• Virtual 1-on-1: Flash Lighting - Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    Due to COVID lockdown, I am running this event as a 1-on-1 online Zoom session. As it is an online session, this is available to anyone in Australia.
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    This is a 2.5-hour session to give you confidence in using your speedlight flash on-camera. I'll teach you the basic principles and some cool flash tricks. There's so much more to flash lighting than ugly pop-up flash...

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself.

    This session has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Godox TT685/V860/V1 etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Light stands, umbrellas and remote flash triggering systems are not required - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend using a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. A tripod may be handy for some shots but isn't essential.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    If you are interested in this session but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "David was a great teacher and made me feel comfortable to ask all the questions I needed to get my head around the speedlight flash. I enjoyed the session and believe now I have the knowledge to move forward with the flash and take some great shots" - Kim, September 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014

  • Available Light Portraits - After Dark!

    ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

    A$69.00

    This is a 2.5-hour educational outdoor walk/workshop to show you how to use various light sources (some of them unusual) to light portraits.

    The walk moves between locations in Birrarung Marr where participants will be shown how to work with each light to take photos of each other. Appropriate camera settings are suggested for each light source and assistance is provided as required.

    Unlike some other casual photography walks, the photographs taken are set exercises in using light and as such, there is limited scope for individual creativity. My intention is to force photographers out of their comfort zones and use unusual lights in ways they probably hadn't considered. I'm a firm believer that a little knowledge can be a much more powerful tool than fancy equipment. The concepts covered here are a good starting point for talking about lighting in general.

    This walk is best suited to photographers who are already comfortable with their camera controls and have a working knowledge of the concepts of aperture, shutter speed, film speed (ISO) and white balance.

    The recommended equipment for the walk is a camera capable of at least ISO 3200, an appropriate portrait lens (eg. at least 50mm or longer) with a reasonably wide aperture (eg. f/2.8 or wider). If you own a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, it's ideal. Tripods should be left at home as they are usually impractical on this walk. You will not require a flash or any other lighting equipment.

    As this activity is run outdoors after dark, please ensure you're dressed in appropriately warm clothes and if the forecast suggests rain, please bring an umbrella.

    We meet at sunset at Federation Square (http://www.fedsquare.com) and return to finish at the same location 2.5 hours later.

    Scroll down to see feedback from previous participants for this activity.

    If you are having difficulties making payment via Meetup, you can go direct to Paypal (https://www.paypal.com.au) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for so that I can set your RSVP correctly. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "It was an amazing session and we learned to work the light and the camera in a very professional way. The best part was, it was loads of fun! Time and money well spent!" - Beena, May 2016

    "The evening was extremely informative, David has a wealth of knowledge that he does not mind sharing with everyone. David takes the time to explain camera settings for people like myself that are fairly green in the hobby. My understanding of portrait photography at night has been turned around 180 degrees after attending this session with David, highly recommend attending." - John

    "Learnt a lot, with a few key messages that I can add to my photography. Also appreciate some of the tips with camera set up... Lots of fun and even though we both had the two ugliest models to work with (namely ourselves) still got some good shots. For anybody else reading, this meet up is excellent - jump on board." - Warwick

    "Cannot look at light the same again! :)" - Chris

    "Money well spent. A bargain for the amount of stuff I learnt. I'm seeing more potential in the light around me." - Sharon

    "It was absolutely mind-blowing! I have never thought about looking at objects like that and thought that I would need flash in order to take night photography. I have learnt to observe my subject and find the best angle to shoot in terms of light." - Maggie

    "Fabulous, very informative and I will now look at taking photos with available light in a very different way. David explained each different light situation very well and I didn't come away feeling 'overloaded'." - Sandy

    "So far the best meet up i have been, lots of learning and the group is small that makes the class more personalized." - Claudia

    "Excellent. Very informative session to get you thinking of the best ways to use available light." - Maria

    "Awesome!! Totally gets your brain buzzing about light and lighting." - Deanne

    "Great learning experience with well thought out practical photographic tasks under different outdoor lighting situations with minimum equipment. Learnt heaps on how to assess existing night lighting options and how to use them optimally and creatively. Don't hesitate to join David on his inspiring photographic journeys! :)" - Jennifer

    "The evening was very interesting! Definitely opened up my eyes to alternative lighting and how to work with what is available at the time. Great night." - Samira

    "Thanks David for a hugely instructive session!!" - Ross

    "Thank you David for a very informative and fascinating portraits session with available light. I'm so inspired and excited with experimenting further with minimal available light sources. I look forward to your future sessions." - Dorothy

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  • Flash Lighting: Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    This is a 2.5-hour outdoor walk/workshop to give you confidence in using your speedlight flash on-camera. I'll teach you the basic principles and some cool flash tricks. There's so much more to flash lighting than ugly pop-up flash...

