Matthew Jordan Smith

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Learn how to develop your own lighting and photography style from a master that has done it all. Best known as a favorite photographer for the world’s top celebrities, Matthew Jordan Smith has shot everything from movie posters, magazine covers and fashion ads, to even being a judge on America’s Next Top Model.

Now Matthew is making his way across the US, Canada, & Europe sharing his shooting, photo editing, and business secrets to take your imagery and career to the NEXT LEVEL! During his all-day workshop Matthew focuses on distinguishing yourself as a photographer and becoming more successful in your craft. Learn from an expert in real-world situations and see how he creates stunning imagery under even the toughest circumstances then learn how the images are edited by using software like Luminar 4.


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09:00 am - 10:00 am 1 hour

One-hour inspiration presentation to fire up the audience and give them the presentation packed with image and stories to inspire students.

10:00 am - 12:00 PM 2 hour
Light Your Subject With Confidence

A two-hour intensive lighting class that will teach students how to use light modifiers to create beautiful portraits. In this segment we will have a model to shoot.

12:00 pm - 12:45 PM 45 mins
Lunch Break
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm 1 hour & 15 min
Beyond the Gear: Getting the shot

While many photo workshops focus on the mechanics of photography, it’s hard to find one’s that share information on one of the most important parts of being a photographer, getting the shot under pressure. In this segment, celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith will teach photographers how to get deal with clients in all types of high pressure situations and walk away with incredible images.

2:00pm - 3:00pm 1 hour
Getting the perfect color

Getting the perfect color, or the color you envision on a shoot can’t be left to your post workflow, it starts when you begin shooting. You’ll learn an easy way to get perfect color in your photographs and video.

3:00 - 4:00 pm 1 hour & 30 min
Editing and Retouching tips and tricks

Once you have perfected your skill as a photographer, you will probably want to edit your work in a way that doesn’t have you sitting at your computer all day and night. During this segment you’ll learn a simple and easy way to edit and retouch your work.

4.30 pm - 5:00 pm 30 mins
The Secret to Making More Money in Photography

In the world of photography many people hold back the most precious information on how photographers can make more money. In this must-see segment you’ll learn how some of the worlds top photographers have created amazing careers and leave with actions steps to change your career forever.

Did You Know?Matthew is an America’s Next Top Model Judge and Guest Photographer

Matthew Jordan Smith has appeared on America’s Next Top Model 5 times


  • “I learned a lot! I learned amazing secrets from you, Matthew!”

    KingaPhotographer -- Alberta, Canada
  • 94
  • I learned more in one day than I did in an entire year at University!” —

    MarcoPhotographer - Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 91
  • “If you’ve got any sort of interest in photography and want to take it to the next level then this is for you.”

    GavinPhotographer -- London, United Kingdom
  • 85

MeetMatthew Jordan Smith

Matthew Jordan Smith has photographed some of the most famous people in the world – including Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim.

Known the world over as a favorite portrait photographer for some of the biggest celebrities in the world, Matthew Jordan Smith launched his career as a photographer right in New York City shooting for major magazines and advertising agencies. Now, Matthew is an internationally-revered photographer, award-winning author, praised instructor, and so much more. He has become known for some of the finest celebrity photography in the world, having worked with many of the top stars – including Tyra Banks, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry, Oprah, and many more. He has even been a judge on America’s Next Top Model.

Some of the biggest brands in the world of fashion, beauty, and advertising have also taken notice, as Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Sony Entertainment, HBO, Showtime, Target, Wells Fargo, Farmers Insurance, and many more have sought Matthew’s talents. He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his photographic career, including having been named a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Microsoft Icon of Imaging, Kodak Professional Icon, and a Nikon Ambassador. He is also the host of the photography podcast, Master Your Lens, on iTunes.

Over the course of this illustrious career, Matthew has honed his teaching techniques and developed into a very engaging instructor. He has taught photographers all over the world in a variety of forums — from speaking at numerous conferences, to teaching in-person classes, to his online educational offerings. His approach to photography, teaching, and life can best be summed up by his catchphrase “Always Dream Big,” and it’s his goal to help photographers of all kinds do this through their work.

Digital Course

Can’t attend one of our live classes? No worries!
We have you covered with Matthew Jordan Smith’s Next-Level Digital Workshop. This Digital Course covers the entire Next Level Photography and Lighting Workshop that Matthew is teaching in cities across North America and Europe. Learn from the comfort of your home as Matthew teaches you to Light Your Subject with Confidence and Get The Shot you want, even in high pressure situations. Since the Digital Course is shot at a live event, the PREORDER will be released on June 15.  With his Digital Course, you get everything that Matthew teaches in his in-person course:

DIGITAL COURSE Workshop video

  • Light Your Subject With Confidence
  • Beyond the Gear: Getting the shot
  • Getting the perfect color
  • Editing and Retouching tips and tricks
  • The Secret to Making More Money in Photography
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