Flash Photography - The Off-Camera Flash Ultimate Course
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Flash Photography - The Off-Camera Flash Ultimate Course

Learn off camera flash techniques to take your photography to the next level
4.0 (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.
30 students enrolled
Created by Aaron Linsdau
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Off-camera flash photography
  • Managing lighting
  • Understanding different flash triggers
  • How to correct reverse streaking in night shots
  • Fundamentals of lighting positions
  • How to deal with challenging lighting situations
  • Overpowering the sun techniques
  • How to improve midday shots with your flash
  • Make dramatic images of mundane objects for posterity
  • Shifting image and flash color for artistic effects
  • How to use manual mode
  • What settings work and which ones don't
  • A willingness to learn new concepts
  • A modern digital camera and an external flash

“Thank you for sharing your experience and expanding my horizons”

—Piper H., Jackson Hole

You will learn the concepts and fundamentals of off-camera flash photography in this course. You’ll see what it takes to make interesting portraits. You’ll also see how to use lighting to change mundane objects into something interesting to look at. The class is comprehensive but easy-to-follow. You’ll be able to practice the techniques using the settings presented in the class.

In this class, you will learn:

  • Different flash types and their value

  • How to create professional stop motion images

  • How to trigger your flash using different tools

  • What light modifiers are and how they can improve your shots

  • Advanced techniques to create dramatic shots in the day and night

  • How to overpower the sun and get good shots in tough conditions

  • To create motion streaks and how to make them appear the way you want them.

"I thought my color was spot on with my professional Canon camera. After taking your class, I saw there was a lot more to learn."

—Loren N., professional photographer

Improve your images to levels beyond your imagination

This course will take you into the realm of manual shooting. In order to get the most out of your off-camera flash, the best way is to go with manual. Professionals almost always use manual mode in the studio and where they need complete control. You’ll gain more consistent exposures and make images that are impossible in manual mode.

Follow the instructor in and out of the studio, learning as you go. You’ll be able to use the settings he shares and try them on your own. You’ll learn the various aspects of exposure as it relates to external lighting.

Designed for beginners who want professional results

This is for aspiring professionals and anyone who wants their photographs to stand out from the crowd. There are no computer requirements in this course. You will be spending nearly all of your time with your camera and flashes in this course.

Who this course is for:

  • Photographers who want to dramatically increase their photography skills

  • Beginners who are familiar with their camera and who own a Speedlight, external flash, or strobe

  • This course is relaxed and bite-sized. It's broken down into small skills that won't overwhelm you.

Aaron Linsdau Learning: Skills. Fast.

Who this course is for:
  • Students interested in improving their photography
  • Photographers ready to learn off-camera flash photography
  • Students with a Speedlight, strobe, or external flash to learn with
Course content
Expand all 46 lectures 01:30:15
+ Overview of the course
3 lectures 02:50

Learn about the structure of the course and build excitement for what you'll get out of this.

Preview 01:08

Learn about the objective of off-camera flash and strobe photography in the studio with real equipment.

Preview 01:04

Learn more about Aaron Linsdau and see some of his photography.

Preview 00:38
+ Getting a Handle on the Equipment
3 lectures 03:20

Get ready to create those wow shots that you've always wanted to create.

Preview 00:56

Aaron talks about what this section covers and how you'll get value out of it.

How Will You Create "Wow" Images

Learn about the potential dangers of flash photography and how to avoid injury to yourself and damaging your camera equipment with incompatible flashes.

Flash and Strobe Safety
+ Equipment and How it Changes Your Photography
4 lectures 04:51

Learn about the value of equipment and how it can make the difference in your images.

Section Overview

Learn more about the flash equipment used in this course and how to choose what's right for you.


Equipment Overview

Learn about the different flash triggers and how they work.


Preview 01:47

Learn why off-camera flash photography is one of the best upgrades for your photography.


The Best Photography Upgrade
+ Making Lighting Decisions
5 lectures 10:33

How do you decide where to put your flashes? What sort of controls can you achieve in-camera? What are the portrait lighting types? What are the names of light positions? You'll learn all that in this section.

Section Overview

Learn how to decide flash and strobe lighting positions, where they might be useful, and the challenges that you'll face.

