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Flash Workshops and Studio Lighting Workshops

The 2013 Dates for our Lighting Workshops are listed below. This year we have split our workshops into two categories, an introductory class to lighting tehniques and an advanced lighting workshop.

If you are interested you should book your spot now as we are limiting the spots to a maximum of 12 attendees.

Introductory Flash Workshops

You will regularly hear people say “I prefer natural light to the artificial look of flash.” But really, that’s not true. Flash can look as natural as the sun... if you know how to do use the light to your advantage.

The best part is you don’t need a lot of expensive gear or fancy knowledge, or painstaking hours to setup. Some inexpensive and basic gear, and the technology built into your camera are enough to REALLY improve your snapshots, and also deliver some really fun and creative photos or your family and friends.

Our workshops will be divided into 2 parts: On-camera and Off-camera. Each part will start with interactive discussion, and end with your hands-on shooting, using the concepts learned.

On-camera will start with Getting better snapshots. In some workshops we will be using a models and a typical house-party setup, we will explore the typical problems with shooting indoors, and demonstrate the way to make flash work for you. We’ll start with shooting high-ISO, and progress through pop-up flash, and ending with speedlights.

Once we get our snapshots, we will look at using other flash features… High Speed Sync, second curtain shutter, light modifiers, bouncing, dragging the shutter, sync speeds, inverse square law (it’s easier than it sounds). So many opportunities for creative use of flash!

Off-camera will explore using a single speedlight to Make creative and artistics portraits . We will use bare lights and simple modifiers (umbrellas, etc) to shape light to make people look their best. Along the way, we will discuss different wireless flash triggering systems and their pros/cons.

You will learn all the techniques the Pros use and you will walk away from our workshop with the hand-outs and hands on working knowledge that you can go home and practice before the next family gathering.

Introductory Workshop One - March 10, 2013

Introductory Workshop Two -  May 25, 2013

Introductory Workshop Three -  August 24, 2013

Introductory Workshop Four -  November 16, 2013

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Advanced Lighting Workshops

The workshop will be limited to 12 students and will be very hands on. We are not a ‘watch me while I shoot’ kind of teachers. You will shoot, you will test yourself, you will learn, and you will leave with the ability to create shape using flash, multiple strobes and modifiers. You will leave this workshop a better photographer than when you entered.

The only prerequisite to this course is you must have a basic understanding of studio lighting, meaning you know how to properly meter at least one strobe. The basics of studio lighting will not be covered.

This workshop begins with setting up each of the major studio lighting styles with a key light, namely short, broad, butterfly, loop, Rembrandt, and split lighting.  The participants will move the key light themselves to the proper angle and height to achieve these styles, as well as adjust power levels and camera exposure settings to adjust the fill light in the shadowed side of the face. Together we will then look systematically at where to position background lights, in angle and position, so that the hot spots are removed and even lighting is achieved.

This hands-on approach is meant to ensure the participants doesn’t come in and watch lights being moved around, but rather that they move the lights themselves, understanding why and refining their knowledge over exercises to solidify the concepts.

From there, everyone will split into 2 groups for the remainder of this section of the workshop, and will cycle between the different lighting techniques previously discussed.

The second part of the workshop will cover some of our retouching methods in the digital darkroom as well as some critique on your favorite photos from first section.

When you have finished this course, you will be knowledgeable and experienced in the methodology of determining the position for each light you are using in a studio setting, and how they relate to each other.  You will have experience moving lights and adjusting their power output to the proper settings, as well as setting your camera for the proper exposure given these settings. But just as important, you will learn some editing styles that will help you showcase some award winning images.

Finally, you will also be able to ‘speak the language’ of studio lighting exposures, so that reading and hearing great studio photographers discuss their setups will no longer be above your head.

Advanced Workshop One -  March 10, 2013

Advanced Workshop Two -  May 26, 2013

Advanced Workshop Three -  August 25, 2013

Advanced Workshop Four -  November 17, 2013

Photoflex has supplied us with all the lighting gear for these workshops.

You will be using the latest in photographic speedlite and studio lighting set ups during these workshops.

How It Works

You arrive at the workshop at the predetermined time. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the workshop.

Once you register you will receive directions to the studio.


The 2013 fee for our Flash and Lighting Workshops are $99.00 plus HST ( a 10% discount is applied if you want to book two of the 2013 workshops at once, a 25% discount will be applied if you book more than two of 2013 workshops at once - contact us for details and to register your spot )


There are no refunds offered 30 days prior to the workshop. If you cancel and can find a replacement for yourself that will be allowed if you notify me.

Anyone cancelling longer than 30 days before the workshop. You will receive a refund less a $5 administration fee.

Who Should Attend

The photographer that will get the most out of one of introductory workshops is someone that understands the functions of a camera and wants to take their images to the next level. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take the time to work with you on setting up your camera.

The photographer that will get the most out of the advanced workshops is someone that is comfortable shooting in manual mode and knows how to meter at least one studio light.