Off Camera Flash Photography Training

Differentiate Yourself

 

Create dramatic “WOW signature wedding photographs with Off-Camera Flash techniques.

Specialities

Natural, Ambient or Added light

Taking your flash off the camera (off-camera flach OCF) is an amazing technique to really differentiate yourself and make you stand out from the crowded “natural light” wedding photographers.

Dare to be dramatic and different.

Create amazing signature images indoors or outdoors using just the light you provide or mix the light to create even more iconic wedding photographs for your couples.

Process

What is it and What you need…

Using a ‘master and slave’ setup, whereby remotely controlled flash units are activated via a controller, fitted to the hot-shoe of the camera, each device is able to communicate with each other via infrared. Signals are sent at the exact moment of exposure, activating the flash units and creating this beautiful and unusual effect.

The equipment required to create this effect looks expensive – but it can be quite cheap.  A simple trigger and receiver setup combined with a cheap speed light will suffice.  I use a wide range of Godox equipment currently but started off with a really cheap £25 flash and £25 trigger set.  Using that set up I was able to get the image below.

The Kit

If you want to buy and bring your own you can – however I have a wide selection of Godox lights and triggers you are more than welcome to use.  It can be a bit expensive to buy your own kit if you are not sure what you are doing at first!

Triggers 

You will need two of these.  One for your camera and one for your flash unit.  Some more expensive flash units have receivers built-in.  This Off-Camera Flash Set from Amazon is the great value.  It has a flash unit, two triggers plus a few extra goodies!  That is all you need to get started, and all you need to come to my workshops if you want to learn how to use the kit you have purchased yourself.  I provide suitable kit if you don’t have it by the way.

If your budget can not stretch to wireless triggers you can easily go for a cheaper / lower-cost option and use “sync cables“.  Every camera and flash will have what is known as a sync port on them.  The trick, however, is making sure you get the right cable as sync ports come in many sizes – 2.5mm, 3.5mm etc.  You may need an adapter to connect one end of a sync cable to the camera and to the flash itself.

Light stand 

You need to put the flash unit on something to be able to move it around.  Again, it’s a cheap one – but will do the trick. Click here for the Amazon link

You really need to be careful about the light stand.  Make sure it is stable enough to hold the weight of the flash you have, the flash holder and any light modifiers (see below).  Get one that is too flimsy and it will break too easily.  Get one that is built like a tank and you won’t want to use it.

You can also get specially made bags, that you fill with sand, to place on the bottom of the light stand and keep it weighted down.  Personally, I prefer to use my camera bag, or when I am photographing weddings I ask a bridesmaid or usher along to help me.

Softbox and Flash holder.

This setup isn’t really the cheapest – but it is the most versatile! Click for the link from Amazon

This video is on my YouTube channel and is a (very!) rough and dirty example on the Off-Camera Flash Photography that I use! I am using Canon cameras there, but the principles are exactly the same, regardless of camera brand or even if you use film or digital.

Process

The important bits…

What it Costs

The whole day will cost £175 including drinks, lunch etc.  If you wish to bring a second photographer along the price is £300 for the both of you.

Partners (husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends etc) are an important part of making a successful business as a photographer, even if they do nothing more than support you emotionally.  So as a result of that partners are welcome to join for the day’s workshop for £25 (to cover drinks & meals).

I like to keep things small so EVERYONE gets a chance to get some real benefit from it and goes away not just being inspired but with real practical tips on sales techniques and closing the deal.

The Workshop Dates Dates

1st March 2020 – Manchester BOOKED

13th March 2020 – Birmingham BOOKED

11th April 2020 – South Wales BOOKED

17th October 2020 – South Wales

8th November 2020 – South Wales

 

Minimum of 1, Maximum of 4 delegates (who photograph) per workshop.

Some Examples

Some examples of Off Camera Flash taken on the workshops.

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