“Don’t use Flash – it will wash out your child”

“Flash will make your photos look horrible”

‘You can’t control flash – no control over what your photos will look like”

You may have heard those statements, maybe even uttered them yourself. And to a degree – they can be true – but only because, if you don’t know how to control and work any tool, it’s likely to give you terrible outcomes – remember how much poorer your photos were when you first started with your camera on full auto?

Here is how I see Flash, and what this course is about:

  • Flash lets me bring light where there would normally be not enough light available to take a well exposed photo – and let me tell you – in glorious British weather, that’s more often that I would like!
  • Flash lets me shape the light to suit my needs – I can make it moody or bright, I can even make it look like natural light ( yes really)
  • Flash lets me neutralise ugly light and make it look good ( anybody else cursed with ugly spotlight lights in their home? no? just me? )
  • Flash lets me be in control, especially in unknown venues and locations, spaces where I won’t get a chance at that second shot.
  • Flash helps me in low light and in bright light – indoors and outside

I I could go on. My point is – if you learn how to use flash, it will become your best friend. This doesn’t mean that if you love natural light you need to abandon it – merely that you get another way to help yourself out of tricky light situations and to take your photos where you want them. And that’s what this course is about.

Shooting with Flash – key info

2 ways to learn – as an online class or an intensive 1 day, hands-on workshop:

Online course:

4 week online course, supported via a private FB group and weekly live Q&A class.
Course starts on 26th*** February. Course cost £129
*Please note date change from the originally scheduled 19th Feb

In Person workshop:

1 day, in-person workshop, with 4 week follow on support via a FB group.
Course date:  24th February 2018, 10am – 4.30pm. Course cost : £149

Pre-requisites for both courses:

  • you should be comfortable with using your camera in manual ( preferably) or priority modes – if you shoot mostly in priority modes we may be asking you to switch to manual at times – don’t worry, we’ll help you through it 🙂
  • you should have a detachable flash unit with a swivel head and ability to set its strength manually – if you don’t yet have a flash, we’ve put together a guide to buying your first flashgun
  • while the majority of the course focuses on using the flash ON camera, the last module introduces shooting with OFF camera flash – there may be additional equipment recommended ( within £30 – £60 price range) – this will be optional.

what’s covered in the course?

Module 1 – getting started with your Flash

  • The anatomy of your flash – buttons, dials and displays
  • Learning your Flash settings – TTL vs Auto vs M
  • Using Flash on your camera – creating a flash exposure
  • Learning to control your Flash’s strength
  • Using Flash to supplement light in your exposures

Module 2: Shaping light with your Flash

  • Understanding the physics of light when using flash
  • Background and foreground in Flash photography
  • Learning to bounce
  • Light modifiers – and how to DIY them if needed
  • Bounce angles to shape your light to your needs

Module 3 – Troubleshooting with Flash

  • Typical Flash photography problems
  • Dealing with tricky venues
  • Shooting through obstacles and against reflective surfaces
  • Dealing with mixed light venues
  • Using gels and white balance to correct light

Module 4 – Taking your flash off camera

  • getting started with off camera flash
  • off-camera flash equipment
  • off-camera flash settings
  • positioning your off camera flash
  • getting creative with off camera flash