Bi-Weekly Educational Meetups Off Camera Flash Techniques Part 2

Off Camera Flash Photography Neil Van Neikerk - PART 2

We are very excited to bring you this excellent session based on the video and book by Neil Van Neikerk. It is important here that we don't just watch a video. What I would like to do in the next few sessions is watch an hour of the video tutorial and then practice for an hour.

Rather than focusing on the gear needed to use off-camera flash, this specialized resource hones in on the techniques needed—addressing photographers’ most common questions and providing practical examples of off-camera flash used on real assignments. Seeking to address the various challenges of off-camera lighting, professional photographers and advanced amateurs alike will find a range of confidence-building instruction, beginning with basic how’s and why’s of lighting for creative effect, the types of equipment available and instruction about their proper use, clear definitions of various technical concepts such as managing shutter speed and controlling flash exposure, using ambient light as well as natural sunlight during a shoot, and incorporating off-camera flash into a portrait session. Concluding this lesson plan is a look at five different real-life photo sessions, each employing a different flash technique. Here, photographers get a deeper understanding of each concept put into practice, marrying the elements of lighting with the natural elements presented by the shoot.

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  • Pedrin

    better than expected.

    February 20

  • Parsh M.

    Going to set the start time for the next meetup at 7 and the end time at 10. This way we can continue the conversations without having some bastard kick us out!!

    2 · February 20

    • Michelle I.

      Can you email me that one pic that came out nice?? You can burn the rest! lol. [masked]

      1 · February 20

  • John

    Loved the conversations to the end of the meetup. Great time!

    1 · February 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome meetup! Always great picking up new pointers and the "hands on" was great fun!

    1 · February 20

  • Diane M.

    Great to see examples of flash set ups and how the position of lighting affects the final exposure.

    February 20

  • Charley S.

    Really enjoyed tonight. Parsh's examples were fun and informative.

    February 19

  • Jonas

    Sorry I cannot make it tonight.

    February 19

  • Shashank

    Sorry can't make it today. Gt last minute meeting. Will miss it.

    February 19

  • Parsh M.

    What I would like us to practice today (with your approval of course).

    I am a huge fan of the lighting style used by the master photographer Irwin Penn. Basically he splits the face into light and dark. However the light side of the face has a dark background and the dark side of the face has a light background. It results in some amazing photographs. Here is a PDF that we created a while back when we first tried this about a year ago:

    http://files.meetup.com/1410498/Lighting%20Techniques.pdf

    Cheers

    February 19

  • Kim Hale G.

    Should I bring my camera and flashes for this one?

    February 18

    • Parsh M.

      Kim, what I want to do is to have a hands on practice session with some of things that Neil goes over. Not necessary to bring equipment since I will have flashes and a camera setup.

      1 · February 19

  • Parsh M.

    All;

    Given the impending weather and the fact that we have had seven people drop out and more dropping every hour; I am postponing this meetup till next Wednesday. You will get a notification in your email about the date change.

    Parsh

    2 · February 12

    • Michelle I.

      More snow for snowballs to throw at you next week! lol

      1 · February 12

    • Pedrin

      great, I'm was to call out due not feel good.

      February 12

  • Charley S.

    Yes to the 19th.

    February 12

  • Chris

    I will be late getting there tonight. Have karate until 7:30 in newark.

    February 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Parsh,

    Sorry, but I have to change my RSVP from "yes" to "no" for the 2/12 meet-up because of a previous commitment that I forgot about.

    Thanks,
    Bob

    1 · February 11

  • Parsh M.

    Folks, its not supposed to start snowing till 1 in the morning on Thursday; so as of now, the meetup tomorrow evening is still on. I suggest we have a little bit of fun tomorrow and have a snowball fight (for those who are brave) shoot!! I have always wanted to take slow speed (second curtain flash) portraits of people getting smacked in the face with a snowball. If noone is brave enough to model, I will gladly let you smack me in the face (careful how I say this) with snowballs (that's snowballs) while you shoot. See you tomorrow!!

    2 · February 11

  • Parsh M.

    Look at the images from a previous Wednesday night sessions at the link below. While we did not explicitly name this session 'off camera flash usage', this portrait tutorial session was basically to showcase what you can do with one (or two) flashes off the camera.

    http://www.meetup.com/FAIR-HILL-MD-NATURE-PHOTOGRAPHY-meetup-group/photos/10835672/

    February 10

    • Parsh M.

      Come on!! Cancel it? Never!! Well, actually, I will keep a close eye on the weather tonight and tomorrow and will cancel it if the weather Gods get angry.

      1 · February 10

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like a plan!

      1 · February 10

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