About me

Michael MowbrayMichael Mowbray, M. Photog, Cr.

Michael is the author of the popular speedlight photography books Shoot to Thrill and The Speedlight Studio (Amherst Media). He is in demand on the speaking circuit with his programs on Senior Portraits, Weddings, Speedlights, and Business.

Since opening Beautiful Portraits by Michael in 2001, Michael Mowbray has gone on to win many awards for his portraiture and was  named a medalist in the PPA International Photographic Competition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He has had the highest scoring wedding portrait in Wisconsin 8 out of the past 9 years, including Wisconsin Best of Show-Wedding 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has won the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award five times, and the Fuji Masterpiece Award for Outstanding Wedding Portraiture three times. Michael has also been named one of the Top 10 photographers in Wisconsin multiple times and “Best of Madison” by the readers of Madison Magazine.

Michael gives back to the photographic community by sharing his expertise in classes, seminars and educational videos.

3 responses to “About me”

  1. Michael, Just found your website looking for some info related to Godox flashes. I have a X1 Trigger and T685 s for Sony (A7) and am a rank beginner at flash photography. I have figured out for the most part how to use the equipment but cannot seem to get the zoom function on the flash to change. It’s on 14mm and when I use function 1 button to highlighted the zoom icon on the display and dial the clockwise or anticlockwise the flash zoom does not change from 14mm. If you have any ideas of what I’m doing incorrectly I’d really appreciate it.

    Rob P.

  2. Hi Rob. Your flash is likely stuck at 14mm because the diffusion panel that can be pulled out of the flash head is pulled out a little, causing your flash to default to 14mm. Check that and make sure it is all the way back in, then try it again.

  3. Michael,

    You’re a genius! That indeed appears to be the issue. Zoom now works fine. Will take the flash gear on vacation with kids for next two weeks and read through your website info and see if I can create some interesting shots.

    Thanks again

    Rob P.

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