Past Meetup

Flash Lighting III: Beyond the Basics

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Price: A$59.00 /per person

The Age Newspaper (Media House next to SouthernX)

655 Collins Street · Melbourne

How to find us

I'll be near the grass/concourse in front of The Age building. Contact me on 0402-323-739 if you're lost or running late.

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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)