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Feb 1 2013 Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp

Read a few reviews of the Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp 
 
Qing Zhao 
Thomas Beaman 
photo.net 
jeff Franks 
Jenna Walcott 
Tammy Labuda 
Heather O'Mara 
Natasha Esguerra 
Joe Payne 
 
 
 
The August 2014 Bootcamp has sold out. The next available Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp that will take place on October 21st, 22nd, and half day on the 23rd, 2014, with an opening reception on October 20th at 7pm. This workshop will sell out fast. For those wondering if I'll be bringing the bootcamp to another city, I will NOT be doing that. I will NOT be doing another workshop outside my studio.  
 
For more information and to register please contact the studio at 856.428.4268; 609.560.0877 or via email. 
 
I'm amazed at the growth and the international response of the Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp. Attendees are traveling from all over the world. This past year we've had students from Canada, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Argentina, Panama, Dubai, a slew of European countries, and a U.S. contingency from coast to coast. The upcoming Summer bootcamp should have quite an international flavor as well. Please call us with any questions. Thanks to all those former students who've spread the word!! 
 
During the past few years since I've been doing workshops and seminars, the most common denominator for all of my students has been the need to develop their own style. After 32 years of shooting I've come to believe the only way to accomplish this is to become one with your camera. Seeing with your mind's eye is a lot different than just looking through your viewfinder. In order to accomplish the former, a photographer's skillset must be first and foremost before they can begin developing their own style. 
 
The goal of this workshop is for every photographer in attendance to drastically improve their skills and give them the confidence to go after their own style.  
 
The workshop will feature: 
- Various technical aspects and a deeper understanding of your gear. 
- Understanding the difference between the quantity and the quality of light 
- A multitude of creative flash techniques. 
- Lighting your subjects from noon to midnight. 
- Live bridal shoots on location in Philadelphia. 
- Live shooting of bridal prep situations 
- A model ratio unlike any other workshop 
- Individual hands-on instruction during shoots. 
- Techniques in capturing the essence of our clients. 
- The best damn breakfasts and lunches included! 
 
Other topics covered will be: 
- Client interaction and relationships. 
- Sales presentation skills including a mock presentation. 
- Building a referral base through vendor/partner relationships. 
- Client retention. 
- Difference between being a photographer in business and a business person in photography 
- Workflow from capture to proof. 
 
The next available two-and-a-half-day workshop will take place at my studio in Haddonfield, New Jersey on October 21st, 22nd and half day on the 23rd, 2014, with an opening reception on October 20th for those who can attend. The workshop will begin at 8:45am and go until we drop on the 12th and 13th, and will end midday on August 14th. Breakfast and lunch will be provided all three days. A discount code for a hotel only 2 miles away will be provided after registration.  
 
Tuition is $1,800 and attendance will be limited for more individual attention. 
$900 is due upon registration and the balance will be due three weeks prior to the workshop. 
 
Here's a few comments on my work, seminars, and workshops. 
 
American PHOTO Magazine-"one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world" 
 
WPPI- Cliff Mautner is "one of the top photographers and educators in the world" 
 
Marcus Bell-"Cliff is a pure craftsman with the lens and exhibits an amazing eye to capture the perfect moment. Cliff has been able to turn these rare talents into an incredible business with a solid vision for the future. A workshop with Cliff would fast track you to the big time. 
 
Joe Buissink-"Cliff sees light like nobody I've ever met" 
 
Ray Prevost-"It amazes me when I hear new photographers complain about the bad locations and the lousy lighting they have to work with at weddings. What that tells me is that they need to learn the skills that are part of this profession. I can think of no better person to teach you to "deal with it" than Cliff Mautner. He does more than just deal with "bad light", he makes it into good light by using it to add drama and interest in his images. Even guys like me, who know where to find the good light, can learn how to do something other than run for the shade. I've learned much from Mr. Mautner. 
 
COMMENTS FROM ATTENDEES: 
"I also attended last weeks workshop and it's hard to put into words what a life changing experience it was. The whole concept of "good" light is out the window, Cliff shows us how to make any light "good light". As he say's as a wedding photographer your job is to catch the moments and you can't always afford to wait until the light is just right. He made shooting in direct midday sun not only ok but artistic, and beautiful. My confidence is way up from this, and I had several "aha" moments. Cliff obviously truly cared about each and everyone of us getting it. We got the feeling that he would have stayed with us all night until we got it if need be. He was very concerned with all of us having a great experience and took care of every detail of the workshop. He was a complete open book, and a very humble guy considering the huge talent and sucess he is. We even got to sit in on a real wedding inquiry meeting to see exactly how he conducts those." 
 
"Cliff Mautner is beyond amazing. As a wedding photographer for the last 5 years, I learned more with cliff at this workshop in 3 days than I did in 5 years on my own. He will teach you how to see in ways you never even imagined. Turning the worst light into the most incredible advantage. I am so blown away that if Cliff ever offered another class, I would attend it even at double the price I paid. The quality of my work has taken a leap from where I was and my confidence is 10x what it was. I really believe I know what to do in any lighting challenge. I can't say enough other than to be at this class will give you an almost unfair advantage." 
 
"Also, I don't think I've ever gone to a workshop or seminar where the host put so much effort into making sure EVERYONE'S needs were met. He left no stone unturned and logistically, the studio, the material, the food, drinks and everything else was fantastic. As far as the content goes, he hit everything you could imagine. The class audience consisted of all levels of experience. From 25+ year professionals to people who are looking to take their hobby to the next level. From my conversations with my workshopmates, everyone felt they got their monies worth and a whole lot more." 
 
