Contest: Win a 2 Hour Mentor Session Via Skype On Flash Photography

Would you LOVE to have the opportunity to ask a professional photographer your “flash questions?” Are there things about flash photography that leave you lost and confused? If so, you do not want to miss the chance to win this prize for this week’s contest.

Ainslie Bernoth, professional photographer and author of the 6 part FREE Flash Photography series on the MCP Blog, which ran September 27th through October 5th, is giving away a TWO HOUR mentor session. If flash still sounds too harsh, or if you wish you could get clarification on certain concepts, you are in luck. You will use Skype or another online internet phone tool to chat for 2 full hours with Ainslie.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post (not on Facebook), and let us know what the most valuable, interesting, or helpful tip was from the 6 part flash series. In addition, feel free to add your flash related questions to this post, in case Ainslie has a chance to do a future Q & A/ FAQ post for everyone.

One winner will be drawn at random on Sunday, October 10th. So check back then.

*** And if you want more chances to win, get bonus entries: ***:

 Contest: Win a 2 Hour Mentor Session Via Skype On Flash Photography

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    Frances says:

    Joined FB MCP Fan Page

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    Frances says:

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    Frances says:

    Added the MCP Banner. Gosh, can you tell that I would love to win this contest??????

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    Emily says:

    I agree that the ‘flash isn’t bad’ lesson was HUGE for me.

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    Keysia says:

    I loved reading the 6 part series. And will be putting those tips to use reall soon.

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    Trina Berwick says:

    Fantastic series… not sure if it’s possible to pinpoint the best part. Would love to win a mentoring session, who wouldn’t!

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    Trina says:

    Flickrd :)

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    Trina says:

    Twitterd :)

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    Trina says:

    Already FB’d :)

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    RSS Subscribed :)

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    Sarah White says:

    What an amazing prize!

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    Sarah White says:

    I followed you on twitter for an extra entry!

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    Vera says:

    At this point, I’ve only skimmed the articles on flash. I’m waiting for the weekend to fully read and reread these articles. I’m brand new to flash, so I’m excited to learn more about using flash on backlit objects as well as indoor shots with limited light.

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    jenn nielsen says:

    i think the most valuable part was how she sets up her stuff. It’s all still way over my head i feel like but some day….

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    As a natural light photographer, I’ve been taught to avoid using flash like the plague. Through this 6-part series, I’ve learned that flash is not the anti-christ and can actually add depth & value to photographs.

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    I subscribe to the MCP blog feed.

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    I’ve joined the MCP Fan Page on Facebook.

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    I follow MCP on twitter (

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    Sarah B R says:

    Would love to win this! Flash intimidates me!

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    Wendy says:

    I have been wanting to try off camera flash with an umbrella for a while now, but haven’t stepped out of my box. Would love to learn more.

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    Victoria says:

    I loved this series & it came at the perfect time as I’m wanting to venture more into OCF. Part 3 {all of it} was straight forward and gives a starting point to get out there and practice it hands on. I printed it as a reference. Thanks for this series and for offering this opportunity.

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    Carin says:

    Great series. I would love to win this mentor session. One question I do have is what are you generally using for your WB?

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    Carin says:

    I have your banner/link on my blog

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    Carrie Elordi says:

    Wow everything was so helpful i cant pick one thing I went back and back to the different posts several times! I truly learned so much!

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    Krista says:

    Part 3 and how shutter speed and flash power work together. I still don’t have my mind wrapped around it, but I bookmarked that one and will be re-reading it … many times I’m sure!

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    Krista says:

    already a subscriber!

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    Krista says:

    on the FB group too (love it!)

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    Krista says:

    already following you on twitter!

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    Gry says:

    The most valuable part of the serie? Well, that has to be that it made me dare to take out the flash from my bag. And even made me run over to the store to buy another one + umbrellas… :-)

    Seriously, this serie gave me the answers I needed to realize that flash-photography is reachable. I’ve been scanning the net for easy explanations on how the flash is working, when to use it, how to use it… but for the most part the explanations I’ve found have been for the pros!

