Photography The Ultimate Guide to Using OffCamera Flash

Follow me on 19 photo sessions & learn to create beautiful light using small flashes & take stunning dramatic portraits.
Photography The Ultimate Guide to Using OffCamera Flash
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6.78 GB
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3h 31m



Bernie Raffe AMPA


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Photography The Ultimate Guide to Using OffCamera Flash

What you’ll learn

Know what type of equipment suits them best
Know how all of the gear fits together
Understand the various methods of triggering flashes
Know how to get perfect exposures using the manual mode
Discover how to make beautiful light for stunning images
Know how to control and light backgrounds
Understand and use various portrait lighting patterns
Know how to balance ambient and flash light
Know how to take dramatic images, indoors and outdoors

Photography The Ultimate Guide to Using OffCamera Flash


The student must have a camera with a hot shoe and be capable of Manual mode
The student’s camera must have hot shoe, and be capable of Manual mode
At least one external flash, capable of varying power levels.


** Voted by students as one of Udemy’s outstanding instructors of 2014 **’Bernie does it again’… another brilliant course by one of the very best instructors on Udemy. (thanks Marie)’Worthy of Ten Stars’ (thanks Diane)Learn the fundamental principles and advanced concepts of using off-camera flash to take stunning portraits. This is a very comprehensive, practical photography course that covers everything you need to know.Just because there is enough light in a room or outside to take a photo, doesn’t mean that it’s great light….  Learn how to create beautiful light using small flashes.  Follow me on 19 photo shoots, indoors and outTake stunning images on a small budget and in a small room.Learn the easy steps to getting your flash off your cameraDiscover the inexpensive equipment you need, with links to the gearLearn what modifiers do, and how they can make a significant difference.Understand the various triggering methods and which one suits you bestLearn and understand the 5 aspects of off camera flash exposureUnderstand why Manual mode is best, and what makes it so easyLearn advance techniques, controlling backgrounds / multiple flashes / gels / light patterns / balancing ambient and flash light etc…Learn how High Speed Sync and ND filters can help to get better backgrounds outsideEverything explained in detail, with a fun teaching styleBe amazed at the results from my ‘bonus’ product photo shoot using a DIY boxA powerful skill at your fingertips  Advanced and professional photographers do not generally use any of the semi-automatic modes (e.g Aperture / Shutter Speed priority etc..) when shooting in a studio environment. This course will demonstrate why, and show you just how easy it is to use Manual modes for consistent exposures and how it can aid the learning process.  Content and Overview  – Downloads are ENABLED for this course!The course goes right back to basics, but also covers advanced topics. You’ll learn about the equipment, what to buy and what not to buy if on a tight budget. It demonstrates how to put the gear together, how to modify it, and shows various ways of triggering the flashes, Exposure is covered in great details, with one video on each of the 5 aspects of exposure.  Come with me on these photo sessions, and watch as I talk through the camera and flash settings and take (mostly) great photos with (mostly) gorgeous models, using a fun teaching style.  A bonus video on product photography is included, a DIY setup that can provide spectacular results.  Great for eBay or just making some money on the side.  Designed for beginners (although not complete beginners), through to enthusiasts and professionals, on completing this course you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to start taking beautifully lit portraits that will wow your family and friends.Modesty almost forbids me publishing some comments about my teaching style, taken from reviews of some of my other courses, but I overcame that, so here they are:-Bernie is really easy to listen to, and his videos were really entertaining and kept you listening. (I also like his accent!)Many online courses suffer from over prepared, monotonic boring voice overs but Bernie’s style is a bit like having your mate round to show you how to do something. This even goes to leaving some bloopers in which makes it human and fun. Bernie is a hoot! He knows his material, presents it well, and is witty to boot. It’s a great combination in a teacher.I love Bernie’s approach. Such a great instructor,Bernie is an excellent teacher and his enthusiasm for photography is contagious. Bernie  is a fantastic tutor, Love it, love it, love it!!


Section 1: The Equipment

Lecture 1 The type of cameras and flashes you need for off-camera flash

Lecture 2 Light stands and flash umbrella brackets

Lecture 3 How to trigger off-camera flashes

Lecture 4 Flashes and Triggers Update #1 – 2020

Lecture 5 Light modifiers, what are they for, and why you need them.

Lecture 6 Flash heads are small, modifiers can be large, avoid this problem.

Lecture 7 Do I need a flash meter for perfect exposures?

Section 2: Exposure considerations when using off-camera flash (Important, please watch)

Lecture 8 Why we’re using the Manual mode, no Aperture or Shutter speed priority,

Lecture 9 Apertures and an introduction to indoor exposure

Lecture 10 Shutter speeds and its role in off-camera flash photography

Lecture 11 ISO and its role in flash exposure

Lecture 12 Determining the flash power for perfect exposures

Lecture 13 The effect of flash to subject distance on exposure

Lecture 14 Flash maximum sync speed and High Speed Sync

Section 3: Indoor photo sessions

Lecture 15 Indoor session 1 – Simple first one-light setup

Lecture 16 Indoor session 2 – Controlling background light spill

Lecture 17 Indoor session 3 – Light the background for more impact

Lecture 18 Indoor session 4 – Colouring the background using gels

Lecture 19 Indoor session 5 – Use a fill light to open up the shadows

Lecture 20 Indoor session 6 – Stunning beauty lighting using a ‘Clam Shell’ setup

Lecture 21 Indoor session 7 – More drama using a harder light source

Lecture 22 Indoor session 8 – Portrait Lighting Patterns

Lecture 23 Indoor session 9 – Graphic backgrounds using household objects

Lecture 24 Indoor session 10 – Dramatic light using a Honeycomb Grid

Lecture 25 Indoor session 11 – Making a whiter than white background

Lecture 26 Indoor session 12 – Stunning beauty lighting using a ‘tri-flector’

Section 4: Outdoor Photo Sessions

Lecture 27 Introduction to outdoor off camera flash exposure

Lecture 28 Flashes and Triggers Update #2 – 2020

Lecture 29 Dramatic portraits using sky as background

Lecture 30 Balancing ambient and flash light – Photo session between the trees

Lecture 31 Balancing ambient light and flash – Photo session at the narrow gauge railway

Lecture 32 Explanation and demo of High Speed Sync and use of ND filter for wider apertures

Lecture 33 High Speed Sync (HSS) – Wide apertures on bright day

Lecture 34 Graphic or Grungy backgrounds – Store shutters

Lecture 35 Graphic or Grungy backgrounds – Graffiti (using HSS)

Lecture 36 Graphic or Grungy backgrounds – A brick wall (using HSS)

Section 5: Bonus video on Product photography using off camera flash

Lecture 37 DIY product photography setup

Section 6: Course conclusion

Lecture 38 Final words

Not suited for beginners who have only just purchased a camera,Suitable for beginners who are familiar with their camera, through to advanced and pro photographers

Course Information:

Udemy | English | 3h 31m | 6.78 GB
Created by: Bernie Raffe AMPA

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