Saturday June 1st, 1-8pm • Hunt’s Photo, Melrose
How to Integrate Flash into Natural Light Portraits
Recommended Prerequisite: Working knowledge of your camera, interest in portraits
Class Level: Beyond Basic
Instructors: Paul Nelson & Ron Phillips
Class Size: Maximum 12 attendees
Many people know how to take an adequate portrait in natural light, but how can we integrate flash into the mix and why is it important? How can we turn a drab, overcast day into something with a little pop? How can we counter harsh shadows on a bright and sunny day and still get worthwhile shots? Your flash can be the answer, and it opens up a world of creativity once you understand how to set it, modify it, and integrate it into your portraits!
Our Outdoor Portraits Using Flash workshop will cover these questions by discussing, demonstrating, and then practicing with models how to effectively use your flash outdoors in some basic ways. In this workshop, we will work with flash both on the camera and off the camera with triggers. For those applicable cameras, we will begin to work with high speed sync.
We will begin photographing in normal afternoon light and work our way into the evening to demonstrate the effect that flash has on a variety of outdoor lighting situations.
Integrating flash into outdoor portraits is an excellent way to liven up your portraits.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own gear, but we will begin with gear that anyone can use, including:
-A Variety of brands of Speedlights
-Phottix & Pocket Wizard Triggers
-Westcott & Phottix Softboxes
-Rogue Flashbender products
What to bring:
-Camera with fully charged battery
-For lenses, consider bringing lenses between 50mm and 100mm. Prime lenses with low apertures are a great option, but zoom lenses that fit this range will also work fine.
-You are welcome to bring your own speedlights and triggers, but we will begin the day using generic options.
Layout of the day:
1pm- Introductions, brief presentation/discussion on exposure & speedlights, camera setup
2pm- Demoing shooting
3-8pm- Photographing with models. We will have this time to photograph models, split into multiple groups.