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PortraNET went online April of 2003 and is an on going seminar for the advancement of professional portrait photographers and those who want to learn pro portrait skills. Members gain one on one experience with Top Senior Portrait photographer "Ron Kramer" as he teaches his techniques used in posing, lighting, conventional and digital retouching, and print enhancement. Ron has owned and operated "The House of Photography" for 24 years and has 3 decades of personal photographic experience.

Unlike message forums where people exchange the basics, Ron reveals all his tricks n tips and personal secrets to the questions you have with answers you can use to improve your daily work. Step by step explanations and detailed example photographs are used to convey topics so that you can see the difference. Take what you've learned from Ron and apply it in your work, then post your images using these techniques so that Ron can personally critique and refine what you've created to allow you to improve at a faster rate. Occasionally we will share video clips as visual training aids. These will show clips from portrait sessions and will document the steps taken during Photoshop print enhancements.

Learn from seeing others work as Ron points out how to improve the compositional flow, correct color and use digital software to get that snappy look out of your every day work. In addition to learning the rules of posing and lighting, you'll be taken BEYOND - learning what rules to break or bend to build more natural poses.

Advance your studio by learning ways to market your work for little or nothing. Learn what works and what doesn't. Learn how to make your own promotional materials in Photoshop. Get the assistance you need to create brochures and fliers that gain your customers attention with bold graphics, and great composition, balance and color.

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While you'll generally pay 100-200.00 for an afternoon seminar, or 500-800.00 for a weekend or seven day class as just another photographer in the audience. Even pay 300.00+ just to be listed as a member of a professional association. Our new method of On-line Training costs you nothing in travel expenses and allows you to sit and learn from the comfort of your home or studio. No where else can you get One-On-One questions and answers over the year with the instructor as you practice what you've learned. This allows you to progress quickly over days, weeks, months throughout the entire year! No more paying for seminars go back home a week later and never use what you were told. We'll actually "put into practice" what we preach!

New! - We've just created a free public area! Register (real names only - no handles), to be emailed your password. Log in and get free pointers, talk to my students and more!

Because we wish to keep the instruction on a personal level, memberships will be limited. Annual membership is $1795. for a full year of instruction. "Read only" memberships are $1295.00. Both are exactly the same except Read Only students are not allowed to ask questions. They can read others questions, Ron's answers to them, view all videos in the video library. Everything is the same, but no personal mentoring.

You'll easily make this back 100X in offering superior work and this investment will easily be recouped in only one or two one hour photo sessions. Of course you can learn at your own pace, show your lighting setup and results, and Ron will examine your submissions and will explain what you need to do to improve your work. All the "elements" that comprise a great portrait image will be discussed so that you can put all the elements together to create consistently awesome work as Ron does. Best of all, it's a business write off.

PortraNET is not a place to learn "Photography" it is a place to learn "Fine Portraiture". A good basic knowledge of photography and equipment usage (f-stops, shutter speeds, light meters and the basics of exposure) should already be fully understood. Though we do get into those things briefly, our goal is to teach posing, lighting, studio operations and the business of Portraiture. 

2-9-2005 Time for a update from Ron Kramer: - Due to word of mouth by my students, PortraNET has grown far beyond my expectations. I honestly felt I would have 12-15 members by the end of the first year. Instead I had 96. It has grown since then to 18 students joining during December and 30 YES THIRTY new students joining during the month of January.  I also want to point out that while it would be good business for me to offer my students enticements for referring new students to PortraNET, I want to be sure that their referrals to non members are 100% honest and from the heart, and not done for personal gain. So even though I would love to thank them in some way, I do not and will not offer any sort of referral program. ALL REFERRALS AND COMMENTS YOU SEE HERE ARE BECAUSE STUDENTS TRULY LOVE PORTRANET AND FIND IT THE BEST VALUE IN THE INDUSTRY.

PortraNET HAS AND IS GROWING at a rapid rate. Not only my student body but also the content... which in some ways has not been totally positive in that so much content can be difficult to manage, sort and find for new students. With these growing pains I'd had to switch to a dedicated server, raise price a little to slow enrollments. This is giving us time to re-think the structure and format of PortraNET. We've found the solution was the creation of a "Table Of Contents" which allows students to look up the information they need to learn and link directly to that area in the PortraNET encyclopedia. 

But what is more exciting is not only do current students now get a huge amount of content on what I do and how I do it. But as a added BONUS that no one planned on, you get to learn from PortraNET associate instructors FREE with your PortraNET enrollment.  I retired from 25 years of photographing weddings, but Portraiture training will improve every wedding photographers work. When I started PortraNET I didn't plan on any wedding content. But my daughter was married in the summer of 2004 and I documented the process of shooting her wedding quite heavily with videos of Pre Wedding day bridle sessions (2) and the photography of the wedding day itself. Hours of video and instruction all as a bonus. 

We all know when starting in this business that shooting weddings is a must to help pay the bills. So I have added the support of Associate Instructors as a free bonus to my students who want to venture into that area or improve their current wedding coverage. 

Our "Bonus" Associate instructors are available at no extra cost to you:

Kevin Jairaj: http://www.kjimages.com/  Recently the featured wedding artist in WPPI newsletter. Kevin will reveal his non posing way of making brides look beautiful and will reveal his photojournalistic style of the "art of the wedding day". "Photojournalistic wedding" doesn't have to be a dirty word...  You can use fine portrait skills in directing your photojournalistic style images! Kevin is a past student of mine here at PortraNET, as he wanted to go back to learn my building blocks of fine portraiture to adapt to his award winning wedding work. Students will see videos from Kevin as well as documentation photos and pull back shots of Kevin's weddings coming up in Cancun and Hawaii. 
Rick DeLorme: http://www.delormephoto.com/  Specializes in location work with multiple strobe sources. His wedding and reception images are loaded with the fun and excitement of the event, no more ho-hum flat lighting from a flash on the camera with black backgrounds behind your subjects! Learn to take advantage of your locations and how to be light them in a easy, and fairly inexpensive way. 
Tim Schooler: http://www.timschooler.com/  Tim Schooler, another past student of mine here on PortraNET has the uncanny ability to coax incredible expressions out of his clients. A different style than my own, Tim as adopted techniques learned in the past on PortraNET and has adapted them to his own style. Tim's specialty is shooting seniors on location. On PortraNET you'll be able to learn Tim's techniques as a free Bonus for enrolling into my program.

The difference between PortraNET and seminars, workshops, books magazines or forums?  
We tell you what we do and HOW WE DO IT. Ever notice that "How to" Photoshop books contain 99% of things you won't ever need or use and only 1% useful information? And that you had to spend several days or weeks reading it to find the helpful crumb that applies to every day studio work! Seminars and workshops are great, but they are only a day, or week... I'm sorry but it is NOT POSSIBLE to get every piece of the puzzle in a day or week, or even a month! Why waste time on forums trying to learn from people who are there trying to learn from you! It's a well known fact that you do get what you pay for. Now that you see what we have here. It's up to you to take the step that will move you to not only the next level, but levels above all your competition! Or simply the skills to move into a profession that will make you many times what you are making now, doing something that YOU ENJOY! And without risks of down sizing.

Okay - Sign me up!