The Natural Light Workshop: Registration Now Open for Members + GIVEAWAY

How we use natural light, has the ability to make or break any photograph. Though shooting at the golden hour of sunset is a gorgeous time of day, it’s not always the most convenient! Learning how to shoot at all times of day in every type of lighting condition brings so much freedom! Not only can you schedule sessions at any time of day, you can make every location and lighting situation work in your favor.  Natural Light with Brooke Snow is an in-depth exploration of learning to see and use the best light in all types of conditions.

You’ll watch Brooke on several different filmed shoots, each depicting a new time of day or lighting challenge!  These lessons will arm you with powerful problem solving skills for natural light, so you can get the best results despite the challenges!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below where ONE LUCKY Rock the Shot reader will have a chance to win a FREE Full-Participation Seat for the Natural Light Workshop – how SWEET is that?!


Week One: Find the Light First, the Location Second:

  • Learning to See the Light
  • Directions of Light
  • Looking for Clues in Your Environment
  • Simple Tools for Enhancing the Light
  • Live Demo Video: Finding the Light First
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting Indoors

Week Two: Troubleshooting

Problems/Solutions for:

  • Midday Sun
  • Backlighting
  • Intensity of Direct Light
  • Dappled Light
  • High Contrast Light
  • Finding Catch Lights
  • Finding Even Light
  • Overcast Light
  • Color Casting
  • Not Enough Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Open Sun
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Dappled Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Overcast Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Partly Cloudy/Midday Sun

Week Three: Light and Composition:

  • How to Use Light to Tell a Story
  • Light and Shadow
  • Side Lighting in Composition
  • Front Light vs. Backlight in Conveying Emotion
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Contrasting Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting at Sunset

Week Four: Lighting Tricks:

  • Silhouettes
  • Starbursts
  • Creative White Balance
  • Hazy Light vs. Sharp Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting Silhouettes & Starbursts

Camera Requirements: DSLR (your camera is capable of changing lenses)
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: The workshop is held entirely online within the forum.
Time: The workshop will begin on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Materials are presented on Tuesday each week for 4 weeks, and may be accessed at your convenience during the workshop.
Materials: All course lessons and demonstrations are taught via video. Included with the course is a 29-page PDF course manual detailing all the course content for quick reference. In addition, this course includes exciting corresponding homework assignments and personalized critique (full-participants).
Instructor: Brooke Snow


“This class has been a turning point in my photography journey.” – Megan Hoffman

“I LOVED the live shoots! It’s so helpful to watch you in action, and have you explain what you are doing and why! I will never look at light the same! This class is a MUST! My confidence level is so much better after what I have learned in Natural Light!” -Ann White

“I learned heaps about how to manage and not be afraid of shooting in different light circumstances. Especially shooting in dappled light, loved that. I’m more confident in knowing how I can shoot no matter what the weather conditions are.” -Michele Bird

“I am a visual learner and it was so great to see Brooke in action, seeing her deal with everyday circumstances and how she problem solves. I really appreciate everything that she has taught and the genuine person that she is.” – Raini Castro

“One thing I’ve improved on is to cut back on my editing time considerably because now I make better use of the available light.” -Sandra Armenteros

“After taking this course I am so much more confident of a photographer. I am able to look at and for the light and know what I need to do in order to get the picture I want.” -Cindy Berning

“I thought I was pretty aware of the light around me, and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to light at a whole other level! I am now always looking at the quality of the light around me.” -Thelma Achamire

“I learned heaps about how to manage and not be afraid of shooting in different light circumstances. Especially how to shoot in dappled light, loved that. I’m more confident in knowing how I can shoot no matter what the weather conditions are.” – Michele Bird

About Brooke:  Brooke Snow has been a professional photography educator since 2009, and has become known for her interactive online teaching style through the use of video and live demonstration. Her favorite things to photograph include laughter and adventure.  She loves life in the rural countryside and lives with her husband and rambunctious 3 year old son in Northern Utah.

Visit Brooke at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK pages today!

Registration is OPEN to ALL!

This workshop is offered for the Rock the Shot Forum Members price of $185 for Full Participation Registration and $150 for *Study-Along Registration

If you are a current member of Rock the Shot Forum, please register HERE. Under the “Add/Renew Subscription” tab, you may add the workshop.

