Lauren Hoffman
SKU: flash
Strobist Flash

Control the Light


Learn how to use your Speedlight flash like a pro: fill flash, diffused or bounced. Use it off-camera for dramatic effects, work with multiple flash units and make informed decisions about your shot with the available light on any location.


3 sessions, 3 hours each, over the course of 3 weeks.




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Dates & Times

15 Nov – 29 Nov 18h00 – 21h00, 31 July 18:00 – 21:00, 4 Sep – 18 Sep 18h00 – 21h00



Course Overview
This course aims to give the photographer a thorough working understanding of Speedlight Flash. We will look into the basics of flash photography to lay groundwork for exploring more advanced concepts, such as off camera flash, light shaping, multiple flash, and mixed lighting. Every session will include theory, demonstration, and practical components, giving participants the opportunity to practice the concepts being discussed in a supervised environment. Homework projects allow students put into action skills and techniques covered during each session.


Session 1
Introduction to flash photography – Surviving the technicalities without shredding your manual.

For those who are new to flash or need to understand better the technical terminology of flash photography and for those battling to understand their flash manuals.

This module covers the sometimes confusing technical terminology of flash and what it all means in practical terms. It explains how Speedlight / flash differs from studio lights and the pros and cons of each. The primary modes, syncs and operation of flash will be explained and demonstrated with ample time allocated for students to try these out in the class.


  • A DSLR camera
  • Speedlight / flash either attached to camera hotshoe, via a dedicated chord or triggered wirelessly

The module will cover guide numbers, zoom, sync speed, front curtain sync, rear curtain sync, preflash, high speed sync, repeating (strobe) flash, white balance. It introduces the basics of fill flash and flash metering.

Session 2
Shaping the light with flash and avoiding the harsh light of flash.

This module is aimed at those who are unhappy with their flash photographs or need to improve the lighting of their subjects in their flash photography and to develop further creative techniques. Those with too many unflattering flash images resembling police mugshot lighting.

This module covers basic lighting principles and how to achieve required lighting effects with on camera flash. Plenty of time is allocated for students to try out the various effects and techniques in class.


  • An understanding of the technical flash terminology such as front curtain sync, sync speed, rear curtain sync, flash zoom, high speed sync, etc.
  • a DSLR camera
  • Speedlight / flash either attached to camera hotshoe, via a dedicated chord or triggered wirelessly

This module covers lighting principles, the use of bounce flash, diffusers, catchlight cards, reflectors and snoots to achieve desired lighting effects. It also includes various creative techniques using coloured gels, motion blur and long exposure. It re-enforces the understanding of how fill flash works and the effects of flash and camera compensation.

Session 3
Learning how to use wireless flash and breaking free from the hotshoe whilst entering a state of ultimate creativity.

For those who are interested in moving into wireless flash and would like to see it in action and what it involves or those who are having difficulty in operating flash wirelessly. Also those interested in lighting for macro photography and those who would like many more creative options for their flash photography.

This module covers wireless flash. How to control multiple remote flashes to achieve required lighting effects via a central commander. A large amount of time is allocated for students to try out wireless flash in class using either their own equipment or to use Orms Cape Town School of Photography’s Canon ST-E2 flash transmitter and Canon 580EX flash. Students who have a Nikon D70s, D80, D200 or D300 camera do not need a separate flash transmitter and can use these in class with their Nikon SB600 or better.

Wireless flash used in macro photography will also be demonstrated with the Nikon close-up Speedlight kit.


  • A general understand of flash, TTL /E-TTL metering, flash compensation, etc.
  • a DSLR camera
  • Speedlight / flash either attached to camera hotshoe , via a dedicated chord or triggered wirelessly
  • (optional) wireless transmitter for your flash and camera

This module covers the setting up and operation of a master and single remote as well as master and multiple remote flashes in different groups for both Nikon and Canon wireless flash systems. It covers the placement of the flashes both indoors and outdoors and how wireless flash can be used to emulate some of the lighting techniques of studio lighting systems. It also demonstrates wireless flash used in macro photography.


This workshop is presented as a series of three modules. Each module/session targeting particular problems associated with flash photography and exploring practical applications and creative possibilities. Module 1: Understanding Flash. Module 2: Improving your Flash Application. Module 3: Wireless Flash.


To do this course you will need a digital or film SLR camera, your own flash, and a basic understanding of photography. Bring film if applicable. If you do not own a SLR camera we can provide one for you.

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For attending all three sessions (includes tuition and lecture notes) (Payment in full before commencement of course or upon arrival. Card facilities are available at the school.)