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Nature's Image Photography Workshops and Tours

Creative Flash Effects

Flash or speedlight photography opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the creative photographer. At this workshop I will fire up your imagination and show you how a bit of creative thinking can yield amazing results! With a little experimentation you will find your own unique way to turn everyday objects into clever works of art.

The workshop begins at 9.00am with an introduction to flash basics. Then the class will split up into small working groups, to collaborate on a series of projects using a variety of interesting props. Once your group is finished with one prop, you will move on to the next work-station and so on around the room.

Don’t have an off-camera flash of your own? Don’t worry, I will have a flash for each work-station so you can simply use the one provided. Your camera just needs to have the standard flash ‘hot-shoe’ on top. This also means that if you are considering buying a flash, the workshop will give you some understanding of the potential before you make that purchase.

The workshop fee includes use of the flashes provided for you on the day.

Bringing your own off-camera flash? You are welcome to bring your own, but please understand that I can’t be expected to know the details of every flash on the market. Every flash is different, and each camera will have different settings required to operate it. So if you bring your own it will help if you have at least a basic knowledge of how to use it on and off-camera. Note that the workshop is about using flash to create effects, not about the operation of individual flash models.

What you need to bring. Your camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) and it must have a hot-shoe suitable for connecting an external flash. A lens suitable for general-purpose and/or macro photography. Any of the popular telephoto lenses would do (18-270mm, 70-300mm, 18-135mm, 100-400mm, 100mm macro etc.) If you are not sure your lens is suitable please contact me on 0448 700 162 before making your booking. A tripod is advised but not required. Make sure your battery is fully charged and there is plenty of space on your memory card. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. There is a fridge at the venue if you choose to bring your own lunch, and there are several cafe’s within easy walking distance.

Itinerary

FIRST MORNING SESSION
9.00am - 10.00am
Flash Basics
In this first session Andrew will explain some simple theory to take the mystery out of working with a flash/speedlight. Learn the different ways to control exposure, and see how easy it is to manipulate light and shadow simply by positioning your off-camera flash.
SECOND MORNING SESSION
10.30am - Midday
Group Projects
After a coffee break, you will split up into small working groups and get to work. Andrew has set up a variety of props at different work-stations around the room. Your group will spend time with each prop, trying different angles and settings to see how you can transform an image by controlling the light.
AFTERNOON SESSION
1.00pm - 4.00pm
Group projects
After a lunch break we return to the work stations so you can complete your work on any of the props you have not already tried. With an hour over lunch you may have even come up with some fresh ideas. The ultimate goal is to take on the 'fruit splash challenge' an exercise in technique combined with split-second timing. By the end of this session you will really be getting comfortable with off-camera flash and you should have some great images to take home.
WORKSHOP CLOSE
4.00pm
Finishing up
If time permits and you have all the indoor photos you want, there is the chance for one final project. Weather permitting we can head outside and see how some of the same skills you learned indoors, can be applied to portraiture as well. See how artificial light (and a willing team of assistants) can be used to enhance your human subjects.
WHERE WE MEET, WHAT TO BRING
Further information
The workshop is held at the Glasshouse Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, beginning at 9.00am. When your booking is complete you will receive an email with all the information you need...where we meet, how to get there, what to bring etc. Everything you need to arrive at the workshop on time and ready to go!
Terms & Conditions:

Price for the Creative Flash Effects Workshop is $145.00 per person. There are no discounts for multiple bookings as we already offer exceptional value for money compared to other workshops. Your place at the workshop is reserved the moment you place your booking, but payment in advance is required to finalise the booking. Most people pay when they make their booking; you can choose to pay later if you wish. However your booking is not considered final until payment is made, and if a workshop is sold out and we have a waiting list, you will be asked to confirm the booking through payment, or the place may be offered to the next person on the list. There are no refunds for non-attendance, but if you genuinely cannot make it to the workshop on the date you have booked, you can transfer to another workshop at a later date. When your booking is complete (paid) you will receive information on where we meet, what to bring etc. Flashes are provided for your use on the day or you are welcome to bring your own. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but you are responsible for organising your own lunch. You can bring lunch (refrigerator available) or visit one of the many nearby cafes at Glasshouse Mountains township. When your booking is complete you will receive and email with all the information you need to get you to the workshop..

Testimonials

  • You taught me how the soft light of dawn or the golden light of late afternoon can add a touch of magic to an image. You taught me the importance of taking control of what my camera is doing. You brought my fuzzy ideas about composition into clear focus. And you inspired me to take up my camera and shoot, to get up and have a go.
  • Andrew is a perfect presenter. Explains things clearly and at a level perfect for my comprehension.
  • Thanks for a great PRACTICAL workshop ! I have always been afraid of the big “M” on the camera – but not anymore!
  • I have been on many courses in my 75 yrs. I rank yours as one of the best . You have a great way of keeping up the interest in the class.
  • The weekend has given me more knowledge and confidence and renewed my enthusiasm… thanks again for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and experience.
  • Your method and mode of teaching is hands on, practical and free of technical gobbldygook — EXACTLY what most of us would be photographers need.
  • Description & explanation of things was very good… very helpful. You are a great teacher.
  • Good fun and a good mix of classroom and outdoors.
  • This course gave me a better understanding of the technical side which has always been daunting to me.
  • Gave me a lot of good ideas. I have a greater understanding of my camera.
  • I must say I enjoyed your ‘easygoing’ style of teaching and openness.
  • I have more practice to do but am now excited about using my camera. Thank you for the inspirational workshop.
  • If there is one thing I can recommend to anyone interested in photography it is to DO THIS COURSE! I can never thank Andrew enough for sharing his knowledge and making it so easy.

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