This workshop is offered for the Non-Members price of $210 for Full Participation Registration and $175 for *Study-Along Registration

Non-members may register HERE, and receive FREE access to the forum for the duration of the workshop

(total class size will be limited to 35 Full-Participants and 45 Study-Along Participants)

*Study-Along registrants will have full access to the materials, and may study along; however, will not be able to post questions or photos for critique.

The workshop will begin on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014. See you then!

Please note: Workshop seats are non-refundable, and non-transferrable

NOTE: After you complete registration you will receive an automatic email with further details for the workshop (please check your spam box if you do not receive this email). We will also send out an email welcome packet one week prior to the start of the workshop. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email

Enter below for a chance to win a FREE Full-Participation Seat for the Natural Light Workshop:

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Hurry! Giveaway ends on Monday, October 6th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 7th.

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Photographer Spotlight: Sasha Holloway of BLEULIPS Photography

We are so thrilled to welcome the amazingly talented Sasha Holloway to the Rock the Shot Blog.  Take a moment to learn more about Sasha and visit her website BLEULIPS Photography.  Thanks so much Sasha for sharing your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?

My inspiration for photography begin when I was shooting film and street photography. I’ve traveled the world, literally. I’m a military brat that joined the military and so I’ve been to over 30 countries, lived in 7, and seen so much.  One thing I can say is just the anticipation of seeing the images come back developed is what excited me the most.  I’m a huge fan of street photography so that’s where it all started for me.  I’ve only been shooting people for going on 5 years.

How would you describe your photography style?

I feel that hands down I’m an editorial style photographer with a vintage edge. I’ve always shot film, I didn’t start my career with a DSLR so the matte/film look has always been my style, just different levels of it.  Now that I’ve become attached to the rich, deep, film look in my work it’s just grown from there.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?

I’m self taught baby.  I invested and STILL invest in a lot of time teaching myself, attending workshops, and just making sure I understand my gear, and light.

Do you shoot Canon or Nikon, and what is your favorite lens?

I’m a Nikonite baby!  Don’t get me wrong I want to make the switch, Canon seems to just feel like butter between my fingertips, LOL.  My favorite lens hmm would have to be the 35 1.4, but the 85mm is on my body just the same.  They both fit my style of shooting.

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?

I use light in so many ways when I’m on an on-location shoot.  I’m not going to give you a scientific equation or tell you to stand to the north of the mountain top, learn to shoot in ALL types of lighting hands down. Stop being afraid to get your booty cheeks outside in the sun.  Sometimes the sun can really be an amazing tool if used right, but you won’t know that will you unless you get out there and PRACTICE.  Do not wait until you have a paid client to do so.

I will purposely shoot in full sun if I want depending on what mood I’m going for based on how my subject is styled.  My favorite light to look for when I shoot in alleys, lined streets, is the light that’s peeking down from above and almost giving like a “leak” effect over the body. I’m used to shooting coming from the UK in that soft-box, moody, and creamy lighting. So it’s a huge 360 shooting in GA where the sun is high for most of the day (unless I go out at 0700 or 1900 hours), before the sun sets.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing tweens and teens?

I think the only thing that might be considered challenging is making sure they are comfortable and let’s face it 10-19 year olds have so many issues they are battling through either silently, or acting out at times.  That’s why I love this age group so much, because I know what it’s like to be that child and that’s probably why I find it pretty easy to work with them, or connect with them on their level.  I get them.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?

I’ve learned that it was a great idea to forward market, and I’m so glad that I did. I had to move my very successful and thriving business across the world, and that was really no easy feat to accomplish (regardless of how prepared I was).  It was a huge wake-up call for me to learn how to sit down, settle, prepare mentally, and then push forward.  I didn’t fully give myself time to prepare, because once we closed on our home I was out there in the school marketing, looking for clients, and rushing to get started again. I felt like I needed to get a jump on things.  Instead things still took some time, I was networking as usual but it just wasn’t at the pace I was used too.   So I think one thing I had to learn was PATIENCE this past year, something I don’t have a lot of.  It will save you a lot of heartache and money.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?

