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NEY YORK CITY – Don’t be Afraid of the Light


Ask yourself this:

  • 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?


New York City! May 22-23 + Bonus day on the 24th 2012

Chuck Arlund in New York City!

25 person limit.

Senior Portraits, Boudoir, Wedding

Let’s make them sexy. 

2 day workshop “Don’t be afraid of the light”
& bonus 1/2 day 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Demystify lighting using Natural, Strobe and Continuous lighting.  In this workshop you will go back to the basics to be able to fully understand how to use lighting properly. We will also discuss theory on composition and design in photography.  You will come away understanding why, not just how to light your subjects.  A optional third 1/2 day will be a photo excursion to three of Chuck's favorite spots to get photographically inspired.  We will have models available during the photo sessions, where you will be given the opportunity to work with them and lighting while Chuck coaches and mentors. The best way to learn is to jump in and just do it!

To make it fun, we will conduct photo challenges in the style of Project Runway and Master Chef type  of shows. This will allow us to focus on certain aspects of the photographic process. We will have fun critique to help understand aspects within the photograph. There are also a number of giveaways from companies like RADIOPOPPER, MILLERS LABBIG FOLIO, FUNDY SOS, MARATHON PRESS and more to come.  



  • Introductions
  • Review of Day one and questions answered
  • We will be going on a NYC photo gallery excursion. Chuck will take you to three of his favorite photographic places to visit. About 3 hrs.
  • Basic photographic theory. Composition and design
  • Introduction to 2 lights and theory
  • Natural and reflective light
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Multiple light scenarios + Advanced Lighting
  • Introduction to flash, One light scenarios
  • Dynamic reception lighting
  • Individual posing
  • Processing, workflow and business application
  • Shootout and critique | Intro processing
  • Constant light
  • Optional Dinner and Movie night
  • Critique
  • Styles shot this day: Senior and Wedding
  • Styles shot this day: Senior and Boudoir
Exact schedule is subject to change

Supply List:

Camera, Lens and speedlight is you have them, Laptop or computer, jump-drive, inspire board (your aspirations), 5 images to be critiqued

Topics Covered:


  • Photographic Theory
  • Composition and Design
  • Posing, individual and group
  • Exposure and camera mechanics review
  • Photo history and inspiration


  • Natural, using mirrors and reflectors
  • Flash manual
  • Flash ETTL
  • Proper metering | Lighting subtlety
  • Multiple light setups | Effective reception lighting
  • Off Camera Flash outside & inside
  • Making On Camera Flash look like Off Camera Flash

Workflow & Business

  • Dramatic editing techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom without spending a lifetime messing with images
  • How to approach Photoshop from a darkroom point of view | Less is more
  • Proper costs and selling of your work
  • Marketing tips that have worked for me

Lunch is provided - we might go grab some Pizza.

Hotel Information:

Coming soon. Working on getting some discount rates.


Behind the scenes at Don’t be Afraid of the Light in Kansas City September 2011
Buffi DickensonFebruary 26, 2012 - 7:10 am

Chuck, I would love love to attend! I am a little confused on price. Please fb me or email me. Is it 750-200= 550 plus cost of room food and transportation? If my husband drives me and he isn’t in class he doesn’t pay right? I may have a few girls after all you are my favorite photographer ever!!!!! I loved Nashville! Please let me know and how to book.

ChuckieFebruary 26, 2012 - 7:37 am

Hey Buffi
It’s $250 off to make it $500 total. Using code NYCROCKS
Yes. Food and room is not included. I have put up two hotels that are close to location on blog post. He would not need to pay.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. Would love to have you all.

RayMarch 11, 2012 - 8:26 pm

When is the workshop?

Andy JohnMarch 12, 2012 - 6:05 am

Please let me know aprox dates and hotels

ChuckieMarch 12, 2012 - 8:26 am

Hey guys. Hoping to be in may. Was April 24-25 but there was a studio problem so I’m waiting to hear from studio for exact date. Will know very soon.

Andy JohnMarch 12, 2012 - 10:54 am

Does the promo code still work?

ChuckieMarch 12, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Andy. I’t will work when I put up a new registration. Hope to know a date this week. Thanks for the comments everyone.

ChuckieMarch 14, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Ok, Dates are announced. May 22-23 + 24th as bonus day. Offer coded NYCROCKS is good through end of March. $250 off!

StephanieMarch 15, 2012 - 11:38 am

Hi Chuck! I would LOVE to attend this. I need help with flash so bad! I’m so glad I discovered you. Can you let me know when you’ll host another workshop in KC? That’s much closer (I’m in Arkansas). Great stuff and can’t wait to learn from you!

ChuckieMarch 20, 2012 - 5:13 am

Hey, probably no more in KC but I do offer One on One’s with photographers for the same price. That might be something we could work out.

Jennifer SkogMarch 21, 2012 - 4:38 pm

would love for you to come to San Francisco!!!!

ChuckieMarch 30, 2012 - 8:51 am

That would be fun. Not sure if it is possible unless there is enough interest.

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JUANCARLOS RIVEROApril 18, 2012 - 10:54 am

Hi Chuckie, I have some question, the first one is: I living on Connecticut and I would like to know the hours of the seminar and if I can drive to your location, you have a park lot close to you for leave my car?. Other question I know you by Fundy because they sent an ad about you, today. I possible get some discount, the reason is, my wife always is my assistant, and I would like to her be there, but the full price is hard for my. Can you do something about it. believe me if I had known you before March, I had taken his offer because I want to fix lighting problems and know all about it. You can send an e-mail if you prefer.

