Photographing the Eli Young Band By Jeremy Cowart and Matt Kloskowski

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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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Matt Kloskowski meets Jeremy Cowart outside a Tennessee prop warehouse to do a commercial shoot for country music stars, The Eli Young Band.
Jeremy explains his choice of location for this particular band, since he was given the choice, as he takes Matt through his concept ideas.
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.
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
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.
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.
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挞夆洛_ It's on the website if you look for it.
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.
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.
Everyone moves outside to get more candid shots and to discuss what needs to be cropped and removed in Photoshop from the outdoor scene.
Back in the studios, Jeremy teaches his RAW processing workflow using Capture One Pro.
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.
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.
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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 and celebrities, Jeremy is also the founder of Help-Portrait Movement, a worldwide movement of photographers giving...

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Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of

    nice…, very nice.

  2. Profile photo of suzannamars suzannamars

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Clive Clive

    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!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of carterh carterh

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of CameronVS CameronVS

    Very helpful to me. Jeremy laid it all out clearly and simply here. I liked the joke book idea to get candid smiles and laughter. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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