Flash Lighting Decisions

Learn how the aperture of your camera lens impacts the power of the flash and how much light reaches the camera.

Aperture Controls

What are the different portrait lighting types and what do they do for you?

Portrait Lighting Types

Learn the different lighting name positions so you learn the language of flash photography.

Light Position Names
+ Quality and Modification
5 lectures 10:56

What does quality of light mean, how can you make the flash work in full sunlight, how to balance color, and what are the different tools to modify the light coming from your flash.

Section Overview

Learn about the different qualities of light, shadow performance and value, and how the difference impacts your photograph.

Quality of Light

Learn what ambient balance is and how to control it. Learn the different settings for daylight balance and what the impact is.

Ambient Balance

Learn how to adjust the color balance of your flash photograph. You will see the different color temperatures and how they can be used to improve your images.

Color Balance

Learn about different light modifiers and what they can do for your images. You'll learn tricks to save yourself money by using flags, gobos, and snoots that you can make at home.

Lighting modifiers Gobo and Snoots
+ Locations, Surfaces, and Challenges
6 lectures 11:46

This is where things really start to become interesting. You’ll be able to look at objects in a whole new way after you study this section. You’ll make paper look more interesting, aged, or new.

Preview 01:10

Learn how to bring out texture and make the most mundane objects look compelling and dramatic.

Lighting for Texture

Learn the value of cross lighting and how to use it to balance out the sun to remove harsh shadows on human subjects.

Cross Lighting

Learn how to take the lowly backlight and turn it into the key light to make dramatic images.

Backlight as Key

Learn how to take advantage of existing room features to extend your flash photography toolbox. Sometimes you are out of options but with this lesson, you'll gain the upper hand in the face of tough challenges.

Preview 01:40

Learn how to handle eyeglasses reflections. If you don't pay attention to the content in this lesson, you will realize your expensive mistake once you go to edit your photographs.

Handling Glasses Reflections
+ Changing Shapes and the Value of Strobes
3 lectures 07:40

How do you get some real drama out of your lighting? Can you simulate the look of sunset or sunrise? You’ll learn some unique things that flashes can do that always-on lights simply cannot.

Section Overview

Learn how to simulate sunrises and sunsets, how to create drama, and how to emphasize the texture of objects.

Long Throw Hard Lighting

Learn about the difference between flashes and hot, always-on lighting. Watch and see what your Speedlight, strobe, or flash can do that other lights and your camera shutter simply cannot

Flashes vs Hot Always On Lighting
+ Lighting Physics
4 lectures 08:15

Learn that you can control when a flash fires for long-exposure shots in this section. Until you see these effects, you won’t even know how it’s done. This section reveals some of the tricks professionals use to create very dramatic shots.

Section Overview

Learn how to take advantage of an otherwise seeming problem that plagues all light sources. You can use this peculiarity of lighting to make creative choices.

Distance Ratio Lighting Falloff

Learn how to adjust the quality of light even though you may not be able to control this factor in your lighting. Once you understand this concept, you'll be able to utilize lighting tools you may not have thought of before.

Relative Light Sizes

Learn one of the most obscure and hidden secrets in strobe and studio lighting control. Even when you don't have control of your lighting, you can use this technique to quantifiably control your lighting exactly as you need.

Stops of light relative to f-stops
+ Flash Types and Tools
4 lectures 12:26

You will learn several professional techniques that you may not even know existed or how they were done in this section.

Section Overview

Learn the different flash sync types that can dramatically increase your ability to make creative photographs.

Flash Sync Types

Learn how flashes actually work so you better take advantage of their properties.

Flash Theory - How Flashes Work

Learn about the different flash trigger types. You will hear about the advantages and disadvantages of each trigger type.

Flash Trigger Types
+ Artistry With Lighting
3 lectures 07:51

Not only do you learn about the technical aspects of off-camera flash photography, you'll also learn about the artistic value.

Preview 01:10

You will learn to develop a better sense of artistic control. You'll see how to manage lighting color and expand your creative horizons.

Lighting Color, Artistic Control

Learn that you can actually reverse engineer these to rapidly improve your lighting skills.

Reverse Engineering Lighting to Learn