Learn how to use your flash off camera to create and manipulate light in any situation, whether you are looking to lift harsh shadows during midday sessions, fill a room with light, or photograph your subjects after dark.
We will cover the basics and then learn how to tweak the settings in-camera to enhance or play down the ambient light in the scene. From light position and modifier selection to the inverse square law and bouncing the light off-camera to fill a room for more of a lifestyle approach, we will engage in a variety of creative light assignments which will give you the confidence you need to capture images with ease in any kind of light! This course covers everything you need to get started and move to the next level with your off camera flash work. No flash experience is necessary.
All students need a flash, trigger, and receiver. A lightstand and modifier, while not required, are desirable. Michelle is happy to make suggestions for a variety of budgets, from economy (under $100 if you already own your flash) to top of the line. 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
With over seven hours of how-to video instruction, this course will show you how to do everything you need to become proficient with off camera flash.
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. 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.
BONUS MODIFIER AND LIGHT STYLE PDF AND VIDEOS
Have you ever wondered whether the light looks different on your subject if you choose a different modifier? Find out in the bonus PDF!
Want to brush up on the different light styles/directions? We'll cover those-- this will help you improve your natural light work as well!
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal video critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
Understanding sync speed and flash power
Getting started with your equipment off camera
Ambient light and flash blended
Natural light vs. flash
Flash as the sole source of illumination
Using your flash to simulate natural light
Finding your actual maximum sync speed
OCF vs. natural light images
Filling a room with light
Moving beyond the basics
The direction of the light
Understanding the aperture and shutter speed with created light
Positioning your flash and angles
Why use ocf and ocf as corrective lighting
The distance of light to your subject
Shutter speed and the photograph
Attempting different flash angles
The inverse square law
Grids, snoots & mm settings
Controlling the ambient and long exposure
Turning the background from light to dark
Distance of the light to the subject
The spotlight effect
Tweaking OCF to achieve the look you want
Dealing with groups
One background, one hundred options
Mixing it up: natural light & OCF in the same session
More power: when, why and what
Balancing flash with ambient
Researching creative light
End of Workshop Packet
Additional shooting videos and behind the scenes coverage highlighting some of the concepts from the course
Bonus Macro Video
Bonus Wedding Video
"The list of gear is not long but the possibilities are endless. If you ever find yourself wishing for non-washed out skies, saturated colors, portable light in dark caves…this is your class!"
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
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.