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Flash Lighting III: Beyond the Basics
Once you become comfortable with the technical aspects of flash, creating effective lighting is a question of knowledge and technique. In this session we begin to explore some important lighting concepts that are fundamental to a variety of lighting techniques. Topics covered include: • deliberately working beyond the sync speed of your camera • introduction to inverse square law (a confusing but powerful lighting concept) • solving lighting problems using inverse square law • introduction to ring flash • layering on and off-axis light • butterfly/clamshell lighting This is the third in my series of sessions covering flash lighting topics. The topics covered in the previous sessions (Intro to Flash Lighting (, Intro to Off-Camera Flash ( are built upon in this session. Please note that if you are not comfortable with the concepts that are covered in those sessions, some aspects of this session may be a little confusing to you. You will need to bring a camera with a general purpose zoom lens that can reach 70-80mm (eg. 24-70mm,[masked]mm,[masked]mm). You should ensure your camera battery is fully charged and you have a memory card with free capacity for approximately 100 photos. I will provide basic speedlight flash equipment if you do not own any. However, if you already have a speedlight flash you are welcome to bring it along so that you can get some first hand experience using it. Don't forget to bring charged batteries for your flash. If you are bringing your own flash, 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 questions I need answered but I may follow up individually with additional questions. You will not need tripods, lighting stands, flash triggers, umbrellas or any other equipment. The group size will be limited to 3 photographers. There is no model provided for this session. As the session is mostly conducted in a quiet undercover space, the session will go ahead in the rain but please bring appropriate clothes for the forecast weather. -- Some feedback from previous sessions... "As always another wonderful session with David, learnt a lot with practical scenarios of difficult lighting situations and how to solve them." - Chamal (September 2016) "Very informative and well organized, David is a wealth of knowledge and happy to share his experience, highly recommended!" - Paula (March 2016) "Ventured into some new territory with this workshop. Explored some new techniques that I look forward to trying on my own. To get the most out of this workshop, you need to have the basics down pat though." - Perry (November 2014) "This workshop was challenging at first, but David explained everything with great clarity, I learnt heaps ..." - Jan (December 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.

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