Photography in a day: speedlight flash

Course Dates: 13/11/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
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.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VY914

Sat, day, 13 Nov - 13 Nov '21

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
- 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 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.


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.

Matthew Ward Tutor Website

Matthew started teaching at the City Lit in 2005. He has worked in darkrooms, Av production, artwork reproduction, photography assisting, studio management and freelance commercial photography. He has shots cars for Chrysler, posters for the National Theatre and dolls for the Queen. To date he has been commissioned to illustrate over 150 books, shooting across the World. He has shot commercially on 10x8, 5x4, medium format, 35mm, DSLRs, digital backs, specialist panoramic cameras and the occasional shoe box (for pin-hole). Matthew has a degree in photography and a post graduate diploma in digital colour imaging.

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.