Professional Off-Camera Flash Techniques
Bryson Leidich and Terry Blain - Master Photographers
On Hold - date to be announced!
This workshop is for advanced shooters and professional photographers alike. It will be limited to 6 to 8 people to make it practical for all to shoot.
Techniques that will be addressed are for using small portable flash units from cobra style (on-camera hot shoe) units to Q-flash/Godox style units with an external battery. The objective is to make quality images with minimal equipment.
Whether you are shooting seniors, brides or families, you need to learn to control lighting to make images that people will buy and judges will give you awards for.
Controlling off-camera flash is the road to success and the "magic" behind great images. The real magic is understanding as this is surprisingly simple to do. You just need to know a few key techniques that the pros use to make their images the way they want them to be.
NOTE- If you are planning to buy any flash equipment or meters I suggest you attend this seminar first as you may change your mind about what you need. Photographic flash equipment has changed in the last few years and those changes can save you money.
- You will learn how to use inexpensive flash modifiers to their best advantage.
- You will learn to control the balance between ambient light and flash.
- You will learn how to effectively use a flash meter.
- You will learn to recognize flash percentages as they apply to the look of an image.
- You will learn how to control image contrast and mood.
- You will learn how to make more consistent exposures.
And - you will learn how to control your lighting without using the auto features of your camera or flash.
Suggested equipment for the class:
- -a DSLR camera with a lens equivalent to 70mm or longer
- -a flash that can be fired without a cord (radio triggered)
- -a light stand with a mount for the flash
- -a flash meter (optional)
Only the camera and lens are required if you want to shoot and take samples home with you. Do not buy equipment.
If you bring your own flash and radio be sure you know how to use the flash in manual mode.
Fee for the class will be $150 and includes the class, lunch, and models for the afternoon shoot. Let us know you are coming as the class size will be limited.
The class may be cancelled or rescheduled in the event of an insufficient number of participants.
SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS: Call Terry Blain at 717.243.6374 or email with your name, address and phone number by clicking the sign in button.
The class will be held at the studio and grounds of Terry Blain Photography:
- Terry Blain, Master Photographer
- 84 McAllister Church Rd
- Carlisle, PA 17015
Bryson Leidich earned his Master of Photography degree in 1997. He was a member of the Club of Excellence with 4 blue ribbon prints in one year, and had a print in the PPA Loan Collection. He has received awards from Kodak and Fuji and a Clio award for advertising. He has spoken to state and regional PPA meetings and was a featured speaker at the PPA National Convention in Las Vegas in 1990. He taught photography and Photoshop at Penn State Harrisburg and Harrisburg Area Community College and has given seminars at his own studio for more than 25 years. Bryson is currently a semi-retired commercial photographer who still enjoys the creativity of photographing people and making good images.
Terry Blain earned her Master of Photography degree in 2013. She studied at HACC and the Triangle Institute of photography before joining PPA in 1992. Terry's prints have received over a dozen first place awards since 2006 including several Best Portrait awards. She has been a Club of Excellence member twice, and received four Kodak awards for her portraits. She also received the highly valued ASP award. Terry's studio in Carlisle is her home base where she creates both studio and outdoor portraits of seniors, children and families. Her grounds include gardens which often serve as locations for her photography.