Flash Dancing at Texas PPA SummerFest

I had the great honor of being asked to speak and judge at Texas PPA SummerFest this past week. By the way, if you think it’s humid here in Wisconsin, we ain’t got nothing on Houston!

One of the reasons that I like to judge print competitions is that I get to see a ton of beautiful photographs from some of America’s most talented photographers.  Texas did not disappoint as the images were stunning. Kudos to the award winners as well as everyone who entered, especially those who took the leap and entered for the first time.  In fact, one person who entered for the first time walked away with two of the big awards.

On Tuesday I presented my “Shoot to Thrill – Speedlight” program sponsored by ACI.  I tried to lay down as much speedlight lore and knowledge as I could, then followed that up by demoing my new MoLight 850 manual speedlights (official launch July 15) as well as TTL with both the Canon and

 

Yongnuo 600EX-RT flashes. Check out some of the images of the lovely Julia Hillin.

In the lobby outside the room where I was speaking. One MoLight 850 in a gridded stripbox with another 850 with two MagMod grids as a kicker. Power was remotely controlled from the camera using a MoLight FT16 controller.

In the lobby outside the room where I was speaking. One MoLight 850 in a gridded stripbox with another 850 with two MagMod grids as a kicker. Power was remotely controlled from the camera using a MoLight FT16 controller.

 

We stepped outside to show how easy it is to use TTL. I combined a Canon 600EX-RT along with the Yongnuo version of the same flash inside of an inexpensive 30" umbrella-style softbox. Both were set to Group A.  I underexposed the ambient by 1.3 stops and didn

We stepped outside to show how easy it is to use TTL. I combined a Canon 600EX-RT along with the Yongnuo version of the same flash inside of an inexpensive 30″ umbrella-style softbox. Both were set to Group A. I underexposed the ambient by 1.3 stops and didn’t have to adjust the flash output.

Attendees asked to see how I deal with bright skies in order to get pleasing blue tones.  Here I kicked the flashes into High Speed Sync and used a fast shutter speed to darken the ambient exposure, then kicked enough flash to light the subject and separate her from the background.  1/1000th @ f4, ISO 100. Canon 5DMKIII with 85 1.2L lens.

Attendees asked to see how I deal with bright skies in order to get pleasing blue tones. Here I kicked the flashes into High Speed Sync and used a fast shutter speed to darken the ambient exposure, then kicked enough flash to light the subject and separate her from the background. 1/1000th @ f4, ISO 100. Canon 5DMKIII with 85 1.2L lens.

Moments later, I demonstrated how we can turn day into nighttime and achieve a cool creative look by zooming the flash head to act as a spotlight. I bumped the shutterspeed up to 1/8000th and left my aperture at f4.  Processed in LR using one of my BW presets to achieve a Hollywood Glamour look...outside!

Moments later, I demonstrated how we can turn day into nighttime and achieve a cool creative look by zooming the flash head to act as a spotlight. I bumped the shutterspeed up to 1/8000th and left my aperture at f4. Processed in LR using one of my BW presets to achieve a Hollywood Glamour look…outside!

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