Flash is a wonderful tool for the photographer, but it can seem intimidating. After all, you can’t see what you get ... or can you?! With digital, flash becomes a lot easier, especially if you start experimenting to get true hands-on experience with your flash. This unique online class will offer you a series of challenging and enlightening lessons on flash, plus a series of weekly drills to help you master the creative use of standard flash units. Besides his work as author of over 35 books and professional photographer, instructor Rob Sheppard is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer magazine and is an experienced workshop instructor.
Skill Level: Serious Hobbyist and Intermediate
Make just one flash work for you for better photos.
Master the flash-blur technique for new images.
Move the flash off-camera for better work.
Use flash outside for unexpected results.
Change your flash’s light quality for effect.
For Serious Hobbyists and Intermediates (skill levels 2 and 3).
Learn to get more from your in-camera and accessory flash units.
Achieve professional-level flash photos with these key drills.
Guidance from an experienced digital photographer, editor and writer who knows how to help photographers succeed.
Course designed for anyone with a digital camera and flash.
Rob Sheppard Rob Sheppard has had a long-time and nationally recognized commitment to helping photographers become better photographers, regardless of the equipment and technology. He was the editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine for 12 years and was the original editor of PCPhoto (now Digital Photo). Now he is editor-at-large.
He is also the author/photographer of over thirty photo books, including The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The National Geographic Field Guide to Photography - Digital, and Adobe® Photoshop Lightroom for Digital Photographers Only. He writes regularly for Outdoor Photographer and teaches around the country, including workshops for the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and the Light Photographic Workshops. His Web site for workshops, books and photo tips is at www.robshepppardphoto.com, and his blog on nature and photography is at www.natureandphotography.com.
As a photographer, Rob worked for many years in Minnesota (before moving to Los Angeles), including doing work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Norwest Banks (now Wells Fargo), Pillsbury, 3M, General Mills, Lutheran Brotherhood, Ciba-Geigy, Anderson Windows, and others. His photography has been published in many magazines, ranging from National Geographic to The Farmer to, of course, Outdoor Photographer and PCPhoto.
He and his wife, Vicky (married 30+ years), live in the Los Angeles area. They have a son working on his Ph.D. in youth sports and education, and a daughter studying communications/journalism.
Week 1: Master the Flash-Blur Technique for New Images Flash-blur is an amazing technique that will immediately set your images apart from others. You’ll learn how you can merge the sharpness of flash with the motion blur of a slow shutter speed.
Week 2: Move the Flash Off Camera for Better Work To really step up your work with flash, you need to move the light off camera. Do that and your flash possibilities increase exponentially.
Week 3: Use Flash Outside for Unexpected Results Even though the simplest point-and-shoot cameras allow you to sync flash with daylight, few photographers do. You can learn to create new and unexpected lighting effects by using your flash when others don’t.
Week 4: Change Your Flash’s Light Quality for Effect The quality of light relates to its broadness or size compared to the subject. Diffusing the flash has a small effect, but much less than most photographers think. You’ll discover how you can change the quality of light from any flash and get better photos.
Note: For all weekly lessons, you will get a number of drills to help you explore this idea, and some of those images will be used for the assignment and critique.
Digital camera with aperture and shutter speed control.
External flash unit plus dedicated flash cord.**
A willingness to experiment and try different approaches.
Desire to capture better images.
** The dedicated flash cord allows your flash to communicate directly with your camera so you can use it off camera and automatically. It is "dedicated" because you have to get one that works specifically with your camera and flash models. These cords are available at any camera store.
No. This is about using small flash for better photographs, although the ideas you will learn from this class will help any photographer use flash better.
Does my digital camera need to be expensive - a professional model?
No, as long as your camera allows you to control aperture and shutter speed and use an accessory flash - those are important things. A digital SLR is ideal, although an advanced compact digital camera that has a flash shoe would also work fine.
Are you going to teach things you can do in Photoshop in this photo course?
No, though I will comment about image processing in the critiques if it affects the flash technique. This course is about shooting, not about Photoshop or digital image-editing software.
Do I need anything else in the way of equipment?
You will need a camera and flash. A built-in flash will get you started, but for the work in this class, and any real use of flash, you need an accessory flash with a dedicated flash cable. That cable lets you solidly connect the flash to the camera, yet keep the flash off the camera. If your system has wireless capabilities, that can substitute for the flash cord.
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.