flash lighting iii: beyond the basics

topics covered:

  • deliberately working beyond the sync speed of your camera
  • introduction to inverse square law (a confusing but powerful lighting concept)
  • solving lighting problems using inverse square law
  • butterfly/clamshell lighting
  • introduction to ring flash
  • layering on and off-axis light

outdoor workshop: 2 hours

Once you become comfortable with the technical aspects of flash, creating effective lighting is a question of knowledge and technique. In this session we begin to explore some important lighting concepts that are fundamental to a variety of lighting techniques.

This is the third in my series of sessions covering flash lighting topics. The topics covered in the previous sessions (Intro to Flash, Intro to Off-Camera Flash) are built upon in this session. Please note that if you are not comfortable with the concepts that are covered in those sessions, you are likely to find certain aspects of this session utterly confusing, nonsensical and bewildering.

You will need to bring a camera with a general purpose zoom lens that can reach 70-80mm (eg. 24-70mm, 24-105mm, 70-200mm). You should ensure your camera battery is fully charged and you have a memory card with free capacity for approximately 100 photos.

Monica - click for larger version I will provide basic speedlight flash equipment if you do not own any. However, if you already have a speedlight flash you are welcome to bring it along so that you can get some first hand experience using it. Don't forget to bring charged batteries for your flash.

You will not need tripods, lighting stands, flash triggers, umbrellas or any other equipment.

There is no model provided for this session.

As the session is mostly conducted in a quiet undercover space, the session will go ahead in the rain but please bring appropriate clothes for the forecast weather.

We meet mid-afternoon outside The Age building (near Southern Cross station) and return to finish at the same location 2 hours later. Each workshop is limited to 3 photographers. The fee for each participant is $55.

This walk is scheduled and organised through my group on the meetup.com website.


"This course certainly makes you think. Some good exercises to demonstrate the concepts helped me put it all together." - Perry, July 2017

"Excellent scenarios to give us principles we can apply to our shooting situations!" - Ian, December 2016

"As always another wonderful session with David, learnt a lot with practical scenarios of difficult lighting situations and how to solve them." - Chamal, September 2016

"Very informative and well organized, David is a wealth of knowledge and happy to share his experience, highly recommended!" - Paula, March 2016

"This workshop was challenging at first, but David explained everything with great clarity, I learnt heaps ..." - Jan, December 2014