I had the pleasure to get to know Ali Hohn at a photographer get together a year ago in Minnesota. She now has her own e-book on Off Camera Flash. You can win this book if you are the lucky name drawn at random from the comments section in my blog (this Saturday). Just answer the question, “what is your most favorite and least favorite light to photograph in?” Anyone who comments can also use the code “mcp” to get $20 off – making this $95 book only $75.
Here is a little about Ali…
Q: How did you first get interested in Off Camera Flash?
A: A while back I started noticing photos that just seemed like there was something else to them. I couldn’t figure it out so I started researching. I found out that people were using off camera flash in their photos and I seriously loved it. I was so amazed at the color and the depth and just the pure uniqueness about it. I was determined to learn. I had a 430ex flash and that was it. Once I found out that they were using flashes I was seriously scared. I mean I had a flash in my bag that hadn’t been used in over two years. I didn’t know how to use it and I was scared to even try it. So, I forced myself to learn. I actually read the manual and figured out how to shoot with it on manual mode. I ended up buying cactus triggers and figured out how to trigger them. I had done a lot of research on how to do off camera flash and I even had a friend try and show me but I was just dumbfounded. I couldn’t figure it out no matter how much I read on it or someone tried to show me. Each senior session I had I practiced with them. I did not know what I was doing and then one day it just finally clicked with me. The first photo you see of the girl holding the flower was really the night that it finally clicked.
Q: What inspired you to write a guide for photographers on Off Camera Flash?
A: So, after that I started writing everything down. I got to go to a coffee shop without my 2 year old and just started writing. I had no idea I would eventually write a guide. I just started to do it. I started showing my photos to my online friends and people were asking me a ton of questions. The more questions they had for me the more I wrote in my book thinking this will be able to help a lot of people. So some 80 pages later I finished.
Q: Who is your target audience for this e-book?
A: This guide is really for someone who wants to learn how to do off camera flash. I mainly talk about how to shoot with your flashes in manual mode but I also cover the other ways you can do off camera lighting and the different wireless trigger systems that are out there. I have a lot of examples of photos and also links to gear. I am not a technical person at all. Every time someone tried to explain off camera flash to me it just pretty much went over my head. It went in one ear and out the other because my brain just froze. I am such a visual learner and a hands on kind of girl. I had to do it myself. I made this guide as easy as I possibly could for the very beginner in off camera flash. Every time I had a suggestion about what to put in the book I did. It’s very easy to understand and if you are a visual learner like me you will get this in no time!
Q: Can you show us some examples of your work?
A: Here are examples of my work from early work until present of my experience with Off Camera Flash.
Q: For those wanting to learn more and purchase your guide, where can they go?
A: Just click on the logo below to learn more…