    Anyway, part 3; control light and get the look you want might have been the most informative one. Explaining how the shutterspeed and aparture effect flash photography was completely new information to me. And that really made me interessted! That also gave me the answer to why all my fill-in photos always are burnt out (I’m almost always using f/2,8 for portraitures…). Well, now I’m capable of using the flash when being outside in the sun! The weather forcast for Saturday is really good, and since the sun soon will be gone for the winter here in Norway I’m going to use the day for testing fill-in flash!

    What I would like to know more about? Anything and everything! How to set up a studio using simple equipment like flashes (or two…) with umbrellas / diffusors /reflectors. Getting that creative look with black background / using shaddows. Excample of set up on location shoots – as simple as possible. And why this is working.

    Thanks a lot for a very inspiring serie!!

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    jeanine says:

    I learned the most from the parts taht excited and inspired me so that would be all of it! I need to re-read plenty of it and talking to Ainslie on top of that would be the ultimate. Thanks for the articles and the chance to win!

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    Jeanine says:

    I subscribe! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. 134
    Jeanine says:

    I’m a fan and have been for years. Referred a new friend just yesterday. Most have already heard me go on and on about MCP.

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    Jeanine says:

    I’m a follower. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Michelle Hockman says:

    This is silly, but I liked the picture of the flash holder for the lightstand. I haven’t seen one! Michelle Hockman

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    Thank you so much for this series – I admit I’m scared of flash! You are helping me to not be afraid! :)

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    Angie P says:

    That I am not the only one who struggles with flash!

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    Angie P says:

    I added the MCP banner to my blog.

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    Angie P says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Angie P says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader

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    Danielle says:

    I absolutely LOVE all the in-depth information about aperture and shutter speed. I had a surface level understanding of how those elements play into the final image, but these posts finally made me ‘get’ it. Now, if I can just put it into practice… :)

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    Hey I loved this series. The most helpful post was the one where Ainslie described the off camera flash setup. I shoot natural light whenever humanly possible and had worked up a true fear of flash…this series made me see the light (pun intended)! I do have one question. When I shoot flash the pictures have a tendency to be a lot cooler than I like…how do you keep the warmer tones? Is it a case of white balance setting?

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    launa says:

    This is awesome!! This series was incredible. What I loved the most was it was spoken in plain english! It has mad more of a difference in my flash photography than anything else I have done thus far! Thank you so much!

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    chris says:

    I never use flash – afraid of it and not being able to control it. I think that that series really illustrated how you can use flash in small amounts to really enhance your photographs, keep them looking nature and not have that flash overrun your pictures. I have no idea how to do this myself, though!

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    Amanda R. says:

    I really appreciated the light placement examples and the advice to just get out there and try it.

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    The most valuable lesson I learned about off the camera fill flash as a tool to enhance natural light is that it can seriously cut down on the post processing time. I would love to win a mentoring session with Ainslee to help me implement this technique for my sessions. Thanks for the opportunity. xo

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    Joy says:

    Would love to win! This flash series was so incredibly helpful, that I mainly still need to know what equipment to purchase for my first flash stand and umbrella. And a few questions about shoot-through umbrellas.

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    I loved the “what you will need” part. I always thought you needed so much more….I was only missing a few things:) Thanks for such great posts!

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    Misty D says:

    I loved the entire series. It was exactly what I’ve been looking for recently; I’m a natural light photographer, but have been working on figuring out flash for those few times where it’s needed and everything in this series has been so helpful. I’m currently working on getting my flash off my camera now thanks to Ainslie.

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    Misty D says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    Misty D says:

    I’m a FB Fan!

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    Misty D says:

    I follow MCP on Twitter!

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    Shannon says:

    I would love a chance for this.. i have been terrified of flash for two years now.

    All I want is just to find that balance that looks a little less flashy, and a little more natural!

    Good luck to whoever wins :)

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    Bob Wyatt says:

    I most enjoyed the before and after editing of a flash photo…I still need so much help in CS4 as I do not realize the possibilities for each image.

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    Julie vella says:

    To be honest I can’t pick a favourite part from the series. Ainslie has do e a brilliant job giving us instructions in simple, easy to understand terms, I would absolutely love to have the chance to learn more from her and discuss some problem areas I have. Thanks so much Ainslie and mcp for bringing this to us!

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    Julie vella says:

    Oh and I’m a facebook page and Twitter follower :)

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    Rhonda K says:

    The whole series has been helpful. I’ve actually emailed them all to myself to save for further reference, because flash is so overwhelming to me. The post on what equipment I need was HUGE for me. I own an off camera flash, but now I know what to put on my wish list to actually use it off camera.

