Michael Corsentino

Michael Corsentino

Michael Corsentino is an editorial fashion and portrait photographer. In addition to his busy shooting schedule Michael is also a passionate educator who teaches workshops domestically and internationally. A successful author with two books to his credit Michael writes a monthly lighting column for Shutter Magazine and is a regular contributor for Photo District News, and jointhebreed.com.

Photoshop Color Grading Made Easy

with Michael Corsentino

A well-done color grade can make the difference between an average image and an above-average image; it can take an above-average image and make it exceptional! Color grading, the purposeful shift of an image’s color tones, is used to create a specific mood, look, or feeling. We’ll be using adjustment layers for the majority of the work on the image featured in this article. Adjustment layers make enhancing and fine-tuning images easy and flexible by keeping your workflow nondestructive. You can tweak adjustments to your heart’s content, and none of the changes are irreversible or baked ...

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A well-done color grade can make the difference between an average image and an above-average image; it can take an above-average image and make it exceptional! Color grading, the purposeful shift of an image’s color tones, is used to create a specific mood, look, or feeling. We’ll be using adjustment layers for the majority of the work on the image featured in this article. Adjustment layers make enhancing and fine-tuning images easy and flexible by keeping your workflow nondestructive. You can tweak adjustments to your heart’s content, and none of the changes are irreversible or baked ...

One Light 101

with Michael Corsentino

Knowing where to start when you’re interested in incorporating off-camera flash to your photography can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. There are so many brands, so many modifiers, and so many techniques that it can seem downright dizzying. My advice is always to start with just one light. Even seasoned multi-strobe owners are consistently surprised at just how much can be accomplished using just one light. Despite having 10 strobes in my arsenal of studio and location lights, I make it a practice to see what I can accomplish using just one light, and then add additional ligh...

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Knowing where to start when you’re interested in incorporating off-camera flash to your photography can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. There are so many brands, so many modifiers, and so many techniques that it can seem downright dizzying. My advice is always to start with just one light. Even seasoned multi-strobe owners are consistently surprised at just how much can be accomplished using just one light. Despite having 10 strobes in my arsenal of studio and location lights, I make it a practice to see what I can accomplish using just one light, and then add additional ligh...

When it comes to creating professional-quality beauty images, there are a few simple, tried-and-true tools and techniques you’ll need to use to achieve great results every time. First, you’ll want a flash for the key light, either a strobe or handheld flash, more often than not modified with a beauty dish—go figure! My preference for this is a Mola Softlights Demi Beauty Dish . This reflector produces a gorgeous quality of light that I haven’t seen elsewhere. Beauty lighting is created using a foundational lighting pattern called “clamshell lighting.” This classic over-and-under lighting...

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When it comes to creating professional-quality beauty images, there are a few simple, tried-and-true tools and techniques you’ll need to use to achieve great results every time. First, you’ll want a flash for the key light, either a strobe or handheld flash, more often than not modified with a beauty dish—go figure! My preference for this is a Mola Softlights Demi Beauty Dish . This reflector produces a gorgeous quality of light that I haven’t seen elsewhere. Beauty lighting is created using a foundational lighting pattern called “clamshell lighting.” This classic over-and-under lighting...

When the digital photography revolution started, I resisted for a very long time confident that I’d never leave film for zeros and ones. After 20 years of gelatin silver wet darkroom work perfecting black-and-white printing, I was sure digital could never possibly measure up. It’s a funny thing because now my analog days are a distant memory, and I can’t imagine ever living without digital. I wistfully romanticize my darkroom days; the glow of my amber safe light, the smell of the chemicals, the thrill of watching prints magically appear in a tray of developer, but the truth is I’d never go...

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When the digital photography revolution started, I resisted for a very long time confident that I’d never leave film for zeros and ones. After 20 years of gelatin silver wet darkroom work perfecting black-and-white printing, I was sure digital could never possibly measure up. It’s a funny thing because now my analog days are a distant memory, and I can’t imagine ever living without digital. I wistfully romanticize my darkroom days; the glow of my amber safe light, the smell of the chemicals, the thrill of watching prints magically appear in a tray of developer, but the truth is I’d never go...

