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Shooting catalogs on location has its rewards, as well as its challenges. Over the years, seasoned commercial photographer John Beckett has shot ads, magazine editorials and catalogs under some pretty extreme conditions.

In this comprehensive lesson, John expounds on problem-solving in the field and gives us valuable insight that he has gained over a career's worth of image-making.

(Most images can be clicked for an enlarged view.)

Topics Covered:

  • The Cowgirl Tuff Theme
  • The Location Search
  • The Day of the Shoot
  • Picking The Right Spot
  • Lighting on Location
  • Finding the Right Pose
  • Keeping it Light
  • Stepping into the Model�s Shoes
  • Changing Direction
  • Commercial Composition
  • Going the Extra Mile
  • A Team Effort
  • Summary

Equipment Used:


  • Nikon D300
  • 80-210mm Nikkor zoom lens
  • 50mm Nikkor zoom lens


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