Controlling portrait shadows

Spontaneous World


A few weeks ago I mentioned on my Facebook page that my friend Alexis Kathryn and I are packing up and traveling for 2 years. What I thought would be a little update on Facebook turned into dozens of phone calls, more e-mail than I could handle, hundreds of comments, and over 80,000 interactions on Facebook. In fact, it’s the most popular thing I’ve ever posted on Facebook. I think it’s safe to say that a few people wanted to know more about the journey.

Today I’m happy to announce that Lex and I have created a blog dedicated to the entire journey. We’ve named our blog Spontaneous World. This is the site for all of you who are curious about our trip. You can read the who, what, when, where, and why on our new site. Head on over!

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Working with Speedlights in the Studio

Whether it’s with a softbox, umbrella, grid or just bare flashes, Mark will teach you how to get great studio portraits using only these small, powerful lights. He’ll cover remote triggering, metering and more.
Mark will walk through speedlight basics so you have a complete understanding of the possibilities, and limitations, of these remarkable lights.

Compositing with Gavin
Lightroom Shortcuts

Lightroom Shortcuts

In this episode Mark will guide you through all of his favorite Lightroom shortcuts! If you can edit using these easy shortcuts, you will be able to edit faster and more efficiently. Don’t miss these great tips!

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10 Things about the Studio

10 Things About Working in the Studio

In this episode, Mark gives you 10 tips for working in the studio. These are things that you may have never been taught, but they are great tips for staying safe and being efficient in the studio.

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LIve Streaming Gear

Live Streaming Gear

In this episode, Mark walks through the totally portable live streaming solution he made for his Mark Wallace: LIVE workshops. (

This setup is perfect for churches, educational facilities, conference halls or companies. The gear allows you to do live events (seminars, presentations, etc.) and live stream to the web anywhere there’s power and an internet connection.

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Create your own watermark to use on your images.

Photoshop Basics

Click here to pre-order this workshop

Date: July 18-19, 2013

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PDT

Location: Live online. Click here to go to the LIVE page.

Mark Wallace: LIVE is free to watch during the live broadcast. If you’d like to own a copy of this workshop you can purchase it for downloading and viewing on your computer or portable device.

Price to own: $30 ($19.95 if purchased before or during the live broadcast) Click here to pre-order now!


The perfect workshop series for Photoshop beginners. This class assumes that you are new to Photoshop and want to learn how to retouch and adjust your images.

This four session workshop is a comprehensive overview of Photoshop. By the end of this workshop you’ll have the skills you need to edit your images using Photoshop.

These sessions are jam packed with hands-on activities which allow you to learn by doing. Sample files will be made available to those who purchase the workshop or for a small fee to those who wish to watch the free sessions. You don’t need the sample files to follow along but it’s highly encouraged.

The first session covers the interface, tools, and menus. The second session explains some more advanced topics including layers, masks, and sharpening. The third session puts all of your new skills to use as you retouch a portrait and scenic photograph. Our final session is open to allow us to dive in to any open questions, finish projects and wrap up the workshop without being rushed.

*Note:* This workshop will be using Photoshop CC but applies to all versions of Photoshop from CS3 and above. To follow along with the sessions you’ll need a copy of Photoshop installed on your home computer. You can download a free trial of photoshop from Adobe by clicking here or going directly to:

Session One: July 18 9:00am-12:00pm PDT

  • An overview of Photoshop
  • Opening Files
  • Using Adobe Bridge
  • Workspaces
  • Exploring the interface
  • Essential Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Tools Overview
  • Hands On: Selection Tools
  • Using the Navigator
  • Using the History Palette
  • Understanding Bit Depth
  • Understanding Resolution

Session Two: July 18 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT

  • Understanding Layers
  • Using Free Transform
  • Understanding Blending Modes
  • Using Layer Masks
  • Using Adjustment Layers
  • Non Destructive Editing
  • Sharpening Images

Session Three: July 19 9:00am – 12:00pm PDT

  • Putting it all together:
  • Levels and curves
  • Burn/Dodge
  • Spot Healing Brush
  • Healing Brush
  • Gaussian Blur
  • Adding Noise
  • Red Eye Removal
  • Size for output to web/print
  • Sharpening
  • Final touches
  • Print/Save as…
  • Retouching a portrait photograph
  • Retouching a scenic photograph

Session Four: July 19 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT (approximate times based on content and questions)

  • Completing our projects
  • Wrap up student questions
  • Workshop close
The Shot EP1-057-2

The Shot

The Shot is now available as Video On Demand and digital download. Join Mark Wallace as he takes you through the step by step process of creating beautiful portraits. Each episode in this series demonstrates the pre-production, setup, shooting, and post production of a single image. Explore the process of creating images as Mark Wallace shows you each step of the process.