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Jeff Wenzel

Out of the Darkness into the Light

About Speaker

Jeff Wenzel started in photography by accident. His hobby for the past 20+ years has been building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. He always wanted to mount a GoPro on the wing and take some aerial pictures of beautiful Topsail Island. After never getting that done and seeing Sam’s Club had a black Friday sale on a DJI drone, he started off on his photography journey in 2015 by accident.

Initially self-taught through “YouTube University”, he learned the basics of photography by watching videos and trying to emulate other photographers he admired. Jeff owns and operates Above Topsail, a complete imaging company just off of Topsail in Holly Ridge, NC.

Jeff has a passion for teaching. His goal is to raise the level of photography and business for creatives. Jeff is married to Lindsay and has two children, Deacon (12) and Natalie (8). Jeff’s hobbies include pickleball and being the mayor of Holly Ridge, NC.


What you'll learn

Many photographers have invested in an Off Camera Flash (OCF) system, but it mostly sits in the corner collecting dust because they lack the confidence to use it while photographing a client. The thought of adding more complexity to an already stressful photoshoot can be paralyzing. The fear of failure or looking incompetent can cause us to fall back on what we already know and feel comfortable with. 

I get it, adding two more pieces of equipment to a photoshoot with dials and buttons can be intimidating. So why do it? Using OCF can make your images stand out from the crowd. It can even save your butt in situations where harsh natural lighting is your only option. I will teach you when to use OCF as well as my decision-making process on how to best utilize this tool in any photography situation. This class will be most helpful for those who have an OCF setup but don’t feel confident using it or those who are considering adding OCF as a tool to add to your photography tool belt. Even a seasoned OCF photographer will pick up a helpful tip or two!