I would encourage them to take chances, and to network.  Too many photographers are so caught up trying to replicate what others do behind the scenes, or throw on their snob hat and act as though they are “too good” to grab a cup of coffee. You’re telling me that you can private message me on Facebook, accept my help in groups, but you can’t hang out with me in person?  I don’t get that what so ever. Photographers need to learn how to network, they need to learn that we are ALL here for the same reason and that is to have a successful, thriving business, and to build a loyal clientele.  Nobody has time to worry about what is going on behind their backs, but in this undercutting time in the world that’s really all there is out there it seems.

So new business owners NETWORK your booty cheeks off, and don’t let anyone make you feel like your ideas, and what you bring to the table are not good enough, it’s GREAT enough for you to start right?  We can all learn something new by talking to different people, so don’t be afraid to reach out, and if someone reaches out to you, don’t be a snob and act like there is NOTHING a person can do for you, because sometimes it’s great to have a cup of joe and talk shop, or just vent about life in general.  I have friends all over the world, because I learned how to network early on in my business and I’m grateful for it.

What do you love most about being a photographer?

I love changing young lives, I love making a grown woman cry and feel beautiful again, I love how it makes me feel as a woman and changes how I view myself at times, I need to learn to listen to the advice I give to these young people.  I just love doing what I do, no sappy crap going on over here, no politically correct response. I just FREAKING love it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well the way that I grind, I have NO idea. I’m hoping to be further along in my career than where I am now, in 5 years it will be my 10th birthday for BLEULIPS so I’m hoping that I will be in W magazine like I dream, but more so importantly I hope my business is still thriving.

About Sasha:I am weird, funny, outgoing, opinionated, and very loving.  Okay cut the crap, I’m just a regular chick that rocked film, traveling the world, combat boots, paper, and now a digital camera.  I’m a USAF veteran, I’ve lived and traveled all over the world, and my love of photography really began as street photographer many, many years ago.  I was born and raised mostly overseas, I can speak multiple languages, and I have a very sassy mouth.  The love from my two beautiful boys, handsome hubby, and newly rescued pit-bull keeps me smiling and also on the edge of wanting to toss each one of them in a dumpster.  If I want to really stay sane I’ll just crochet, color, listen to some music, or create more ideas that I’ll probably never accomplish.


New “Members Only” FREEBIE Packet {V41}

ROCK ON!!  The newest “Members Only” FREEBIE Packet {Volume #41} is now available for download in the forum!!  This month’s packet is filled with the most FABULOUS goodies from our amazing vendors!  We want to extend a HUGE thank you for their generosity and support. Special thanks to  for this month’s contributions to Rock the Shot Forum members!

You can find the download link in [the Forum] under “Freebie Packets”. New members, don’t forget to download the other available issues of our “Members Only” Subscriber Packets as well! You’ll get HUNDREDS of dollars in FREE photography products.  Hurry, these packets are only available for a limited time!

Not a member of our forum yet?? JOIN TODAY, and get exclusive access to all our FANTASTIC FREEBIES!  Plus… for a limited time, save 30% off any level membership using code SEP30 (new/inactive members only: expires on September 14, 2014).

And now….on to the goodies! You will receive the following freebies:

Mini-Marketing Collection from Kimla Designs


Kimla Designs offers Photoshop Templates & Marketing Materials for professional photographers. Our shop is full of beautiful photocards, marketing templates,  albums, digital frames and overlays, digital backdrops and high quality digital papers.

  •  Compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Facebook Timeline Collection {5 Timelines) from The Album Cafe


Hello!  We are The Album Cafe! Providing modern, timeless, easy to use templates for the professional photographer, we have a large selection of templates that will boost your sales and allow your clients to promote your business for YOU by showing off their images and products to all their family and friends.

  •  Compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Vintage Frame Bundle from Indigo Boutique


Indigo Boutique offers soft and elegant photoshop templates to help beautifully showcase your photography. With everything from birth announcements, holiday cards to marketing materials, overlays, digital papers and more, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.  Very easy to use, simply drop in your photos, change the text, and you’re done.

  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Not a member of Rock the Shot Photography Forum yet? Come on over and JOIN our fun and friendly community TODAY!  Plus… for a limited time, save 30% off any level membership using code save 30% off any level membership using code SEP30 (new/inactive members only: expires on September 14, 2014).

