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Off Camera Flash Basics

Getting your flash off of the top of your camera is one of the first steps to creating “professional” looking photos. Whether you are photographing people or objects like flowers, off camera lighting is key to truly controlling light.

Off camera lighting is the secret to getting dramatic and artistic lighting effects. You have the proactive power of shaping the light. It can be used for portraiture as well as objects. This course will introduce you to the most popular ways of setting up a flash off camera and a start on how to use it correctly:

• Trigger types: Pros and cons of wired, optical, infrared and radio triggers

• Camera Frames and Light Stand mounts for flash including on camera frames that extend the flash away from the camera and the more popular stand mounted systems and clamps. 

• What hardware do you need? (You will be surprised at the low cost!)

• Lighting Basics:  You need to understand some technical concepts like how to setup correct exposure, what are light properties and why light is hard or soft.

• Light Modifiers: There are hundreds of devices designed to modify the light from a strobe. We will look briefly at some of the more popular such as umbrellas, softboxes and bounce panels.

Students do not need to have any flash gear to take the class. This can be a good chance to evaluate what you may want to purchase. 

Non-Meetup:  $30
Meetup Member: $24

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