What The Flash | The Evolution of Light
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What The Flash | The Evolution of Light

Creating the light you want with off-camera flash photography. Learn the art of using off camera flash.
4.1 (42 ratings)
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1,041 students enrolled
Created by Bob Davis
Last updated 1/2013
Price: $35
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Lighting is easily the most important aspect of photography. I would even go as far as saying that lighting is photography: It is even in the word itself; "Photography" is greek for "Light Drawing", or "drawing with light". Without light, you cannot take photos. It is perfectly possible to take amazing photographs with a very simple camera - as long as the lighting is good. The opposite is true as well: If you are taking photos in a situation where the lighting is truly appalling, having the fanciest, most expensive camera in the world isn't going to help you capture the photographs you want. Become a seeker of light! The most important thing we have to do is to learn how to "see the light". A lot of things will affect what the effects of a light source are, and how your photos are affected by said source. The brightness (or 'intensity') of the light source plays an important role, but, as we will explore in depth in the next chapter, is a lot less important than you might think. The color of light is essential - and some of the biggest challenges you'll meet in photography are the issues that arise when you start mixing different light sources. Sunlight, for example, has a drastically different color from the light that comes from your flash, the light that comes from car headlights, or the light in your house. While it can be incredibly difficult to get your photos to look "right", light sources of different colors offer an opportunity too. With the right mixture of types and colors of light, you can achieve some beautiful creative effects that will make your photos really 'pop'. During the class we are going to through the evolution of light using small Speedlites, direct flash, bounce flash, multiple wireless remote flash, and creating studio quality light anywhere, anytime.
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  • Camera, computer, flash, speed light, light stand, light modifiers....

Outline of the off camera flash photography class:

1.  How to become proficient at using one on-camera flash getting consistent exposures & good quality of light.

2.  Get that flash off-camera & see how learning off camera flash techniques can help you create beautiful light anywhere, no excuses.

3.  Learning to use multiple wireless flash to create the light you want anywhere, anytime & get consistent results.  Your group & formal portraits will begin to shine once you've mastered usingoff camera flash techniques.

4.  Review the high level features & controls of your digital SLR, modes, autofocus, LCD review screen, White balance, pictures styles, etc.

Start learning off camera flash photography today.

Who is the target audience?
  • beginner to intermediate from point and shoot cameras to DSLR cameras
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Inspiration: What it's all about
1 Lecture 09:33
Introduction to my photography course about the fundamentals of creating the light you want to overcome those tough lighting challenges.  This course is still in the development stages and will be completed by December 15th, 2012.  Stay tuned and join me on this journey of seeking the light.
Preview 09:33
The Camera & Lenses
3 Lectures 32:02
Low tech to high tech, the best camera is the one you have in your hand.

Zoom lenses, prime, lenses, image sensor size, exposure.

Camera Modes, LCD Screen, Histograms, White Balance
4 Lectures 44:22
What camera modes do, and when to use which mode.
Camera Modes

Using the LCD screen for more than seeing the image, and the power of the Histogram.
Histograms & The LCD Review Screen

What are those white balance presets and what is Kelvin?
Preview 11:09

Work book: In Camera Near Perfect Color
26 pages
Image Quality, JPEG, RAW, Auto Focus & Drive
2 Lectures 14:58
JPEG or RAW file capture?

Is there more than one type of auto focus and motor drive advance?
Auto Focus & Drive
Lighting Overview
4 Lectures 01:12:27
Types of flash, off camera flash triggers, building the foundation of off camera multiple wireless flash.
Lighting Overview

Flash, camera sync speed, variable neutral density filter, rear curtain sync

Speedlights, wireless communication, introduction to radio triggers

Flash, bringing it all together, Speedlights, flash, strobes, wireless communication
Behind the Scenes
1 Lecture 08:27
Picture Styles
Time Lapse of location studio setup, shoot, and teardown.
1 Lecture 02:59
Putting it all into practice, join me on several location shoots....
5 Lectures 01:19:13
Lets talk about how the images were created, WTF (what the flash) lighting scenes

On location lighting with Speedlights, it's about quality not quantity of light.

Create the light you want, bring the sparkle, don't settle for bad light!

Take control of the light coming from your Speedlight

How many Speedlight does it take to light an airplane?
Shooting on location and in the studio: practice, practice, practice....
3 Lectures 51:57
This is a location high key studio shoot using Quantum Q-flashes all in manual mode, two lighting the background at 1/2 power inside of a Westcott Apollo Stip and one main light at 3/4 power inside a Westcott Apollo Orb all triggered using a Canon STE2 in combination with the Radiopopper PX transmitter and JrX receivers.  All manual mode on the camera too, 1/20th sec @ f/11, ISO 400. 5500* Kelvin color temperature.  
Preview 13:12

What do you do when you've lost that golden hour of light? Make your own!

WTF (what the flash) scenes from engagement session,wedding and fine art book...
Conclusion and recap
2 Lectures 02:59

Resources: List of all equipment used in lessons
2 pages
About the Instructor
Bob Davis
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Visual Storyteller + Seeker of Light

Dawn & I are an international wedding photography and design, husband and wife team based in the Chicagoland area. We have had the privilege of covering celebrity weddings and speak at photography conferences/workshops around the world, but that's not what defines us.

We are passionate about our faith, our marriage, our family and making the best of our lives. We are blessed to have been given these talents and we want to share them with the world.

I'm not a newcomer to the photographic industry. I've been a professional photographer for over 25 years.  It was obvious to me at an early age that being a photographer was what I wanted to do with my life! 

My passion for photography began back in high school when I became the editor of my newspaper.  I then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year.  With this came a full time job at a daily newspaper in Chicago and then on to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper for 14 years. 

My cameras have always been a passport allowing me a front seat to history.  I am continually honored when doors open and people invite me in to document their life.  While at the paper, I had covered countless amazing events, such as presidential elections, Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls, many faiths celebrations and rituals.  I've traveled around the world to places such as El Salvador, Taiwan, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova, Kenya, Italy, Tanzania for human interest stories for none profit organizations.

I have since moved on from the newspaper industry.  Today, I have the privilege of photographing the most important events in my client's lives and I couldn't be more happy to have this honor.  Now I have the pleasure of traveling the world photographing weddings.  I have had the honor to photograph the weddings of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds, Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault, La La Vasquez and Carmelo Anthony and many events for Oprah Winfrey.  Most recently, the ABC's The Bachelorette Ashley Hebert's wedding to J.P. Rosenbaum.

I am honored to be a member Canons Explorers of Light, one of FJ Westcott's Elite Top Pros and a part of Apple’s Aperture Advisory Board.  I am the author of Lights, Camera, Capture, Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers.  I am proud to say it's also an App for the iPad and was the number one selling photography App on the Apple App Store.

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Email me: bob@davisworkshops.com