How to Shoot Portraits on a Budget with Off-Camera Flash
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How to Shoot Portraits on a Budget with Off-Camera Flash

Learn to Shoot Studio-Quality Headshots and Portraits with Your SLR and Flash
4.6 (6 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
72 students enrolled
Created by Phil Steele
Published 7/2012
English
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Price: $44.99
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  • Certificate of Completion
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Description

Here's what you'll learn in this video series

  • Learn how you can save money and take amazing photos with off-camera flash—the new, easy, inexpensive, portable way to take professional photos without expensive studio gear!
  • Discover the four crucial, inexpensive pieces of equipment you need to get the flash off your camera (and don't worry, if you don't have a flash yet, I'll tell you which kind to buy to avoid over-spending)
  • Watch me go through 4 photo shoots with live models, revealing all my off-camera flash secrets.
  • Learn advanced techniques using multiple flashes, colored filters, reflectors, and other optional equipment, for creating photos that make viewers say "Wow!"
  • Watch over my shoulder as I edit the photos in post-production, adjusting them to look their best.
  • Learn from my mistakes! I show you the reality of each shoot, including what goes right and what goes wrong and how to fix it.
  • Discover the foolproof 4-Step-Formula for choosing the perfect ISO, Shutter, and Aperture for your flash photos. Never wonder what to do in "M" mode again!

Plus you get two additional bonus videos if you sign up right now

  • Outdoor Portriaits Using a Reflector
  • The Glam-Blur Technique for Portrait Retouching

These bonuses are offered for a limited time and can't be guaranteed if you wait until later to register.

RECENT CUSTOMER COMMENTS

"Your videos are fantastic—the perfect balance between technical detail and simple explanation. I especially appreciate your shopping tips and reviews of the various products that are available, as that can be pretty overwhelming. Thanks so much!" — Beth M., Olympia Washington

"I've been a pro landscape photographer for around 5 years now and am moving into the portrait and wedding market. I soon realized that my knowledge of flash and how to best utilise it was pretty none existant. Until i came accross your videos! I've learned more in 4 or 5 videos than all the photography books i've read. Thanks, Phil, for advancing my photography in a matter of minutes which would normally have taken weeks!" —Martin Sanderson, Carlisle, England

"I just finished watching your speedlight class and I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it! As an instructor, I see a lot of this sort of material, and so much of it misses the mark. But yours offers useful, real-world information without the useful fluff. It's great to see such a clear and concise discussion. Home run, Phil! — Michael Corsentino—Award Winning Photographer and Author of the Canon Speedlite Digital Field Guide

Course content
Expand all 13 lectures 02:06:20
+ Promotional Video
1 lecture 02:05

Learn why you need off-camera flash to take professional-looking portraits without the cost of expensive studio equipment.

Preview 02:05
+ Introduction and Equipment
3 lectures 21:44

Learn how new off-camera flash technology lets you take professional-looking photos anywhere, without a fancy studio or big, expensive studio lights.  Also why I shot this course in a small apartment to show that you can do it anywhere.

Preview 02:50

Learn the four crucial pieces of equipment you need to get started with off-camera flash photography.  I also recommend specific products for photographers on a budget.

Equipment Part 1
11:21

Learn about optional equipment to take your portrait photography to the next level, including reflectors, filters, multiple flashes, and more.

Equipment Part 2
07:33
+ Getting Ready to Shoot
3 lectures 33:24

Learn how to assemble your off-camera flash setup and take practice shots to test your lighting setup any time (even when you don't have a model handy).

Preview 06:21

See hands-on details of how to set your Canon or Nikon flashes in manual mode, Master mode, and other configuations.

Flash Settings
17:08

Learn the four-step formula for choosing your manual flash power and camera settings (shutter, aperture, and ISO) to get perfect exposure.  This is the foundation of all photography.

The Four-Step Formula
09:55
+ The Photo Shoots
4 lectures 44:44

Watch a portrait session using the built-in, off-camera wireless flash triggering system found in all Canon and Nikon flashes.  Includes post-production review of the photos.

Photo Shoot 1 - Master/Slave TTL Portrait
13:44

Learn the classic headshot lighting technique used by top photographers in New York and Los Angeles.  Also includes a post-production review of the photos.

Photo Shoot 2 - The LA Headshot
14:00

In this portrait shoot, you learn how to use manual radio triggers, the least expensive way to create professional-looking lighting. Also includes a post-production review of the photos.

Photo Shoot 3 - Manual Flash Trigger Portrait
10:16

Watch an outdoor fashion portrait shoot combining ambient light with TTL wireless off-camera flash. Also includes a post-production review of the photos and course conclusion.

Photo Shoot 4 - Outdoor TTL Portrait + Course Wrap-Up
06:44
+ Free Bonus Videos
2 lectures 24:23

Learn how to take professional outdoor portraits using nothing more than natural light and a single reflector.  Also how to make your own budget refectors.  Also includes a post-production review of the photos.

Bonus 1 - Reflector Portraits with Natural Light
15:42

Learn the best Photoshop technique I've ever found for creating perfect, natural-looking, beautiful skin that will keep your portrait clients coming back for more.  

Bonus 2 - Portrait Retouching with the Glam-Blur Technique
08:41