"This month I attended the Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp presented by Cliff Maunter. I cannot begin to describe how just the time spent was one of the best I have ever invested. No question went unanswered and he focused on each of us. I felt like I not only got to know his as a professional photographer, but understood him better as a person. I was also fortunate to form friendships with those that I met in that class. The variety of topics we covered were amazing and in depth. I also felt that nothing was a hard sell of anything, but rather a hard share. Also, what was demonstrated was not the right way, but just, his way. He did not preach, he spoke, he shared, he educated. I could not ask for more than that. 
 
"I waited a long time to be a part of the Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp, and I am so excited to talk about the experience I had. I knew years ago that I had to wait until I was ready for the kind of learning I would experience at Cliff's workshop. I had to have the proper gear and the mindset to take it all in without missing a beat. If you are someone who wants to improve your way of seeing and working, you should put this workshop on your bucket list. The word I have coined for my experience at the workshop is EUREKA! I had always said that light was elusive, oh I was wrong and now I know it's not. It's how you see and Cliff will show you how to see. People always ask me, "don't you learn all that when you are at a wedding with Cliff?" And the answer is no, not like I learned at the workshop. You will spend time with people who are on the very same quest as you. It was a journey filled with laughs, new friends, good food, road trips and lots of learning. Cliff will answer completely and honestly any question you pose. There is nothing like having beautiful models to work with and a list of skills covered with no stone left unturned. Everything from natural light, window light, off camera flash, to workflow, pricing, taxes and insurance, you will be filled with information that will help your business grow as well as your soul. This bootcamp is about YOU as much as it is about learning. I might be the luckiest girl in the world. All I can do is be grateful and keep on stopping time." 
 
For more information and to register please contact the studio at 856.428.4268; 609.560.0877 or via email.

May 19 2014 Ruben and Sally-Liberty House Wedding with the Nikon D4S

Not too long ago, shooting something like a bridal party with sparklers was a real challenge. Cranking up the ISO wasn't an option years ago, and the use of fill flash sort of washed out the sparklers. Today, with the Nikon D4S, not only can I shoot an image like this at ISO 6400 without even thinking about it, but the focus system in low light kicks serious butt. I'll be posting more images from this wedding of Sally and Ruben at the Liberty House soon, but I wanted to share this. For the pixel peepers, I've also included a 100% crop of the image as well.  
 
Nikon D4S Nikkor 24-70 F2.8G, 1/125th @ 2.8 @ ISO 6400.


100% crop of the Nikon D4S @ ISO 6400


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May 15 2014 Sally and Ruben-Liberty House Weddings-Nikon D4S

I love working at the Liberty House in Jersey City NJ. It's got one hell of a backdrop, and at different times of the day, you'll get a wide array of moods. For the past month or two, the Nikon D4S has become my workhorse. I'm using the D4S and 2 D4's as my essential gear along with 8 lenses. In this image, the autofocus in low light on the D4S makes this image much easier to capture than every before. The D4S isn't just for high ISO. It's focusing system is the best of any camera I've ever used. There was virtually no contrast to focus upon, yet the camera managed to lock on to my subject. The NYC skyline as a backdrop doesn't suck. The rest is all about Sally and Ruben- who were phenomenal to work with. This is a preview of their wedding which I'll blog in a week or so. Huge thanks to the staff at the Liberty House. Their service was stellar! 
 
 
For the photo geeks 
Nikon D4S Nikkor 70-200 VRII, 1/50th @ F3.5 @ ISO 500


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May 6 2014 Nikon D4S-A few observations-Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

"Can I capture an image I wouldn't be able to make with another piece of equipment?"…. That's generally the question I ask myself when I think about a new piece of gear. There are certain things in my bag that I'll rely upon- right until there may be something better- with the exception of my Nikkor 28 1.4D… that's never leaving my bag, but I digress…. One of the benefits of shooting so many frames during the year- I estimate that number to be roughly around 250,000 frames per year or so- I get a good feel for what my gear is capable of. Each flagship body from Nikon does a little something different, and the Nikon D4S simply allows me to make pictures I have never been able to make before.  
 
Yeah, I know, many will say that since I'm a Nikon Ambassador United States, and that I wouldn't say anything else. If you know me personally, you know that I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. The responsiveness- specifically the decisive focus system, the sharpness of the files and the high ISO performance make this camera the absolute perfect wedding photography camera. I presently use one Nikon D4S along side Nikon D4 bodies, and I feel like I have the ideal tools. Within the next few months, I'll be doing a Kelby One video on what's in my bag and how I use everything.  
 
I want to be clear that I'm not going to do any type of review of theD4S , for obvious reasons, but every once in a while I'd like to share some things that I observe about this new beast. Below is an image I captured at a recent wedding. It was at the Westin Philadelphia , and they were serving dinner to all of the guests. I noticed the bride was in some nice back light, and she and her new husband were whispering to one another. While I knew the light level was quite low, the quality of the light wasn't too bad. I was really just playing around, but I set the ISO on the D4S to 20,000 and fired off a few frames. Yes, I said 20,000. Now, heard this camera could go up to some silly high ISO's, but I never dreamed that I'd make quality wedding images at 20,000. The proof is in the pudding. My mind was blown.  
 
Below, you'll see the image shot at 20,000 with Lightroom at default settings and slight adjustments- but no further noise reduction was used. The 100% crop is included below. The image was shot at 1/160th @ F2.8 at ISO 20,000.


100% Crop of the Nikon D4S @ ISO 20,000


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