|Jeremy recently released 4 hours of photography instructional videos on a DVD called "LifeFinder". The DVD covers his RAW workflow, lighting, background, inspiration and much more. To purchase, please visit LifeFinderDVD.com.|
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"I just finished watching Jeremy Cowart’s new LifeFinder DVD. What a perfect combination of inspiration and instruction. You get to see everything from his thoughts on photography, how he goes about business and the creative side of his work, as well as full shoots so you can see it all in action."
Matt Kloskowski, Adobe Photoshop Killer Tips
"This is four hours of pure video content that is well worth the investment. Oh my. Awesomeness around every corner. You'll find yourself obsessing to hit pause, rewind, take a note, reflect, dream,apply to your own photography business. This work is not only highly informational but highly inspirational too. really and truly. Best part of it all is that it's written and produced by one of our industry's rising stars-jeremy cowart. Jeremy, more than most I know, is the real deal. genuine to the very core. His humble and gracious way of teaching will light a fire in your belly that should last days, months, maybe years. Put this DVD in your library. Devour it. Watch it over and over. Learn to be the photographer you were born to be.Thank you jeremy for your contribution to our industry. And all you do.
I love this DVD."
"As the editor of a national magazine and consultant to photographers, I cannot recommend LifeFinder enough! The biggest thing I try to impart to photographers is that, in order to produce remarkable work, you have to have vision and authenticity behind it. Jeremy demonstrates that so clearly in LifeFinder. He allows artists to step inside his creative world, which is fascinating, awe-inspiring and got even my non-photographer creative juices flowing! The best part about this to me is that what you see on the DVD’s is really how Jeremy is in person: driven, humble, and incredibly innovative. Watching this will inspire to you get out of your self-imposed creative box. I have always been captivated by his creative genius, but seeing the process behind it made me excited to harness that passion in my own endeavors. LifeFinder is the total package: technical know-how, inside secrets, inspiration and powerful process. Just brilliant!"
"Jeremy needs no introduction. He’s on the A-List which is remarkable given his short career. If you’re under 40, like to photograph bands, or love the idea of Help Portrait – you’re going to love this DVD. I have to admit that I am probably too out of touch with the cool kids to really be the target of this DVD, but most of you reading my post are not. There’s no denying Jeremy has a natural gift. His portraits are very compelling. This DVD will no doubt give you some insight into how he works. He put his heart and soul into it. For me, it’s a bit jumbled. There’s no linear progression. It just feels like a bunch of random bits assembled in one place. I don’t think that’s necessarily bad, but wanted to share it so that if you’re the kind of person who needs structure you might want to carefully think about whether this is right for you. I suspect almost everyone buying this will feel like it’s worth the $249 price. It’s four hours of material."
"If you unfamiliar with Jeremy Cowart he is a commercial photographer based out of Nashville who has shot some of the most famous musicians in the world. His images have been featured in most major magazines such as Rolling Stone, ESPN, People Magazine, Fortune Magazine, USA Today, New York Times, LA Times, TIME and Details just to name a few. He is also the founder of Help Portrait and Voices of Haiti. While not shooting famous celebrities, bringing awareness to the destruction in Haiti and saving the world one portrait at a time, Jeremy was developing a DVD to teach Pro Photographers how to innovate and create. Jeremy has just released his first DVD entitled "Lifefinder" It is an in depth look at his work, his creative process and the tools he uses to get the job done.
The DVD starts off with a candid interview with lighting guru Zach Arias that serves as a basis to gain a better understanding of who Jeremy is in case you have been living in a cave and are un-familiar with him. He then rolls into an Audio Visual tour of his portfolio; to me this is one of the most interesting parts of the DVD. It is simple in its design of being a narrated slideshow but offers a lot of great tips of you are listening carefully. So listen carefully!
Cowart then goes on to talk about, what he describes as his vision tool kit; it is an interesting concept to help you begin to think conceptually before you even leave to shoot. If you are already a seasoned pro this may not be relevant info but if you are just starting out it will help you a lot. It is chock full of interesting tips and techniques to help you get acquainted with what goes on at commercial shoots if you have never been on set before.
