MasterFlash - Full Day Intensive Flash Workshop - Dobbs Ferry, NY

Skill Level(s): Level III and IV Students 
Location: Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522  map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: Saturday, Oct 2nd, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Do you ever find you could use a little more light on your subject when taking photos? Looking to start using flash in your images but don't know where to start? Want to play around with a Speedlight before purchasing one? Then this workshop is for you!

Learning to add flash lighting to your photos, opens up a new world of creative possibilities. Using flash, off camera, pushes your creativity even further. Add dynamic lighting, that mimics natural light, exactly where you want it, from a flash that fits in the palm of your hand. 

This jam packed intensive combines our Intro to Speedlights workshop and our Off Camera Flash workshop presented in an exciting all day format, complete with models to practice your new flash skills, you'll feel like a flash expert in no time.


The workshop will begin with an introduction to flash lighting and then we'll dive right into the material. During the morning portion of the workshop, on-camera flash and speedlight photography skills will be taught with a mix of lecture, demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on exercises.

Topics include speedlight operation, flash exposure, inverse square law, balancing flash with ambient light, sync speed, bounce flash, avoiding pitfalls like that overexposed washed out look, and front/rear curtain sync.

During this portion of the workshop you'll be learning and practicing on your own speedlights. Don't have a speedlight of your own? No problem, rent one from us and try before you buy!

A one hour lunch break follows, pizza will be provided, take a break and reset for a bit, review some of the material, and get to know your fellow photographers.

For the afternoon portion of the workshop we'll get those speedlights off the camera and really start getting creative with our lighting! 

Topics include working with off camera flash, lighting angles and directions, triggering off camera flash, modifiers, matching ambient white balance with gels, multi-point lighting, and expertly mixing artificial and ambient light for a natural cohesive look. 

Next, you will be split up into small groups and given plenty of time to practice your new skills creating beautiful off camera flash portraits with professional models. Working with pros means there's no need to worry about directing and posing your subject so you can concentrate on getting your flash exposure just right. This opportunity alone is worth the price of admission.

This is NOT a "shoot out" style event, each photographer will have time to work individually with a model and walk away with beautiful portraits. There will also be a professional hair and makeup artist on set to make sure the models look picture perfect. 

Though you used your own speedlights for the morning portion...while working in groups we'll provide all the equipment you need! This ensures maximum compatibility no matter what camera manufacturer you use. Each group will be given speedlights, triggers, light poles and modifiers to work with. No need to spend any money on specialized equipment before learning how to use it properly.


This workshop is open to Level III and IV photographers who are ready to raise their photos to the next level by adding flash lighting. Whether this is your first time playing with flash or you're an on-camera flash master who wants to see the amazing possibilities taking flash off camera can provide; this workshop is a must do!

It's perfect for someone who wants to get more comfortable using speedlights both on-camera and off-camera or wants to try it out before committing to buying one of their own.


The safety of our participants and instructors is of the utmost priority. As such, all of our workshops are run in accordance with guidelines and standards set forth by governmental agencies on the Federal, State, and County level including the CDC, NYS Dept. of Health, NYS Office of the Governor, and Westchester County Dept. of Health. 

As this is an in-person workshop and the models will not be masked, when they are being photographed, we are requiring that only people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 be permitted to participate in the workshop.  All participants must provide proof of vaccination status upon arriving at the workshop. Proof of vaccination includes a CDC Vaccination Card (or photo) or the New York State Excelsior Pass app. If you have any questions regarding your vaccination status or providing adequate proof of your vaccination status, do not hesitate to contact us. Further, all staff members, models, and support personnel who will be at the workshop are fully vaccinated.

Despite your vaccination status, all participants will be required to bring with them and wear at all times a face mask, that fully covers the nose and mouth, secures underneath the chin, and fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Participants will be required to wear their mask for the duration of the workshop. No exceptions will be made, and any participant that does not provide a face mask meeting these requirements or chooses not to comply will not be allowed to participate. No refunds will be given for lack of proper mask or refusing to comply. 

Participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver. Participants also agree to refrain from attending the workshop if they are not feeling well, they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have knowingly been around others that have tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.


Students must be comfortable shooting in full manual mode and understand natural light exposure. A digital single lens reflex camera or mirrorless camera with manual settings, interchangeable lenses, and a hotshoe is required, as well as a compatible speedlight. No speedlight? Rentals are available.

Please bring your fully charged camera, fully charged speedlight and instruction manual with you. A pen is helpful in case you want to take notes.


The registration fee for this workshop includes 5 hours of instruction, 2 hours of shooting time, expenses for providing a classroom venue and grounds for practicing your skills, hiring professional models, having a professional hair and makeup artist on set, off-camera speedlights, light stands and poles, flash triggers, and modifiers for use during the workshop, a pizza lunch and a usage license permitting you to use any photos taken during the workshop for self-promotion. You get all this for only $219!


This special workshop takes place entirely at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the library as well as their own parking fees. The Dobbs Ferry Public Library is easily accessible by car, and train from Grand Central. You will meet your instructor at the library, full details will be given prior to the field trip.


Please bring your fully charged camera, fully charged speedlight and instruction manual. Extra batteries may be helpful. A pen is helpful in case you want to take notes.

We recommend bringing both a portrait (telephoto) lens and a medium lens as well to have close-up portrait and full length portrait options when photographing the models.

Further recommendations of what to bring will be provided in a detailed email prior to the workshop.

All participants must bring, a face mask that fully covers the nose and mouth, must be secured underneath the chin and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.


Below are the amazing professionals you'll be working with during this workshop. Each one an expert in their craft and all here to make sure you thoroughly explore off camera flash and walk away with stunning images.

Sarah Lombardo

Katie Agro


Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 10 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers. However, should there be a COVID-19 related reason for not attending, a possible refund will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. It is a requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this workshop. No refunds will be given for not meeting vaccination requirements. As this workshop can take place 100% indoors it will proceed rain or shine. No refunds will be given for no shows due to weather. In the case of an extreme weather emergency or closure of the venue, an alternate date will be selected for the workshop. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop. In the event that official guidelines regarding COVID-19 change in a way that prevents us from holding the workshop or the venue cannot open due to COVID-19 guidelines, a full refund will be provided. 

Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.

Saturday, Oct 2nd, 10:00AM - 7:00 PM

*This program is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with the Dobbs Ferry Public Library

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