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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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Flash Fu…for food??

Breakfast Flash Fu image by Michael MowbrayQuestion of the day: Can you shoot a complex food shot with just speedlites? Answer: Why of course you can! Here’s an example…and I’m showing a setup shot and lighting diagram. There’s also a quick fly-over video on my Facebook group that shows how this was done. The key to this shot is understanding how speedlites really can be swapped in for supposedly more powerful studio lighting. And, how well eTTL can work in a multiple light setup. Of course, it does help to have a pretty good grounding in how to light food properly. 🙂

Breakfast image setup by Michael MowbrayLighting Diagram by Michael Mowbray

Awards News

While it is definitely most important that brides dig my Walkabout style, it’s pretty nice when competition judges like it and reward it, too.  In the recent bloodbath that was the Wisconsin PPA Affiliated competition (I saw some “Superior” category prints get 78s), my prints held their own, and one in particular brought me some nice crystal hardware (it’s so pretty!).  Sundown Serenity snapped up the Kodak Gallery and the Fuji Masterpiece in the wedding category. A Little Slice of Purity snagged an Outstanding Artistic Quality.  My total print case score also landed me a spot as one of the Top 10 Photographers in Wisconsin.  On to nationals and hopefully some spots in the Loan Collection (fingers crossed).

Sundown Serenity © Michael Mowbray

Sundown Serenity