleys along the way.  In fact, did you know that 85% of photographers fail?

According to Dane Sanders in his book […]

Nikon D5 Review – Is It Worth It?

Nikon D5 Review – Is It Worth It?

I recently rented the Nikon D5 from LensProtoGo to spend a few days with the camera for two different photo shoots I had scheduled.  It was fun to really put it to the test and see how the camera performs.  Now, of course at a $6,500 price tag […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Jennifer Lukes

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Jennifer has been contributing to the group in both asking for help and more important, providing help to all the other clique-mates 🙂

Congrats Jennifer! Keep […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Ryan Jakubowski

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Ryan Jakubowski has been a huge asset in our community and not to mention, his work is pretty awesome too!!

Congrats Ryan! Keep up the […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member July Spotlight

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  I’ve watched Jess Turner interact inside the group since the beginning in February and it has been so much fun to see how much her work has […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member June Spotlight

I am telling you, every day  it’s a party in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group.  But don’t get me wrong, it’s not only fun and games, we’re serious about improving our photography and for many like Leslie & Jessica – boosting their photography business too.

None of this comes easy.  You have to put […]

How to Install Photoshop Actions & Tips for Using Actions

How to Install Photoshop Actions & Tips for Using Actions
Congrats on purchasing our brand new Photoshop Actions – The Uptown Collection!  If you’ve never used Photoshop much you might be a little intimated but as you will see in this quick tutorial, you have nothing to worry about, installing & using these Photoshop actions are […]

How In Person Sales Drastically Changed my Portrait Photography Business

How In Person Sales Drastically Changed my Portrait Photography Business
Note from Cole – the tutorial & photographs are written / provided from Twyla Dawn Photography.

I am sure by now lots of you have seen and heard the term IPS thrown around quite a bit in groups and discussions. IPS is In Person Sales which is referred […]

7 Simple Posing Tips for More Natural Looking Photos

 
7 Simple Posing Tips for More Natural Looking Photos
Are you finding yourself at shoots ripping your hair out trying to figure out how to pose your clients in a way that looks flattering and natural? Posing your clients can be a real stress point for not only you but your subjects but it does not have […]

How to Add Snow Flakes to a Photo in Photoshop!

How to Add Snow Flakes to a Photo in Photoshop!
Cole here for one minute before I turn it over… this tutorial was created by one of our “classmates” our wildly popular Facebook photography community, if you aren’t already a member, you can join us for free right here.

Christian was nice enough to share his final […]

How to Install Lightroom Photo Collage Templates

How to Install Lightroom Photo Collage Templates
Did you just download some Lightroom photo collage templates for the “print module” but are having trouble installing them?  No problem – this post will give you two alternate methods and as long as you follow each and every step, let me repeat that…as long as you follow each […]

How to Make a Photo Book in the Lightroom Book Module!

How to Make a Photo Book in the Lightroom Book Module!
Did you know that you can actually design and even order a photo book all inside of Lightroom using the Lightroom book module?  Yep, ya sure can and it’s pretty awesome.  We all know that photos really come alive when showcased in print so this […]

Screw the Square: Photographers Love New Instagram Changes!

Screw the Square: Photographers Love New Instagram Changes!

OK – let’s just get it out there, being limited to a square aspect ratio sucks!  You know what else sucks…having to use a 3rd party app to post a photo in a portrait or landscape orientation.  Well folks…the Instagram camp finally listened to you and us photographers […]

23 Random Facts About Cole from Cole’s Classroom

23 Random Facts About Cole from Cole’s Classroom
One way or another you’ve stumbled upon Cole’s Classroom, and THANK YOU for being here!  It might have been from Facebook, or YouTube or Google or perhaps a friend of yours told you about Cole’s Classroom – at any rate, you’ve likely seen my face or read my […]

How to Install Lightroom Presets!

How to Install Lightroom Presets!

