Hollywood Photography Tools By Mike Kubeisy

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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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Join Mike on the lot in Hollywood, CA as he goes over the topics that will be covered in this class.
There is a lot of simple low cost gear that gets used all the time on a Hollywood shoot.
With a C-stand on hand there are two versatile pieces of equipment that can allow for a wide range of uses.
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.
Not everyone has a c-stand or a flag, but Mike shows some inexpensive options for creating your own flags.
Quarter grid diffusion material is a soft rag-like diffusion material that can fit inside a beauty dish behind a grid.
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.
Mike wraps up the class with one last great tip on using a fan in studio.
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Mike Kubeisy


Mike Kubeisy has been shooting celebrities in Hollywood for over 30 years as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. Mike is best known for his work on countless popular shows that are household names: CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, JAG, Boston Legal, Pretty Little Liars to name a few. His current projects are NCIS and NCIS: Lo...

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  1. Profile photo of Brian Rodgers Jr Brian Rodgers Jr

    Hands down, one of my favorite classes on KelbyOne

  2. Profile photo of mtfors mtfors

    What a great class and a great instructor! Very informative and I like the fact that the instructor doesn’t assume you are made of money and he offers alternatives to expensive gear. The class has lots of tips, tricks, great gear ideas and the instructor mentions where to buy all the cool tools. I am looking forward to watching Mikes other classes. Thanks for including this Scott!

  3. Profile photo of JHanna1079@hotmail.com JHanna1079@hotmail.com

    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.

  4. Profile photo of WayneMitcheltree WayneMitcheltree

    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

  5. Profile photo of silkrooster silkrooster

    Great tutorial. I see some of the boards used in the tutorial can easily be found in a hardware store or crafts store.

  6. Profile photo of hrjones22 hrjones22

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of jawsh3539 jawsh3539

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of deaner deaner

    A wealth of knowledge and valuable information for any photographer—beginner or pro. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Matt Leitholt Matt Leitholt

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Thanks for the great course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Hollywoo Hollywoo

    The little things, are the big things! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of John Foster John Foster

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Excellent tips. Mike is really cool. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of jmcln jmcln

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Peter Blyth Peter Blyth

    Lots of useful tips, tricks and techniques! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of James Maddox James Maddox

    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….. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of musicaccent musicaccent

    What a fabulous class!!! I learned so much!!! What a fabulous teacher! I enjoyed very much! Thanks Kelbytraining! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Rob Turner Rob Turner

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Sundra Tanakoh Sundra Tanakoh

    Hey this was great!! It appears there are a million little doo-dads for lighting and stands and this video goes over a ton of them!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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