Meet Your Teachers
Michael Muller and Patrick Hoelck are Hollywood's two most sought-after Celebrity Photographers responsible for some of the most striking and globally-recognizable images. Their work can be found on billboards, magazine covers, and art galleries all over the world. Longtime friends, Patrick and Michael decided to found Photo School to fill a void in traditional photography education, and as an online community to allow photographers at all skill and professional levels to connect and advance their craft.
Your Membership Includes
Exclusive access to our growing course library covering all skill levels. Taught or curated by our founders.
All great education is collaborative. Ask questions, discuss photography, and share your results in our private online community.
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These are my heroes. It's like being on set apprenticing with the best photographers on the planet.Thomas Brodahl @tbrodahl
My last photo teacher charged me a fortune, and encouraged me to waste money on gear I didn't need.Jessey Cinis @jcinis
There is true gold here, if you want to improve your commercial photography game, you should start mining that gold now.PhotoInduced.com @photoinduced
- 23:24Interview with Michael MullerMichael discusses his background and shares advice for young photographers
- 16:26Interview with Patrick: (pt. 1 of 3): BackgroundLiz talks to Patrick about his personal and career history.
- 18:36Interview with Patrick: (pt. 2 of 3): ProcessLiz and Patrick discuss his creative process.
- 10:23Interview with Patrick: (pt. 3 of 3): AdvicePatrick gives his advice to students and young photographers.
- 08:24Brian Bowen Smith's background & career adviceGuest teacher; Brian Bowen Smith relates his career history into advice for new Photographers.
- 16:47Brian on his Creative ProcessBrian explains his Creative Process and the differences in his approach to personal & professional work.
- 15:14Estevan Oriol Interviewed by PatrickPatrick visits Estevan Oriol at his warehouse to discuss his history, career, and creative approach.
- 12:24Estevan Oriol Warehouse TourEstevan shows us around his warehouse where he has created a brand around his Photography.
- 12:20Estevan Oriol on his Photography careerEstevan discusses the rise of his career, and the business of photography.
- 10:44Fundamentals of Professional PhotographyGuest teacher Brian Bowen Smith explains practical fundamentals.
- 06:25Camera Settings & MeteringBrian explains his approach to camera settings & light metering
- 04:48Camera SelectionWhat to look for and what to avoid when buying a camera.
- 04:34Lenses & Focal DistanceSelecting the perfect lens, and the impact of focal distance.
- 01:39SensorsSome quick thoughts on different sensors.
- 08:31Shooting with Natural LightBrian explains working in his favorite lighting conditions
- 06:47Shooting with Studio LightingBrian's approach to recreating natural light in the studio
- 03:52Point of ViewMichael demonstrates the importance of your point of view on location.
- 03:22Setting up a seamlessMichael's lighting assistant Leland teaches us how to setup a seamless background.
- 03:52Perspective & AnglesMichael demonstrates how to explore multiple perspectives and angles for your subject.
- 05:32Estevan's Photo GearEstevan Oriol shows us his gear bag.
- 03:59Backlit with available lightCreating a great studio look on your patio
- 05:44Your picture window (pt.1 of 2) ReflectionsMichael mixes abstract reflections with natural light portraiture.
- 07:55Your picture window (pt.2 of 2) Blown outMichael comes inside to show a second look with the same setup
- 16:15On Location with bounce cardsFinding unique locations around the corner
- 17:11Outdoor seamless with natural light (pt.1 of 2)Michael sets up a simple, classic home studio with natural light
- 05:41Outdoor seamless with natural light (pt.2 of 2)Michael sets up a simple, classic home studio with natural light
- 14:40Stealing locations (pt.1 of 2): VonsTake advantage of your grocery store's florescent lighting
- 08:20Stealing locations (pt.1 of 2): Parking LotGreat looks in a strip mall parking lot
- 06:48Backlit FlarePatrick shoots into the sun to create a backlit flare
- 04:45Natural Light in studio (pt.1 of 2)Patrick demonstrates using available natural light in studio
- 03:18Natural Light in studio (pt.2 of 2)Patrick demonstrates using available natural light in studio
- 08:43Backlit in StudioMichael uses natural light through a window in studio for this backlit setup.
- 04:12Open Shade with Bounce Board (pt. 1 of 4)Brian shows us one of his favorite setups at his house
- 03:42Direct Sun with Bounce (pt. 2 of 4)In this second setup, Brian uses 2 sources: direct sun & bounce.
- 02:43Silver Bounce Board (pt. 3 of 4)Back in open shade, but with direct bounce lighting
- 05:07Natural Light Review (pt. 4 of 4)Brian completes his Master Class in Natural Lighting with a review of his results.
- 10:18Open Shade (pt 1 of 2): Available LightMaking the most out of available light with a variety of bounce cards
- 08:57Estevan Oriol on location Downtown LA (Part 1 of 2)Estevan shows us a typical shoot on location Downtown LA
- 09:49Estevan Oriol on location Downtown LA (Part 2 of 2)Estevan shows us a typical shoot on location Downtown LA (part 2 of 2)
- 27:12Open Shade (pt 2 of 2): Adding LightAdding lights to an open shade setup
- 11:41Head Shots (pt.2 of 4) 1 light / ElinchromMichael demonstrates varieties when shooting head shots.