You just got some sweet new Lightroom presets and you’re all pumped! But now…the hard part.  How do you install Lightroom presets?  The good news for you is…it’s super simple – but you have to follow the steps or you might have some problems.

This guide will show you everything you need […]

14 Essential Lessons That Will Change Your Life Today!

14 Essential Lessons That Will Change Your Life Today!
In life you really have no idea where you might end up.  It’s much the same in business too.

Never in a million years would I have expected to have been on a plane to Nashville to collaborate with some of my biggest idols in the photography community. […]

Image Delivery Solutions – What Are Your Options?

Image Delivery Solutions – What Are Your Options?

The days of sending over a box of film negatives or proofs to your clients are long gone. After a job well done, it’s now time to actually deliver your finished images to your clients.

The question though becomes, what options do you have and which should solution should […]

How to Handle a Wedding Day Pinterest Shot List!

How to Handle a Wedding Day Pinterest Shot List!
Have you ever been so lucky to have received a 15 page “document” comprised of wedding day photos found on Pinterest, given to you by your bride or groom with an expectation that you will be able to recreate all of those photos for them?

If you’ve been there, […]

How to Get a Shallow Depth of Field to Your Photos!

How to Get a Shallow Depth of Field to Your Photos!
In other posts, you’ve read about aperture (opening in the lens that lets light pass into the camera body) and how that affects exposure. Hopefully, after several experiments, you now have a feel of how aperture works. While fidgeting with your camera’s aperture, you probably discovered […]

ISO Setting Like a Pro!

ISO Setting Like a Pro!
You’ve seen the ISO button, but do you know what it does?

ISO can be thought of as the control you have over the level of how sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light.

That said – the more light you have, less sensitive your camera’s sensor needs to be (lower ISO).  Conversely, […]

Younity – a Must Have Free App for All Photographers!

Younity – a Must Have Free App for All Photographers!

Modern digital cameras…
…produce beautiful, high-resolution photos. However, with high resolution images comes more data, and therefore larger file sizes. If you use a mid-range point-and-shoot or low-end DSLR camera, your file sizes are fairly large. Have a higher-end camera? Then you know all about enormous files. […]

Should I Become a Full Time Photographer?

Should I Become a Full Time Photographer?
If you are anything like me, you started out taking photos of your family and friends and you really started to enjoy it and then you decided to make a big leap into starting an official business to further pursue your new-found passion on the side of your “day-job” […]

25 Reasons Why You Should Use Lightroom!

25 Reasons Why You Should Use Lightroom!

Have you heard of the program Lightroom but aren’t exactly sure what it is or more important, should you be using it?  By the end of this quick article you’ll see just how powerful Lightroom is as I share with you 25 reasons you should be use Lightroom!

While some photographers […]

Lightroom 6 Review – What You Need to Know!

Lightroom 6 Review – What You Need to Know!

My Lightroom 6 review has finally arrived!  After much speculation and rumors it’s finally here and I’ve jumped in as quick as I could for a real life, no BS review.  The goal for this Lightroom 6 review is to share with you the major new features and the ones that […]

How to Easily Create a Lightroom Export Preset!

How to Easily Create a Lightroom Export Preset!

Presets are designed to accomplish one primary objective – save you time.  The best kinds of presets are the ones that simply help automate any standard or routine tasks that you ALWAYS do the same thing (or settings) over and over.  Today I am going to share with […]

The Power of Personality & Why You Need Some!

How is it even possible to survive as a photographer these days?

We are all among a massive sea of photographers, all vying for the same customers.  Despite photography being so subjective, and in many ways an “art”, the commoditization of the “art” is continuing at an alarming pace.

Whose to blame for this?

Technology.

…it happens.  Technology is a […]

How to Start a Website or Blog in Only 5 Minutes!

How to Start a Website or Blog in Only 5 Minutes!
Trust me, I get it, starting a website or blog sounds so scary and intimidating.  I used to be scared too!  But the truth is, it is now easier than ever before and not only that – it’s far cheaper than you may even realize.

Can […]