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NASHVILLE – Don’t Be Afraid of the Light Workshop April 1 – April 2 2013


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?






Chuck Arlund in Nashville!

25 person limit.

Senior Portraits, Boudoir, Wedding

Let’s make them sexy. 

2 day workshop “Don’t be afraid of the light”

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.  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 assignments like we did in college. 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 LAB, FUNDY SOS, MARATHON PRESS  


  • Introductions
  • Review of Day one and questions answered
  • 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:
  • 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
Blake RomneyJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:31 pm

I signed up for the upcoming workshop in April, but never got a email conformation. Just making sure my name is on the list?

ChuckieJanuary 26, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Blake, you’re signed up. Thank you.

Announcing a Off Camera Light Primer. December 30th $175

This all started with a Christmas card image I posted on Facebook. I had a lot of people asking about it and the lighting. All of a sudden I am offering a basic lighting class at the end of December. I marketed it on Facebook locally and we have a few coming. There is still a few spots available if anyone is interested.

PRICE: $175

LOCATION|DATE: Kansas City, December 30th 2012




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It is only $175. I will cover the basics of lighting. Power, Distance and Placement. I will teach you how to feel comfortable using your flash or studio strobe with confidence. It is Sunday December 30th from 10am to 3pm. In Kansas City. We might go eat something after. Possibly at the Gallery! This is a light primer. Pretty basic stuff but essential if you want o move on and really master lighting. I hope some of you will join me. Send me a message if you have any questions. Here is a video showing me shooting something for a project I am working on. Im using lighting outside to create a studio effect anywhere. This on top of a parking lot. After this class, you will be able to understand how to do this.



Interview with Sandy Puc

Today I was featured on Sandy Puc University. First, go to her forum and check out all of the wonderful photographic learning material she has. I want to thank her for getting my name out to so many photographers I would have never had the chance to meet. I'm not to great at being interviewed and she has a knack of making me and anyone very comfortable. I'm writing this post to hopefully field some of the questions  that we might not have been able to get to. Please leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer. Here are a couple of the links that were discussed. First my book. Please go take a look.  My Facebook artist page. Unfortunately Facebook only allows so many friends. Here is my Artist page.   And my project. I Wanna Photograph You .com.  Just take a look.   Thanks again everyone for your support. Thanks Sandy for everything you do. Chuck

Off Camera Flash – 101, Don’t Be Afraid of the Light


NOVEMBER 11 (Sunday) or 12 (Monday) 2012. 9:30am - 6:00pm | KANSAS CITY MO If you choose Sunday, you can go again Monday if you want.

"I need to get an edge up on my competition",  "I need the Wow factor", "I'm a natural light photographer, and I just don't get this flash thing" If this sounds familiar,  this is the class for you.


  • 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 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.
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.
Only 15 spots available. 

A few Testimonials: 

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.
Steve PalmerOctober 2, 2012 - 6:21 pm

I’ve taken more than one of your educational classes Chuckie. You are an expert in the field of lighting, posing and photography in general. Beside the fact that you have a big heart as a person, you are passionate about teaching others so we can advance in lighting skills and other photography areas.
I appreciate your inspiration and guidence.


Kelly settleOctober 20, 2012 - 6:51 am

Hi chuck,
I was wondering how 101 this class is?? I took your short class in vegas this year i know you were sick:) i don’t feel I need a beginners class but definetly need help with ofc and am especially interested in learning more about strobes ect. Do you think you Might offer a more advanced class??


ChuckieOctober 20, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Kelly, it is going to be basic in the fact that we will be learning about proper exposure and how to do everything manually. We will only be using one light and talking a lot about light patterns, direction of light, distance and modifiers. I do plan on doing an advanced class in January. That will focus on more multiple light setups, gels, creating more abstract light, that kind of stuff. probably late Jan after the PPA and other seminars that are usually in January. Thanks for asking.

Susan GietkaDecember 11, 2012 - 9:00 am


I love your work. Do you have any workshops coming up in 2013? I would really love to learn to master OFC. Thanks for your help!

