Sometimes wonderful moments happen in beautiful light, but very often they don’t. Regardless of how great your camera’s high ISO capabilities are or how good you are at working in low light, there are times when there just isn’t enough light to get the shot you want. No home has perfect light in every room at every hour of the day and some homes have no light in every room at every hour of the day (mine!).
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing that you could knock out a wall and create a window or move to a house that has better light, this workshop is for you. If you’re a professional photographer who worries about arriving at a client’s home only to find that the only room with any light is the master bath, this workshop is for you too. With on-camera, TTL flash you can create a window wherever you want (and it’s easier than you think). Knowing that you can create beautiful light and take wonderful images wherever you are will give you confidence and take your photography to the next level.
September 23-October 20
This four week course will take place in a private online classroom that will be open to you 24/7.
What will be covered
*flash modes with a focus on TTL
*getting perfect exposure with flash
*balancing flash with ambient light to create natural looking light
*focusing with flash
*using flash modifiers
*using on camera flash outside both as fill and the main light
*high sync speed
What you get
*a weekly PDF with a lesson and an assignment/exercise
*detailed and personalized instruction and critique from me
*teaching assistants (Jessica Gwozdz and Dana Tate), will also give you feedback on your assignment each week
*access to a virtual classroom where you can post questions and I will answer them as soon as possible.
*share ideas and questions with other participants. See their homework and read my thoughts on their work to learn even more.
*2 group video chat sessions with me (up to one hour each). The sessions will be recorded so that if you cannot attend, you can watch it later. These sessions will take place after week 2 and after week 4.
What you need
In order to get the most out of this class, you must have a mastery of technical basics (exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc..). You will need a DSLR camera, lens and a speedlight that has TTL capabilities (Canon or Nikon is recommended) and can swivel and tilt. If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments before signing up.
What people are saying
I am no longer afraid of my speedlight! Sarah explained on camera flash in a simple and easy to understand way with perfect examples in the PDF’s! Sarah taught us that you can use your speedlight to create a window ANYWHERE! Thanks for a wonderful class! – Katie
I had my speedlight for four years before I took Sarah’s class. I had taken another workshop and I had read a few books, but I never really knew what I was doing with it. Sometimes my photos came out ok, but most of the time they didn’t. In the very first week I learned so much. A new world unfolded with each week’s lesson. Even though the information was quite technical, Sarah broke it down and made it so understandable. By the end of the four weeks I understood exactly how to use my flash to achieve correct exposure in just about any situation. Sarah is an excellent teacher. Her presence in the Q&A and Picture Share threads was outstanding. More than any other workshop I’ve ever taken, Sarah was available and extremely forthcoming with information. The exchanges in those threads were almost as valuable and enlightening as the information in the PDFs. I use my flash quite often now, and confidently, and it is thanks to Sarah and this class. -Diana
Love natural light but hate when there isn’t enough? This workshop will set you free from that frustration as Sarah patiently teaches how to use on camera flash to supplement available light or even provide all the light, if needed. Sarah’s effective teaching style along with the weekly lessons and assignments , build basic lighting concepts and skills in a non-intimidating and achievable manner for speedlight newbies. If you need an kick start to understanding on camera flash lighting and using it effectively to supplement your natural light shooting, this is the class for you!- Janet
$300 for Active Participation. Active Participants will have all of the benefits listed under “What you Get”.
$150 for Silent Participation. Silent Participants will be able to view the forum and download materials. They will not be able to ask questions or submit assignments for critique and cannot participate in the video chat sessions. They will be able to see the question and answer forum, Active Participant’s assignments and critiques and watch the recorded video chat sessions.