Tony Corbell

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Cr.Photog., API

Tony has been involved in professional photography since 1979 when his first studio position was with his sister and her husband in West Texas.  Since then he has moved through an almost inspired life that has included traveling and lecturing in more than twenty countries, has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts.

In 2012, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally.  In 2008/09 alone, Tony spoke to over 9,000 photographers in 36 cities throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2010 – 2012 was again busy with Tony traveling to Germany, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Dubai, London, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and many more than 30 U.S. cities teaching photographic lighting and image workflow processes and practices. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses. Tony has written articles in nearly every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China.

When asked what he is most known for, he says “being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.”

Awards and Recognition
1986 Texas Photographic Fellowship Degree
1988 ITVA Educational Photographic Video Director or the Year
1994 PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree
1995 WPPI Master of Photographic Excellence
1996 Brooks Institute Honorary Master of Science
1998 WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award
1999 PPA Approved Photographic Instructor
2005 United Nations, IPC “Leadership Award”
2006 PPA National Award/California
2007 San Diego Commercial Photographer of the Year
2007 Member, Camera Craftsmen of America
2008 San Diego Picture of the Year
2011 National ASP Associate Fellowship, Educational Award

Tony's Courses

  • Advanced Lighting: Kicklights, Spots & Gels

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Video: If you want to take your lighting knowledge to the next level, Advanced Lighting is for you. In this video, expert Tony Corbell shows you how to enhance what you’re doing and add extras for more creativity and, to put it simply, more WOW!
  • Between Light and Shadow

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    In this webinar, Tony will discuss how you can best use photographic lighting to truly bring out the optimum quality in a portrait session. Light shaping tools will be discussed as a major contributor to the creative process. With the use of numerous examples and diagrams, Tony will help attendees understand the importance of truly knowing our equipment. Softboxes, beauty dish, umbrellas are all terms we have become familiar with. What we need to know is WHEN to use each of these tools and perhaps as important, their exact placement . Sponsored by PROFOTO.
  • Gels Overview

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Video: In this overview, lighting master Tony Corbell shares the magic of gel packs and briefly discusses how they can be used to enhance your photo sessions and create new, interesting effects for your clients. It’s an introduction to an easy, inexpensive “trade secret.”
  • Legacy: Tony Corbell

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    To understand where the photographic industry is today, it’s important to look at our history. The industry has been molded and shaped by countless photographic artists and industry leaders who rewrote the definition of professional photography and motivated thousands of photographers to “Be More”. The Legacy Project is not only a look at our heritage as professional photographers, it also honors those who have given so much of their heart, soul and time to PPA and inspired an entire generation of professional photographers. Hear, in their own words, as these men and women share their insight on the world of the photographic arts, and how their involvement in PPA influenced their own business and the future of professional photography.
  • Lighting for Adults & Couples

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Video: Lighting isn’t luck; it’s know-how and experience…especially when it comes to knowing what light works best in what situation. So how do you use it appropriately to set the mood for the best images of adults and couples? In this video, instructor Tony Corbell explains how knowing and using your tools are the keys to such lighting proficiency.
  • Lighting to Showcase Shapes: Maternity

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Video: There are some shapes we want to hide in our portraits, but there are other shapes we want to highlight! In this class, PPA lighting expert Tony Corbell teaches you lighting techniques to enhance the images of your most shapely subjects: the new mothers-to-be!
  • Studio Lighting Basics

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Video: In this class, lighting expert Tony Corbell gets back to basics with you. His discussion of lighting effects and light theory will help you achieve depth and drama in your photographs – all with some flips of a switch, a few position changes and some really cool equipment!
  • Studio Lighting Basics: Understanding Patterns of Light

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Video: In his or her studio, a photographer can create numerous patterns and shapes with light. But can you? Could you do it better? Get on board with PPA lighting guru, Tony Corbell. In this class, he shows you how to make magic in the studio!
  • Taking Control with Tony Corbell: Creating Window Light

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    There will come a time when a photographer may not have access to a window light source during a shoot. However, mimicking window light in the studio can result in a beautiful, large and soft yet directional source. In this segment of Taking Control, PPA edu lighting expert, Tony Corbell Cr. Photog., API will leave you feeling confident and ready for the challenge by demonstrating different placements of light shaping tools and how subtle shifts in light directions make all of the difference. SPONSORED BY PROFOTO
  • Taking Control with Tony Corbell: Lighting & Using Gels

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    In this segment of Taking Control with Tony Corbell, PPA edu lighting expert, Tony Corbell Cr. Photog., API showcases different ways that color can have an impactful result in your portraits. Matching clothing colors, opposing colors, and how to maintain creative control while on location will be discussed throughout this episode as Tony helps you navigate through unfamiliar terrain and illustrates the predictability of exposure with gels. Sponsored by PROFOTO.
  • Taking Control with Tony Corbell: Making a Dramatic Portrait

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    There is a significant difference between taking a picture of your subject and capturing a story about your subject. As we follow this series of Taking Control with Tony Corbell, he explains these differences and the idea of story-telling through a lens. He demonstrates how to use light to create dramatic shadows and their relationship with one another to overcome lighting obstacles that photographers have to face. Sponsored by PROFOTO
  • Taking Control with Tony Corbell: Working with One Light in the Studio

    Instructors: Tony Corbell
    Not everyone has the luxury of either owning or being able to afford multiple lights, but don’t let that deter you! Join PPA edu lighting expert, Tony Corbell Cr. Photog., API, as he walks you through the diverse range you can have with a single light in your studio to get the most bang for your buck. This episode will be the first in a series devoted to lighting and this tutorial has been designed to showcase several very clever ways of working with only one light source. Discover how to utilize your full lighting, learn to create depth and dimension by means of light and shadow, and plan ahead so you can focus on keeping your full attention on your client rather than fixing your equipment along the way. Sponsored by PROFOTO.
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