Steve Kozak

The Secrets to Success in Professional Photography

Course Fee $595.00

Merely owning a camera does not make one a photographer any more than owning a pencil makes one a poet. A successful career in professional photography is built upon a foundation of lighting, posing and good business practices.    

Steve has helped countless numbers of photographers turn their passion into a profession and their photography into profits. With this class, you will gain a wealth of knowledge and a unique insight into creating images at a professional level.

Steve will have you looking at your career from three aspects: The Fundamentals, The Business and The Art of Photography. This course covers:

Creating Portraits Using Natural Light

Seeing and Measuring Light

Fundamentals of Flash Photography

Studio Lighting Made Simple

The Basics of Posing And Composition

Getting Your Business Off the Ground

Marketing Professional Photography and Finding Clients

Developing Pricing Strategies for Profit

If you desire to stop "taking pictures" and start "creating images", then don't miss this packed week. It will forever change the way you look at the craft of professional photography.

  • Students will learn how to elevate the quality of their images to a professional level through proper exposure, lighting and posing.
  • Students will gain confidence over their camera, flash and meter as they begin creating manual exposures. 
  • Students will learn how to see natural light and how to properly use that light to elevate the quality of their existing light portraits.
  • Benefits and techniques for off camera flash. Students will learn fill flash, bounce flash and dragging the shutter.    
  • Students will look at the benefits of studio lighting and how it can expand their profits. Lighting techniques, patterns and setups will be discussed.
  • Students will learn the business side of a photography career as they learn how to get clients, marketing and branding their business and pricing their work.

Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Steve has earned the “Master of Photography” and the “Craftsman” degrees from PPA, and is PPA Certified. His work has also appeared in the prestigious “Loan Collection”. Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA and the Sunset Print Award from LexJet.

Steve currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors and is a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes.

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPA EDU program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.

He has taught 16 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 12 years at Imaging USA.  He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography and Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia.  

In 2016, Steve served as the President of the Texas Professional Photographers Association Executive Council. 

Steve's articles have been published in The Professional Photographer and Texas Professional Photographer magazines. His informative and inspiring programs make him a popular instructor on the speaking circuit.