First, there a few things I’m not including on this list because I’m taking for granted that you’re already drinking the off-camera flash Kool-Aid, and don’t need any convincing about why this will dramatically improve your lighting game! Second, I’m assuming that, like many people, you may find the whole lighting subject a bit confusing or even intimidating. No worries; that’s what I’m here for. The first topic on the list below is my “Four Principles of Strobe Light” that are guaranteed to strip away the mystery, and help simplify the way you think about artificial light. I’ve combined th...

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First, there a few things I’m not including on this list because I’m taking for granted that you’re already drinking the off-camera flash Kool-Aid, and don’t need any convincing about why this will dramatically improve your lighting game! Second, I’m assuming that, like many people, you may find the whole lighting subject a bit confusing or even intimidating. No worries; that’s what I’m here for. The first topic on the list below is my “Four Principles of Strobe Light” that are guaranteed to strip away the mystery, and help simplify the way you think about artificial light. I’ve combined th...

Grids Are Essential!

with Michael Corsentino

When you think about it, lighting is all about control. By this I mean being able to control exactly where you want light and where you don’t. Grids are one of the top tools in my arsenal for this kind of light shaping and control. Grids are placed in front of other modifiers such as softboxes, reflectors, and beauty dishes to further modify the beam of light being created. Grids control the spread of light, creating a narrower beam from the strobe-and-modifier combo being used. They’re typically available in honeycomb patterns ranging from 10º, 20º, 30º, and 40º, and are just as at home...

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When you think about it, lighting is all about control. By this I mean being able to control exactly where you want light and where you don’t. Grids are one of the top tools in my arsenal for this kind of light shaping and control. Grids are placed in front of other modifiers such as softboxes, reflectors, and beauty dishes to further modify the beam of light being created. Grids control the spread of light, creating a narrower beam from the strobe-and-modifier combo being used. They’re typically available in honeycomb patterns ranging from 10º, 20º, 30º, and 40º, and are just as at home...

Learn why the Canon 600EX-RT is a quantum leap forward in speedlite technology! Join Michael Corsentino, a portrait and fashion photographer based in Florida, as he takes a deep dive into the Canon 600EX-RT speedlite system. He'll get you up and running with the key features and functions that will enable you to get the most out of this flash. In this class you'll learn about the key buttons and dials, how and why to use the different exposure modes, the importance of shooting with the flash off the camera, how to take advantage of high speed sync, and so much more. All throughout the class Michael shares his insights, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of your flash and enable you to create the images you've been dying to create.

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Learn why the Canon 600EX-RT is a quantum leap forward in speedlite technology! Join Michael Corsentino, a portrait and fashion photographer based in Florida, as he takes a deep dive into the Canon 600EX-RT speedlite system. He'll get you up and running with the key features and functions that will enable you to get the most out of this flash. In this class you'll learn about the key buttons and dials, how and why to use the different exposure modes, the importance of shooting with the flash off the camera, how to take advantage of high speed sync, and so much more. All throughout the class Michael shares his insights, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of your flash and enable you to create the images you've been dying to create.

Portable Lighting: Let’s Go!

with Michael Corsentino

In just a few short years, the power, workflow, and capabilities of mobile photography have experienced nothing short of a major growth spurt, going from promise to reality. From standalone mobile apps to those that sync with their desktop counterparts, mobile photography has come of age. Increased bandwidth, less expensive memory, powerful processors, a host of mature software titles, competitive data rates, and robust cloud-storage solutions have all helped usher in a mobile photography landscape that now includes file formats such as TIFF and PSD, once the sole province of the desktop. T...

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In just a few short years, the power, workflow, and capabilities of mobile photography have experienced nothing short of a major growth spurt, going from promise to reality. From standalone mobile apps to those that sync with their desktop counterparts, mobile photography has come of age. Increased bandwidth, less expensive memory, powerful processors, a host of mature software titles, competitive data rates, and robust cloud-storage solutions have all helped usher in a mobile photography landscape that now includes file formats such as TIFF and PSD, once the sole province of the desktop. T...