- 13:37Head Shots (pt. 3 of 4) 1 light / Beauty DishMichael demonstrates varieties when shooting head shots.
- 07:19Head Shots (pt. 4 of 4) Two LightsMichael demonstrates varieties when shooting head shots.
- 06:49Studio Lighting with LelandMichael's lighting assistant explains their approach to studio Lighting
- 05:35Introduction to Studio LightingPhoto School staffer Chad walks you through some basics of studio lighting.
- 07:55Studio Lighting (pt. 1 of 6): IntroductionPatrick and his team setup.
- 05:43Studio Lighting (pt. 2 of 6): Key lightEstablishing Key Light & Polaroiding
- 16:50Studio Lighting (pt. 3 of 6): Cyc & Fill LightsIllumination the background and adding a Fill Light
- 17:37Studio Lighting (pt. 4 of 6): Edge LightsAdding 2, then 4 Edge Lights
- 09:44Studio Lighting (pt. 5 of 6): Hot WhiteFlood the Cyc with light & maintaining contrast
- 06:23Studio Lighting (pt. 6 of 6): Catch LightsExploring a few options for lighting eyes
- 10:28Cheap Keno lighting (pt.1 of 2) PortraitsMichael shows the flexibility of a single cheap Keno light
- 07:13Cheap Keno lighting (pt.2 of 2) EdgeMichael flips the same setup for a striking, dramatic look
- 06:54Head Shots (pt.1 of 4) Natural LightMichael demonstrates varieties when shooting head shots.
- 06:40Continuous fluorescent lightingMichael demonstrates his signature 'mug shot' lighting.
- 03:50Dramatic Single Top Light PortraitMichael uses a single top light for dramatic results.
- 16:41Driveway studio with 2 lightsA versatile setup great for multiple subjects
- 07:57Backlit with one lightDramatic affect with a single light
- 10:55Album Packaging (pt.1 of3) 3 LightsMichael highlights specific needs of musicians.
- 17:15Album Packaging (pt.2 of 3) Alternate looksMichael works with his subject to alternate his looks on one shoot
- 08:19Album Packaging (pt.3 of 3) Dramatic single lightMichael completes this shoot with one last dramatic look
- 16:29Classic Portraits with 2 LightsMichael shares one of his favorite portrait lighting setups.
- 07:13Portrait lighting with bounce boardsMichael demonstrates adding and removing contrast with bounce boards.
- 11:15White wall in open shade: 2 lightsPatrick uses a handheld strobe to create dramatic shadows in this simple setup
- 02:51Portrait Lighting with Single Beauty DishMichael shows us another great single light portrait setup
- 04:48Portraits with edge lightingMichael re-creates a popular 2 light setup with a key & edge light.
- 04:06Fluidity of MotionPatrick demonstrates a two light setup to capture motion
- 07:00Cross lighting (pt. 1 of 2): Two LightsCinematic look with 2 lights
- 06:40Cross lighting (pt. 2 of 2): Adding GelsAdd Gels to this setup for a more dramatic look
- 04:39Directional Beauty LightPatrick demonstrates soft timeless beauty lighting.
- 09:49Movie Poster: 5 Lights, with gelsMichael re-creates a popular studio setup he uses for Movie Posters.
- 07:05Graphic Top Lighting with Colored CycMichael introduces some color to the background with this simple setup.
- 05:14Beauty lighting with 2 lightsMichael demonstrates a classic beauty setup with two lights.
- 04:47Tripple Key LightingA very unique and simple triple key setup
- 05:54Graphic portraits with four lightsMichael demonstrates an intricate 4 light portrait setup.
- 14:35Advanced portrait lighting with 4 lightsMichael shows an advanced setup with 4 lights.
- 23:21Retouching: Light skin RetouchingJess walks us through a basic light skin retouching
- 17:06Retouching: Clone vs. Healing BrushJess illustrates the differences between the clone and healing brush tools, and when to use each.
- 08:37Retouching: Liquify ShapingJess focuses on the Liquify tool and shaping.
- 22:18Retouching: Liquify PostureJess shows us another basic retouch focusing on skin, color, and shaping posture.
- 20:46Retouching: Temperature & DetailHow to cool down and clean up your image with a light touch.
- 44:25Retouching: ContouringFocus on contouring clothing and hair.
- 26:59Retouching: Bikini ImageUnique challenges of body skin tone & shaping
- 16:15Retouching: Light clean upWhen a subtle clean up is all you need
- 25:38Retouching: Clean SkinA typical challenge: cleaning up skin, and skin tone.
- 06:36Processing: Shark imageMichael processes an underwater shark image.
- 21:30Advanced eye retouch in photoschopJess shows us a very detailed approach to retouching eyes in photoshop
- 18:56Compositing backgrounds in photoshopJess shows us her workflow for getting this vintage look by compositing a background in photoshop.