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself. As with my "available light" ( http://photos.gilliver.net/teaching/workshops/night-portraits ) walk, you'll be pairing up to take photos of each other.

    This is the first in a series of 3 sessions on lighting with flash.

    This walk has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Yongnuo 568EX etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Tripods, light stands, umbrellas and remote triggering systems are not required on this walk - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend bringing a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. You won't need a tripod.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed/ISO, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    As this event is outdoors after dark, please ensure you have warm clothing and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella (although the session runs mostly undercover if rain is about).

    If you are interested in this walk but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

    If you are having difficulties making payment via Meetup, you can go direct to Paypal ( https://www.paypal.com.au ) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for so that I can set your RSVP correctly. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

    You can find samples of my photography at my website: http://photos.gilliver.net

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "It was one of the best training educational sessions I have been to for a long time - simply presented, indepth, but well pitched. I had a lot of fun and learnt so much!" - Sean, April 2021

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014

  • Flash Lighting: Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    This is a 2.5-hour outdoor walk/workshop to give you confidence in using your speedlight flash on-camera. I'll teach you the basic principles and some cool flash tricks. There's so much more to flash lighting than ugly pop-up flash...

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself. As with my "available light" ( http://photos.gilliver.net/teaching/workshops/night-portraits ) walk, you'll be pairing up to take photos of each other.

    This is the first in a series of 3 sessions on lighting with flash.

    This walk has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Yongnuo 568EX etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Tripods, light stands, umbrellas and remote triggering systems are not required on this walk - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend bringing a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. You won't need a tripod.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed/ISO, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    As this event is outdoors after dark, please ensure you have warm clothing and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella (although the session runs mostly undercover if rain is about).

    If you are interested in this walk but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

    If you are having difficulties making payment via Meetup, you can go direct to Paypal ( https://www.paypal.com.au ) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for so that I can set your RSVP correctly. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

    You can find samples of my photography at my website: http://photos.gilliver.net

    --

    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "It was one of the best training educational sessions I have been to for a long time - simply presented, indepth, but well pitched. I had a lot of fun and learnt so much!" - Sean, April 2021

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014

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  • Flash Lighting: Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    This is a 2.5-hour outdoor walk/workshop to give you confidence in using your speedlight flash on-camera. I'll teach you the basic principles and some cool flash tricks. There's so much more to flash lighting than ugly pop-up flash...

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself. As with my "available light" ( http://photos.gilliver.net/teaching/workshops/night-portraits ) walk, you'll be pairing up to take photos of each other.

    This is the first in a series of 3 sessions on lighting with flash.

    This walk has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Yongnuo 568EX etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Tripods, light stands, umbrellas and remote triggering systems are not required on this walk - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend bringing a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. You won't need a tripod.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    As this event is outdoors after dark, please ensure you have warm clothing and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella (although the session runs mostly undercover if rain is about).

    If you are interested in this walk but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

    If you are having difficulties making payment via Meetup, you can go direct to Paypal ( https://www.paypal.com.au ) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for so that I can set your RSVP correctly. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

    You can find samples of my photography at my website: http://photos.gilliver.net

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "It was one of the best training educational sessions I have been to for a long time - simply presented, indepth, but well pitched. I had a lot of fun and learnt so much!" - Sean, April 2021

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014

  • Flash Lighting II: Introduction to Off-camera Flash (with speedlights)

    The Age Newspaper (Media House next to SouthernX)

    A$75.00

    This practical session will explore the basics of getting your speedlight flash off your camera and using it to create effective outdoor portraits.

    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.

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    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

  • Flash Lighting: Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    This is a 2.5-hour outdoor walk/workshop to give you confidence in using your speedlight flash on-camera. I'll teach you the basic principles and some cool flash tricks. There's so much more to flash lighting than ugly pop-up flash...

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself. As with my "available light" ( http://photos.gilliver.net/teaching/workshops/night-portraits ) walk, you'll be pairing up to take photos of each other.

