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Your group and formal portraits will shine when you've mastered off-camera flash techniques. This course demonstrates Bob Davis' off-camera flash photography techniques for beginning to intermediate photographers using either point-and-shoot cameras or DSLRs.

Bob Davis:

"Lighting is easily the most important aspect of photography. I would even go as far as saying that lighting IS photography. It is even in the word itself: "photography" is Greek for "light drawing" or "drawing with light." Without light, you cannot take photos. It is perfectly possible to take amazing photographs with a very simple camera -- as long as the lighting is good. The opposite is true as well -- in a situation where the lighting is truly appalling, even the fanciest, most expensive camera in the world isn't going to help you capture the photographs you want.

"Become a seeker of light! The most important thing we have to do is to learn how to "see the light." A lot of things will affect what the effects of a light source are, and how your photos are affected by said source. The brightness (or 'intensity') of the light source plays an important role, but, as we will explore in depth in the next chapter, is a lot less important than you might think.

"The color of light is essential, and some of the biggest challenges you'll meet in photography are the issues that arise when you start mixing different light sources. Sunlight, for example, has a drastically different color from the light that comes from your flash, the light that comes from car headlights, or the light in your house. While it can be incredibly difficult to get your photos to look "right," light sources of different colors offer an opportunity. With the right mixture of types and colors of light, you can achieve some beautiful creative effects that will make your photos really 'pop.' During the class we go through the evolution of light using small Speedlites, direct flash, bounce flash, multiple wireless remote flash, and how to create studio-quality light anywhere, anytime."

This course will demonstrate how to:

  • Become proficient at using one on-camera flash, getting consistent exposures and good light quality
  • Get that flash off-camera and see how learning off-camera flash techniques can help you create beautiful light anywhere, no excuses
  • Use multiple wireless flashes to create the light you want: anywhere, anytime, with consistent results
  • Use the high-level features of your digital SLR: modes, autofocus, LCD review screen, white balance, pictures styles, etc.


Section 1. Introduction. Equipment
Section 2. Events and challenges
Section 3. Weddings