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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.

[…] out the details here. Ready to register? Also, don’t miss Chuck’s 2 1/2 hour light clinic just before WPPI […]

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

Jennifer & Elijah

What makes this wedding interesting? Jennifer, a recent Graphic arts graduate that designed her own wedding and made almost everything. She has a typical story. A broke college student in love. The question I ask, do they deserve great photos or great anything for that matter even though they are broke? I think they do. As a former wedding photographer I have shot weddings from the price of $1500 upwards of $11,000. I do not do shoot many weddings anymore since my focus is mostly commercial, but I still love a good wedding.

What makes this wedding unique is I shot this for $0. There was something about this couple. I felt they deserved better than what a limited budget might get you. She went to the college I taught at and we were talking about her story. She mentioned that she was going to have to hire a friend to come and shoot the images. The first thing that went through my head was "oh don't" The whole "your wedding photos are so important…" was racing in my brain. Her wedding sounded so wonderful.  She was getting married in the park where they like to go a lot. I love natural outside weddings. I knew it would be cool because of her design ability. 

I kept my mouth shut as she continued talking about how the photographer she hired had not shot a wedding before but wanted to build her portfolio so she was willing to do it for next to nothing, I think it was $200. 

I hear about folks like Jennifer and Elijah a lot and read stories like this on Craigslist. "Poor college student needs photographer for wedding…" Many times they offer to edit the images for the photographer and hope that someone will take the offer that is needing to build there portfolio. 

Professional photographers hate hearing about these stories and often say, if you can't afford it why are you getting married? Or, you pay for all the other stuff like flowers and the dress and the cake and the service and… Well, they do have a point but.

Is a broke couple then not worthy of good vendors? 

I'll take you back to the year 2000 where a recent college graduate (1998) was just starting to work as a commercial photographer. Yep, I'm talking about me. My wife and I had no money and were living in my parents house. We wanted to do a nice wedding (of which I knew NOTHING about) We booked a popular spot and started looking at photography. At the time I did not know good from bad wedding photography even though I was a photographer. I am empathetic for couples going through the wedding process, especially when you do not have much money. It is insane.

To make a long story very short, we ended up getting married at the MGM in Vegas. I have a friend that worked there at the time and got us a deal. I flew my coworker (photographer) out to shoot us. I ended up working the day after our wedding because, since we were going to Vegas our boss figured that would make a good destination wedding story for the Magazine I worked for. Her dress was a $99 job we bought at a warehouse. MGM provided most of the stuff. Our entire wedding for everything cost $2000

I want to believe that my wife and I our the typical "cool" client that most wedding photographers want. We are open to ideas and love to do the cool stuff. I even wear makeup. (former glam rock band thing) But there is no way we could have afforded a photographer. Yep we would have been lucky to put together $500 for a photographer and I KNOW how important those photos are. (ours were not great but they are ok and I'm thankful that my coworker offered to shoot us.)

Back to Jennifer and Elijah. After hearing about her wedding I just told her. "You know what, I'll shoot it for ya. no cost. I'm free that day and not doing anything." (it was only a few weeks away.) "If the person you were going to hire wants to come help she can." "And you can edit whatever you want" (Jennifer knows her way around PS as well as I do)

So, I believe that they did deserve at least someone that has shot many weddings. She did not have to stress. She did offer some of her design services for me but I ended up not doing that.

Here are a few of the photos. Nothing was edited in PS, Just quick edits in Lightroom – Most Lightrooms own presets that come with the program.

Cindy CalvinDecember 30, 2011 - 11:21 am

What a sweet story, Chuck, and how awesome you are to do this for them. I was checking out your site and your blog – very impressive! It’s also very cool to look through your images, as I lived in downtown KC and recognize many of the locations. I’m looking forward to meeting you at Imaging soon! ~Cindy

ChuckieJanuary 1, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Please come by and say hello.

Laura N.January 8, 2012 - 11:27 pm

You have a heart of gold. Not only do you take some of the most awesome pictures, you also seem to be genuine in your approach to teach and help others :-)

ChuckieJanuary 10, 2012 - 8:58 am

Laura, Thanks.

Michael DoermanJanuary 17, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Sweet story. Glad to see you shoot more weddings, Chuck! Keep it up 😉

Gina LewisJanuary 24, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Chuck, you are not only an amazing photographer but also an amazing person. Beautiful pictures!