coming in May 2024

Megan Arndt

OCF for the Modern Photographer

4 WEEK Small Group Workshop
From classically lit portraits to creative experimentation to convincing "natural light" results, learning off camera flash has never been more rewarding.

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WORKSHOP LESSONS WEEK BY WEEK
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Week One

Foundations of OCF

We begin with the essentials of Off-Camera Flash, from setting up your equipment to mastering basic flash techniques. We'll cover different modes, sync speeds, and the art of using bare and bounced flash for varied lighting effects.

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Week Two

Light Dynamics: Modifiers & Patterns

This week, we'll explore the physics of light, discover how to manipulate light with modifiers, and work with classic lighting patterns to enhance portraits.

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Week Three

Blending in Color & Light

Learn how to harmonize OCF with ambient light sources for balanced and natural-looking photographs. We'll also explore the transformative effect of gels for color correction and creative expression.

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Week Four

Crafting Light & Atmosphere

Ready for some fun? This week, it all comes together as we play with innovative techniques to replicate the lighting scenarios you love most. From mimicking natural light to employing creative effects with motion, shadows, and color, this is a week for getting creative.

meet your instructor

Megan Arndt

Megan Arndt is a lifestyle and fine art photographer in the suburbs of Chicago, where she runs a photography business capturing families and newborns. When she is not chasing around her 4 boys with a camera, she and her family love to travel on new adventures. She has been featured in magazines and blogs and has a huge passion for teaching the magic of photography.

44 thoughts on “OCF for the Modern Photographer”

  1. I just finished this course by Megan Arndt. What an amazing class to take!! She is an exceptional teacher who gives such great direction on how to achieve the look you want. If you’re new to OCF or want to expand your knowledge, I highly recommend this course. You won’t regret it!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Kimberley! I am so glad that you learned a lot and enjoyed the class. I can’t wait to see where your flash journey takes you from here!

  2. Elizabeth Hargrave

    I just finished OCF for the Modern Photographer with Megan. What an amazing experience. Megan was so attentive. Information was presented in a way that made it easy to absorb and take it in. I have tried learning OCF before and was left so overwhelmed and frustrated. I have not mastered this skill yet but I feel like I can and will be able to do it. As an instructor Megan was able to meet each person where they were and guide them to the next level . I definitely recommend this class

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Elizabeth! I loved having you in class and being able to see your progress over the 4 weeks. I am so excited that you learned lots, and I can’t wait to see where you go from here!

  3. This course was an absolute game-changer for me using OCF! Megan is such a generous instructor, sharing both her expertise and time. I have had my flash for 2 years and thought I had a basic understanding of it, but the reality is that I was just guessing and hoping for good things every time I used it before this course. After Megan’s class, I now have a more comprehensive understanding not only of the flash itself but I feel very confident that I can create the light I want—when I want it!—using OCF. Megan provided such comprehensive feedback and answered everyone’s questions quickly so we could maximize our time learning together. Whether you are a flash novice or have some OCF experience under your belt, there is so much opportunity for growth and learning in this course! It was such a treat to learn from Megan and I would sign up for an OCF 2 course with her in a heartbeat!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Nicole! It was an absolute pleasure to have you in class, and I loved seeing your progress during the month. I can’t wait to follow along and see where your flash journey takes you from here!

  4. Megan DELIVERS with her OCF Workshop! She made an exceptional effort to cover everything – light, modifiers, techniques. And what’s even more remarkable, her extensive knowledge of several different flash systems/brands enabled her to answer any questions that came her way. She grouped lessons and videos demonstrating techniques in easy to understand segments. I read that Megan was an exceptional instructor, and it’s TRUE! Her depth of knowledge; generous, engaging, and encouraging personality; and enthusiasm for teaching is amazing.
    From the VERY FIRST DAY, this workshop made a significant difference for me! I had my flash for over a year and, I’m embarrassed to admit, was using it incorrectly the whole time. I dreaded it. I found it challenging to find basic information to get started, but seeing other artists’ work I knew I needed to learn how to use OCF. So when I saw that Megan was offering her OCF Workshop, I signed up for Full Participation and am so glad I did!
    With each assignment, I gained confidence with my equipment and ability to get the light I wanted, and best of all, my workflow became streamlined. I can’t use enough superlatives for Megan and this workshop!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Madeleine! I just loved having you in class and getting to know you. I am thrilled that you progressed so much during the 4 weeks, and I can’t wait to see where your flash journey takes you from here!

  5. I knew that I needed an extra push to incorporate more flash into my work. Megan’s is the third OCF class that I have taken in the last couple of years and the BEST. She has outlined the class in a clear and organized way. She uses case studies with examples and video walk-throughs that show you exactly how to use your flash in different situations and how/why. Most of the course is challenging yourself to use those same techniques in your own images. I came away with a whole host of uses for OCF, far beyond just portraits. Megan is patient and kind and SUPER RESPONSIVE throughout the entire course. Highly recommend a full participation for this class!

