creating the light you need, when you need it
flash photography workshop:
Learn to use on-camera flash, off-camera flash and multiple flash techniques to assist you in creating beautiful lighting consistently.
Flash Photography Workshop
Photography is all light and shadows. As photographers we work with light and shadows to produce quality images. But what do you do when the light you require simply isn't there? You can always pack your gear away and try again another time, hoping for better conditions, or you can take control of the situation and create the lighting you require…..with flash. Understanding when and how to use flash can be the difference between ordinary and great images.
Our two day Flash Photography Workshop will assist you in developing such knowledge, giving you the skills and confidence to overcome a variety of challenging lighting situations in a wide variety of environments.
The workshop is a combination of flash theory and practical exercises to ensure you are able to correctly use and understand all of the principles covered. Using a combination of studio and outdoor settings together with a professional model to assist you in consolidating your new skills.
March 5 & 6 / 8:30 - 4:30
July 2& 3 / 8:30 - 4:30
The Flash Photography Workshop can also be scheduled to meet the needs of private groups of 3-6 people. To book a private group Flash Photography Workshop please message us with your requirements
Sydney Based - Final location to be determined
Flash photography workshop
This workshop is all about teaching you to master your flash unit. Our practical exercises are designed to ensure you understand the use of on-camera and off-camera flash in a variety of situations. We will explore flash features and operation in detail as well as the various ways to meter the light and balance it with the existing ambient light. We will introduce a variety of tools used with flash to manage and manipulate the quality of light, including; wireless controllers, umbrellas, softbox, snoot, barn doors, gobo and reflectors.
Once we have developed a working knowledge of flash we will introduce our model and explore the various ways of lighting our subject using classic portrait techniques.
By the end of the two-day Flash Photography Workshop, students will have the confidence to utilise flash in a variety of situations to produce more creative images.
Our first day will focus on becoming proficient with the principles of Flash Photography and using a single, on-camera flash unit to achieve consistent exposures and good quality light.
- We will explore some of the basic principles of light and how light created by your flash will behave.
- Understanding your flash unit features and camera's flash settings are essential. We will cover the flash features in detail ensuring that you not only understand the purpose of the various features but how to use them on your flash and camera.
- Knowing when to choose between Auto (TTL) & Manual Flash is another essential flash photography skill. We will identify the pros & cons of both, and learn when to use each one, depending on the various situations you will be presented with.
- You will learn how to read various lighting environments to determine when you need to use your flash as the main light or the fill light.
- One of the key aspects of good quality flash photography is understanding how to combine flash with existing ambient light to achieve a good balance of foreground and background exposure. This is most likely to have the greatest effect on the quality of your flash images.
- From here we will cover how to use bounce flash and on camera diffusers to create beautiful shadows that add depth to your images and avoid the dreaded stark 'licence photo' effect experienced in most on-camera flash images.
We will practice all of the principles taught in the session with multiple shooting exercises and finish the day with the opportunity to use all of your newly developed on-camera flash skills to photograph a professional model.
Day two of our time together will be spent consolidating the material we learned in the first session and taking it to the next level. The secret of creating great quality images using flash is all about creating interesting light with interesting shadows. We are limited in the amount of creativity we have when using the flash mounted directly to the camera's hot shoe, so day two is all about getting the flash unit off of your camera.
- We begin our session by covering the various technologies and settings that allow us to take our flash units off of our cameras to become more creative. This also includes the process for managing multiple flash units.
- It is also important for us to explore some of the various tools that allows us to direct, shape and colour the light that comes from our flash. Here we will explore the range of light modifiers that are available to us. This includes using umbrellas, soft boxes, scrims, snoots, barn doors and colour gels. You will learn the use of these modifiers through hands-on exercises.
- Having developed an understanding of how to use and manipulate light from your flash unit, we will use a single off camera flash unit to create the various classic portrait lighting methods to begin our journey into portrait photography.
- From here, we will take our portraits to the next level by adding and controlling multiple flash units to create a main, fill and rim light for our subject.
- We will explore the traditional lighting techniques for portraits
As with day one, we will develop and consolidate our skills with multiple practical shooting exercises to ensure you have a sound working knowledge of the material covered. Our final practical session will be the opportunity to photograph portraits of a professional model using multiple flash units.
Len's School understands that some photographers may just be looking to improve their on-flash photography and may not have an interest in exploring off-camera or multiple flash photography. For that reason participants are offered the flexibility of booking day one of the Flash Photography on its own to learn the fundamentals of Flash Photography and how to capture more creative images with a single, on-camera flash unit.
Each student must have a fundamental working knowledge of their camera and the various exposure adjustments.
4 - 6 depending on venue
WHAT TO BRING
- Your camera & spare battery or charger, and the camera manual.
- Your flash unit, and flash manual
- Your lunch
- Tea, coffee and snacks
- Small groups limited to 6 participants
- Lens School's unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as a photographer
- A model for students to photograph during practical exercises
- We will have a variety of flash modifiers and multiple flash units with wireless controllers for each student to use in the day two workshops.
Group Bookings: Have your own group of 4-6 people and eager to hold a workshop in the comfort of your own home? Please select Information/Group Bookings from the main page menu and send us an enquiry to discuss the special Group Bookings rates.