Lighting With Portable Flash

Learn To Use Your Flash Effectively And Become A More Versatile Photographer

Many good photographers avoid using flash.

  • The flash is either too bright, or too dark, or looks too ‘flashy’.
  • Photographers usually avoid using flash because of their strong aversion to the “look of flash” or because they don’t understand how to use it.

Don’t avoid using your flash, learn to use it to make better pictures.

  • When you examine flash and view it as what it is, simply another source of light, you’ll understand what your flash is, what it can (and can’t) do, and how to use it when appropriate…
  • When used thoughtfully your flash can be an important element of your composition and can dramatically improve your photograph…
  • Learning to use your flash will make you a more versatile photographer…

“I recently completed Sam’s “Lighting with portable flash” class and have a much stronger understanding of flash photography because of it. Sam taught by delivering a fundamental base of product-neutral knowledge, then expanding on that base with real-life examples and exercises. His friendly and encouraging demeanor helped me learn and grow from my assignments and from my mistakes.” Adam S. Lowe

Course Description

Through lecture and practice with their own cameras and flash units the participants in this workshop will learn the basics of flash operation and how to use the flash more creatively and effectively.

  • Four meetings, twelve hours
  • Limited to 8 registrants (To allow for flexibility in student scheduling, class size may be up to ten participants)
  • $250.00

You’ll learn….

  • How to get the “proper exposure” with your flash…
  • How to control the brightness of your flash…
  • How to mix flash with avaialble light…
  • About the relationship between your aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, ISO and flash…
  • How to use flash to control contrast…
  • How to see your flash as a separate light source…
  • How to “freeze motion” with your flash…
  • How to make direct flash less obvious in your pictures…
  • How to change the characteristics of the light being emitted by your flash so it does not look like “flash”…
  • and more…

“Sam took “the mystery” out of how to use today’s complicated flash units. By focusing on basic flash concepts demonstrated by the use of classic flash hardware and simple light modifiers, Sam showed us how to create better flash results.” Frank McPartland

You Should Take This Class If You…

  • Want to learn how to incorporate flash effectively into your photography…
  • Want to learn the basics of flash photography and how to use flash  to create better photographs…
  • Have a flash that is separate from your camera…
  • Have an interest in light and lighting…

Prerequisites

  • You must be able to operate your camera in fully manual exposure mode…
  • A good understanding of the basics of photography…
  • A flash that is separate from your camera…
  • You’ll need to bring the “full version” of your camera owners manual to class…
  • You’ll need to bring the “full version” of your flash owners manual to class…
  • Make sure that your camera battery is fully charged. A fully charged and ready to go back up battery is strongly suggested…
  • Make sure that you have back-up batteries for your flash…
  • A synch cord that allows you to use your flash off camera is recommended but not required…

“Thanks so much for the great class! I started off completely mystified by my flash, and now I definitely feel comfortable (and excited!) to use it and to experiment/practice with it. I really enjoyed the lessons and discussions, and the information was all extremely helpful. My poor flash has been sitting in my gear bag for a few years, barely used, and now I know I’ll be able to get some use out of the thing.” Susan Solo

Lighting With Portable Flash – Student Comments

Notices

  • If you are registering for this class on the day that it is scheduled, you must bring a copy of your receipt as your proof of payment in order to be admitted.
  • By registering for this class I agree to the Registration Terms And Conditions.

Schedule of upcoming classes and registration.

Payment Information

All payments for registrations are handled securely through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. 

While PayPal is the preferred method to receive payment, if you are not able to use PayPal to make a payment please contact Sam at 202-559-7981 to make other payment arrangements.

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6 Responses to “Lighting With Portable Flash”

  1. Ved Sharma says:

    Hi,
    I am a amateur photographer, doing nature action/sport night photography for last two and half year. mostly use the camera on manual, so able to manage the all the essential key things to get a good photo!!
    I have no exposer for external flash, so i would like to join you upcoming “Lighting With Portable Flash” classes.
    My question is – if i want to be a marriage photographer, what you think does this course technically provide me all that is required to be a wedding photographer or do you have some other course which is batter for me.

    Thanks

    • Hi Ved,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      Since we’ve never worked together, I don’t have an idea of your craftsmanship so I don’t know what course(s) may be better for you.

      In order to evaluate your understanding of craft you can take this test —> http://samdamico.com/free-photography-tests-opt-in/ or give me a call at 202-559-7981.

      The Lighting With Portable Flash class, during the course of four weeks, covers basic flash operation and techniques on how to use the flash more creatively.

      While understanding how to use flash well is valuable and will probably be helpful in wedding/event photography, the class is in no way meant to provide anyone as a way to be a wedding photographer.

      If you are a proficient photographer and understand the business of photography, you are in a good position to be a professional photographer.

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