And… don’t forget to stop by these wonderful vendors websites and Facebook pages and check out all the FANTASTIC products they have to offer. Remember to download all of our currently available packets in the forum. Here is a list of all the fantastic freebies available for download.  Hurry, these packets are only available for a limited time!!

Volume 40:

  • Exclusive Photo Overlay Collection from Click and Blossom
  • “Back to School” Marketing Collection by Cherry Bloom Design
  • Exclusive Cloud Overlay Pack from Photographer Depot

Volume 39:

  • Summer Marketing Bundle {4 templates} from Paper Lark Designs
  • Facebook Timeline Cover Bundle {6 templates} from Marketing Mall
  • “Owlsome” Texture Pack {12 Textures} from Owlsome Boutique

Volume 38: (expires September 14, 2014)

  • EXCLUSIVE Lightroom Preset Collection {5 Presets} from Pretty Presets for Lightroom
  • “Artista” Client Welcome Packet from Squijoo Design Studio
  • Facebook Timeline Collection {4 templates}  from Bittersweet Design Boutique

September Photo Challenge: Black & White Portrait

I have a soft spot in my heart for Black & White portraits.  They can express emotion and depth in a way that color cannot always convey.  This month, share one of your favorite “BLACK & WHITE PORTRAITS” with us!  The only rules are that the image must be some variation of Black & White, and it must be a portrait.  Everyone is invited to participate!

Special thanks to our very generous sponsors for the FABULOUS prizes for this months challenge!

Here are the prizes you can win:

 1st Place PRIZE: Smart Albums Software {$299 Value}


About Smart Albums

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Founded by photographers who have a deep appreciation for beauty and simplicity, Pixellu creates industry leading software for photographers. Our zeal for excellence translates to tools that are intuitive, reliable and easy to use.

World renowned photographers choose Pixellu’s SmartAlbums software to create their signature albums. Download SmartAlbums today for free to begin enjoying the album design process, increase your profits, and give yourself more freedom to enjoy life.

2nd Place PRIZE: $150 Gift Certificate from Birdesign


Birdesign provides affordable and original high quality designs to help grow your photography and make your workflow easier.
We love to provide photographers with designs that help them book more and engage their potential customers, such as marketing boards to promote Mini sessions and Specials through Facebook or email campaigns and Digital magazines to provide their clients with the most complete information about the sessions, pricing and products of the studio.

3rd Place PRIZE16×24 Canvas from Canvas by Blossom {$137 Value}


Here are the details for entering your submission:

1. Create a post on your blog and include ONE photo submission for the challenge. If you like, include some fun facts about the photo, and any tips or tricks you might like to share about how you captured and/or processed your image.  For this month’s submission, the only requirements are that the image is Black & White and must be a portrait.
2. Include the Rock the Shot Button and type the link in your post. DO NOT include http://
3. You can also link your submission from public Facebook pages, Flickr, Pinterest, etc. Just be sure to include the link within your post. If you are having trouble with this method, check out our step-by-step video tutorial HERE 
4. Submit the link to your post using the InLinkz button below. You must submit the actual post link (permalink), not just your website URL. NOTE: do not include http:// in your link
5. You may submit your photo at any time during the challenge – the deadline for this month’s submission is September 30th, at 11:59pm CST.
6. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 3rd.

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

By submitting your photo, you grant Rock the Shot permission to re-post your photo on our blog and/or Facebook page. Photo Credit will be provided.

August Photo Challenge Winners

We are so excited today to announce the WINNING photos for our August Photo Challenge.  Our theme last month was “DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING”, and the images were truly spectacular!!   We want to thank all of our readers who submitted entries for the challenge, and a HUGE  THANK YOU to our fabulous sponsors Ketti Handbags; Beyond the Lens Photoshop Actions + Texures and Canvas by Blossom for their generous prize donations to the challenge this month.

Here are our winners for the “Dance” photo challenge:

1st Prize: #15 Clay Jars Photography

2nd Prize: #3 Christy Peterson Photography

3rd Prize:  #47 Eliz Alex Photography


Honorable mention 1: #33 Photography at Our Country Home

Honorable mention 2:  #61 Image 421 Photography

If you’re one of our top five, proudly display the button “Top 5 Photo” button on your blog and Facebook pages. This button can be found HERE.

Winners, please contact Karlen at

Thanks to everyone who entered, and STAY TUNED for our September Photo Challenge…

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