10 Ways to Use 1 Speedlight w/model MaryCeleste

10 Ways To Use One Speedlight

Teacher: RW BOYER

Model: MARY CELESTE: MM#[masked]


Mary Celeste above by RW Boyer

Yes there are absolutely 10 different ways to use just one speedlight. Actually to be precise there were 13 ways when I counted for the purposes of this mini-workshop but I cut three out. They were variations on other ways and 10 sounded better. So 10 variations and none of them are auto-TTL fill-flash. >.<


From super hard to pillowy soft. From natural to pronounced effect. You might be surprised just how versatile just one bare light is. Even if it's a tiny battery powered light. 


We'll cover a lot of ground in just two small hours so this is more of a quick tour rather than a nuanced exploration of any particular setup. We will be quickly covering a few topics that are closely related as well such as choosing TTL auto exposure vs. Manual control, a quick take on the ups and downs of various off-camera triggering options, and ambient light considerations.


This workshop aims to provide an overview of techniques that just about anyone can use. They will not require any type of expensive or sophisticated equipment - just a speedlight. The workshop will use one or two things that might not be something every photographer has but those things are easily improvised in almost any circumstance.

RSVP today with your $50 deposit

Total cost of workshop $125

Mary Celeste will be available for 1-on-1s after the workshop- there will be a signup sheet available at the workshop! 

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  • Carly O.

    The Behind the Scenes Video is up! :)
    http://vimeo.com/88616201

    March 11, 2014

  • Michael M.

    The learning curve for me, personally, was steep, but I learned a great deal in these two hours. Mary Celeste was a fantastic model, and Bob's knowledge of lighting and speed lights is truly vast, yet he was very patient and willing to help guide someone who only dimly knew what he was doing (i.e., me). Probably, for me, I could have used more time with each of the set ups, but the course was super beneficial for me as it was. I've got my eye on a few new pieces of gear. Surprised? ;)

    2 · March 10, 2014

    • Robert W B.

      Michael - we are seriously thinking of doing a part II and part III for all of the things I wanted to cover. A two or three part series may be more beneficial that packing all of that stuff in to one session no matter how you slice it. Might be better to break it up and cover just a few things for 2 or 3 hours rather than one MASSIVE session. We'll keep you up to date. Another participant asked me to do some one-on-one time on what he wants to focus on which is something I am open to as well. If you need any help/opinion on selecting gear just ask.

      March 10, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Thanks, Carly and Bob. Yes, well, part of it too is no doubt my skill level. I learned a lot about speed lights, but being more familiar with one unit would help me learn more (may buy a Nikon SB-700). I'll keep my eye open for other events. As Carly knows, I have a truly wicked schedule of outdoors events (with my group), but when I have a weekend day off, I plan to drop in to your sessions.

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Geoff S.

    I really enjoyed the class and I look forward to shooting with you again in future. Mary Celeste is an amazing model and did a great job at the shoot.

    2 · March 9, 2014

  • Robert W B.

    I had a lot of fun, great group of people all with a passion for pictures

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Carly O.

    Excited!!!!

    March 9, 2014

  • Bob D.

    Bummer, something's come up so I can't make it today. Will attend the next session that is offered.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Michael M.

    I'd like to do this, but I'll need to buy a speed light. I've got a Nikon 3200 ... Will the Nikon SB-300 be adequate, or should I consider a more full-featured model? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

    February 26, 2014

    • Keith B.

      I am happy to do it Michael. Looking forward to meeting you. And Carly - You HAVE to stop stalking me on the Internet... ;-) (i think that's a effing winking-smiley-face, which indicates that I'm kidding and that was a joke--which always works best when you take the time to explain it after--I'm too damn old to know from emoticons)

      1 · February 26, 2014

    • Carly O.

      Aw! Family! *tears*

      March 5, 2014

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