    This is the first in a series of 3 sessions on lighting with flash.

    This walk has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Yongnuo 568EX etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Tripods, light stands, umbrellas and remote triggering systems are not required on this walk - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend bringing a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. You won't need a tripod.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    As this event is outdoors after dark, please ensure you have warm clothing and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella (although the session runs mostly undercover if rain is about).

    If you are interested in this walk but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

    If you are having difficulties making payment via Meetup, you can go direct to Paypal ( https://www.paypal.com.au ) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for so that I can set your RSVP correctly. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "David was a great teacher and made me feel comfortable to ask all the questions I needed to get my head around the speedlight flash. I enjoyed the session and believe now I have the knowledge to move forward with the flash and take some great shots" - Kim, September 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014

    3
  • Flash Lighting: Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    Yes, pop-up flash is horrible, but there's much more to flash lighting than that. This is a 2.5-hour outdoor walk/workshop to show you the basic principles of flash and some of the cool tricks you can do with it.

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself. As with my "available light" ( http://photos.gilliver.net/teaching/workshops/night-portraits ) walk, you'll be pairing up to take photos of each other.

    This is the first in a series of 3 sessions on lighting with flash.

    This walk has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Yongnuo 568EX etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Tripods, light stands, umbrellas and remote triggering systems are not required on this walk - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend bringing a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. You won't need a tripod.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    As this event is outdoors after dark, please ensure you have warm clothing and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella (although the session runs mostly undercover if rain is about).

    If you are interested in this walk but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

    If you are having difficulties making payment via Meetup, you can go direct to Paypal ( https://www.paypal.com.au ) and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for so that I can set your RSVP correctly. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "David was a great teacher and made me feel comfortable to ask all the questions I needed to get my head around the speedlight flash. I enjoyed the session and believe now I have the knowledge to move forward with the flash and take some great shots" - Kim, September 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014

  • Flash Lighting II: Introduction to Off-camera Flash (with speedlights)

    The Age Newspaper (Media House next to SouthernX)

    A$75.00

    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.

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    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

  • 1-on-1: Flash Lighting - Introduction to Flash (using speedlights)

    Due to COVID, I am now running this event as a 1-on-1 online Zoom session. As it is an online session, this is available to anyone in Australia.
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    Yes, pop-up flash is horrible, but there's much more to flash lighting than that. This is a 2.5-hour outdoor workshop to show you the basic principles of flash and some of the cool tricks you can do with it.

    At first glance, flash lighting appears to break some of the rules of exposing a photo. This session explains why flash is different and covers the basic tricks that make flash a fascinating creative tool for a photographer.

    Topics covered:

    • TTL metering and flash exposure compensation

    • camera sync speed

    • basic principles: use of aperture and shutter speed

    • blending flash and ambient light sources

    • using flash with movement

    • creative flash effects

    • using speedlight zoom control

    • bouncing flash off surfaces - indoor and outdoor

    I will take a couple of minutes to explain each concept and then give you a specific exercise with suggested camera settings so that you can try it for yourself.

    This session has been designed for photographers who have a speedlight-style flash (eg. Canon 430EX/580EX/600EX, Nikon SB700/800/900/910/5000, Godox TT685/V860/V1 etc) that you "bolt on" to the top of your camera. A number of the set exercises can be done with pop-up flash but some are speedlight-specific. The concepts taught apply to both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems.

    The main flash features required are the ability to control the flash power level manually and the ability to swivel the flash head in different directions. Light stands, umbrellas and remote flash triggering systems are not required - this session does not discuss off-camera flash.

    I recommend using a general purpose zoom lens for this session. For example, a 24-70mm, 17-55mm,[masked]mm etc. Please ensure that both your camera and flash have freshly charged batteries and your camera has a blank memory card. A tripod may be handy for some shots but isn't essential.

    This session is best suited to photographers who are comfortable with camera concepts such as film speed, shutter speed, aperture and white balance but have no understanding of their flash beyond knowing how to turn it on/off.

    If you are interested in this session but are not able to attend this date, feel free to leave a comment with your preferred time/date.

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    Some feedback from previous sessions...

