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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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30 second hack for better high key images

I was just working on editing a recent senior session and I thought I’d show you this quick 30-second hack for cleaning up your high key floors and backgrounds if you didn’t quite get the lighting perfect — which we all know is hard to do in the midst of a fast-paced senior session.  This does involve using Lightroom as your editing tool along with the Nik Viveza 2 plugin.  There are other ways to clean up the whites in Lightroom, but to me this is by far the fastest and the easiest.  Enjoy and feel free to share!

First images from the MoLight Godox AD200

ad200_01Here are handful of images from my first outdoor test shoot with the new AD200 flash. As has been reported, it’s super cool!

Of course my first test was out in the full midday sun. 🙂 Like most people, I like to stress test new gear to see just how far I can push it. What’s the verdict on using it in full sun?  On its own and without a modifier, it performs well in full sun. The fresnel head had more than enough power at normal working distance to handle the sun with power to spare. The same goes for the barebulb variation with a 5″ reflector and frosted diffuser borrowed from the AD360II (not included with the AD200 kit).  The barebulb also worked well in my new MoThro long-throw 45° reflector. In fact, I feel like the AD200 and MoThro pair up very nicely. But when I put the Ad200 into a diffused softbox, in this case the GoMo 36″ Octabox, it came up a little short on power, as was expected.  The AD200 is a 200ws flash, which is comparable to bundling e speedlights together.  It’s big brother, the AD360II is 360ws, or comparable to a little over 4 speedlights bundled together. This equates to .6-.7 stop more power output for the AD360II. Which is what is needed to drive a softbox out in full sun.

The bottom line is the AD200 is still one heckuva flash. The power, portable size, and flexibility with interchangeable heads is totally unmatched in the marketplace. The hype is well deserved.

Want to grab an AD200 while you can? Head to my relaunched web store at a brand new URL: https://www.gomolight.com

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1/1600th @ f4, ISO 100. Canon 300L IS f4 on a 5D3. HSS 1/1 power. MoLight Godox AD200 with barebulb head in a 36″ GoMo octabox with diffusion panels removed. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com/

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1/1600th @ f4, ISO 100. Canon 300L IS f4 on a 5D3. HSS and TTL -1.3 stops FEC. MoLight Godox AD200 with fresnel head bare in a Bowens S Adapter. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com

1/1250th @ f2.8, ISO 100. SigmaArt 35mm on a 5D3. HSS and TTL. MoLight Godox AD200 with barebulb head in a MoThro 11″ long throw reflector with a diffusion sock. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com

1/1250th @ f2.8, ISO 100. SigmaArt 35mm on a 5D3. HSS and TTL. MoLight Godox AD200 with barebulb head in a MoThro 11″ long throw reflector with a diffusion sock. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com

1/1250th @ f2.8, ISO 100. SigmaArt 35mm on a 5D3. HSS and TTL. MoLight Godox AD200 with barebulb head in a MoThro 11″ long throw reflector with a diffusion sock. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com

1/1250th @ f2.8, ISO 100. SigmaArt 35mm on a 5D3. HSS and TTL. MoLight Godox AD200 with barebulb head in a MoThro 11″ long throw reflector with a diffusion sock. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com

1/1250th @ f2.8, ISO 100. SigmaArt 35mm on a 5D3. HSS and TTL. MoLight Godox AD200 with barebulb head in a MoThro 11″ long throw reflector with a diffusion sock. © Michael Mowbray, MoLight. https://www.gomolight.com