Off Camera Flash

Instructor John Francis
Duration Time 2 Sessions 6pm - 8:30pm
Location Harmon Photo, 1808 N. Orange Ave., Orlando FL 32804
Class Description

The aim of flash photography is to make it look like you didn’t use flash. The best way to achieve this is to make make your light source bigger, make it directional and balance it with the ambient light.

In Week 1 we will review the art of balancing flash and ambient light, discuss the use of various modifiers (umbrellas, softboxes, reflectors, etc.) available for small flashes, show you how and when to use flash in TTL and manual modes, and explain how flashes can be used off-camera for great lighting both indoors and outdoors.

In Week 2, students will get a chance to put it all into practice with a model shoot both in and outdoors (weather and time of year permitting). At the conclusion of this class, you will be able to achieve great results with even just one off-camera flash. If you are a budding ‘Strobist’ this class is definitely for you!  All flash equipment will be provided.


“I want to thank you for the solid foundation you gave me. Before I took your class, I had virtually never used any of the speedlites I owned. After a few disastrous attempts, I had just put them back in my bag in embarrassed surrender. Today for the first time, I finally incorporated flash in an outdoor photo session. I was able to use multiple units with wireless command without mishap, and I kept all of your lessons in mind, most importantly the challenge to make it look like I wasn’t using flash. I can’t thank you enough for giving me the confidence to incorporate flash in my work.”
–Mike S.

Price $125

Topics Covered
  • Flash theory made easy
  • Balancing flash and ambient light
  • Direction and quality of light
  • Using flash modifiers
  • TTL vs Manual flash
  • Choosing off-camera flashes
  • Wireless flash control
  • Shooting with a model
Materials Needed
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses
  • Lenses in the range 35-200 mm
  • Notepad
  • Pocket Wizard (if you own one – NOT required)
  • Photo 2 classes or equivalent in skills and understanding of the camera controls, especially manual exposure metering & white balance.
Register for this class:
Class price: $125

Professional Photographer
A professional educator, John has been involved in photography for over 30 years. Together with Susan, he is co-owner of both Harmon’s School of Photography and Catchlight Studios Photography. John is mainly a people photographer, but also enjoys travel and fine art photography.