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MICHAEL MOWBRAY: PHOTOGRAPHER, TEACHIFIER, PHOTO EVANGELIST -- Michael is a noted Master Photographer and lighting 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. Michael is also the president and owner of MoLight, one of the leading resellers of Godox flashes in the USA. You learn more by clicking the MoLight logo below.
You can see more of his photography at www.beautifulportraits.com.

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Lighting Basics – Direction of Light and Lighting Patterns, Monday Morning Cup of Mo, Episode 06

Loop lighting is when the light casts a small loop-shaped shadow down from the nose. It is one of the most pleasing and flattering lighting patterns.

Loop lighting is when the light casts a small loop-shaped shadow down from the nose. It is one of the most pleasing and flattering lighting patterns.

The new year is time to refresh, revisit and revitalize.  In this week’s episode of MMCOM, I revisit the importance of light direction, what I think is the most important aspect of lighting. We can talk about light quality (soft or hard, specularity, etc.) until we are blue in the face, but if the light is coming from the wrong direction or is not placed properly, nothing else really matters.

Check out the recorded versions of my LIVE Periscope broadcast to learn about:

  • light direction
  • lighting patterns such as loop lighting, Rembrandt/closed loop lighting, butterfly, and split
  • the difference between short and broad light

Excuse the video quality as these live Periscope broadcasts are shot on my iPhone and it sometimes has difficulty with high contrast lighting situations.  But the info is high quality!

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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!

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