The Fstoppers Wedding DVD Is Now Available

After 3 years of planning and 2 years of filming and editing, our newest tutorial: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer is now available. Our goal was to create the most complete and informative video on wedding photography and we believe we have done it with this 14 hours digital download. The world is filled with people trying to turn their passion for photography into a career and I believe that wedding photography is the easiest way to start making money with your camera.

This is the reason exists

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When Patrick and I came up with the idea for Fstoppers we wanted the site to be a hub for all genres of photography. We knew that wedding photography wasn't the most exciting genre so we started to film videos on fashion, extreme sports, headshots, portraits, cars etc. While we were filming all of these videos we began to plan out our series on wedding photography because at the time, there wasn't a single respectful video on wedding photography that we could find online.  Our goal from the very beginning was to create the most useful and complete video on wedding photography available. After we had come up with about 30 mini chapters, we started filming this wedding video chapter by chapter. Some of these chapters we actually filmed and edited over 3 times because we weren't happy with the finished product or we had to add to them years later as technology had changed. In December of 2012 we finally finished and were shocked to find that we were left with over 14 hours of tightly edited content.


Our goal

At the beginning of my career it was so frustrating trying to learn everything from scratch on my own. The information in books or on Youtube videos was a complete joke; it was either completely outdated or worthless generic information. The only way I "made it" as quickly as I did was by assisting other very talented photographers in my area. I learned all that I could from them but I still had to figure the majority of it out on my own. I didn't know how to legally start a business or pay my taxes, so I had to pay a CPA hundreds of dollars to explain it to me. I didn't know if magazine ads were valuable in my area so I took a $3000 loss to learn my lesson. Nobody in town had ever made a photobooth so over a 6 year period I created and perfected my own. When I met Patrick a few years into my career I told him everything that had taken me years to learn and within 1 year he went from not owning a camera to being a full time wedding photographer. Our goal was to make this tutorial that 3 year head-start that I gave Patrick. We wanted to cover every aspect of wedding photography, including the most important aspect, business.


What does it cover

As I said above this digital download is broken down into 8 chapters that house 27 chapters that equal over 14 hours of content. A basic over view of each chapter can be seen below.

Chapter 1
Intro - What is “Commercial Wedding Photography” - Mandatory Gear - The Importance of Assisting - Composition, Exposure, White Balance

Chapter 2
Advertising - Bridal Portraits: Lighting 101 - Pricing

Chapter 3
Meeting With Potential Clients -The Engagement Session  - Designing Your Website - Music - Slideshows - The Importance of Video 

Chapter 4
On Camera Flash - Getting Ready and Details - The Ceremony - Fusion 

Chapter 5
Formals and Groups - Interview with Pye Jirsa 

Chapter 6
Four Ways to Light a Reception - The Cake - The Rings - The Departure - Taxes, Write-offs, and Accounting

Chapter 7
Interview with Cliff Mautner

Chapter 8
Post Processing - Creating a Photobooth - Photo / Video Slideshow, - Delivering Your Final Product - Final Words


Who's it for

We have designed this tutorial for photographers that already have a good understanding of their gear. We do not go over the basics in this video so don't expect to learn about standard camera settings here. Before you buy this you will need to learn all about cameras, lenses, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, and white balance.  We will quickly jump into the basics of single, off camera lighting and then move quickly into  more complex lighting scenarios. Our goal was to make this video helpful for those who have never shot a single wedding and those who are already professional wedding photographers who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. We even added over 4 hours of interviews with photographers that are far more successful than we are so no matter how good you are, there will be more to learn.


Money back guarantee 

This isn't your standard fun workshop on lighting or how to use your camera. This tutorial is meant to make you money, way more money than the $300 we are asking for it. Luckily you don't have to take our word for it. We will give anyone their money back if they are unhappy with this tutorial for any reason. If you are on the fence about wedding photography we challenge you to buy it and watch it anyway. If after watching it you still don't want to shoot weddings, let us know and we will still give you a full refund. Due to advertising costs and affiliate programs, our money back guarantee must be applied to sales made within 30 days of the original invoice date.


We don't want to stray away from offering high quality content for free on Fstoppers and so over the next year we will be releasing parts from many of the shooting sections for free here on Fstoppers. The business portions of this tutorial were designed for professional photographers and the majority of them will never be released. You have absolutely nothing to lose. Give it a try and you may find out that wedding photography may be your quickest route to becoming a full time photographer.



