The Umbrella Academy

Learn to Use Umbrellas and Craft Unique Images

The variety of lighting tools and knowing which one to use can be overwhelming and expensive. Meanwhile, umbrellas come in a variety of sizes and are affordable, easy to setup as well as practical, but they are often overlooked. In this class, you will learn to efficiently use umbrellas while adding diversity and uniqueness to your images. Learn how Cris creates several different images ranging from individual to group portraits using only umbrellas as the modifier. 

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Thank you for attending the "Umbrella Academy" class presented by Millers Professional Imaging. To access the free content that incudes the slide deck, lighting diagrams and more, click Free Preview in the header above this section. Want more? Purchase Premium Access for only $97. Premium access starts with the 'Umbrella Academy' in my studio with real clients. Gain extra insight on how I use umbrellas in my studio to create amazing portraits for my clients. You will also learn the science behind the 3 main principles of Light that I use for every session: Size, Placement and Position. If you want to truly understand light and how to use light effectively and with confidence, then the Premium access is made for you and it is only $97. Get started today.

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Marie Nuchols

SO.INCREDIBLE. It was one of the highlights of the entire event for me. Thank you so much!!!! Marie

SO.INCREDIBLE. It was one of the highlights of the entire event for me. Thank you so much!!!! Marie

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Celeste Sperber

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Edward Blackmon

Awesome instructor and instruction. His attitude, excitement, and sense of humor held and kept my attention. I really enjoyed this session and learned a lot.

Awesome instructor and instruction. His attitude, excitement, and sense of humor held and kept my attention. I really enjoyed this session and learned a lot.

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Ana Villada

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  • Program Highlights

    Have the highlights and pertinent information from the class at your fingertips with this PDF of the presentation slide deck. Follow along in class or download to your computer for fast review. Click on FREE Preview button in the header to access this content.

  • Lighting Diagrams

    Download the lighting diagrams used during the program along with instructions. These are designed to help you create great images. The included PDF has extras that we did not cover in class. Click on FREE Preview button in the header to access this content.

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Demo videos of must have software included

  • 17 Hats

    Heard of 17hats? I use it to organize and automate my business, and I swear by it. Their feature-packed platform saves me time and money, and lets me focus on what I do best – not paperwork. In the included demo, see how Cris uses the features built-in to 17hats to run an automated campaign that generates leads and revenue. As an additional bonus, save 50% on your first year. Click FREE Preview to begin.

  • Evoto AI Software

    Save time and money on pesky retouching with Evoto AI Retouching Software. Retouch images with a few clicks and pay only cents per image. Start for FREE and receive 30 extra credits inside. In the included demo, Cris shows the power and ease of this software as he uses it to tackle the most common and time consuming task of retouching in juts a few seconds. Click FREE Preview to begin.

INCLUDED ITEMS

    1. Take control of your Lighting!

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    2. The Umbrella Academy Studio Demo

    3. Why Learn Lighting? (12:53)

    4. Exposure: Great images start here (23:26)

    5. Lighting Principle #1. Size Matters (13:45)

    6. Lighting Principle #2. Placement Matters (16:50)

    7. Lighting Principle #3. Position Matters (19:47)

    8. Go Farther with One on One Coaching

About this course

  • $97.00
  • 18 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

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  • $97.00

    The Umbrella Academy

    Watch the 'Umbrella Academy' again in my studio with real clients. Gain extra insight on how I use umbrellas in my studio to create amazing portraits for my clients. You will also learn the science behind the 3 main principles of Light that I use for every session: Size, Placement and Position. If you want to truly understand light and how to use it effectively and with confidence, then the Premium access is made for you and it is only $97. Get started today.
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Lead instructor Cris j Duncan

Cris Duncan, along with his wife, Deanna, own and operate C j Duncan Photography in Lubbock, Texas. They have had the honor of photographing everything from weddings to families to corporate clients and even two Presidents. For more than 20 years,  the Duncans have been published in numerous national magazines and acquired many industry accolades including several GIA (Grand Imaging Award)category awards.  However, what means the most is their daughter, family and the life they lead working together in the art form they love.  The Duncans can be found educating creatives at events across North America. They are the founders of Find Your Focus Education and host an annual retreat for photographers. Cris is a Master Photographer, Master Artist, a Photographic Craftsman and and a Certified Professional Photographer. In addition, Cris is a regular instructor at Imaging USA, Texas School of Professional Photography and is an approved Certification Instructor and was the awarded the PPA Educator award in 2024.