Hollywood Photography Tools, with Mike Kubeisy

Join motion picture and television photographer Mike Kubeisy on location as he demonstrates some of the most common and versatile tools he uses every day on the sound stages in Hollywood.

Join motion picture and television photographer Mike Kubeisy on location as he demonstrates some of the most common and versatile tools he uses every day on the sound stages in Hollywood. From C47s to Cardellini clamps and apple boxes to scissor clips, Mike will show you how to use the tools the pros use to get the job done in all kinds of situations. You’ll not only learn how the tools are used in Hollywood, but how to use them back in your own studio to maximize, enhance, and improve your photography.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:32)

Join Mike on the lot in Hollywood, CA as he goes over the topics that will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: C47s, Apple Boxes, and Pancakes (Duration 10:05)

There is a lot of simple low cost gear that gets used all the time on a Hollywood shoot.

Lesson 3: Quaker Clamps and Baby Plates (Duration 07:25)

With a C-stand on hand there are two versatile pieces of equipment that can allow for a wide range of uses.

Lesson 4: Reflector Options (Duration 14:31)

From gator board to raw muslin, and from foam core to bead board there are a variety of materials that can be used as a reflecting material, and each has its own unique characteristics.

Lesson 5: Flag Options (Duration 11:00)

Not everyone has a c-stand or a flag, but Mike shows some inexpensive options for creating your own flags.

Lesson 6: Diffused Light from a Beauty Dish with a Grid (Duration 05:35)

Quarter grid diffusion material is a soft rag-like diffusion material that can fit inside a beauty dish behind a grid.

Lesson 7: Cardellini Clamps, Scissor Clips, Modern Pins, and Pole Adapters (Duration 07:52)

There's always a need for another set of hands to hold gobos, diffusers, reflectors, and more on set, and there are a wide range of awesome tools to get the job done.

Lesson 8: Wrap Up (Duration 02:19)

Mike wraps up the class with one last great tip on using a fan in studio.

Meet Your Instructor: Mike Kubeisy

From crime scenes to war zones, Hollywood celebrities and family portraits, Michael Kubeisy's cameras have shot it all since 1984, as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. He is…


  1. Great info packed into an informative and entertaining video. Anyone on a budget, who wants to get top quality results will be rewarded by the information Mike shares. You will see clothespins transformed right before your eyes into a useful photography tool. Thank you for sharing your insights Mike!

  2. This was absolutely BRILLIANT! I'm new to the studio world and this is exactly what I needed to see. All the the little things that help with making a good photo GREAT! As always Mike your courses are great to watch and a bunch of useful information. I hope to see more courses from you in the future.....

  3. Wow! That was great. Mike brings a lot of energy and passion to the tutorial, as well as practical information. Mike's style of presentation makes you feel that he is giving you a personal inservice. The fact that he looks and acts like my cousin added to my enjoyment. More Mike, please!

  4. I really enjoyed Mike's first video and have been waiting for a follow-up. This did not disappoint. I watched it straight through the first time and now I'm going back with a pen and paper to write down all the new gadgets I wish to add to my tool kit. Scott, please keep them coming from Mike.

  5. Let me start off by saying this was one of the most helpful courses for me on Kelby Training. I totally had thought some of the products were named differently and now I'm a pro, right? ;) Very well presented and love all the "alternate methods" of using the tools. Off to the camera store I go.

  6. That was very helpful. Watching this training helped solve several problems I encounter on a regular basis. I'm very glad Kelby Training had this course created.

  7. Just to make sure I'm not picking on James Schmelzer from my previous post, in this video Mike Kubeisy introduced us to his model, Christine, and referred to her as "the talent" on occasion, but mostly as Christine. Considerably more pleasant and easy going, and I feel comfortable being led through this course and picking up what he has to offer, without the ego!

  8. I enjoyed the the info packed course. Mike is a great presentor too. many of the things he shows you make you think out of the bon and sparks the imaginaton for other DIY gadgets. There were a couple times when he commented on how a shot wasn't to his likeing I wish I could have seen how it didn't work too. Overall excellent

  9. This is easily one of the most tip and trick filled educational videos I have ever come across. So many ideas, modifiers, and simple hacks that can instantly improve your still photography. Plus it's entertaining.Mike Kubeisy is great! I am so happy I stumbled across this gem of a video.

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