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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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Upcoming speaking dates, conferences, schools and workshops

What do you need to improve on in your photography?  In this weeks MMCOM episode I talk about a number of learning opportunities, all chances for you to enhance your skills and take your game to the next level.  Watch this week’s recorded Periscope broadcast below, and under that is my teaching schedule for the upcoming year.

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January 25 – 28, 2016: SPI

  • Save $50 on registration with code SPI50.  Offer ends December 31
  • Wyndham Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Presenting “Shoot to Thrill – Speedlights” 1 day workshop (just $79 to add on), and “Wedding WOW!”
  • http://www.myspionline.com

February 4 – 8, 2016: PhotoPro Expo

February 25-28, March 2-4, 2016: The Light Awakens Roadtrip Tour

  • Multiple stops on the way in between Madison, WI and Texas
  • Program “Light Trips” with Carl Caylor and Dan Frievalt
  • Live along our route south and interested in hosting a one-day workshop at your studio?  Contact me.

March 1, 2016: Heartland of Texas

June 12-16, 2016: Florida Photography Workshops

July 17-22, 2016: Professional Photographers Society of NY State

Additional dates including workshops will be added as they are confirmed.  See you somewhere in 2015 or 2016!

Funky Fashion Tools — Monday Morning Cup of Mo, Episode 04

Last week I talked about the need to collaborate with other creative people in order to grow your own creativity.  This week, I take that a step further. Sometime we just need to shake up the tools that we use in our craft, especially if we find that we do the same thing over and over again. In this episode of MMCOM I demonstrate a nifty little tool called the Light Blaster.  It consists of a central simple projector piece that you attach a lens to (wide angle is best — I use a Sigma 20mm) and then strap to a standard speedlight to supply the power — I use the powerful MoLight V850 flash.  You drop any 35mm slide into the slide slot and presto…you have a projected image when you trigger your flash.  Light Blaster offers a number of different slides on their store.  My favorites are the more geometric monochromatic designs.  Plus, since any 35mm slide will work, I created a number of geometric designs on my own and had them printed from digital files using a service called Express Slides.   The conversion cost just $2.10 per slide and they look fabulous!  I used my own designs for the shoot below.

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The first portion of the shoot consisted of projecting patterns onto a white vinyl sweep.  I got some really cool stuff right off the bat.  So, then I thought, why not project the pattern ONTO my subject, the talented Erin Thomson?  The results were very cool as well. Check out the photos and the videos below.  I show the setup in more detail in Part III.  The flash was set to 1/2 power for all shots.  Camera settings were 1/160th @ f5.6, ISO400. Canon 5DIII with a Sigma Art 50 1.4 lens.

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