flash and continuous light

with michelle turner

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What do you do when there’s not enough light? How do you deal with ugly overhead lights? What if the lighting is flat and gray? The ability to understand and manipulate light will empower you to shoot any time and in any location. Get natural results from your ON CAMERA speedlight, make the most of artificial lighting, and learn to use light to create beautiful images that look anything but “artificial.” We’ll discuss when to use TTL and when to use manual, how to diffuse and bounce your flash, and how to use continuous light sources (like the Ice Light, video lights, standard flashlights and even shaping the power of the sun with reflectors) to complement or replace your flash. Whether you’re a natural light photographer ready to take your speedlight out of the box for the very first time or you’ve simply been unhappy with the look of your images with flash and continuous artificial light sources, this course is for you! Let’s demystify the process and create beautiful light!

This course has four PDFs, 13 videos (three hours of how-to videos) and covers everything you need to start creating beautiful on camera flash and continuous light images. No flash experience is necessary, and you only need a flash (with both TTL and Manual mode) to get started.

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“If you’d like to be in control of your lighting conditions, make your flash look natural or to make your subjects look younger, you should take this class! ”

Commitment
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4 weeks

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daily shooting encouraged

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4 hours of work per week

Prerequisites

All students need a flash that with TTL and manual modes (and the ability to swivel the head). You’ll receive recommendations during the class for different commercially-available continuous light sources, but you’ll be able to use things around your house to get started.
Students need to be comfortable shooting in manual mode.

Instructor

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Michelle Turner’s photography is a wildly fun, all-or-nothing, bold, brazen, adventure-laden experience, akin to the likes of a magazine shoot. From Puerto Vallarta to Maine, Pennsylvania to the world at large, the places where she shoots form her photography just as much as the couple themselves. The end result? A brilliant, unmatched combination of people and places, hearts and havens, souls and surroundings, and sentiment and scenery, making her clients look like never-before-seen works of art among the wildest settings of the world—from nature-inspired to cement-covered. Michelle has published two books about fashionable wedding photography and speaks at numerous conventions and events throughout the year on posing and the use of off-camera flash. Her work has appeared in many regional, national, and international publications. She currently resides in Pennsylvania and Maine, although her photography assignments take her all over the world. is a coveted national speaker and author and has published two books about fashionable wedding photography. She currently resides in Maine in the summer and spends most of the winter photographing weddings and events in Mexico and Europe and she is the Director of CMU here at Clickin Moms! Michelle’s portfolio is available here.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Melissa Stottmann and Jennifer Bogle

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

Categories

Lighting
100-level (Beginner)

Course Syllabus

Welcome & Preassignment

Choosing Equipment

Week One

Reading: getting to know your flash; sync speed and high sync speed; altering the direction of the light; TTL
Assignment:learning about your flash; changing directions to improve the light; using flash to improve an image

Week Two

Reading:understanding light; hard vs. soft light (diffused, reflected, size of the light); dealing with white balance; on camera flash modifiers; containing and directing light; challenges and troubleshooting
Assignment: overcoming challenges; choosing a bounce surface; creating your own on camera flash modifier

Week Three

Reading:balancing the light; enhancing or downplaying the ambient light; types of light; distance; working outside; using direct light practically; TTL and metering modes
Assignment:evaluating ambient light and balancing flash with ambient; identifying light types; working outside

Week Four

Reading:manual mode on the flash; stopping motion; when and how to use continuous light; choosing a continuous light source; the color of light; when to take the flash off camera
Assignment:preserving and enhancing ambient light; working with continuous light sources

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students receive instructor critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.



14 Comments

  • Elizabeth Hargrave says:

    Wow! I am not sure there are enough ways to describe how amazing this course is. Before I started the course I had never used a speedlight and was ‘afraid’ of flash. In 4 weeks I have gained so much knowledge and confidence in not only using a flash but It has changed the way I look at ALL light. Michelle, Jennifer and Rachel always gave timely, encouraging and constructive responses. Run ( don’t walk) and sign up for Full participation as fast as you can.

  • Gladys Hedaya says:

    I have to say that this workshop completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve graduated university, and have taken dozens of workshops and Michelle is one of the few talented teachers that knows how to teach and explain things where the lightbulb goes off and the information is understood forever. Every question I had got answered in an unbelievably timely manner with such clarity and generosity.

