Start understanding your flash and learning how to use it creatively in this very thorough online photo course. Master photographer and author Jim Zuckerman takes the mystery and insecurity out of using a flash. He explains how it works, when and why it fails, and how to handle challenging exposure situations like shooting a bride in a white dress or a black cat against a dark background. You will learn how to use fill-flash. To minimize the harshness of direct on-camera flash, Jim will discuss bounce lighting. And to expand your imagination, you'll see how to use flash to express the idea of motion.
Flash Exposure - How It Works and Why It Fails
Working with Off-Camera Flash
Fill Flash, Bounce Flash, Etc.
Capturing Motion with Flash-Blur
Open to all skill levels.
No math involved!
All types of flash units OK!
Understanding flash terminology.
Being able to predict when flash will give you poor exposures.
Jim Zuckerman Few people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.
In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.
I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.
For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Iíd project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.
I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.
For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.
Week 1: Flash Exposure - How It Works and Why It Fails When flash exposures fail and why, flash terminology, understanding the cause and prevention of red-eye, the Inverse Square Law, black backgrounds. Assignment: Submit flash shots where the sensor has failed and explain why it did so based on the principles I discuss in this lesson. And/or submit flash photos where the exposure is correct and explain why you got the results you did.
Week 2: Working with Off-Camera Flash Comparing On-Camera and Off-Camera Flash, , wireless trigger, how to using an off-camera flash. Assignment: Submit photos showing off-camera flash illumination. Any subject is OK.
Week 3: Fill Flash, Bounce Flash, Etc. How to work with fill flash and bounce flash, plus the issue of unwanted shadows and exposure. Assignment: Submit fill flash photos taken outside with any of the techniques discussed here. Balance the light on the subject with the background
Week 4: Capturing Motion with Flash-Blur How to convey motion in your photo with flash/blur technique, rear curtain sync. Assignment: Submit photos where you use a flash in combination with a long exposure. Any subject is OK. Be careful not to overexpose your pictures.
This course is open to photographers of all levels. As long as you are interesed in learning how to use your flash, you are welcome to join this course!
What kind of equipment will I need to complete the photo assignments?
Ideally, you should have any camera and lens system that allows both wide-angle and telephoto capabilities as well as the ability to control aperture and shutter speed. To take full advantage of the lessons on flash photography, you need a flash that you can fully control. A flash that you can detach from the camera will come in especially handy, but itís not required. For the lesson on off-camera flash, if you donít have this capability, Jim will give you a different assignment.
Does the power output of the flash that I currently own matter?
No, it doesnít.
Will my built-in flash in my point-and-shoot camera be OK for this course?
Yes, it will. However, you will be limited in what you can do with it. But Jim can still explain how to soften the light so your subjects wonít look so harsh, And in reading the critiques and seeing other students' photos, you will probably be inspired to get a more sophisticated flash.
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.