781.826.6792 345 Washington St. #4
Pembroke, MA 02359

Beginning Speedlight Photography

Get your start with external flash units, and gain more control over light!

Experience level: Intermediate/Advanced
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Daddy - by Tim Waite, 2014
Speedlight - by Tim Waite, 2015

Learning about small flash, or "speedlights" is a great way to expand your photography!

The term, "Speedlight", refers specifically to Nikon's line of external flash units, but the word has become so common that it is used to describe any compact external strobe unit, much like Kleenex is often the defacto word people use for facial tissues.No special equipment required! If you do not own a speedlight, you can still participate!External flash units, offer more flexibility in lighting than the average camera's built-in flash. In this workshop, we'll use inexpensive and simple flash setups to explore how we can gain better command over insufficient lighting, or lighting that is too harsh or "contrasty".

We'll learn the fundamentals of speedlight operation, and get some practical, hands-on exprience with them, to help you understand. This workshop is limited to 5 particpants, so please register early!Along with the speedlights themselves, we'll learn about some popular light modifiers, like softboxes and other popular diffusers.

If you own a speedlight, you may bring it! If you want to purchase a speedlight prior to class, check out the Speedlight Guide for more information and suggestions.

Speedlights are great for macro photography, portraits, and are a great place to start for more advanced lighting! Here are some example photos using speedlights.

Dandelion macro Can opener macro Dried flower macro Orchids with speedlight Portraitof Ryan Tim setting up speedlights in an octabox light modifier

Requirements

Each student should bring:

  • A camera with fully-charged battery
  • One or more lenses with focal lengths below 90mm
  • A drink and a snack