    Every PDF was clearly written with magnificent photographs, the flash information building on the previous week. On top of that, Michelle created videos to help us visually understand what was described in the PDF. All homework was relevant and truly taught me the flash skills I wanted to learn.

    With this workshop and practice you will definitely learn how to use your flash.

  • Susan says:

    I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to post a review of Michelle Turner’s amazing Flash and Continuous Light workshop. Even for the natural light purist, understanding how to use flash is invaluable. There will be times, whether you are a professional event photographer or a mom wanting to capture moments with the family, where understanding how to make your flash images not look flashy will get you the shots you would normally not shoot or you take and just live with the results. From the onset of the class, Michelle tells us that this isn’t going to be a portfolio building class. It was humbling at times, when you think you have metering and exposure all figured out then you try to figure out how this crazy accessory on the top of your camera works. This class teaches you the tools for you to get the shots. You are in the most skilled and competent hands with Michelle and her amazing TAs. Michelle is one of the best instructors I have had the pleasure to learn from. The PDFs and videos are so well done and her answers in the Q&A thread are so thorough and spelled out with the best analogies that her words form a mental picture to guide you through your questions. Don’t even get me started on the assignment CCs. Beyond. Words.

    I consider this an important foundational class to take along with Mastering Manual Exposure, Intro to Natural Light and Foundations of Composition. After I spend some time practicing and refining what I learned this month, I will definitely be signing up for One Light Off Camera Flash.

  • I took this class after it became painfully apparent at a corporate event that I had no idea what I was doing with my flash. This was the PERFECT class! Michelle’s pdf’s and videos are so detailed and I learned so much. The best part is that she takes so much time to answer questions. Not only does she answer them in a timely manner but the level of detail is incredible. She has helped me deconstruct what went so wrong and how I can correct it for future events. What I’ve learned has been not only relevant for corporate and event work but also just capturing shots around my house that would have been grainy and unusable in the past. I would highly recommend this class. It has taken my understanding of light to a new level!

  • Rain Klepper says:

    I admit to being terrified of my Speedlite before taking this class! Now….it has become a dearly loved piece of equipment, and is always in my camera bag. Michelle Turner, and her teaching assistants have transformed my fear into creativity and enjoyment at a level I never dreamed possible. I loved the impeccable instruction, the kind and generous feedback and cc, the constant support in understanding the nature of light, both natural and added, and how to make informed choices in my photography. Don’t hesitate! Sign up for this class as a full participant if possible, the interactions with the instructors, and my fellow students was fantastic, and added to my class experience strongly.

  • Sarah Hodges says:

    I had been using my speedlight for over a year but still felt like I was a novice, guessing about everything and rarely taking the flash out of TTL. Now that I have taken this class, I’ll be digesting the materials for a while, but already feel so much more confident that I can use flash to make an image where I never could have before due to natural light constraints. One of my favorite things about using flash is that I can enhance the natural light and take a similar looking image with a much lower ISO (400 compared to 2000, for instance).

  • Mary Pat Reeve says:

    This class will not only get you comfortable using your flash and making your flash photos look natural, but will also help with your understanding of light in general as well. There are great exercises for practicing with your flash and when you are controlling the light you can gain a lot of insight into types of light and angles of light that are sometimes more difficult with natural light. Since the class I am now able to quickly assess now where flash would be helpful and it has saved many photos for me without anyone suspecting I used flash. I have gone from dreading needing to use the flash to thinking of it as a fun tool.

    Michelle is a fantastic teacher – her lessons are very detailed and approachable – they have lots of real-world examples and she provides very descriptive videos for each step. Michelle has a real gift for answering questions and always provides very thorough answers – I learned so much from her answers to other people’s questions as well as my own. She is very much present on all the forums and very encouraging to help everyone grow from where they are at.

  • Rebecca Shapiro says:

    If you’d like to be in control of your lighting conditions, make your flash look natural or to make your subjects look younger, you should take this class! I started the course somewhere between afraid of the flash and confused by it. Michelle broke down each function and how to improve each aspect of the flash, improving both my technical skills and my resulting pictures. When you properly use flash you can have lovely directional light that compliments your subjects features by getting rid of shadows.

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