Dates: April 9, 2011 OR June 4, 2011
Enrollment limit: 15 students
In this workshop students will learn how to use a flash unit in various lighting situations. First, we will go over all the buttons and dials on the flash. The day is then divided between lectures and demonstrations on different ways to use a flash. Shooting time follows each demonstration so students can put the information to use. The lecture begins with discussions on why and how to use a flash as the main source of light (meaning a low-light situation requiring use of a flash) and how to use a flash as a fill light (balancing ambient light with the light of a flash unit). We will also explore how to determine exposure, how to control the light output of a flash, ways to diffuse a flash, and how and why to include or exclude ambient light. Demonstrations will include using a flash in a direct or bounce mode.
Though the day is spent mostly with the flash on camera, students will also learn how to improve the quality of light by using the flash off camera (in hand or by bracket). This is done with either a TTL cord or with wireless technology. Both will be demonstrated. We will also discuss how to “power down” the flash input for specific effects.
Participants will work with either digital cameras or with color slide film. Students seeking to advance their portable flash skills are encouraged to take Julia Dean’s Crash Flash II: Multiple Flash and Crash Flash III: Creative Uses of Flash workshops, or her one-week Mastering Your Flash class. (Offered in Antigua, Guatemala, 2012).