Susan Gietka

ChuckieDecember 22, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Yes I do Susan. Thank you. Check here for dates. Going to be announcing Nashville (late March or Early April) beginning of January.

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Denny MedleyAugust 31, 2012 - 4:02 pm

Amen, Chuckie. 100% agree.

lexia frankAugust 31, 2012 - 4:37 pm

everything i’ve been wanting to say but haven’t had the guts to. SO WELL SAID.

Robert WhettonAugust 31, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Fads come and go, but a photograph will still be a photograph 70 years from now..

I dabbled in textures and over processing about four and a half years ago, but quickly went off the idea..

MelissaAugust 31, 2012 - 6:02 pm

I was thinking about writing something similar to this on my blog, but haven’t yet…I completely agree! My fiance was trying to convince me to “break” from my style if it meant I could make 7K off of a senior who wanted overly smooth, fake skin, and an image that looked like they walked out of a fairytale/dream. Hopefully down the road, clients will see the value in a photo still looking like a photo, and seek out those whose style is more “real”

ChristineAugust 31, 2012 - 6:11 pm

I read you entire post…and my jaw dropped when I clicked on the link to view the 2012 PPA Grand Winners. Wow. ….hum…I don’t have anything nice to say about that one…so I won’t say anything at all. Having started from the bottom (below the bottom) just as photography was entering into the digital world..I can honestly say, I’ve done all these horrible awful nasty photoshopping trends. I was stupid. I was ill-educated. I was un-visioned. Not sure if it was my stubborn-ness or the competitive-ness that made me keep going, keep growing. I’ve basically been on a decade-long quest to “find myself” in photography. I’ve shamefully been through all the trends (spot-coloring, heavy actions, heavy textures..etc). In the end, I’ve learned the best images are the ones that are taken skillfully, artfully, and don’t “need” any photoshop trickery. This post was a pleasant read. {fist-bump to you}

samanthaAugust 31, 2012 - 6:19 pm

You are preaching to the choir. People do photography because its fun and they think its “easy”. Now you either have a creative eye or you don’t, and that eventually sets you apart in the end. From making a living as being a professional photographer to goin back to work at kinkos.

Then there’s the photographers style. You have to develop your own style and stick to it. No matter trend nor high water. What’s hard as someone who’s done something for so long, and then you have some joe shmo come along and make the same photo using your process and color correcting and now everyones doing it. Its hard to see, especially if you’re the small voices yelling “hey you fools I’ve been doing this for 10 yrs wtf!”

For me u have a style and u own it. No matter how shitty that style might be viewed in our eyes the viewer and customer, ie those over processed hdr painting portrait shit they sell the customer for $1500 a package of really nothing. Please! I see it. I laugh. I move on to making timeless images. Retouching should be about improving the imprefections but keeping the skins texture and integrity. So much in portrait photography makes the skin look like milk. Like fake. Who wants fake.

This topic really boils down to personal preference. To each his own. You just have to wonder what kind of person really buys that shit anyways.

Stacie FrazierAugust 31, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Couldn’t agree more. This is the reason I don’t submit any of my images to PPA competitions. Their competition is more of a digital art contest, it seems, than a photography contest. And, if i am perfectly honest, a lot of it seems incredibly outdated.

While I do retouch my Boudoir photos, I try not to let them look overly retouched. My clients want to look like themselves at their best, not a Barbie doll.

I do appreciate what people can do with digital art though. I just wish there were different categories for PPA competitions…realistic and artistic, maybe?

Jennifer Duffy PhotographyAugust 31, 2012 - 9:00 pm

YES! YES!YES!……”I’ll have what she is having.”

I was just saying the same things just last night. I have noticed a trend of this overly manipulated skin texture ( really smooth and soft) on every person,the fake sun flare, the flora bella technique it to death look….(those are excellent actions but less is more), or the just really bad editing….

If you are a photographer and you take a decent shot but are just pants at editing, your color theory sucks ( as well as being able to tell correct color) hire someone to do it for you… PLEASE!

