Category Archives: Flash Photography

HowToWow Tour with Nikon Ambassador Jerry Ghionis!

Road Runner Photo Tours is proudly sponsoring Jerry Ghionis’ HowToWow Tour. Jerry is a Nikon Ambassador who specializes in portrait, wedding, and boudoir photography.

Jerry will be in the Washington DC area on September 21! The full day program starts at 9am and runs until 8:30pm. An entire day packed with information, tips, and techniques to help build your portrait photography skills!

This is an area of photography that Don and I don’t specialize in, so we are not only sponsoring Jerry’s tour, but are also participating! In one day, Jerry will teach you how to use posing, expression and lighting to effectively transform any location into a perfect shot!

During this tour, Jerry will be sharing his tips and techniques for capturing beautiful portraits in a types of lighting conditions. Jerry will teach you HOW to WOW your clients every time with extraordinary images. Learn Jerry’s method of resourcefully transforming any location and utilizing available light to create timeless pieces. Get in on the action with professional models, all-day tethered shooting, multiple sets, real time problem-solving, tips and templates to market and grow your business.

This workshop is for anyone looking to learn or improve their portrait/wedding photography skills. We are promoting the tour through our Meetup because it is not a skill set we would be able to offer on our own.

To register for this event, you must sign up on the HowToWow Tour website, here:

There are 3 ways to participate in the program:

  1. The Daytime Workshop (9am – 4pm)
  2. The Evening Seminar (5pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Full Experience (9am – 8:30pm)

The HowToWow website provides full descriptions of each level, including costs. To receive $10 off admission, use our discount code: HTWRRP.

A Little Flash



My favorite time to light paint is usually 20 minutes after sunset, but what to do while waiting for it to get dark enough to light paint?  In my case flash is sometimes the answer.  During our recent trip to Carrie Furnace we started losing light about 45 minutes prior to sunset.  It was not dark enough to light paint because we could not expose for more than a couple seconds.  Unfortunately for me not everything I need during a shoot will fit in one bag, so I ran back to the car and grabbed my bag of speed lights and accessories.


I must admit it took a few minutes to get back in the groove, since I can’t remember the last time I used flash.  But it was like learning to ride a bike after a few minutes and a few test shots.   In the  photo above I combined 5 different images, each taken with one flash lighting a certain aspect of the composition.  I use the Nikon Commander on my camera body and hand hold the flash.  The general settings are usually 1 stop underexposed for the flash.   I use the self-timer and rear curtain sync to be in position when the camera clicks.


We are in the planning stages of setting up a new date for Carrie Furnace next May.   Be sure to join our Road Runner Photography Meetup to get notification of when the date is announced.


The Bull and the Rodeo Clown



Recently our Road Runner Photography Meetup attended a Bull Riding event at the Prince William County Fair.    Besides getting rained out before the end of the event, we had a really great time!  The rain offered a nice little photographic opportunity, but I will blog about that soon over on my Photo Blog.    The big action involving those brave or perhaps crazy guys that ride bulls did not start until after dusk.  Sitting at the top of the bleachers offered me a fairly nice view, but in the evening light I needed some help.  That is where the Better Beamer came in handy.   The Better Beamer is an attachment popular with wildlife photographers that enables your flash to reach longer  distances.  I got mine from Hunt’s.  


The Beamer simply Velcros to the flash and holds a magnifying lens about 8 inches forward of your flash.  Considering that I was easily 50 yards away, notice the light in the bull’s eye.    I also made a decision before the start of shooting to try and go for a more artistic look, thus the blurry images.   I was playing with different shutter speeds but for the most part was shooting around 1/10 or 1/20 of a second.


Overall I’m pretty happy with the results.   When shooting motion blurs you have a lot of images that don’t make the cut.  But in my viewpoint I only really need one!