For this week's interview we took a short ride in the SeniorInspire bus to the land of cheese where we sat down with our favorite lighting salesman, Michael Mowbray.
We met at MoLight HQ where Michael was in the middle of testing out some new, top secret Godox equipment. To prevent me from spilling the beans I was forced to sign an NDA and wear a blindfold for the entire interview.
Here's what we talked about...
SeniorInspire You're a man who wears many business hats. Photographer, instructor and lighting salesman. On a perfect day, which of the three are you doing?
Michael Mowbray A little of each. Maybe a headshot session, then helping someone find the right lighting solution to fit how they shoot, and finally wrapping up the day with a podcast.
SI I'm sure you hear a lot of the same questions over and over about your MoLight products. What's a question you wish people would stop asking?
MB Will my Flashpoint trigger work with this Godox light? I cannot even begin to convey how much I hate that Adorama chose to rebrand the Godox products that they sell. And even after explaining it, people cannot seem to trust that the products are identical. The big difference is the level of service and support that you will receive from MoLight versus one of the big box stores that just want to push product out the door.
SI What's a question you wish people WOULD ask you?
MB Why should I buy from MoLight? What makes MoLight different? I love answering that question because I do believe that no one can match what we do for product knowledge, customer service and support, and our extended warranty.
SI There's a ton of lighting 'advice' offered on Facebook every single day. Is there something you wish people would stop repeating?
MB OMG, where do I start? I see a lot of really bad advice every day. It’s shocking. One of the biggest misnomers, however, is that you need high speed sync (HSS) to freeze motion. Frankly, HSS sucks at freezing motion as the pulsing from HSS makes your flash act like a constant light. What freezes motion with flash is a very short flash duration. The best flashes around for that is the Godox QT series.
SI Which would you rather have? A day with ten $3k MoLight sales or a cure for male pattern baldness?
MB I’ll take a $30,000 sales day any day. My wife doesn’t care about male pattern baldness.
SI LOL. That's literally what she says.
OK, if you could instantly pick up a skill, what would it be?
MB To play the guitar like a master.
SI What is your favorite type of Wisconsin cheese?
MB It’s probably a tie between pecan smoked blueberry white cheddar and Bella Vitano.
SI Sounds good! Do you own one of those cheese hats they wear at Packer games?
MB Nope. Cheese is food, not formal wear.
SI Who are your photography heroes?
MB My friends who slug it out every day trying to grow their businesses in a tough, competitive environment.
SI OK, one last question... Are there any new or upcoming MoLight products you're really excited about?
MB Godox has released a ton of new products in the past few months, with most of those being amazing new LEDs. Godox has gone all in on LEDs -- big, small, silent, colorful -- you name it and it's now in their lineup. Watch also for a new lineup of microphones and small video monitors coming from them. Everything is available in the MoLight store.
SI Loving all the new LED's in your store, but hands down my two favorite MoLight purchases ever have been your Rolling ScrimFlector which completely rocks and your economical lightstands which have been a life saver.
Any chance I can get a peek at what you're testing today?
MB Ok, get him out of here.
And with that I was lifted out of my chair and escorted back to the SeniorInspire bus where I was finally allowed to take off my blindfold. On the bright side, one of the two goons who carried me out handed me a card with printed directions to Michael's favorite local cheese shop.
Of course he was right, that Bella Vitano is delicious!