And while I have been guilty of the soft and under contrasted work my self…there is a difference between the tonal look and not fixing a blue cast due to shade….that is really easy to fix! Come on people!!!!!

So I agree 100% on a lot of what you are saying Chuck and Thank you!

LeeAugust 31, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Creativity in most of those photos from the PPA Awards has everything to do with Photoshop and retouching, and little to do with photography. On the other hand, that “July 1930″ Vogue photo by Huene is one of the most creative photographs ever taken. What looks like two bathers on something like a diving board overlooking the ocean is in reality, two models in bathing suits sitting on boxes on the rooftop of Hoyningen-Huene’s Paris studio. The “beach” is just the low wall of the roof slightly out of focus making it look like a horizon. That’s simply creative genius, not digital manipulation.

ChuckieAugust 31, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Lee. That image of the “bathers” might be my fav of the whole lot. Ago glad you brought that particular image to attention. Amazing creativity and just gorgeous to view.

anonymousAugust 31, 2012 - 11:25 pm

I think it depends on why you got into photography. I personally got into it because I was a concept and digital artist who got tired of using other people’s photos in my work or wasn’t able to find images that suited my needs so I began getting more and more into photography. Both styles are ART… One is creating a more fantasy style image or world the other is reflecting the existing one. Think of it like the movies, you’ve always had science fiction, Stanley Kubrick’s work was futuristic but very reality based. It was a futuristic reflection of his decade, where as today’s sci-fi looks a lot more futuristic. You can escape easier into that world and feel like its actually a different world. Those images in PPA comp still took a lot of work and a great deal of artistic talent and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I can appreciate both and both styles have a place and a client. There doesn’t need to be one or the other. Different strokes for different folks

Julian Avram Toronto PhotographerSeptember 1, 2012 - 2:00 am

I’m sure some of the Vogue images were altered in the studio back in the film days. So I think it’s ok to do some post editing … but just enough to keep em looking “real” :)

Brett JarnaginSeptember 6, 2012 - 2:21 pm

I definitely agree. When you posted this image in Light Casters I thought it was a weird image from you. I wanted to say it looked over processed, that her eyes looked fake sharp, etc but didn’t want to be a jerk, haha. I don’t know why the extremely over processed images/composite backgrounds are so popular right now. I guess because it looks “out of this world.” As you said, if you can sell it, great. Some people will love that style and others won’t. What matters is pursuing the style that you are passionate about and can plant your flag in… not hopping from trend to trend. I used to put textures on everything and still sell a product that makes that process incredibly simple, but I have almost completely stopped using textures for this exact reason. I want my images to be clean and timeless. The subject should make the photo have impact, not necessarily the editing. (All that being said, there are some photographers who do incredible stuff in PS. Ben Shirk always impresses me with his stuff.)

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Robin OwenNovember 25, 2012 - 11:20 pm

I think both styles have their place. As a photographer I can appreciate both. This photo, was created in painter. I have a large 24×36 print of it in on canvas in the studio. It’s the image that makes every client stop dead in their tracks and stare. They love it and they want one of themselves.
Unfortunately most photography isn’t valued the way other art is. People can pick up a Nikon D40 kit at Wal-Mart and they suddenly think they’re photographers. They know how much a cheap frame costs and they know how much photo paper costs and they think that if you add those two things together, that is how much a photo is worth. If you can make it look like a painting, something they can’t do them self, *most* clients will perceive it as having more value. They don’t think about what it will look like in 50 years. Only photographers do that.

LarryDecember 1, 2012 - 10:29 am

PPA photographers work generally have a very in-bred look. They are taught and judged by creating one style, and to be honest I think it’s very boring! It’s characterized by very static, cleaned up looking images. As of late Dave substituted computer manipulation for creativity and powerful images. They use the word art without understanding its true meaning-which is to evoke an emotional response rom the viewer that is not emotionally connected to the subject. I found their work to be extremely conservative and far from cutting edge. I like like that PPA exists, but I rarely impressed with the work the photographers churn out.