Using Off-Camera Flash Workshop

corner_price_139The Using Off-Camera Flash Workshop is a one day workshop taking place indoors in a studio style setting.  It runs from 10am until 5pm with a break for lunch.

This workshop is aimed at more advanced photographers who wish to make the leap into using off-camera flash in order to enhance or completely change the look and mood of their photographs using both speedlights and studio strobe units, with an emphasis on portrait photography.

As mentioned above, this workshop will take place in a studio like environment, typically a function room at one of Lancaster’s fine drinking establishments or hotels.  They are generally quite a bit larger than most studios, giving more freedom for several people to be shooting at once, and allow for a more relaxed learning environment.

DSC_3785In the morning, we will go through some light theory, along with practical demonstrations to illustrate various principles and techniques.  After returning from lunch, each student will have the chance to photograph a model on a lit set and put into practise what they learned during the first half of the day, with the opportunity to ask questions and get some one-to-one guidance.

While not essential, it will be extremely beneficial for you to have completed our Using Your DSLR workshop if you are not already familiar with your camera’s functions and the fundamental principles of light and photography.

This is a fairly advanced course, and while many of the basics will be briefly touched upon during this workshop, there simply won’t be the time to delve into them as deeply as we do in other workshops.

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What you will learn

  • When, why and how you may wish to use off-camera flash
  • The qualities of light – Hard light, soft light, transitions and fall-off
  • Complimenting and enhancing the available light with flash
  • Incident, reflective and histogram metering
  • Dealing with unwanted reflections
  • Using flash in low light situations
  • Using flash creatively


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What you need to bring

  • Your DSLR and a selection of lenses.  We suggest Nikon or Canon.  Other brands may work, however we can not guarantee compatibility with our flash systems.
  • A notepad and pen


You are not required to bring your own flashes, however if you do own speedlights and would like to learn a little more about how to use your units specifically, or how to get your camera to trigger them, please feel free to bring them along.

A range of focal lengths covering the 50-200mm range are suggested (35-150mm range for Nikon and Canon crop bodies).

How much does it cost?

The price of this workshop is £139 per person with a minimum of 6 students, and maximum of 10.  Lunch is not included, however the venue will have a bar or restaurant from which you can order and purchase food.

Doug, Blackpool

Very informative workshop executed with military precision... I like that. I had the feeling I was being taken care of which you don't get often.


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Cancellation & Deposits

A 50% deposit is required to secure your placement.  Please see our workshop cancellation policy for more information.