Jeremy is very open and candid and shares images straight out of camera so you realize that these shots are obtainable by mere mortals. You will see first hand how some of these shots are transformed from “straight out of camera” to the final image. A good percentage of Jeremy’s work is composite so you start to understand what makes a great final image and how it wound up that way. Most Pro’s drop in a better set of clouds for example. Keep that in mind when you look at work so you don’t get discouraged. It takes many elements to make a truly stunning photograph and Jeremy shows you how to get there. It will inspire
you keep pushing the boundaries in your own work.
The one place I feel that DVD lacks a bit is the depth at which he shows you his post processing work and how he gets his signature look. He does walk you through the journey but the actual hardcore Photoshop work is not there. Maybe omitted purposefully as commercial photographers are quite secretive about this…or maybe a Part II coming soon, we’ll have to wait and see.
As the DVD continues, Cowart goes deeper into lighting a bad room to make it interesting. He seems to have a knack for taking any crappy location
he is given and transforming it into something amazing. This is a great skill to have if you are in his line of work. You often have 15 minutes with a client and not ideal situations. You need to think fast and still walk away with a cover shot. He is extremely creative with colored gels and mixing light and is heard through out the DVD saying...”don't be afraid to experiment!” This is core to his way of seeing and he trains you to do the same.
In terms of JC’s theories on image making the most compelling is his people skills and helping the subject release their personality on camera. There is lots of raw emotion at the heart of his work and when you watch him shoot you see how he captures that. Sometimes his work gets polished in post-production but at the heart of it, you can still see the raw emotion pouring through.
Next Cowart goes into his raw workflow. This one is tricky because like most commercial photographers, he uses capture one, but as a wedding and portrait professional you are most likely using Lightroom or Photoshop. Don’t try to figure out capture one, instead listen to the concepts of how and why he is making his processing choices and those will carry over into your own workflow.
Disk 2 takes you on 8 different shoots so you can watch Jeremy in action. You see his creative choices and his lighting set-ups first hand. That alone is worth the price of Lifefinder. As you watch his rapport with his subjects, the simplicity with which he tackles problems and the fact that he shoots with the same equipment you have and usually only one light and you have pure inspiration. The kind that makes you jump and say, “I can do this.”
To sum up, this first DVD by Jeremy Cowart is a great start if you are new to the commercial world however seasoned pro’s might find the information slightly less useful. However, what that pro might find is inspiration to see differently, to experiment and to think in new ways to keep from getting stale. Jeremy has done a fantastic job of putting something for everyone in this DVD, it’s rich in information, has great production and no matter what you shoot you will walk away feeling that you more than got your money’s worth."
Ryan Phillips, Professional Photographer Magazine
"#LifeFinder is a rare resource. Encyclopedic in its scope, honest in its presentation and bottom line inspiring. Jeremy Cowart's body of work speaks for itself but this generous gift goes above and beyond expectation. When I finished the first DVD, I was impressed. Then, I discovered disc two. Are you kidding? Over his shoulder on multiple subjects and locations. It doesn't get much better than this. If you're a professional creative, you'd be wise to snag this thing. Better yet, put it to work. Highly recommended."
"Just made a trip to Australia and back to NY. Watched it twice. End to end. Jeremy makes it look easy. Easier than it is. Jeremy makes it look possible. More possible than I thought. Overall it inspires and gives a kick up the backside to those teetering on the edge of the exploring their passion, new opportunities and a personal vision. The title sums it up. But you need to watch it to realize that. I am very glad I did."
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Love the focus on ideas, not instructions and I wrote 7 pages of notes while watching @jeremycowart's #Lifefinder DVD. So good! - Nathan Winston
#Lifefinder isn't about being @jermycowart, it's about being the greatest photographer (your own name goes here) can be. Trust your VISION! - Kevin Rogers
@jeremycowart has the heart of a photojournalist and the mind of a mad scientist. #LifeFinder - Carl Costas
About half way through @jeremycowart 's DVD #LifeFinder and ready to take on the world. - Carl Costas
Going through @jeremycowart 's Dvd #Lifefinder like butter on a french toast... amazing stuff! worth every quids! - Antoine Thisdale
My copy of #LifefinderDVD from @jeremycowart just landed on Australian soil. Only watched one little snippet and already love it! Well done! - Trent Rouillion