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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!

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!! …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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  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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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