FotoFly Academy Demystifying Speedlights (May 27th)

FotoFly Academy Demystifying Speedlights (May 27th)
May 27th
FotoFly Academy
57 South 600 East,
Salt Lake City, UT 84102


De-Mystify Speedlights

Speedlights are a blessing for some photographers and a curse for others. If we know how to use our speedlight, it can give us photography superpowers. We can make impossible situations very possible. We are able to create truly remarkable images that most photographers cannot do. If we don't know how to use our speedlight, it can ruin each and every picture. This is also true for those 'pop-up' flashes! Little lights next to our camera always result in flat, boring pictures. For many photographers, the solution is to add a plastic white thing to the end of the speedlight. For others, they'll point the flash up towards the ceiling or backwards. Neither of these solutions will create beautiful, magical light. The good news is that speedlights can be used to create beautiful portraits in almost all situations - whether it's an infant in their bedroom, seniors in the desert or a 'first dance' at a reception center.

Time Frame:

  • 3:00-4:00   How EXACTLY to use on- and off-camera speedlights.
    • The principles behind using speedlights.  Understand key settings.
    • Know how to use multiple speedlights.
    • The steps to making your your background looks perfect when using a speedlight.
  • 4:00-6:00   Creating portrait light from a speedlight.  Anywhere.  
    • Understand that the only two things that make light SOFT are the light's SIZE and its DISTANCE from your subject.
    • Learn what can be done with a white wall (even if the wall isn't white...even if there isn't a wall AT ALL).
    • The ONLY extra equipment you should buy for your speedlight.
    • How can you can use a speedlight to photograph an extended family, indoors, in a windowless room?
    • Easily minimize the harshness of shadows using ambient light.
    • Create SHORT light, PROFILE light, BUTTERFLY light and SILHOUETTE light from a single speedlight.
  • 6:00-7:00   Cool, and unique light effects.
    • Turn day into night!
    • Make one speedlight act like two.
    • Create the 'golden hour' anytime.
    • Get creative with gels.  Creating 'gels' out of Gatorade.
    • Create light patterns.
    • Show and stop motion in the same image.


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