    1. Jen, it was so wonderful to have you in class this last month and get to know you! I loved seeing all of the beautiful and creative images that you made, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you. Thank you for your kind words!

  6. I absolutely LOVED this workshop with Megan.

    When I saw this course coming by, I thought it would be “fun” to learn how to use a flash, so I could also make some pretty photos inside during the darker winter days. Never would I have expected to fall so much in love with off-camera flash! This is all completely thanks to the amazing teaching skills and the way Megan thought out and created this workshop. The workshop has a great pace and is great to follow for all students. And if you have any questions,, don’t worry, Megan will take all the time and effort to answer them accordingly.. Another big plus of this course is that you have two assignments per week, which will keep you engaged more and therefore are able to really get to know your flash in these 4 weeks. On top of that, you’ll receive your assignment feedback in a personalized video from Megan! She has such great insights and comments, which help you understand using your flash even more. Above all, Megan is really such a kind, warm, inspiring and great person, who made everybody feel so welcome in this class.

    I highly recommend this course to anyone, regardless of where you are in your photography journey!

  7. I absolutely LOVED this workshop with Megan.

    When I saw this course coming by, I thought it would be “fun” to learn how to use a flash, so I could also make some pretty photos inside during the darker winter days. Never would I have expected to fall so much in love with off-camera flash! This is all completely thanks to the amazing teaching skills and the way Megan thought out and created this workshop. The workshop has a great pace and is great to follow for all students. And if you feel lost, don’t worry, Megan will take all the time and effort to get you where you want to be. Another big plus of this course is that you have two assignments per week, which will keep you engaged more and therefore are able to really get to know your flash in these 4 weeks. On top of that, you’ll receive your assignment feedback in a personalized video from Megan! She has such great insights and comments, which help you understand using your flash even more.
    I’ve gained SO much inspiration (and a birthday wishlist, haha) from this course, that I can only recommend it to anyone.

    I,ve gained SO much inspiration (and a big birthday wishlist, haha), from this course, and can only highly recommend this course to anyone, regardless of where you are in your photography journey!

  8. I have taken two flash workshops with Click PS a few years ago and several (many! 10+) other workshops here as well. This is my favorite workshop so far and the reason is the wonderful Megan Arndt. Of course, she is knowledgeable, of course her photos are beautiful, but she is hands down the most amazing teacher ever. Megan will respond to all of your questions, she even owns all the gear, from Profoto to cheaper options and she will go out of her way to show you how to use and make sure you succeed. In addition, Megan’s videos are great and new (!) and of high quality. I am now obsessed with flash and would take this course again if I could!

    1. Anna, I just loved having you in class and getting to know you! It was so fun to see all of the beautiful and creative images that you made during this last month, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you! Thank you for your kind words.

  9. This class was amazing!!! Take it full participation if you can, you won’t regret it. The amount of information I learned in four weeks was incredible. First, Megan is extremely professional- her content in very detailed, she is very responsive on the threads and extremely helpful. All of the videos PDF’s were so helpful- and I finally learned how to use all my gear!!! It was such a positive environment- her feedback for mid week and end of week assignments was fantastic. I’m so happy I took this class and found Megan to be an excellent instructor.

    1. Rachel, I absolutely loved having you in class this last month! It was so fun to see all of the beautiful and creative images that you made, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you! Thank you for your kind words.

  10. This course was worth every penny as a full participation student! You can tell how passionate Megan is about teaching. She is prompt and detailed when answering all questions. She is SO patient as you’re learning new skills. She is super encouraging through her written and video critiques. Our group was very active as we all learned together…not all courses are like this so I’m very pleased when they are! I am so grateful I did this run with her and I am so excited for the future participants in this class. You won’t regret it!!!

    1. I loved having you in class, Ling Ling! It was so fun to see your skills develop over this last month and all of the fun, creative images that you made. I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for you!

  11. I cannot recommend this class enough! I signed up hoping for a “refresher” on what I had learned (and forgot) and I got so much more. The #1 thing of 10000000 good things, is that there is a mid week assignment. We are all busy, shooting every day and practicing every day is ideal, but not always manageable, however, the midweek assignment kept me from getting overwhelmed and it kept me engaged.
    I think my favorite lesson was about observing light patterns, and trying to replicate them. Super challenging, and I have in no way mastered it, but once you start looking for those lighting patterns, it’s hard to stop!

    She engaged us all through the week with the Q&A as well as our not- OCF chats. She is a fantastic educator/instructor whose class came at the right time for me!