    Thank you Ainslie for sharing it in such a way that is understandable. Maybe I’m just in a better place in my journey to learn this now, but previously it has all seemed way to technical to really grasp. So THANKS!!!

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    Rhonda K says:

    I just shared this on Facebook

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    Rhonda K says:

    I just tweeted about this.

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    Rhonda K says:

    I’m a subscriber!

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    Rhonda K says:

    I joined the MCP FB fan page

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    Rhonda K says:

    I follow MCP on Twitter

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    Serena says:

    I was always stumped by how aperture and shutter speed affect the flash power and ambient light– THANK YOU!!!

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    Shannon says:

    Learning the basics of flash was the most helpful from the flash posts. Now, I can get rid of my fears of using flash! Here’s to hoping I win :)

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    lisa says:

    I love the series on using the flash off camera …i sooo need this class..and need to buy a flash. this class will give me a great reason!

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    Steph says:

    I think the best tip was how to let more light in just the background…I did a senior a couple weeks ago and I used OCF and really could’ve used this knowledge before then.

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    Steph says:

    I always have a banner on my blog ;)

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    Christina says:

    I’ve got so much to learn still, but the fact that aperture determines the strength of your flash was a HUGE aha for me!!! I think I still need to read that post a few times to process it all, but it would be more than fabulous to have some personal time working out the kinks.

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    Christina says:

    I also am subscribed through my Google Reader.

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    Christina says:

    I’m also a FB fan!

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    Lori K says:

    I am always confused between ss/aperture which controls flash power/ambient light in a shot… I can never get enough examples!! And yes, I am terrified of using flash, but I’ve attempted a few times…

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    Lori K says:

    I subscribe in google reader!

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    Lori K says:

    Facebook fan as well!!

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    Pick me! Pick me! Flash is something that I really would love to learn to use more, being a natural light photographer :)

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    Adalia says:


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    bobbie cohlan says:

    learned so much dont know w2here to begin…excellent series and will be rereading over and over…gave me more “courage” to use my flash off camera…but still need some tips for when you have to use the flash on camera…like at a friends party or with a constantly moving toddler… would love to be a winner!!! it would be just what i need….

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    Andrea Lopez says:

    I would LOVE to win this. I’ve yet to use a flash with my Mark II, but with the Winter months approaching I’m going to need to start.

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    Pam Powell says:

    I am following MCP on Twitter!

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    Sara says:

    I loved the tip of stopping down to f16 or 22 then using flash at 1/1 for a saturated background

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    Jill Heupel says:

    Flash is not just meant for dark situations.

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    Edith says:

    Love your website!!!

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    Melissa B. says:

    Have such a need for this! I have a speedlight and have no clue how to use this. What an amazing opportunity this would be.

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    Melissa B. says:

    Have been a long time fan on Facebook

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    Melissa B. says:

    I get your newsletters and feeds too. I love this site.

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    Jaime says:

    I despise Flash. I always equate it to that terrible look of blownout faces and shine spots, with the too dark backdrop. I loved the whole series, it showed me that I can use flash to accentuate my photos instead of take away from them.

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    kristan says:

    I guess I just realised that using flash can give you so much freedom if used properly.

    Great series, enjoyed it.

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    Helen Skeggs says:

    How easy it is to set up flash and use it, it is not frightening to do so!

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    Kim Vernon says:

    LOVE what you do & how you do it, would love to talk more about it :)

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    Lauren Smith says:

    I think the ENTIRE series was the most helpful tip. It made me want to drag out my flash and made me WANT to love it!

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    Amanda Meberg says:

    I loved all the information from these tutorials!!! I also have watched Ainsley’s newborn dvd’s and they are so fantastic!! This would be a huge honor to win!! Fingers crossed!!

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    Larissa Holt says:

    I would love to win. Your tips were so helpful. I would love to learn
    everything I can about flash!!!

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    Kaylene says:

    I loved the whole series…I will be printing it out to add to my folder :) Thank you Ainslie <3

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    Tracy says:

    Yes, yes! This series was so very helpful. Thank you, thank you. (Have I repeated myself enough yet? Loved this.) :)

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