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Flash KC – Lighting with Chuck Arlund Friday Dec 27 2013


Calling all Photographers that are hesitant to use a flash or want to do more with it. Spend a day with me as I show you how to overcome the uncertainty and fear of flash photography.

When: Friday December 27th 2013 – Break away from the family day.:)
Cost: 195 
Normally $350
Location: Kansas City, MO



  • Are you a natural light photographer?
  • Do you struggle with flash?
  • Are your images not as good as you would like?
  • Have you ever wanted to try something new photographically?
  • Do you have trouble posing subjects?
  • Do you want to keep your photography fresh?

I limit my class sizes to 12 so I can have lots of time with each of you.

I teach with a very hands on method. I will do everything I can for you to learn the techniques so you know EXACTLY what is going on. I DO NOT just set up a scene and hand you a trigger. YOU set up your own scenes and situations.

You will learn:

  • Why we use flash
  • Proper placement (not the same every time)
  • How to manually control your flash for its greatest potential
  • Managing flash inside
  • Some advanced techniques to give your portraits drama. Like Grids, and Gels and other fun stuff
  • Controlling multiple flash ratios

You will need to bring:

  • Camera/lenses
  • Speedlight if you have one, not required to learn
  • Notebook
  • Money for lunch

Class will start at 10 am and go to 5 pm.

Address will be given at registration. Location is in Kansas City MO

Chuck Teaching a group of photographers - Photo by Alecia Hoyt

Chuck Teaching a group of photographers – Photo by Alecia Hoyt


Cindy Harter Sims I loved learning from you in NYC it was a fabulous workshop and you were so willing to share anything anyone wanted to learn;)

Jennifer Johanson Sherwood Your OCF workshop was my favorite part of WPPI 2012! I can only imagine how much more you might have taught us if you’d felt better:)

Sherry Lynn Rickard Honestly Chuckie rocks his OCF….. but his teaching style… is dynamite! Your mind will explode with new ideas and in-site! Rock it with the man!

Kevin Gibson-Photography Chuckie wanted a testimonial so I’ll throw this out there. After a few sessions of watching and listening to Chuckie at After Dark KC I was able to go out and shoot one of my favorite senior sessions ever. I walked up to the shoot with a strobe, a vagabond, and a meter, and I walked away with confidence knowing I nailed it.

Philip Hogue Chuckie just has a way of explaining OCF so it just makes sense! (And he is just freaking cool and fun on top of it.) He teaches you not only how to use light, he teaches you how to make it simple.



Creative Live

I have heard so much about this Creative Live. It is the talk of the nation when it comes to photographers. I am honored and excited to have been asked to be a part of CL this Sunday. All info click here:

I’ll be covering some basics to start with but not much. It is assumed that you will already know a lot of this stuff like, Inverse square law, light patterns and how flash exposure works.

Mostly I will be shooting and doing stuff I normally do with not much equipment. That is why the class is called Hack Your Light. I’m looking forward to reverse engineering some of my images that the folks over at CL picked out. That is a great way to learn. I want you to see that interesting lighting does not have to be complicated and that a lot of time, photographers try and overcomplicate things just because they feel like they have to I guess.

I hope you turn in this sunday.




MrLJune 16, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Explanation for the picture being lit completely when using shutter speed much faster than sync speed:
the strobe you use illuminates for 250 ms (or close); this is how the strobe works – it starts with high power and then discharges slowly; so when the shutter curtains move there is still light coming from the strobe (but less compared to the initial light – you can see the picture is not uniformly lit).
The speedlight works differently: it discharges practically instantaneously compared with the strobe (1/10000s range)
If you use a higher quality strobe (with smaller discharge time) then your trick will not work anymore.

What’s New Chuck?

I feel like it has been a long time since I have posted anything here. So for those that might follow this blog let me fill you in. First I have discovered Tumblr. It’s easy and lets me put up a picture with little text easily. I like it and I have been posting there regularly once a day or so for a few months now.

It all started when I was looking through some old negatives and realized that I have lost the idea of just taking pictures for myself of things I love. Mostly nudes  with a touch of fashion and fine art.  The site can be looked at here. Why Anton? I wanted to go by my middle na,e for this more personal work and the direction I am going now with my photography.

Blue tone silver – 1989

As for myself I have been shooting a lot. Mostly commercial and personal. I have done a few seniors and one wedding this year. My focus is really on the music industry and a bit of fashion. I have also been teaching and lecturing a lot lately. I love meeting all of the photographers across the country and being able to share whatever it is I might know about photography. Always learning though and then sharing.

I really enjoy teaching. I’ll be on the WPPI road show “On the road” this summer at all four locations

I’m also teaching at three of the Sandy Puc tour this late summer and fall.

I hope that I get to meet some of you out on the road.

Well, that is whats up with me. Please go follow my tumblr page for current work and very old work. I seem to go back and forth.

I’ll post more here as I get less busy. Busy is good right?

Thanks for the support everyone.


BobJune 16, 2013 - 9:16 pm

I watched you on creative live today. Fabulous! And I am completely fascinated with your vision and how you see shadow, as much as how you connect with the people you shoot. Incredible, and I want to reverse engineer everything you shoot. Where can I see more of your lighting set ups so I can learn from them?