Picking up right where our Intro to Flash workshop left off...learning to use your speedlight, off camera, allows you to add dynamic lighting to your photographs exactly where you want it from a flash that fits in your pocket!
Using off camera flash pushes your photographic lighting to the next level, opening up a world of creative, complex lighting setups that can be used in any environment, all while mimicking natural light.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The workshop will begin with a quick refresher and then we'll dive right into the material. For approximately the first 2 hours off camera flash techniques will be taught with a mix of lecture and demonstration.
Topics include working with off camera flash, lighting angles and directions, triggering, flash modifiers, gels, multi-point lighting, and expertly mixing artificial and ambient light.
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.
And the best part...we provide all the equipment! Each group will be given speedlights, triggers, light poles and modifiers to work with during the workshop. This means no need to spend money on special flash triggers and lighting poles before knowing how to use them properly.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop is open to Level III and IV photographers who are ready to take their flash lighting to the next level by getting their speedlights off camera, but might not know where to start. Participants should have either taken our Intro to Flash workshop or have equivalent knowledge. Participants should also be comfortable working with flash lighting/speedlights on camera and understand flash exposure.
Students must be comfortable shooting in full manual mode, have experience working with speedlights on camera, and understand both natural and flash exposure. A digital single lens reflex camera or mirrorless camera with manual settings, interchangeable lenses, and a hotshoe is required. Participants should have either taken our Intro to Flash workshop or have equivalent knowledge.
Please bring your fully charged camera, and instruction manual with you.
COST AND WHAT'S INCLUDED
The registration fee for this workshop includes all expenses for hiring professional models, having a professional hair and makeup artist on set, speedlights, light stands and poles, flash triggers, and modifiers for use during the workshop, and a usage license permitting you to use any photos taken during the workshop for self-promotion. You get all this for only $179!
This workshop takes place exclusively at Kingsland Point Park in Tarrytown. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from and you will meet your instructor there. Kingsland Point Park is easily accessible by car, and train. The Philipse Manor Metro North station is located directly across from the park. A $10 parking fee is charged at the entrance to the park.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your fully charged camera and instruction manual.
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.
You will not need to bring your own speedlights as you will be using the ones provided by us for the duration of the workshop. This allows us to ensure maximum compatibility with the flash triggers and minimize any issues when using the speedlights off camera.
Each flash manufacturer uses different proprietary systems to trigger and control their flashes and each participant having a unique and disparate system would quickly derail the workshop.
Further recommendations of what to bring will be provided in a detailed email prior to the workshop.
As this workshop is 5 hours in length and is being given in a public park, you should be prepared to do quite a bit of walking and standing. The park is 18 acres in size and though we won't be using the entire space there will be opportunity to explore, comfortable shoes are a must! Although we will be sticking to designated paths and grassy areas, as expected in any nature setting, you may encounter rough terrain, insects, dangerous plants such as poison ivy, animals, and might even get a little dirty, so please plan accordingly.
WORKSHOP TEAM MEMBERS
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 amazing images.
ABOUT KINGSLAND POINT PARK
Kingsland Point Park, located in the beautiful town of Sleepy Hollow is home to the amazing Tarrytown Lighthouse, constructed in 1883. Kingsland Point Park offers gorgeous views of the Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge, Hook Mountain State Park, and features the only dental themed playground in the United States!
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.
Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.
Saturday, April 25th, 2:00PM - 7:00 PM
What type of photographer are you?
Level I - Students are new to photography and either have no formal training in photography or perhaps took a class a long time ago. Level I students are unsure of the operation of their gear or may feel intimidated by taking their camera out of "auto" mode and playing with the manual settings. Photographs of Level I students show significant technical issues as well as compositional issues as they have not yet received training. There's nothing wrong with being a Level I photographer, we all started there, and remember what it's like.
Level II - Students have some understanding of photography principles and may have taken a class or two. Level II students are somewhat familiar with their gear and try to use manual camera settings when they can. As a result, they have gotten lucky from time to time by creating great photographs that were the result of "happy accidents". Although their pictures are applauded by friends and family, they are still at the beginning of learning their craft and their images may have technical issues. Additionally, they can be so caught up with using the right settings they may forget to focus on the artistic side of photography such as composition and lighting.
Level III - Students have a solid understanding of photography principles, thanks to some formal training, and are completely comfortable using their camera in Manual Mode. Level III students have overcome most technical issues relating to exposure and sharpness and are starting to play with interesting lighting and compositions. Most of their photos look better than the average persons and are starting to be thought of as a photographer by friends and family. Level III students may be starting to think about doing some low-end paying photography work or upgrading their gear to full frame sensors and pro lenses.
Level IV - Students have significant experience making, capturing, and processing images that more often then not exhibit a complete understanding of photography principles and creative artistic qualities. Level IV students no longer worry about camera settings, they just happen automatically in their head, and all of their photos are sharp and well exposed. In addition, Level IV student photos exhibit consistently decent lighting and composition and a few of their very best photos exhibit these qualities that can be described as dynamic, beautiful, and awesome. They are not afraid to try unusual or extreme techniques but sometimes use them as a crutch to give their photos that "wow" factor. Level IV students are regarded as "really serious about photography" and may have considered going pro.
Level V - Students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography. Their work is consistently at a professional level with no image quality issues and technicals are spot on. Level V student photo compositions have a maturity about them with a clear style and creativity. A Level V student is capable of shooting in almost any lightning condition and bringing back great photos that are interesting and well exposed. Level V students may or may not be working professional photographers but based on their level of work certainly are capable of being a pro.