Portable flash units, or speedlights, have become more capable, more powerful and a lot less expensive in recent years. The camera brand units had gotten so expensive, upwards of $600, that a lot of people just couldn’t afford them. But a couple of years ago some high-quality imported units started showing up that had all the same features, better battery systems, and sophisticated remote control for less than half the price of the high end gear. Having one or two of these in your kit will solve tough lighting challenges and will give you the flexibility to try styles and techniques usually reserved for bigger studio gear.
In this online class, we’ll discuss the creative aspects of lighting with speedlights, and we’ll look at several flash units and give you some usable tools to add a lot to your images without spending a lot on equipment.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- The lights: a review of affordable external flashes, from features and functions to cost
- The accessories: stands, boxes, umbrellas and clamps, the bits that glue it all together
- On or off: the differences of lighting quality and control between on-camera and off-camera flash
- Taking control: a comparison of fully automatic TTL vs manual flash power settings
- Getting in sync: basics of proper flash and camera sync and problems to watch out for
- Finding balance: learn the concepts of balancing natural light with flash and how to select the best shutter speed for different situations
This class is designed for students who want to learn how to incorporate an external flash/strobe unit in their photography toolkit at a basic level. Students should have a basic understanding of exposure controls (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) and working in manual exposure mode.