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© Bambi Cantrell

Mentor: tony corbell

Tony Corbell is the author of the popular Basic Studio Lighting, a standard text used in numerous photographic lighting courses worldwide, and the DVD, Location Lighting. His articles have appeared in every major photography magazine in the U.S., Japan, Great Britain, and China. Tony is currently one of a select few Approved Photographic Instructors from the Professional Photographers of America. Other honors include the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographer of the Year Award from the International Photographic Council of the United Nations. He is also one of only 40 members of the prestigious Camera Craftsmen of America.

In a high-energy career that began more than 30 years ago, Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders (including 65 Nigerian heads of state), roughly 600 brides and grooms, and a couple of NASA astronauts. He has spoken at over 450 seminars and workshops and continues to lecture and lead workshops around the world on lighting and image editing.

Tony loves to interact with his students and believes the importance of a mentorship relationship goes beyond the quantifiable. “It’s one of the most important steps a new or emerging photographer can take to help insure success,” he says.