Michael Corsentino is an award winning contemporary wedding and portrait photographer, Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Lightroom expert, author, speaker and international workshop leader based in Northern California. Shooting digitally since 1999, he made his first exposure when he was 12 years old and hasn’t put his camera down since.
His 35 year love affair with the magic and science of photography is more passionate today than ever. Stylish, dramatic, edgy and modern images set Michael’s photography apart. His award winning blend of photojournalism, fashion and editorial styles have made him an in-demand portrait and destination wedding photographer.
Equally passionate about educating, Michael loves to share his lighting and posing secrets, post processing techniques, time saving workflow strategies and shooting philosophy with other photographers during his inspiring workshops and speaking engagements.
After Dark is like no other workshop! I love the whole outside the box concept of an entire group of mentors and students working together, pushing the limits of their creativity and skills late into the night.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
I’d been shooting as side business for many years while working as a graphic designer. Mostly personal and editorial projects. When I decided to relocate from New York to San Francisco it seemed like the perfect time to take my photography full time. I started attending as many workshops as I could, reaching out to anyone who’d take my calls, assisting, second shooting, basically anything I could to be in the mix.
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
Charlotte, NC will be my second time mentoring at After Dark. There are so many favorite moments it’s hard to keep track.
Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
For me it’s all about giving back. When I started I had so many questions and there were so many mysteries and lots of people helped me find my way and still do. If can help educate, inspire, clarify, and demystify then I feel I’ve helped pay it forward. Being mentor is extremely gratifying because I see the shift happen for students when ideas and concepts click for them. Every mentoring experience make me a better teacher, technician, and artist. I learn a lot from my students and mentoring inspires me push myself in new directions.
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Studio lighting
- Location lighting
- Lightroom & Photoshop workflow
- Think creativity
- Lived on a commune for 4 years
- Know my way around a kitchen
- Studio in Petaluma, CA
- Canon shooter
- Love sushi so much that I’m known "Corsen-tuna"
Majority of Business:
- Hot lights
- Diffusion panels
- Flags, etc.