    "Absolutely loved it. David explained the basics so patiently and with so many examples. He changed my perspective of flash photography and I couldn’t wait to use it." - Surya, March 2018

    "Thank you so much David. What an eye opener. Taught me so much about flash photography in 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend the class." - David, March 2018

    "I loved this class. A great teacher who communicated his skill with ease. Looking forward to the 2nd class of flash photography. Thank you." - Suzanne, January 2017

    "David knows Flash Photography, communication was easy, and the step by step way he teaches is very good. I have learnt a lot about flash, and will go again to another, thank you David." - Anthony, January 2017

    "This is an amazing course, packed with lots of valuable technical information, David took the time to explain every single concept and demonstrate it with a practical exercise, this is a must do course for whoever wants to start with flash photograph !!! Really worth it." - Oscar, October 2016

    "Very informative. David is a great teacher. I learned some great flash techniques and there was lots of time to practice each concept." - Gabbie, September 2016

    "David was a great teacher. His knowledge and ability to make the class bond together was wonderful. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has little or no experience with flash photography." - Mark, September 2016

    "Excellent overview of key concepts of flash photography, clear and accessible instruction and good examples to illustrate the ideas. Very well worth it!" - Ilya, August 2016

    "I'm studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging and was struggling to grasp flash. Until yesterday's session. David explained things in a way that made sense. The exercises clearly demonstrated why and how flash works. David made sure I understood each concept before we moved on to the next. He provided notes to reinforce the message after the session and even had spare batteries for power-hungry flash units. I was lucky enough to be the only person in his session last night and was grateful for the one-to-one tuition. Thanks David!" - Emma, January 2016

    "It was a great session with the right balance of technical and practical understanding of using cameras and flash devices. I would do it again if only to reinforce techniques and knowledge. Thank you." - Daryl, January 2016

    "We did this workshop last night and it is brilliant. David is an excellent teacher making concepts clear and giving informative notes and relevant practical exercises which make the information come alive." - Lesley, June 2016

    "This was my first meet up and it was great. David is a great teacher and the class was a great introduction into flash photography. A good mix of theory and practice. Looking forward to doing another one. Thanks David!!" - James, June 2016

    "The Intro session is jam packed full of vital information. The session progresses in a logical sequence with handy hints, tech insights and advice making the mysteries of flash understandable. I can't wait to practice. In fact this course is so good I did it twice!" - Anne, January 2016

    "I learnt so much more than I expected too!! You're a brilliant teacher David!! I look forward to doing more meetups with you. Thanks again David!" - Bruce, December 2015

    "Dave you outdid yourself. One of the best meet-ups I've been to. I think you should come teach at our school. ;-) I loved how you challenged us and took us through step by step the entire way." - Julie, December 2015

    "Easy to understand, great knowledge, fun and best value for money !!! I should have done this long time ago .... don't think about it - DO IT - invest in yourself - knowing the how is just half the equation , knowing the why really opens your eyes....can't wait for the next one !!!!" - Izabela, September 2015

    "This is the best value photography course I've ever done (and I've done plenty online and in real life)! David was incredibly professional and is actually an excellent teacher ... a skill that is hard to come by. He presented each new concept in a structured way before building on what had just been learned. The whole night was full of practical examples in a beautiful location overlooking the city lights. I went back to work the following week full of confidence to take excellent pictures to use on the company website. I cannot recommend David highly enough! Thank you David - I'll be back for another course soon." - Michelle, June 2015

    "Extremely informative and I learnt things about flash that I never knew before! David is very patient & easy to understand in his teachings. I can't wait for the next course!" - Sarah, May 2015

    "One of the best workshops I've been through meetup. Learned a lot highly recommended..." - Chamal, March 2015

    "David runs a very informative evening, answers all questions clearly. I enjoyed the fact the group was kept to max of 4 attendees. David understands the topic and conveys it to each student with lots of patience. I was lucky enough to use one of David's spare speedlites on the night as I have not purchased one as yet, now I can purchase with confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to discover the correct procedures for flash photography." - John, January 2015

    "Very informative. Learnt a lot from a workshop delivered in an easy to understand and friendly manner." - Tony, November 2014

    "Awesome!!! Loved it, I certainly picked up a bunch of things and many things finally came together. I urge anyone who wants to know more about Flash Lighting with Speedlights to do this workshop" - Deanne, October 2014

    "David was a great teacher and made me feel comfortable to ask all the questions I needed to get my head around the speedlight flash. I enjoyed the session and believe now I have the knowledge to move forward with the flash and take some great shots" - Kim, September 2014

    "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

    "Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, May 2014