Using natural light is fantastic, and you can create beautiful images if you can find the right light, but what happens when you can't find beautiful available light? Or worse, what if there really isn't even enough light to get the shot in the first place? Knowing how to use an external flash can open up many photographic doors for a photographer. It will allow you to shoot any time of day or night.
Why Use An External Flash?
With an external flash (a separate flash unit you can use on or off camera - see video below), you have a larger light source that can tilt, angle, and bounce; a light that is much more dynamic, flattering and interesting. Having and knowing how to use an external flash can be of a huge benefit to your photography in lowlight situations.Natural light of course is best, but when that is not an option, you should still keep your camera's built in flash off - why? Because the tiny little pop up flash on your DSLR simply cannot be used to light objects or people in a flattering or interesting way. The light source is small and comes from right above the lens, giving you direct harsh light, red eye, and squinting subjects.
With an external flash (a separate flash unit you can use on or off camera - see video below), you have a larger light source that can tilt, angle, and bounce; a light that is much more dynamic, flattering and interesting. Having and knowing how to use an external flash can be of a huge benefit to your photography in lowlight situations.
The next session of this class will begin November 4, 2013, with registration opening on October 21st at 9 PM EDT.
In this four-week (plus a bonus 5th week!) class we will teach you:
- How to use an external flash in TTL mode so that the camera and flash work together automatically to meter the exposure, giving you the flexibility to capture the right moment.
- How an on-camera flash can create natural or flattering light, rather than the typical deer-in-the-headlights look often associated with flash.
- How to bounce your flash using the ceiling and the walls and still achieve directional light.
- How to mix your flash with available light so it either blends in naturally or selectively draws attention to your subject.
- What light diffusers and other modifiers can and can’t do, when they should be used, and how to wade through the hype!
All of the classes here at JessicaSprague.com come with gorgeous video instruction, broken down into project-based lessons and individual tasks within each lesson. You'll take the class completely at your own pace (you never need to be online at a specific time), and all of the course materials are available to you FOREVER from your My Classes page here at JessicaSprague.com. We love users of Mac or Windows, and welcome students from around the world to join us!
$135 - Standard class: Unlimited enrollment.
$195 - Extended class: Limited enrollment. Includes comments from the instructors on your photographs.
In addition to the classroom, which contains video-based lessons and downloadable PDF companion guides to help you follow along, our class also features a private forum where you can ask and answer questions and participate in discussions!
To participate in the flash class, you should have take Oh Shoot! - our beginner DSLR photography class, or have a good knowledge of the manual settings on your camera.
View the video below by Candice on what equipment we will use in the class and the best info on buying external flashes for this class.
Here are direct links to the products listed in the video. These links take you to B&H Photo, which is where Candice personally chooses to buy her own equipment.
Canon 430EX II
**Older versions of the flashes listed above are okay as long as they have TTL, and tilt/swivel capabilities.
Candice Stringham is an editorial photographer turned scrapbooker. She is a former Contributing Editor for Creating Keepsakes Magazine and was inducted into the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame in 2006. Candice Has a BFA in Photography and taught at a collegiate level after she graduated. She has also been teaching live workshops for Canon for the past few years. She is excited to be teaching at Jessica's website because helping people learn how to use their cameras is one of her greatest joys! Adventurous, but down-to-earth, Candice loves to read, watch old movies and musicals, read anything Jane Austen and create fun projects and traditions with her family. She recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to San Antonio, Texas with her three sons and husband. Blog - www.candicestringhamphotography.com
Nancy Riley: "God has blessed me with a loving and extremely tolerant husband, as well as two beautiful little boys. They were, of course, a major motivating factor for me to learn to take my photography skills to a higher level, as I couldn’t very well hire a live-in professional to always be there when the boys dress up as superheroes or dunk basketballs with Daddy’s assistance. I first learned to shoot on my dad’s manual SLRs, with the assistance of the camera manual and an old Kodak Guide to Taking Better Pictures. Many camera models, library books, back issues of photography magazines, and blog articles later, I still learning how much I can improve. I’ve left a trail of thousands of over-analyzed outtakes, but at least since I went digital, they’re not taking up landfill space anymore. Working with Candice has been a wonderful opportunity. I love helping others improve their own photography skills and expand their understanding of how the camera works. It’s actually much easier to answer straightforward questions about the physics of light behavior than answering questions about, let’s say, “How did Uniqua run up to the clock tower and open the door so fast to beat the ping pong ball there? Why did the ball catch fire and go through Pablo’s paddle? How did paddle go back to normal in the next scene?” Answering questions with actual answers is really rather therapeutic."
Kimber Hodson: "To the rest of the world, I’m a stay-at-home-mom. However, when I enter the Spraground my alternate identity comes out, and suddenly I become KBear, Photography T.A., and now co-instructor of this class. After passing the baby stage with our five children, my husband decided to pursue his long-awaited master’s and doctorate degrees. We decided that it was only fair that I fulfill some of my dreams as well, so I bought a DSLR and signed up for Oh Shoot! I was already hooked on the Spraground, and had admired Candice’s work for some time, so there was no doubt in my mind whose class I wanted to sign up for. A year later I found myself in the role of one of Candice’s T.A.s. I still pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Photography and scrapbooking are two of my passions. But I couldn’t do them without my family’s support. All five of my kids—down to the youngest—have a camera, and we have regular practice sessions at home or abroad. The stories I scrapbook are their stories, so it only seems fitting that we should explore this adventure together."
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