Workshop 210—Flash on Camera: $79

Are you tired of terrible or inconsistent looking photos from your hot shoe flash?

This class focuses on getting the most out of your hot shoe flash—on or off the camera. It’s all about knowing how these small strobes “think” and then modifying the light to each situation. The focus will be on shooting people, with a concentration on headshots and portraits.

Working with professional models, I will demonstrate the finer points of people photography. I have spent over 25 years studying the effects of different light sources and light modifiers. Watch and learn as I show the strong and weak points of each. I’ll compare umbrellas to soft boxes, bounce techniques, as well as many other tricks I’ve learned in more than two decades of commercial still photography and cinematography. I will explain portrait lighting in a language you can easily understand. I will “build” great portraits using one, two, and three or more lights as well as using reflectors, mirrors, and more. I will also show how to combine hot shoe flashes with studio strobes. Metering techniques will be explained. (My handheld meter and entire list of equipment is on the website.)

Requirements: You should have a digital SLR or a digital camera that accepts a hot shoe flash and is capable of complete manual control. Examples of such cameras include, but are not limited to: Nikon D3000, 5000, 7000, or above, and any full frame DSLR or Coolpix; Canon EOS, Rebel, 7D, full frame 5D/6D series, etc. If in doubt, please contact us, but really any camera is okay, including those that are ready to move up from point and shoot to DSLR.

Hardware: Are you about to purchase a hot shoe flash or add to what you already own? Are you trying to decide which diffuser or light modifier to buy? I’ll help take the guesswork out of your decision making process. I have several of the latest products from Lumiquest, Gary Fong, Lastolite, and others – as well, ones I have made myself. (Hey, we’re all on a budget these days!)

I am a Nikon shooter, but most of the class is not brand specific. At times, I will discuss specific Nikon models, but the seminar is really about making people look good with hot shoe flash. I am usually striving to make my portable light look like studio light.

Software: In all my classes you get to see my workflow and watch as images are captured, imported, projected, and refined. I always have the latest version of Photoshop, Lightroom, The Bridge, Camera Raw, Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, and others. I’ll compare JPEG to RAW and compare their features.

I guarantee you'll learn a lot and be ready to deliver better images to your clients!