Photo by Bobbi Lane
The Flash Clash with Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis (In-Person Learning – Two Sessions)
- October 9, 2021
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- October 10, 2021
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
In-Person Learning at LACP
Confused about your flash? Then this is the class for you. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn how to control and modify their portable flash units. Portable flash is a wonderful and sometimes intimidating tool and it will be explained step by step on how to choose the correct settings and modifiers. We will do demos using TTL and Manual settings and explain why to choose each, and give easy instructions for making beautiful Fill Flash. A variety of lighting techniques will be covered with the emphasis on understanding the three main aspects of light: direction, quality and depth.
The first topic is the hardware, including the buttons and dials for TTL and Manual. It’s important to understand the modes and how to use the “+” and “-” buttons. There are two primary ways to use a flash; as a main light source when you are in a low light situation, and as a fill-flash for when you are trying to lighten the shadows from the existing ambient light. Most speedlights have a harsh quality without a modifier, so we will demonstrate various light modifiers including Rogue Flash Benders and grids, the Mag Mod system, soft boxes and umbrellas, Westcott Rapid Box and the Profoto A1x system. There are many ways to get beautiful results with the flash on the camera through the use of modifiers and bouncing. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot after each demo so that they can use the techniques immediately.
Flash off camera gives a much greater opportunity to control the direction and quality of light. This requires the use of radio remotes, either built into the camera/flash system (if your camera has it) or using a combo of transmitters and receivers. TTL is always used with the flash mounted on the camera, but when the flash is off camera, it is best to use on Manual. Dragging the shutter, or balancing strobe and ambient light is covered in great detail with a variety of methods explained. We will also cover special effects like “strobe/blur”, “day for night” and gelling lights and filtering the camera in mixed light situations. We will also show multiple flash lighting techniques.
We will be shooting models both in the studio and on location. A camera with a portable flash is required. Please bring you camera and flash manual, extra batteries, and any accessories that you have.
Please note this course will be held at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing. By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.
Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?
The closest hotel that is currently open is the Palihotel Culver City.