Photographing the Eli Young Band, with Jeremy Cowart

Photographers and country music fans alike are in for a special treat when Jeremy Cowart invites Matt Kloskowski and to join him on a commercial shoot, photographing country recording artists from Universal's Republic Nashville label - The Eli Young Band.

Photographers and country music fans alike are in for a special treat when Jeremy Cowart invites Matt Kloskowski and to join him on a commercial shoot, photographing country recording artists from Universal’s Republic Nashville label – The Eli Young Band. You’ll get an up-close and personal look at the guys behind the band as Jeremy takes the photos for their latest album, Life at Best, which just debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. You’ll also learn some killer commercial lighting setups and see what it takes to produce a shoot for a major-label release as Jeremy sets up in a super cool (and freezing cold) Tennessee prop warehouse. Then, back in the studios, Jeremy performs the actual editing the client asks for so you can see exactly what he did before these pictures were put to use. See the final shots the label used and learn more about the Eli Young Band at

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:28)

Matt Kloskowski meets Jeremy Cowart outside a Tennessee prop warehouse to do a commercial shoot for country music stars, The Eli Young Band.

Lesson 2: Choosing the Location (Duration 06:01)

Jeremy explains his choice of location for this particular band, since he was given the choice, as he takes Matt through his concept ideas.

Lesson 3: Messing with the Lighting (Duration 05:33)

Jeremy demonstrates what makes him such a popular photographer in the music industry as he talks with the band and gets them comfortable as he begins his shoot and messes with the lighting.

Lesson 4: Don't Overshoot (Duration 07:52)

After getting the production shot he wants, Jeremy moves on to some different positioning and discusses his settings with Matt. You can see that the final shot chosen from this part of the session became the main header at

Lesson 5: Not What the Client Would Expect (Duration 10:46)

Never afraid to try something new, Jeremy attempts something a little different for a country genre with a shiny background, a ring light and a disco ball.

Lesson 6: Publicity Shot (Duration 06:29)

Candles and flammable material don't mix if you're not careful but with Jeremy's lighting set up, it makes a great publicity shot for anything the label needs.

Lesson 7: Wrapped in Plastic (Duration 05:55)

An idea for a fun shot to have the band "put in storage" at the warehouse has everyone cracking up. Jeremy's notion for how the photo might be used winds up coming true… It's on the website if you look for it.

Lesson 8: Lighting Solo Shots for a Composite (Duration 04:11)

Each shot must have consistent lighting in order to composite later for whatever Jeremy chooses. Plus, Jeremy discusses some of the contractual aspects of commercial shoots.

Lesson 9: Equipment List/Introducing Humor (Duration 09:59)

Jeremy shares the equipment list for everything he's using on this shoot. Then, an assistant reads from a Chuck Norris joke book to get the band laughing for some casual shots while Jeremy adjusts the lighting.

Lesson 10: Outdoor Shot (Duration 06:21)

Everyone moves outside to get more candid shots and to discuss what needs to be cropped and removed in Photoshop from the outdoor scene.

Lesson 11: Capture One Pro RAW Processing (Duration 07:37)

Back in the studios, Jeremy teaches his RAW processing workflow using Capture One Pro.

Lesson 12: Real-World Editing (Duration 06:09)

While in our studios, Jeremy hears back from the client on which pictures they want. What you're seeing is his real editing process that went off to the client after filming was done.

Lesson 13: Final Photoshop Touches (Duration 10:11)

The commercial shoot process comes to a close with Jeremy's final touches in Photoshop. This is his last chance to put his creative mark on these pictures before they are put to use by the record label.

Meet Your Instructor: Jeremy Cowart

Jeremy Cowart is a professional photographer from Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning his photography career in 2005, Jeremy quickly became a respected artistic voice in the industry. Having shot numerous musicians, entertainers…


  1. lighting diagrams would help here. When showing the results during the shoots, I think someone cropped the images where in reality I would hope the layout artist has more room to move around int. Most appears to be cropped so tight they would not fit a square space ( jackets are square). Why is he cropping at all, shouldn't that be left to the client's layout artist? He might explain this next time.

  2. Another fantastic course. There is one added bonus for me. Being a Brit I hadn't heard of the Eli Young Band (Sorry), but I love their music and have just bought their album, "Life at Best" So thank you Kelby Training. One question, the background music, is that them too, if so which album is it on? Keep up the good work!!

  3. This is an enjoyable, interesting course that lets the viewer into the photographer's creative thought process for shooting a band. Some good editing tips, too! I would welcome more courss from Jeremy!

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