    1. I absolutely loved having you in class, Elizabeth! It was so awesome to see your work develop throughout the course. I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

  12. This is a game-changing class! Megan makes getting into off-camera flash easy. I wonder now why I thought it was going to be so hard? She led us through the learning process step-by-step teaching us how to use our make/model of flash. In the first week she provides diagrams and separate videos for the different brands of flashes. It’s a simple as finding your brand and following along. Each week the pdf/videos are clear and easy to understand. Megan is on the Q&A multiple times a day answering questions and giving help. Plus, each student receives a personalized video review for each assignment. The reviews are encouraging, supportive and so helpful. Megan’s teaching style is truly inspirational. When I started this course I thought of myself as natural light photographer. I thought I was just going to add off-camera flash occasionally, when needed. But now I reach for my flash gear regularly. I’ve gone from waiting for that precise moment of natural light to being able to create the natural-looking light I want, plus creating creative light I’ve only dreamed about ! (Lol) That translates into an incredible boost of freedom. Of course I still need to practice, but I I feel good about everything I’ve learned. I know I will continue to build up my knowledge and competence as I use flash more frequently. Megan has done a TON of work bringing this brand new class to life. She’s fun and personable. (Her video-model kiddos are adorable, too!)

    1. It was SO wonderful to have you in class this run, Beth! I loved seeing all the magic you created with your flash. Thank you for your kind words!

  13. What an incredible course! From the very first week it is very apparent how much time and effort Megan has poured into covering as much as she can about OCF. She left no question unanswered and was so gracious with her expertise. Not only does she have documents to read and follow, but also provides shooting videos for those of us that are more visual learners. She provides constant feedback and is a master at communicating with her students. She has made me dust off my flash and not be scared/intimidated to use it anymore. I cannot recommend this workshop enough!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the class, Julie! Thank you so much for your kind words. I can’t wait to see what you create with flash!

  14. Hi Megan,
    I have this very weekend purchased a Good TTL685 speed light and X1 trigger and am trying to figure out how the heck to use them. Will the study along option teach me the absolute basics of how to set this darn thing up? I am clueless and the manual is hopeless. I’m a confident manual shooter but have never used flash. I’m keen to master OCF to help me when working in challenging situations, particularly for food photography and editorial work.

    1. Hi Rebecca! Yes, absolutely the study along will walk you through all you need to know to set up your flash and get shooting with off-camera flash! Week One was just posted, and it dives in with pdfs and videos all detailing getting started with your equipment. Then the weeks after will go into principles of light and different styles of shooting flash. I’d love to have you join!

  15. Good morning – would love to take this class, but it is sold out for now … Any thoughts on when it will be given again, so I can plan on it? Blessings! Ewien

    1. Hi Ewien! I’m so sorry you missed out on this round, but I will be offering this workshop again in May! If you sign up for email alerts through Click Photo School, you will get an email when registration opens for that run. :) I’ll also announce it on social media. Looking forward to meeting you in the spring!

    1. Hi Lisa! This is an all-new class with a different syllabus. We go over the basics of using flash, but then do a deep dive into the principles of light as well as reading light and replicating light from inspiration sources. It’s going to be a super fun class!

  16. Hi! Would this class be suitable for someone who already has some experience using OCF? It’s been a couple years since I really did much with it, and I feel like with the dreary winter months upon us I need to brush up. Also – I have a godox but I’m thinking of switching to a profoto A2 because I don’t like the exposed bulb on my godox and it looks like the profoto is really lightweight, small, and user-friendly. For me, ease and convenience kind of outweigh power (because no matter how great the equipment, I won’t ever use it if it’s a hassle.)

    1. Hey Michelle! Yes, the class is totally suitable if you have some experience already. The first week we’ll go over a lot of basics (getting set up, etc), but then we’ll dive into lots more in the subsequent weeks that will stretch your creative muscles and push your lighting knowledge!

      I highly recommend the A2! That’s my favorite flash, and you won’t be disappointed in it. It’s super lightweight and compact, and actually has quite a bit of power for a small light. It’s really easy to have on hand and throw in a bag when you’re on a shoot. And I love that it’s compatible with all the Clic modifiers (gels, soft boxes, etc) that make the whole setup super convenient.

      1. Thank you! I actually decided to go with the Godox V1, which is a downgrade LOL! But, I already have a higher powered Godox, so my thought is A) I already have a transmitter that’s compatible, and B) it might be fun to play with an on-camera flash and I can use this on or off. I will say though I’m still very tempted by the A2. It looks soooooo intuitive and easy :)
        I’m going to sign up for the class. Now I just need to decide if I go Full or Study Along.

        1. That sounds perfect! I think you will be in good shape for the workshop with that equipment, and you can always invest in the A2 down the line if you decide you want to!

