off camera flash
with michelle turner
february 6, 2017
march 27, 2017
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Learn how to use your flash off camera to create and manipulate light in any situation, whether you are looking to lift harsh shadows during midday sessions, fill a room with light, or photograph your subjects after dark! We will cover the basics and then learn how to tweak the settings in-camera to enhance or play down the ambient light in the scene. From light position and modifier selection to the inverse square law and bouncing the light off-camera to fill a room for more of a lifestyle approach, we will engage in a variety of creative light assignments which will give you the confidence you need to capture images with ease in any kind of light!
This course has four PDFs, 23 videos (over seven hours of how-to videos) and covers everything you need to get started and move to the next level with your off camera flash work. No flash experience is necessary.
daily shooting encouraged
6-8 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
All students need a flash, trigger, and receiver. A lightstand and modifier, while not required, are desirable. Michelle is happy to make suggestions for a variety of budgets, from economy (under $100 if you already own your flash) to top of the line.
Students should 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 Click Photo School here at Click & Company! Michelle’s portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions: 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.
Beginner through Advanced
• 4 Weekly Printable Lesson Downloads with Assignments (outlined in syllabus)
• 23 videos (over seven hours of how-to videos)
• Getting started/equipment video
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Video Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
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.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: understanding sync speed and flash power; getting started with your equipment off camera; ambient light and flash blended; natural light vs. flash; flash as the sole source of illumination; using your flash to simulate natural light
Assignment:finding your actual maximum sync speed; ocf vs. natural light images; filling a room with light
Reading: moving beyond the basics; the direction of the light; understanding the aperture and shutter speed with created light; positioning your flash and angles; why use ocf and ocf as corrective lighting; the distance of light to your subject
Assignment: shutter speed and the photograph; attempting different flash angles
Reading:the inverse square law; grids, snoots, and mm settings; controlling the ambient and long exposures
overpowering the ambient and stopping motion; dealing with undesirable shadows; shadows and light
Assignment: turning the background from light to dark; distance of the light to the subject; the spotlight effect
Reading: tweaking ocf to achieve the look you want; using gels, dealing with groups; one background, one hundred options; lighting events and practical applications, the macro studio; mixing it up: natural light and ocf in the same session; more power– why, when and what
Assignment: balancing flash with ambient; researching creative light
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, the instructors is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
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 post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along 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, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.
Do I need to have any experience with flash photography? No flash experience is necessary– you can take this course even if you’ve never taken your flash out of the box!
What equipment do I need? All students need a flash, trigger, and receiver. A lightstand and modifier, while not required, are desirable.