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Outdoor Model Shoot with Off-camera Flash
Effective portraits can be achieved with careful use of available light but adding extra flash lighting to the mix can dramatically expand the creative possibilities. In this session we will wander with a model and some lighting equipment for a few hours and practice portrait lighting techniques. Shooting outdoors will allow us to utilise a variety of different backdrops. Some topics covered: • working with a model • tips for composing portraits • working with flash to supplement or overpower available light • working with basic lighting modifiers • basic lighting setups This session will be limited to 4 photographers and Jo will be our model (see poster). As our model will be paid, you will be under no set obligation to return photos to her but you will be encouraged to upload your photos here so that everyone can see your efforts. Photographers will be welcome to use the photos shot for personal portfolio use only. Photographers will be expected to already know the basics of how to use their camera to achieve correct exposure. A working understanding of film speed, shutter speed and aperture will be useful. Photographers who have attended some or all of my previous Flash Lighting sessions will probably find this session easier to manage than those who are not yet comfortable with basic flash techniques. The only equipment required will be a camera and lens. The camera should have a standard flash hotshoe for mounting an external flash. Your lens should reach at least 70mm. I'll suggest using a general purpose zoom lens (eg. 24-70mm) to achieve different perspectives but if all you have is a "nifty fifty" 50mm f1/.8 on a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera, that's fine. All lighting equipment and modifiers will be supplied for you to use. If you want to bring some of your own gear, contact me beforehand so that we can discuss how that might work. As this session is conducted outdoors, please dress comfortably and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella. If you are having difficulties making payment via the Meetup site, you can go direct to Paypal ( ) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

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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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