          Looking forward to getting to know you during the workshop!

  17. Hi Megan, l participated in your macro class back in 2020. I am thinking of doing this class but am unsure if it would be suitable for me. I do have a Speedlight but haven’t mastered it yet. I do have some physical limitations so have to work around them. I do not normally do portraits as there are no readily available models. I mostly shoot flowers and would like to do some still life. Would OCF be suitable for this photography? I have seen what you have recommended to Karlee above so I could look into that.
    Thanks very much.
    Liz

    1. Hi Liz! So happy to “see” you again! I think OCF is such a great skill to learn for any genre of photography, and you can probably see in the images above that I use it frequently for still life, food photography, macro, etc. (in addition to portraits). In this workshop, we dive pretty deep into the principles of light and how to read it and manipulate it so you can create exactly the quality of light that you want. So no matter what subject you shoot, you can apply those principles and set the mood/tone of your images with light. I definitely think you would love having this tool in your tool belt when shooting non-portraits!

      I am happy to answer any questions about equipment or even physical limitations if you want to make sure you have all the information you need ahead of time. :)

      1. Hi Megan, I have a light stand, umbrella and a black thing in a box with godex on it, doesn’t say anything else. This all came in a box but no instructions. I have also got 2 transmitters, voking VK-WF 820 which have curly cords. I got all this in 2019 when I was going to do OCF workshop. I broke my Humerus just as it started, then needed a shoulder replacement and my arm was tied up for 10 weeks so couldn’t participate and was totally lost just reading the lessons. I have no idea how to use any of this equipment. I also have a canon Speedlight which I know goes on top of the camera. Will I be able to work with this equipment or is there something else I will need? Thanks.
        Wishing you a very Happy Christmas with your beautiful family.
        Liz

        1. Hi Liz! That all sounds great! I think you should have everything you need already for the workshop, and once we get started, you’ll see how to set everything up and get started shooting with your speed light. Do you have both a Godox and a Canon speed light? You just want to make sure that the transmitter is compatible with the particular flash that you will plan to use! You can also message me on IG or FB with pictures of what you have so we can figure out what the mystery black box is. :)

    1. Hi Julia! Yep, this is a brand-new class that is totally different from the previous flash class offered here. I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have!

  18. Would this be ok if I only have a cheap speedlite to attach to my camera? Or it is really for if you have a bigger set up? Thank you, Karlee

    1. Hey Karlee! A cheap speed light is totally great for this course! You don’t need a super expensive setup at all. We will briefly cover on-camera flash in week one, but the majority of our workshop will be dedicated to using our flashes off-camera. So I recommend getting a few more things for the class:
      1. An inexpensive light stand (and adapter–like a hot shoe adapter–if needed to mount your flash to the light stand)
      2. A receiver (this attaches to your flash, allowing it to receive a signal from your camera when the shutter button is pressed. ***note that this piece of equipment isn’t necessary for ALL brands of flash. Some flashes have a built-in receiver. Be sure to check your flash’s user manual to determine if yours does!)
      3. A transceiver/remote (this attaches to your camera’s hot shoe, allowing your camera to communicate with your flash)

      Feel free to ask me questions if you need helping figuring out what you might need to buy!

      1. Thank you! This is quite beyond me lol
        After I sent the comment I remembered I left the batteries in my speedlite and they wrecked it so I had to throw it out! Could you please let me know the basic options I would need if it’s not too painful? Do I can work out if it’s in my budget. I have a Nikon z7. I’m in Australia but I will search the options you find to see what I can get delivered here. Thank you.

        1. Of course! So first you want to find a flash. The brand is entirely up to you! I started with a Nikon sb700 (I actually bought this used on the Nikon site–although other online camera stores also carry used flashes–and it was pretty inexpensive!), but there are lots of flashes that will work for the Nikon brand. Just make sure that it is compatible with your camera! Then I went on Amazon and searched “tranceiver/receiver for Nikon sb700 flash,” and lots of options popped up. The particular brand I have is Vello, but there are several 3rd party companies that make tranceivers and receivers.

          I have a couple of different light stands; the least expensive option that I have is made by Westcott (again, Amazon find!), and then I just searched for “hot shoe light stand adapter” on Amazon so I could make sure that my flash would be able to mount on my light stand.

          We discuss modifiers in depth, but I always recommend starting with a basic umbrella because they can be pretty inexpensive and they’re super easy! I have a small umbrella made by Westcott, as well as others of varying sizes and brands. It’s easy to go on Amazon (or a camera store site) and search for “flash umbrella” or something like that and see what pops up that is in your price range.

          Let me know if you have any other questions; I’m super happy to answer them so you can make sure you’re fully prepared!

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