Flash and Continuous Light
with Michelle Turner
4 WEEK WORKSHOP
$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
What do you do when there’s not enough light? How do you deal with ugly overhead lights? What if the lighting is flat and gray?
The ability to understand and manipulate light will empower you to shoot any time and in any location. Get natural results from your ON CAMERA speedlight, make the most of artificial lighting, and learn to use light to create beautiful images that look anything but “artificial.” We’ll discuss when to use TTL and when to use manual, how to diffuse and bounce your flash, and how to use continuous light sources (like the Ice Light, video lights, standard flashlights and even shaping the power of the sun with reflectors) to complement or replace your flash. Whether you’re a natural light photographer ready to take your speedlight out of the box for the very first time or you’ve simply been unhappy with the look of your images with flash and continuous artificial light sources, this course is for you! Let’s demystify the process and create beautiful light!
All students need a flash that with TTL and manual modes (and the ability to swivel the head). You’ll receive recommendations during the class for different commercially-available continuous light sources, but you’ll be able to use things around your house to get started. Students should be comfortable shooting in manual mode.
what you’ll get
4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)
23 HOW-TO VIDEOS
13 videos (three hours of how-to videos) and covers everything you need to start creating beautiful on camera flash and continuous light images
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A. Study along students have full viewing access.
EQUIPMENT VIDEO & CHECKLIST
Students receive a getting started video and recommended product list that answers all of your "where do I start?" questions.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal video critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
Getting to know your flash
Sync speed and high sync speed
Altering the direction of the light; TTL
Learning about your flash
Changing directions to improve the light
Using flash to improve an image
Hard vs. soft light (diffused, reflected, size of the light)
Dealing with white balance
On camera flash modifiers
Containing and directing light
Challenges and troubleshooting
Choosing a bounce surface
Creating your own on camera flash modifier
Balancing the light
Enhancing or downplaying the ambient light
Types of light
Using direct light practically
TTL and metering modes
Evaluating ambient light and balancing flash with ambient
Identifying light types
Manual mode on the flash
Stopping motion; when and how to use continuous light
Choosing a continuous light source
The color of light
When to take the flash off camera
Preserving and enhancing ambient light
Working with continuous light sources
about your instructor
Michelle Turner’s photography is a wildly fun, all-or-nothing, bold, brazen, adventure-laden experience, akin to the likes of a magazine shoot. From Puerto Vallarta to Maine, California to the world at large, the places where she shoots form her photography just as much as the couple themselves. The end result? A brilliant, unmatched combination of people and places, hearts and havens, souls and surroundings, and sentiment and scenery, making her clients look like never-before-seen works of art among the wildest settings of the world—from nature-inspired to cement-covered. Michelle has published two books about fashionable wedding photography and speaks at numerous conventions and events throughout the year on posing and the use of off-camera flash. Her work has appeared in many regional, national, and international publications.
how it works
All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Materials vary by program
study & ask questions
Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.