Understanding Flash! Flash Photography for the rest of us...

Have you ever heard this said? "I only shoot natural light" Let us show you how easy it is to master your flash!
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

How many times have I heard “I only shoot natural light”? Well, I was one of those people! Then one day it hit me like a ton of bricks, aperture controls the flash falling on the subject and shutter speed controls the ambient light… It was just that simple; everyone was making it sound so technical or couldn't explain it to me at all!

This course is designed to teach you what you need to know about lighting a portrait with flash, I’m not talking about “where to put your flash” but rather what is going on between the flash and your camera.

I will explain explains larger concepts about lighting, things like:

  • What makes light soft?
  • What is a stop of light?
  • What does flash do for your photo …and why to even try and master it?
  • You will learn and understand the 5 most important pillars of flash photography! And by gaining an understanding of these 5 foundations, you will find that flash photography becomes easy, consistent and fun!

What are the requirements?

  • You need nothing for this class except a camera and a willingness to put these concepts to the test!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will learn and understand the 5 most important pillars of flash photography!

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who has never learned what is going on between your camera and your flash.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to gear

In this lesson you will understand why it is important to really learn your camera and all of it's functions, this foundation makes adding flash to your photos a snap! Stop fearing your gear!


Too many photographers do not understand that there is more to picking a lens than "how much do I want to fit into the photo". In this lesson you will learn about important concepts like "lens compression".


Learn about the number one reason to use a tripod as well as why it is important to really learn and grasp the basic rules of photography!

Section 2: Introduction to Light

What does flash really do for your photos and why really learn it? Flash gives you options!


Find out what the direction of light does for your photos...


Over the years we have discovered that very few photographers really understand "soft light", in the session you will fully understand what creates soft light.

Section 3: 5 components to master

Did you know there are 5 things/components that if you can grasp then lighting with a flash becomes easy?


Stop spinning the dial hoping for a better result, when it comes to flash, your aperture (or f-stop) controls the exposure of the flash falling on your subject.


Your shutter speed controls how light and how dark the ambient light (or background) will be in the photo while using flash. Also we dive inside your camera and get some answers about sync speed.


Putting together the two main ingredients when it comes to flash exposure.


A stop of light is just a means to measuring light, or is it?


Did you know you can control your exposure just by moving your light? Find out in this lesson!


In this session, learn how to add or subtract a stop of light simply by changing your flash power!


Find out what ISO can do for you in this session, and learn to stop fearing it!

Section 4: Review and practical examples

Join Corbin as she reviews the 5 components of flash photography.


We give you a practical example of how to shoot with flash.

Bloopers, just for fun!!!
Section 5: Bonus materials
Downloadable PDF with course materials
63 pages
Learn how to easily back light a portrait

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Instructor Biography

Mark Behrens, Photography Instructor

Lighting Asylum has been branching out! In 2014 the Asylum team has been busy creating more video courses! Many outside of the photography arena, our commitment is to creating courses not only full of content but enjoyable to watch!

Mark Behrens, founder of the Lighting Asylum has been shooting high-quality photographs for over twenty years. Always interested in teaching others the art of good photography, he began conducting workshops emphasizing the various aspects of photography. These workshops have now been attended by thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the world. As well, he reaches thousands of photographers through his websites.

Whether in a college classroom or at his latest workshop, Mark relies on a down-to-earth style to teach basic and advanced photographic techniques. He can never be found without a camera, believing that every good photographer lives and breathes photography.

His studio in California is always abuzz with a wide variety of activity. On any given day he may be found working with celebrities, professional athletes, Olympians, top musicians, photographing commercially for the automotive and other industries, or taking contemporary family portraits. Mark’s work has been featured in major automotive publication, celebrity non-profit endorsement ads, ESPN, as well as used for corporate branding.

When not working in his studio or conducting workshops, Mark spends most of his free time with his wife and three adopted children. Together, they enjoy boating, camping, hiking and riding quads in the mountains near their home in Northern, California.

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