Photography Craft – Lighting with Flash with Craig Girling
This workshop is for photographers getting starting with flash. It covers the basics of flash exposure, balancing flash with daylight, off-camera flash, and using light modifiers & reflectors to create different looks.
Wednesday, 15th November
Wednesday, 22nd November
Wednesday, 29th November
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Lighting with Flash
- Introduction to Photographic Lighting
- Why use lighting.
- Flash & continuous lighting, why use one over the other.
- Studio flash & portable hotshoe flash (flashguns), pros & cons.
- Off-Camera Flash
- What is off-camera flash and why use it.
- Firing a flash off-camera; sync cables, wireless triggers, slave.
- Flash Exposure
- Flashgun exposure modes: TTL (auto), manual.
- Metering for flash using a flash meter.
- Finding your flash exposure without a flash meter.
- Relationship of flash power to aperture.
- How does shutter speed fit in.
- Sync speed explained.
- Key light, fill, backlight – what do these terms mean.
- Lighting ratios.
- Effect of subject to light distance on exposure (Inverse Square Law).
- Light Modifiers & Reflectors
- What are light modifiers and why use them.
- What are reflectors (& flags).
- Using small or large light sources to produce hard or soft light.
- Bouncing flash.
- Types of modifiers; umbrellas, softboxes, reflectors, grids & more.
- Using modifiers & reflectors to create different looks & styles.
- Studio Lighting
- Types of studio lights; Flash (strobes), tungsten, HMI, LED.
- Grip equipment; lighting stands, booms etc.
- Safety around studio lights & equipment.
- Using flash with Daylight (or other ambient light)
- Overpowering the sun – flash power & sync speed.
- High speed sync.
- Metering for the ambient light (daylight).
- Using shutter speed to independently control ambient light.
- Balancing daylight with flash.
- Fill flash.
- Colour temperature and using gels
Craig Girling is a commercial photographer, specialising in interiors. He also shoots still-life subjects in his studio at Old Jet. His photographic background began with a formal training in film photography at art school, followed by many years of self-education and practice. He has been shooting professionally for the last 6 years. His approach to photography is quite structured and methodical. He believes that to become an accomplished creative photographer you must first learn to master your tools.