“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.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
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 – 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
Module 4 – 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
The course is awesome!! It is soooo worth it! I am loving it. It has opened up a whole new angle to photography. Not been this excited since I started! Definitely worth doing!
The course covered exactly what I needed it to in terms of breadth and depth – thank you. The course has not only improved my confidence with using flash but made me consider light more generally which I didn’t expect. Thanks so much!
SHOOTING WITH FLASH – KEY INFO
- 4 week online course, supported via a private FB group
- Course start – Monday 16th Nov 2020
- Course cost: £159
- Course instructor – Ania Wilk-Lawton
Pre-requisites for the course:
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. It’s now been updated to include our recommended models.
while the majority of the course focuses on using the flash ON camera, the last module introduces shooting with OFF camera flash – most cameras will allow you to trigger flash with your existing pop-up flash with no additional equipment needed. However you may also consider purchasing a remote flash trigger – depending on the type you’re after, you may spend as little as £10 on a simple trigger, or from around £50 for a more sophisticated controller unit. Again happy to advise whether you need it and if so, what model to buy