Introduction to Outdoor Flash Photography


Introduction to Outdoor Flash Photography


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So wonderful to be back here with CreativeLive. Today is all about outdoor flash photography and outdoor flash photography is somewhat complicated. Some of you have used flashes in the outdoors before and you come home with poor results. And so today my goal, my purpose today, is to help you understand what's going on with ambient light with flash. I want to simplify everything. I want to show you how to use one flash and use it really well. We've got some really great images that I'm gonna show that we did during a pre-shoot. We're also gonna shoot some pictures here today in the classroom. So who is this for? Who needs to use this outdoor flash photography? Well, do you shoot sports? Are your kids playing soccer or doing skateboarding? Are you a portrait artist, do you shoot portraits outside? Are you a wedding photographer? Do you do macro work? All of these things can benefit from a solid understanding of flash photography. Today's plan is all about kind of a tech approach, the tec...

hnique. I want to simplify it, I want to make it easy for you, I want to show you how to control the light. A lot of people tell me that they are an available light photographer and you know what that means? When you say you're an available light photographer what that means is, I'm not too comfortable with using my flash outside. So I want to make you an available light photographer and a flash guru. So that's the plan for the day. Let me show you what the schedule is for the day. You can see here we've got basically four segments. The first segment is all about the setup and the gear, so what camera settings do you need? What type of equipment do you need? We're gonna go through all of that. It's kind of the techy, gearhead segment of the day. Then we get to outdoor flash, we start talking about what does it look like to do on camera flash? What does it look like to do off camera flash? What does it mean to shoot on a sunny day versus a cloudy day? What are the approaches that you would take for each of those. Things like ISO's and and soft boxes, and do those change when the sun comes out versus when it's cloudy. The third segment of the day we talk about ND filters, that stands for neutral density filters. So, we talk about controlling the light through filtering. We also talk about high speed sync, so shooting with a really fast shutter speed. I'll show you how we do that. We do some sports and action photography as well. So we'll do a location portraiture, action photography, in the fourth segment, and then we wrap up the day talking about macro. So if you like doing macro bugs, and flowers, I'm gonna show you some really simple ways to use your flashes for those scenarios as well.

Class Description

Relying on natural light may work for many scenarios, but how do you learn to control light more effectively with flash? A small flash can help make the most of your outdoor situations whether working in direct or dappled lighting. It gives you the ability to overpower sunlight and add warmth to overcast days.

Mike Hagen will walk through how to easily take control of your lighting and ultimately control of your photos. If you’re new to using a flash, this course will teach you:
  • The essentials of your camera and flash settings
  • How to build and set ambient exposure
  • Using your flash on and off camera
  • How to freeze action and add motion blur
  • How to use modifiers and reflectors with off camera flash
No matter if you’re shooting portraits, sports, or macro photography, Mike Hagen will show you all the ways to define your subject and enhance your images. This class is a perfect follow-up to Mike's How to Shoot with Your First Flash and will give you the confidence to use your flash in all situations.