Photography workshop: speedlight and camera flash

Course Dates: 23/07/20 - 13/08/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Lighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flashes and techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.


What is the course about?

On this practical course we will explore the effects of flash (both positive and negative) on the quality of photographic images, including freezing action, reducing digital noise, and controlling contrast and colour. You will be working in pairs and small groups on practical exercises both inside the studio and (if you are able) outside in the immediate environment (no more than 5 minutes walk away).

What students liked most about this course
“A good foundation in flash photography.”

“I liked the practical and informal style of learning and good technical content.”

“The pace and good mix of activities (practical/theory).”

“Practical aligned to theory. Good support – individual and group. Lots of good advice on kit – effective and money saving.”


What will we cover?

- Limitations of the built-in camera flash
- Guide number
- Using flash (speedlights) in automatic, semi-automatic and manual mode
- Bounced flash
- Off-camera flash
- Mixing flash with ambient light.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- photograph indoors and outdoors using on-camera flash
- use bounce flash indoors to improve the quality of your images
- mix flash with ambient light to alter contrast
- use and trigger flash ‘off-camera’.

What students have achieved on this course
“I achieved a better general understanding of light and camera and flash settings in a variety of situations.” VS
“I’m able to use external portable flashes in an easy and creative way both indoors and outdoors, effectively expose for ambient and flash.” DH
“Significantly more confident and able to use the camera flash.” EM
“A better understanding between the balance of ambient and flash. Clear understanding of the use of flash generally.” JJ
“Using manual and flash outside to get the right foreground and background. I’m a bit more confident to experiment with my flash settings.” RH


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course and suitable for and those who wish to experiment with the creative use of flash. You must be able to use your camera in auto, semi-automatic and fully-manual settings. As such it is ideal for those who have completed our Beginner's Photography: Stage 1' course. If you haven't don't worry, we just need you to understand ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR or bridge camera (i.e. not a point-and-shoot camera). You must have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings).

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. We will be using Apple Mac computers. You will benefit from exploring the material covered each week in your own time, but this is not obligatory.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your camera with full manual control and a flash gun (if you have either or both) to the classes, and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. City Lit has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods, lenses and flash guns which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. It would be useful to bring a memory stick or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit runs over 70 different practical and theoretical photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and using software packages. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.

Tutor Biographies
Armelle Skatulski

I am a fine art photographer and lecturer who has worked for leading arts institutions such as the Whitechapel Gallery (London), the Gallery of Photography (Dublin), the National College of Art & Design of Ireland, and more recently as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. I am committed to the Lifelong Learning sector through my work with organizations such as CityLit as well as through outreach projects. I am a graduate of the School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College (London). I am presently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art for which I was granted a TECHNE doctoral scholarship by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VY925

Thu, eve, 23 Jul - 13 Aug '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £127.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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