Next Meetup

Flash Lighting II: Introduction to Off-camera Flash (with speedlights)
On-camera/pop-up flash is usually a horrible light source but for many people that is their only experience of flash lighting. Some people don't even realise that a speedlight-style flash unit can be used away from their camera. This practical session will explore the basics of taking a speedlight flash off-camera and using it to take portraits outdoors. Some of the topics covered in this session include: • basic equipment: stands, hot/cold shoes and triggering systems • different equipment/techniques for softening flash • using two off-camera flashes • combining flash with ambient light • different uses for gelled flashes (colour balancing plus creative effects) I will provide basic flash equipment if you do not own any. However, if you already have a speedlight flash you are welcome to bring it along and I will show you how it can be used off-camera. You will need your camera, a general purpose zoom lens (eg. 24-70mm,[masked]mm, 18-55mm) with charged batteries and space on your memory card for up to 100 images. This session is best suited for photographers who know how to use their camera on manual exposure and already understand the basic principles of flash photography (eg. how aperture/shutter speed affect flash exposure, why camera sync speed is important). I cover those basic flash concepts in my separate "Introduction to Flash" meetup session. If you are bringing your own flash equipment, it would help me enormously if you can tell me about that equipment in advance so that I can be prepared to deal with it. I have setup the RSVP process to ask the question I need answered but I may follow up individually with additional questions. The group size will be limited to 3 photographers. There is no model provided for this session - photographers will be asked to take it in turns in front of the camera (the 'worst case' scenario will be that you'll shoot me). As the session is mostly conducted undercover, the session will go ahead in the rain but please bring appropriate clothes for the forecast weather. Notes are provided in PDF form after the session via email. -- Feedback from previous off-camera flash sessions... "Excellent meetup - lots of equipment & techniques covered with time for practice as well. Highly recommended." - Gabbie, October 2016 "I did a masterclass about flash lighting last week and was amazing to learn how to use more than one flash speedlight at the same time and all the tools we need. A great experience! I will back again to the third masterclass! Highly recommended!" - Mireia, September 2016 "When it comes to understanding off camera flash, this is surely the mothership. I can't wait to use all the good stuff David has taught." - Dieter, August 2016 "After taking David's #1 intro to flash course and now his Flash Lighting II, I am now excited to use my flash instead of avoiding it. Fantastic David." - Eric, August 2015 "Well structured and equipped, great session as always..." - Chamal, August 2015 "I had loved Flash Lighting I but Flash Lighting II took it to a whole new level.. who knew the humble little speed light could achieve so much! This was a terrific session and I have taken away so much from both the lighting sessions. I now have a greater understanding of how speed lights work and also of the practical application of them. Thank-you very much David for your simple explanations and demonstrations. I am so happy I found your workshops!" - Joanne, June 2015 "Excellent. A very informative afternoon." - Raymond, August 2014 "Thanks again David, for another informative and hands on session! I was blown away with the amazing effects a flash can create, I have never owned a flash but now I don't think one will be enough for me... look forward to your other sessions!" - Dorothy, August 2014 "A great wealth of knowledge in flash photography. Would recommend to anyone who wishes to learn more." - David, September 2014 "Fantastic meetup! David is a wealth of information, I got so much out of these few hours, and feel like I know so much more now. Highly recommendable for anyone wanting to know more about lighting. Thanks for the great session!" - Tanja, September 2014

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What we're about

This is a group for photographers interested in extending their abilities with their camera.

The group mainly focuses on topics related to photographic lighting: how light behaves, how it can be used and how it can be manipulated.

I run occasional photography walks, workshops and presentations to cover a variety of topics. All sessions are run by me, David Gilliver.

I'm currently running these walks/workshops on a recurring basis in the Melbourne CBD:

• available light portraits - after dark! (2.5 hours, starts at sunset)

• daylight portraits by available light (2 hours, daytime)

• flash lighting i: introduction to flash using speedlights (2.5 hours, late afternoon or after dark)

• flash lighting ii: introduction to using off-camera flash (3 hours, daytime)

• flash lighting iii: beyond the basics (2 hours, daytime)

• twilight/night photo walk (2 hours, evening, locations vary)

• photographing fireworks - free session (1 hour, evening, locations vary)

If you would like to see one of those activities scheduled on a particular day that suits you, just contact me and I'll see what I can do.

Please note that the 3 flash sessions are designed to build upon each other. I recommend doing them in the sequence listed above.

You can also find me on Facebook (

Some group members have said:

"Went to the Introduction To Flash Lighting and thought it was one of the best meet up/photo tutorials I have been to. David knew his stuff and I went away more confident in how to use my speedlite and to build on what I had learned." - Mark (August 2014)

"Absolutely sensational. David is a very patient teacher and takes the time to ensure you understand everything before moving onto the next topic. Big Thumbs Up !" - Margaret (July 2014)

"Great night. Hands on exercises putting theory into practice - Well thought out. Thanks David." - Harry (May 2014)

"Some challenging concepts, which is what it is all about.....pushing the envelope and moving outside of your comfort zone. " - Perry (November 2014)

You can find more comments on the group review ( page or in some of the past meetup sessions I've run.

If you're curious about me, you can see some of my work on my website (, on flickr (, on instagram ( or you can follow me on Facebook. ( Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

david gilliver / 0402-323-739 / /

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