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    MICHAEL MOWBRAY: PHOTOGRAPHER, TEACHIFIER, PHOTO EVANGELIST -- Michael is a noted speedlight expert and the best-selling author of flash photography books Shoot to Thrill and The Speedlight Studo. These are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and wherever fine books are sold.
    You can see more of his photography at www.beautifulportraits.com.

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Using the MoLight Witstro AD360 and V850 speedlight for commercial photography

Although I primarily photograph people, on occasion it is a nice break to photograph something that just sits there and says “cheese” for hours on end.  :) I just recently photographed this artisan blue and swiss cheese collection for a specialty retailer I have worked with for many years.  Working with a combo of the MoLight Witstro AD360 super flash and the MoLight V850 speedlight I was able to craft the exact lighting I had visualized. The ease of controlling the power remotely across all 5 lights made it a breeze to dial in the precise lighting ratios I needed. MoLights for commercial work?  Absolutely!

2 MoLight Witstro AD360 super flashes combined with 3 MoLight V850 speedlights created this beautiful light.

2 MoLight Witstro AD360 super flashes combined with 3 MoLight V850 speedlights created this beautiful light.

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A pullback shows my actual set and lighting setup.

A pullback shows my actual set and lighting setup.

MoLights in action!

I use a combination of MoLight/Godox AD360s and V850s everyday in my studio. My standard studio lighting setup incorporates 2 AD360s (main and fill) and up to 5 V850s (double edge lights, hair light, background light, uplight). For outdoor portraits I often use just a single AD360 in a 32″ Octa/BD and blend using ambient as accent lighting. The point is that these beautiful lights really can do almost anything. Below I show an example of what I am doing everyday in a typical session. It’s not all award-winning stuff, but it is client-pleasing, money-making work that is the backbone of the business. Yes, I do “wow” stuff with these as well. But it’s the real everyday client work that drives the business. And that’s where these workhorse, dependable flashes really shine. Yes, Virginia, speedlights and battery-powered flashes can get the job done.:)

Studio senior portrait of Kelsey. Lighting setup: one MoLight AD360 in a 54" MoLight/Godox octabox as the main at 1/16th power; one MoLight AD360 in a second 54" octa as fill at 1/64th power; two MoLight V850 speedlights on either side in the back as edge lights in 2 MoLight/Godox 35cmx160cm stripboxes with egg crates; one V850 up at 9

Studio senior portrait of Kelsey. Lighting setup: one MoLight AD360 in a 54″ MoLight/Godox octabox as the main at 1/16th power; one MoLight AD360 in a second 54″ octa as fill at 1/64th power; two MoLight V850 speedlights on either side in the back as edge lights in 2 MoLight/Godox 35cmx160cm stripboxes with egg crates; one V850 up at 9′ and behind a Creative Light 1×3 stripbox as hairlight; one V850 with a MagMod grid as a background light. 1/160th@f5, iso 160. Canon 5DMKIII with 70-200L f4.

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Shot outside in slightly overcast conditions. One MoLight AD360 in a Westcott 32" Rapid Box with the beauty dish reflector and the front diffusion panel in place. HSS and triggered with Cells IIC. Don

Shot outside in slightly overcast conditions. One MoLight AD360 in a Westcott 32″ Rapid Box with the beauty dish reflector and the front diffusion panel in place. HSS and triggered with Cells IIC. Don’t recall the power…likely 1/4ish. 1/500th @f3.5, ISO100. Canon 85mm 1.2L on Canon 5DMKIII. © Michael Mowbray and MoLight

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Get started with this core two-light system!

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