Photographer | Educator



John Cornicello has been involved in the photo industry since starting out as a photo assistant in New York City in 1979. In the early 1980s he had a still life advertising studio where he worked with cameras from 35mm up to 11x14 and with a large variety of lighting systems from Hollywood style hot lights to strobes and now he has gone almost totally digital and is adding LED technology to his tool belt.
Now based in Seattle, John is a home studio based portrait and headshot photographer. He is a regular fixture on CreativeLive, both as an instructor and as the lighting technician for other instructors. His passion is around teaching photographic concepts from basic camera functions to lighting theory and practice. For the past three years John has embarked on a personal portrait series called the Chair Project photographing people from all walks of life in an old chair purchased at a garage sale.

Upcoming Events

7:00 pm Studio Lighting with John Cornic... @ Maplewood Presbyterian Church
Studio Lighting with John Cornic... @ Maplewood Presbyterian Church
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Studio Lighting with John Cornicello @ Maplewood Presbyterian Church | Edmonds | Washington | United States
The Puget Sound Camera Club presents an evening of studio lighting with John Cornicello. For more info, visit:

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Anatomy of a Studio Portrait

Book CoverIn Anatomy of a Studio Portrait, photographer and author John Cornicello goes through the thought processes and actions in setting up a photographic studio portrait. Photographs and diagrams are included to help the photography student along in their path to becoming a portrait photographer. Each chapter covers a step in the process. It starts with knowing where your photo is going to be used and finishes with having your subject there before you and your camera. This is followed up by tips and tricks in the studio and finishes off with an extensive glossary of photographic terms. “John has always been an encyclopedia of knowledge. When we pros have a question or need expertise, John is always our go-to!” -- Lindsay Adler, NYC Fashion Photographer & CreativeLive Instructor


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