ChuckieApril 18, 2012 - 11:09 am

Hey. I’ll email you. Getting Jason to tell me. I think there is a lot close for $23 before 10am

Special Event! Light me up in Wichita KS

Close enough to home to keep the cost down. My friend Melissa Kelly of Melissa Kelly Imagery, had asked if I would possibly do a one day workshop on light in Wichita. I had thought that location might be great. I have done a few of these here in Kansas City and had a great response. Wichita is only a few hours from me so that seemed like a great idea. We talked some more at the After Dark Education in Dallas this past week, and Melissa said there was some serious interest. So without further ramblings…

MONDAY MARCH 12, 2012 9:30 – 6-ish. Wichita KS. at Melissa's Studio. Only $350.

Limited to 20 photographers. 


Who is this kind of class for:

Any photographer that wants to get a really solid grasp on lighting. Understanding what makes light "Nice"

Complete control over flash using manual settings.

  • 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? 

In this one day class, we will go over how to use manual exposure and flash. You will come way understanding your camera better and have a great understanding of how to use flash without question. This will be a intermediate to advanced class dealing with multiple lights and ratios. 
We will discuss shooting it as correctly as possible to eliminate editing time. I will also show you my favorite editing. NO SECRETS!

Here is an example of what you can do with light. 

Philip HogueMarch 3, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Registered and ready! What should I bring besides me and my camera?

ChuckieMarch 4, 2012 - 3:25 am

Just a camera Philip. A notebook is good also. 🙂

Philip HogueMarch 4, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Great! Thanks!

NoemiMarch 13, 2012 - 11:13 pm

Does the fee just cover 1 person if it’s a husband/wife duo?

ChuckieMarch 14, 2012 - 4:38 pm

For this it was one person.

Hot Sexy Light in Vegas

Watch Chuck do his free flow style of shooting boudoir. Learn some tricks, Have some fun.


What the hell, we are in Vegas and I love to teach while I shoot. 

Bring your cameras – we will all get a turn and learn how I get shots like these.

jonathan knoxFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Hello Chuck.  Is this event closed.  I clicked on the link but not much happened.

ChuckieFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Not closed but I put this up at the request of someone els and I don’t think I am going to do it. Although I am doing a mini clinic on Sunday morning from 9:30 till 12:30 that is going to be pretty cool. we have 10 people there so far and I’m giving away a set of Radiopopper Jrs.—las-vegas-feb-19th/

Use code “vegasbaby” to get it to $50

Kansas City – One Day Workshop. Off Camera Flash Basics


Ask yourself this:

  • 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?
There are so many other questions I could ask. For those of you that do not know me, real quick. I have been a photographer for over 20 years. Started as an art photographer then turned commercial. I ran one of Nashville's top wedding photography studios for over 4 years before deciding to turn my attention back to commercial photography. My work can be seen at
In this one day class, we will go over the basics of exposure and flash exposure using manual techniques. You will come way understanding your camera better and have a great understanding of how to use your flash without question.
Investment: Only $350
Location: Art gallery area Kansas City MO
Time: January 30 2012. 9:30am – 5:30 pm



There will be some giveaways!!!

Sponsored by: Radiopopper, Miller's, Marathon Press, NIK, Fundy SOS, The Shoppe Designs, 


Some testimonials:
"I have attended many seminars before, but with Chuck Arlund's "Don't Be Afraid of the Light" I was not just in attendance but an active participant.  I loved how Chuck was able to identify our problem areas and help us to overcome our lighting hangups, misunderstandings, and issues, no matter the skill level of the photographer.  For me, it was very beneficial being able to practice what I learned with him looking over my shoulder to further my understanding.   And I had a blast!
Rebecca Knechtel
Catch Light Photography
"'Thanks for the AWESOME workshop, and it was definitely worth more than i paid for. Chuckie has a unique ability to simplify thing and helps me to understand and be more creative with lighting. This is one of the best money I've spent on my career ever. If you want to learn how to take your photography to the next level, then Chuckie's workshop is the right place for you.'
Ike Piyapant
Shots from Fall 2011 workshops.

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Workshop and teaching dates for 2012

From Afraid of the Light Workshop. November 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I have a busy year coming up for teaching and speaking.

First up is Imaging USA in New Orleans: Register here: I’ll be teaching with Kibbee Walton on Saturday Jan 14 from 9-5. It’s a PPA pre class for only $149 “Hands on Photography Seniors.” See my senior website at

Kansas City MOJanuary 30th – One day in Kansas City. Understanding Light & Flash. $350. Geared for the natural light photographer that want’s to learn all about flash photography. REGISTER NOW – ONLY 10 SPOTS

Las Vegas NV Sunday Feb 19. 10am-noon $95 One light and the sun. Quick mini workshop on how to use a speed-light and the sun to achieve dramatic portraits. REGISTER NOW FOR VEGAS

AFTERDARK – Dallas TX Feb 27-29 Register here for Afterdark One of the best photography learning experiences available.

Imagequest – Richmond BC – March 4-6th Register for Imagesquest here

NEIPP – April 3-4 I’ll be teaching with Stephanie Zettl, one of St. Louis best wedding photographers. For NEIPP information click here.

New York City: Friday April 6 – Don’t be Afraid of the Light – One Day Workshop. Mastery of on location flash photography with emphasis on making your images have a fashion quality. Registration coming soon

If you have any suggestions for upcoming workshops please comment. If you would like to schedule a personal one on one day please contact me. $250 hr or full day for $750