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Flash Photography Level 1
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6 Hours - 7 Modules - 68 Segments - Fee $80
  FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course (On-Camera)


Flash has the power to take your photography to a completely different level. This course shows you how to make your on-camera flashgun achieve professional-quality results. You will never again suffer from shots that are too bright or too dark.

About this course

Flash photography is one of the most misunderstood and feared areas of photography, yet it has the power to immediately take your photography to a higher quality level. As in so many areas of digital photography, the flash will do a pretty good job in most average conditions using auto settings, but it's when you start taking control of the flash, its power settings, its direction, its quality (hard or soft) that things really begin to happen. That's what this course is all about.

Please note that this is not a studio flash course, it is solely aimed at external dedicated flash guns that sit on top of your camera.

What flash guns are suitable for this course?

All dedicated flash guns are suitable for this course. This includes Nikon SB600, SB700, SB800, SB900, SB910, Canon 430EX/EX II, 580 EX II and 600 RX along with the dedicated flash guns from Olympus, Sony and Panasonic. It also covers third party dedicated flash guns from the likes of Metz, Sigma and Nissin.

Full color, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Major Flash GunsFull color, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are given out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards. These will be made available to you for immediate download once the course is purchased.

This course is made up of Modules and Segments

This course is made up of various modules, each of which has a number of video segments that set out to explain individual elements of the main topic.

Understanding Modules

Every module is designed to stand on its own, covering the overall topic that the title of the module suggests, but it may benefit from the modules that come before it. Whether it is possible to watch modules out of sequence depends on your own previous experience with this topic.

Understanding Segments

Each module has a number of video segments, each of which correspond to a particular page in every set of tutorial notes. These segments concentrate on a specific topic relevant to that particular module. They are also great for quick recaps at a later stage. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: General Flash Use
Segment 01 Introduction
Segment 02 Flash Terms
Segment 03 Flash Modes: TTL Or Manual
Segment 04 Auto Zoom & Focal Length
Segment 05 When To Use Manual Zoom
Segment 06 When To Use The Wide Angle Diffuser
Segment 07 Use The Histogram To Gauge The Exposure
Segment 08 Flash Exposure Compensation In Camera Or In Flash
Segment 09 Using ISO To Increase The Power Of The Flash
Segment 10 Use A Flash White Balance To Get Consistent Color
MODULE 2 Overview: Softening Hard Flash Light
Segment 01 Fill Flash
Segment 02 Bounce Flash
Segment 03 Adjusting Bounce Angle To Get Wider Coverage
Segment 04 Use A Bounce Card To Throw Light Into Eye Sockets
Segment 05 Use A Bounce Card To Create A Catchlight In Eyes
Segment 06 Flash Modifiers: Bounce Flash With No Ceiling
Segment 07 Flash Modifiers: Softboxes
MODULE 3 Overview: Advanced Flash Techniques
Segment 01 Balance Flash And Ambient Light
Segment 02 Front Curtain/Rear Curtain (1st/2nd Curtain)
Segment 03 Use Off-Camera Flash Cords To Create Shadows
Segment 04 Using Wireless Flash
Segment 05 Manual Flash
MODULE 4 Where to from here?
Course Tutor: Dave McKane
Course Tutor: Dave McKane

The tutor for this course is a fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Over the years, he has owned and used over 30 cameras, covering all of the major brands. He is well versed in almost every camera available on the market today. Dave started teaching photography in 1985, and set up the Institute of Photography in 2005 (now the IOP-Online), since then, he has taught over 20,000 students. He has also been the lead trainer for both Canon and Nikon.

Dave has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium. He has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.

Dave graduated with honors from a 3 Year Photography Course in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985, and has over 35 years of experience in creative photography. He received his first film SLR in 1982 and has owned many darkrooms. Dave was early to adopt the use of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002), and Lightroom (2007).

His favorite saying? "It depends..."

Dave believes that there is only one answer to every question in photography. When he is asked what lens to get, "it depends"; the best flash; best camera; best tripod. He feels he is not being trite with this answer, simply because there is no "best." With flash, for example, a good one might not be available for your camera, so he needs to know the camera first. With lenses, he needs to understand what your budget is.

Dave's work can be seen in the following places: Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
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Course Code FPL1-O
Modules 4 Modules/26 Segments
Learning Hours 6 Hours
Course Fee $80
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