Presenting a hands-on workshop for a small group of 4 photographers with no prior experience of working with off camera flash or studio lights. This 4 hour course will introduce you to lighting terms, concepts & equipment (lights, triggers, grip, modifiers) and teach you the basic technical theory needed to make a correct exposure with flash using your camera’s Manual Mode.
By the end of the workshop you be confident working with a single light setup and will have taken some amazing portraits using only a single flash.
Who Should Attend?
The course is aimed at photographers with no prior knowledge of using either hotshoe flashes or studio lights. You will already understand Aperture, Shuttter Speed and ISO and can use your camera confidently in Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes.
What should you bring?
- Digital SLR (must have a hotshoe for flash or a PC Sync Port) and must have Manual Mode.
- At least one lens (preferably greater than 50mm focal length)
- Tripod (optional)
First we will introduce ourselves and then I will give a brief overview of the equipment you will be using. The group will split into two pairs and you will work with your partner to carry out practical exercises (one person will be photographer and your partner will model for you, then then the roles are reversed).
PRACTICAL – With your partner you will learn to set up the lighting equipment.
Each pair will set up a single light, stand, radio trigger and modifier. I will be there to help with any doubts.
PRACTICAL – We will all switch to Manual Mode on our cameras and start with the same basic setting (ISO, White balance, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Image Quality, Colour Space, Histogram View) so that we can begin working with the lighting equipment.
THEORY – I will explain the concept of flash “sync speed” and how flash photography is limited by the sync speed. Also we will see that it is possible to “break” the sync speed barrier using advanced techniques such as High Speed Sync, Hypersync and cropping for the rear curtain shaddow.
PRACTICAL – You will test your camera’s maximum sync speed and test if your camera permits you to exceed the maximum.
Off-camera versus On-camera flash
THEORY – I will talk a little about the benefits of working with the flash off the camera as opposed to on the camera.
PRACTICAL – You will take and compare photographs using a hotshoe flash mounted on the camera with photographs taken with the flash on a stand and see the difference for yourself and understand the benefits of off-camera flash.
THEORY – We will have a brief chat about exposure (Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO) and then I will introduce the concept of Flash Exposure.Exposure
THEORY – I will show you how to use a light-meter to measure the flash exposure, additionally I will demonstrate how we can get a fairly accurate exposure by using the “X-Rite Color Checker Passport” together with the information on the cameras histogram and blown highlight indicator.
PRACTICAL – You will practice getting the correct exposure on your subject using these techniques.
Controlling Ambient and Flash Exposures
THEORY – You will learn the theory of how to independently control the ambient exposure and the flash exposure.
PRACTICAL – You will work with your partner to practice controlling ambient and flash exposures working with the ambient lighting in the workshop environment.
THEORY – I will explain and demonstrate how we can change the “quality” and the “shape” of the light using the various lighting modifiers (Reflectors, Umbrellas, Softboxes, Beauty Dish, Grids, Scrims, snoots etc).
PRACTICAL – You will work with the various modifiers and practice making correct exposures as learnt in the previous exercise.
Inverse Square Law
THEORY – I will introduce the concept of the “Inverse Square Law” and how it affects flash photography in simple terms and practical exercises. I will also give real world examples of situations where this is necessary to understand.
PRACTICAL – We will work as a group of 4 to practice getting the correct exposure and compensating for the effect of the “Inverse Square Law”.
THEORY – I will demonstrate how we can use the “Inverse Square Law” creatively and you will try this concept with your partner.
PRACTICAL – You will practice being creative with the “Inverse Square Law”
Questions & Answers
I will spend some time answering any questions you may have regarding the equipment or any of the topics we have discussed.
PRACTICAL – Any remaining time you can spend taking creative portraits of each other in the environment.