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Trent Chau's picture

The idea that you guys were able to put together your dream in a cohesive package is awesome itself, I hope this does well for you guys.

Tony Guillaro's picture

Cant wait to watch it, Who needs sleep anyways.. 

Wyatt Michalek's picture

Looking good fellas. Best of luck.

Bryan Hollister Lanning's picture


My reaction when I saw the price.

I had the same reaction when I saw your photo gallery..... I'm actually thinking of buying this FOR you...

I really hate when stuff turns nasty like this... but that made me laugh out loud :)

apply water to the burnt areas

M2 FOTO's picture

ahahahahha, OWNAGE  xD

Tammy Gentry's picture

 Now that is funny! ;-)


Nice one.

Tammy Gentry's picture

 ROFL, now that was funny;-) 

Dan Howard's picture

wow.... $300.... $99 maybe but I'd rather spend $300 on kit.

Mike Kelley's picture

Newsflash: Gear doesn't make you a better photographer, educating yourself makes you a better photographer

Ett Venter's picture

BOOM. No amount of lenses/lights will make you any better. Knowing how to light a room at a wedding will.

Dan Howard's picture

knowing how to light a room is great... but lighting a room with a $300 DVD doesn't really work for me... unless I use it to bounce the light off my awesomeness.

Dan Howard's picture

true, but when you're on a budget I'd rather have kit and go shoot then sit at home and watch a DVD all day.

Do you talk about medical insurance options for you and your family?

good question

Ryan Chelf's picture

To anyone complaining about the price: It's 14 hours of HD video, and information you can't find anywhere else. I will be purchasing this in one week, and I can't wait to learn all they have to offer in this INCREDIBLE deal.

Thanks Ryan, obviously this tutorial isn't for everyone. If you are a hobbyist of course you shouldn't waste $300 on a photography video. If you want to make a living at this, $300 is nothing. You will make it back plus some on your first job. 

Ryan Chelf's picture

 I really look up to you guys, and it's great to see the hard work you all have put in this download. I plan on going to the Academy of Art in San Fran this fall and after 2 years of school plan on being a wedding photographer. I can't wait to purchase, what looks to be, the best value any wedding photographer can pick up. Keep up the good work guys!

Ryan, I am trying to go to AoA in SF to this coming fall (that or the Art Institute in Chicago).  Would love to talk more with you on it.  I've had some questions but so far non of their consulars have been much help on answering them.  Maybe you know more, anyways, hit me up on my website ( on my contact page if you'd like to talk more.

Lee, I'm an enthusiast and have learnt a great deal from you guys, peter hurley, mark wallace and the like over the years.
I think the amount of, nothing but, TOTAL QUALITY learnings you are offering in this Dvd will be useful for anyone and everyone taking pictures of people (just my opinion).
I have seen your other videos on the internet and am very comfortable and confident with your teaching style which further reassures me that I will surely be gaining ALOT out of it as a bear minimum.
I wish you good luck and hope you will have more videos to release in the future over other topics.
Melbourne, Australia
P.S: please ignore the haters.

Patrick Hall's picture

We will never have more haters than we had during the iphone fashion shoot :)  Thanks for reading and enjoying the content we create

agreed. Haters will hate. Although I think the price is steep, people should just leave it there. There is a difference, big difference between saying: This is too expensive for me, I wish it was little cheaper - and saying: f*ck!$300? Forget it!
haters will hate. 
more power to you guys.

Patrick Hall's picture

When it comes to buying things for my own photography business, $300 usually is on the lower end.  The flights just to watch a 3 hour lecture is usually $300.  Going to WPPI costs $1000 when hotels, flights, and "entertainment" are paid.  Our whole goal was to help people become full time professionals; those who are scared to take a chance with $300 with a full money back guarantee are probably not the people we are trying to reach anyways. 

Lee, do you have a personal Photography FB that we can follow you on in addition to FS?

bizlar2002's picture

Let's do this!  I'm off from work tomorrow, it will give me something to do.  Hope it helps with some of my anxieties of doing weddings.

Wonderful promo-video; sincere and convincing.  Best of luck on the main video series.  I hope it does well for you guys.  I, personally, owe a lot to you and Pat for the success of my wedding photography business.  Again, best of luck to both of you!


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