Flash and Continuous Light

with Michelle Turner



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

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)

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13 videos (three hours of how-to videos) and covers everything you need to start creating beautiful on camera flash and continuous light images


Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A. Study along students have full viewing access.


Students receive a getting started video and recommended product list that answers all of your "where do I start?" questions.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal video critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.




Choosing equipment

Lesson One


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

Lesson Two


Understanding light

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


Overcoming challenges

Choosing a bounce surface

Creating your own on camera flash modifier

Lesson Three


Balancing the light

Enhancing or downplaying the ambient light

Types of light


Working outside

Using direct light practically

TTL and metering modes


Evaluating ambient light and balancing flash with ambient

Identifying light types

Working outside

Lesson Four


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

"Michelle is an incredible teacher, I can’t recommend her Flash and Continuous Light course highly enough!"

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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, Pennsylvania 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. She currently resides in Pennsylvania and Maine, although her photography assignments take her all over the world. is a coveted national speaker and author and has published two books about fashionable wedding photography. She currently resides in Maine in the summer and spends most of the winter photographing weddings and events in Mexico and Europe and she is the Director of Click Photo School here at Click & Company!

This workshop is assisted by teaching assistant Jennifer Bogle.

A number of workshop alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

how it works


start learning

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.

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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

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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.

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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.