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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.
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Shooting and Thrilling at PhotoU in Ohio

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Model – Baylie Street. Photographed in the hotel lobby with two bare-headed speedlights. Processed in Lightroom using Preset-o-Rama “Antoinette”

I had the good fortune of being asked to teach a “Shoot to Thrill” speedlight workshop at PhotoU last week in Columbus, Ohio. In our full-day workshop I focused on how to master using speedlights for virtually any type of lighting. I mixed  studio-style manual speedlighting using Godox/Neewer 850 flashes with how to battle the sun with TTL (using Canon 600EX-RT flashes) and manual (Godox AD360 super flash).

Here are a handful of my favorites that I created while I was teaching.  None of the images have been edited or retouched in Photoshop.  Just a few treatments using my Preset-o-Rama Lightroom presets and some cropping — that’s it.

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A single speedlight aimed through the restaurant window and gelled with a CTO gel using my MagMod system to simulate late dusk lighting


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Demonstrating how to get a spiky sun effect. Captured in the middle of the afternoon in a vacant lot across the street from the conference hotel. Settings were 1/200 @ f22, ISO 100 using a Sigma 20mm lens. Lighting was from two Canon 600EX-RT flashes off camera.

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A pullback showing the lighting setup.

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Some of my workshoppers at work. This is the setting and the light conditions we were working with. Less than ideal, no?

Special thanks to my students who helped hold my lights, to Professional Photographers of Ohio, toAmerican Color Imaging and Graphic Authority for sponsoring me, and to my awesome model, Baylie Street. ‪#‎pporocks‬ ‪#‎ACI‬ ‪#‎speedlights‬

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So we took those conditions and made this…




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Personally, I like this version using my Preset-o-Rama “Gold Rush” preset

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Here’s one using the Godox AD360 super flash shot in manual and high speed sync using a Westcott 26″ RapidBox as a modifier. Pretty! (And pretty windy outside, too!)

Sean Holder - January 18, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Excellent post. Looking forward to getting your books.
Thanks for all your awesome tips!

Georgia On My Mind: Images from a week of teaching at Georgia School of Professional Photography

What a summer it has been. Wait, it’s FALL???!! As I sat here working on high school senior orders whilst editing a fashion shoot, I realized that I haven’t posted to my education site for a long time. Bad Michael! So here’s a quickie until I can get some more time to rustle up an instructional or two.

I recently had the pleasure and honoring of teaching at the prestigious Georgia School of Professional Photography. GA School has a 47 year history of providing in-depth, hands-on instruction in a small group setting. It’s one of the best ways to learn new skills or to finely hone your craft as a professional photographer.

My class was “Shoot to Thrill…Today’s Seniors” and it focused on all aspects of creating and running a successful senior portrait program. From lighting and posing, to packaging and pricing, to marketing and sales, I covered it all. And of course, I busted out the speedlights for demonstrating both studio and on-location lighting. All of my studio lighting traveled with me in a Pelican 1510 case — small enough to fit under an airplane seat, and tough enough to be checked (yikes!) as well. My kit consisted of 5 Godox/Neewer 850 speedlights, a Godox AD360 super speedlight, 2 Canon 600EX-RTs, and one Canon 580EXII. Below are a handful of images from class, most captured with speedlights, with a mix of manual and eTTL. Plus, there are a couple of natural light shots tossed in as well…can you spot them? 🙂  By the way, these images are all unretouched and straight out of Lightroom.  Get it right in camera, then simple post processing in Lightroom can make your images really rock.  Enhance…don’t fix. Okay, enough of the soapbox lecture. 😉

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