flash and continuous light
with michelle turner
March 6, 2017
April 24, 2017
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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.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
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.
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.
Welcome & Preassignment
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
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
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
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
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.