Flash photography with speedlight

Course Dates: 28/06/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Kean Street 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 flash techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

Course Code: VY386

Wed, day, 28 Jun - 28 Jun '23

Duration: 1 session

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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 will we cover?

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

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

- Photograph in and outdoors using on-camera flash
- Use bounce flash indoors effectively to improve the quality of your images
- Use fill in flash
- Mix flash with ambient light to alter contrast
- Use and trigger flash ‘off-camera’.

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 mode. As such it is ideal for those who have completed our Photography for beginners 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 talks, demonstrations, practical individual and group exercises and individual assistance.

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 class, 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.

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 to get inspired.

Michael Harding Tutor Website

Michael Harding was born in Canada, where he studied cinema and photography at Concordia University, Montréal, before moving to the UK. Since then, he has created striking images of architecture, art, people and landscapes for international blue-chip clients for their use in editorial, advertising and corporate applications. Michael’s work has won many industry awards, notably being selected in the Eleventh Association of Photographers Awards and further receiving a Merit Award in the Seventeenth Association of Photographers Awards. His work was selected for a Highly Commended Award in the Deutsche Bauzeitung “Visions in Architecture” European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada. Michael has been Chairman, as well as President, of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The AOP is Europe’s most established organisation for professional photographers, working to ensure greater recognition for all professional photographers, as well as working to positively influence legislators in the UK and Europe for the benefit of all photographers.

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.