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Workshop - Off Camera Flash 101

Mixing Off Camera Flash with ambient light - Image credit Profoto.com

Mixing Off Camera Flash with ambient light - Image credit Profoto.com

March 26, 2016 - 9 AM to NOON - Newmarket Community Centre Hall #1

On camera flash looks lousy so this workshop introduces the idea of using a hotshoe mount flash or speedlight off the camera.  We will look at connectivity options including wired and wireless and explore the use of inexpensive modifiers that mount to the speedlight to help you manage the light of a single off camera flash.

Topics Covered

Getting the Flash Off Camera

  • Using a connecting cable system
  • Using a built-in optical control system that leverages the built-in popup flash
  • Using an optical control system with a hotshoe flash as the central controller
  • Using radio systems to control the off camera flash
  • System type review pros and cons of each

TTL Flash

  • What does TTL actually mean and how does it work?
  • How to adjust flash output with TTL flash
  • Controlling the TTL flash from the camera menu
  • Controlling the TTL flash from an external controller

On Flash Modifiers

  • Domes and Fongs
  • Reflector Systems
  • On Flash Softboxes

Larger Light Shaping Tools

  • Principles of Umbrella use
  • Principles of Softbox use
  • Standard kit elements
  • Setting up the light shaping tool
  • Using modelling functions with light shapers

This is a hands-on program so attendees must bring a camera with a freshly charged battery, a clean memory card and a hotshoe mountable flash.  The attendee should have a camera that supports remote control internally via a popup flash or have one set of suitable remote controllers, optical or radio based for individual use.  Each attendee should be prepared to be both photographer and subject.


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