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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 
jeff Franks 
Jenna Walcott 
Tammy Labuda 
Heather O'Mara 
Natasha Esguerra 
Joe Payne 
The October 2014 Bootcamp has sold out. The next available bootcamp will be held in 2015 on April 21st, 22nd, and half day on the 23rd with an opening reception on April 20th. 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 in 2015 on April 21st, 22nd and half day on the 23rd, 2014, with an opening reception on April 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. 
"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.

Nov 6 2014 What's important to YOU?-Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I'm incredibly fortunate to shoot a ton of weddings. 45 so far this year, and another 7 to go. My students, and even some of my brides ask me "how do you stay motivated... what drives you to keep going?" it's a valid question given the fact that I've surpassed 900 weddings, and counting.... The truth is, I still get moved, and I'm still caught up emotionally in the events that unfold before me. I'm completely invested in finding those "hidden" moments for my clients to look back upon. It's these moments that help them recall something incredibly special that took place on their wedding day. I still get goosebumps on occasion, and it reminds me of why I do what I do.  
I spent 17 years as a photojournalist before I began shooting weddings. While I'm no longer really a photojournalist, the instincts to anticipate and react to moments are still in me, and I place it at the top of my priority list when photographing just about anything. My transition from photojournalist to wedding photographer wasn't as easy as some think. I had to learn SO many other facets of the craft besides just capturing moments and making things look visually interesting. I needed to learn how to make people look their best, how to make women and my couples look beautiful, how to solve problems, and also deal with adversity during a day that can be full of surprises. I shot, I learned, and I'm still learning, frankly. But, as my mother used to say, "you can take the boy out of the Bronx, but you can't take the Bronx out of the boy". You can take me out of photojournalism, but you can't take the photojournalist out of me.  
Here, below, is the lovely Ashley Cook and her father, Harry, at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia this past Saturday. There are only a few moments before she'll walk down the aisle with her dad. Ashley is a warm soul, and a beautifully emotive person. It was a privilege to work with her, Mark- her husband, and their families. For me, this is what I'll remember from this particular wedding, and I hope it's something her family will cherish.  
For you photographers out there, what is it that motivates YOU? Just curious. Feel free to leave comments, and I'll chime in as well.  
Nikon D4S, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 1/320th @ F2.8 ISO 5000


Nov 5 2014 Nikon Behind the Scenes Video #1-Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I've been a professional photographer now for 33 years. Yeah, it's a long time. Insert age joke here(I'm still kickin it out week after week). One of the things I'm most proud of in my career is my relationship with the Nikon corporation and my involvement with the Nikon Ambassador program. Recently, I had the honor of being featured by Nikon USA in their latest Nikon Behind the Scenes video series. This particular video deals with what ALL wedding photographers deal with.... shooting in harsh light. We can't choose the time of day, we often can't choose our locations. It's a very common thing for the portrait session to take place at 2 or 3pm in the summertime when the light is extremely unforgiving, and unflattering. I'm often asked by brides and photographers alike "how do you deal with this". 
This video will demonstrate a very simple way to turn "bad" light into "good" light. A HUGE thanks to fellow Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich and his team for the production of the series, and to my buddy, Mike Corrado for his levity and advice. I'd also like to give a shout to our models, Dean Gravinese, Sara LaPrincesa Viteri, and especially Veronica Lane who worked their butts off on these videos. Also, a huge thank you to B├ęke Beau for making the models look great, and for making me look, well, as good as I can look! I hope this video helps some people deal with this common issue!  
To future brides viewing this, it's important to understand what challenges your photographer will face, and then how those challenges will be overcome. There will be 4 more videos dealing with some common issues we face as wedding photographers released in the coming months. I hope they give you an idea of how I'd deal with them.  

Oct 20 2014 Alien Skin's Exposure 6 software Discount Code

Many people know that I have a tendency to shy away from heavily photoshopped, over processed images. This is completely true. I'm not a fan of going beyond what the image actually looked like. Sure, we'll tweak it here and there, retouch a few things, and even add a vignette to an image to bring the eye to the subject. Every once in a while, my studio manager, or I, will take a bit of creative license and enhance a portrait when it makes sense to do so.  
We've been using Alien Skin's Exposure 6 software for a while now, and we find it to be a tremendous complement to our workflow. It doesn't promise to "save" an image. I've been quoted as saying "there is no un-suck filter in photoshop". The same holds true or Alien Skin's exposure 6. It will empower you with the ability to creatively tweak an already good photograph by implementing your customized enhancement through a simple to use- STAND ALONE- interface. It's also one of the very best pieces of software for Black and White conversions as well.  
Through midnight on Halloween, you can receive 30% off on ANY of Alien Skin's products. Just click on the Alient Skin Software Link use promotion code CMP1410 to apply the discount.  
Below, you'll see an image I created a few weeks ago. It was a rather rainy day, and for a few moments, the sun broke through. Streaks of light gave the image a dreamy feel, and I was really pleased with what we were able to produce in such weather. With Exposure 6, we bumped up the contrast, and enhanced the streaks of light- but not in a way that looks un-natural.  
This image is BEFORE Exposure 6. A little contrast tweak, a slight clarity adjustment, and we enhanced the streaks of light slightly.

After applying Exposure 6-A little contrast tweak, a slight clarity adjustment, and we enhanced the streaks of light slightly.