Introduction to Using Multiple Flashes

Lesson 1 of 27

Class Introduction

 

Introduction to Using Multiple Flashes

Lesson 1 of 27

Class Introduction

 

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

I'm so excited today to teach all about multiple flashes. You know, you may have purchased a single flash when you started out in photography. You know, one flash. Maybe it was a Nikon flash. Maybe it was a Canon flash. And you put that thing to good use. And then you're like ooh, I'm feeling pretty energetic. This is good. I might add a second flash. But then once it gets much beyond the second flash you start thinking do I really need more flashes? You know, do I need four flashes, five flashes? Well, today I wanna show you how to do that. I wanna show you do multiple flash photography. And, the plan for today-- You'll notice the title. It says introduction to multiple flash photography. The plan today is to really kinda step you through the process. So today isn't necessarily all about posing and creating art per say in the class, rather it's more about the technical side. So, I wanna show you the ISOs and the shutter speeds. I wanna show you all about triggers and the technology th...

at goes with those triggers. I wanna talk about what the different types of lights are. And I wanna talk about, you know maybe what a key light is and should you use a soft box. And already this morning I've been talking with the studio audience here. We've been talking about but what about umbrellas? Do they do this? Do they do that? I wanna show you all of that good stuff today. So, before we get into the day, let me just quickly go through the plan for the day. We're gonna start out in the morning. We're gonna talk about flash review, so a little bit about what are the settings and the flash mean? What do we need to set up with the camera? ISO, shutter speed, aperture. What's the difference between indoor flash photography and outdoor flash photography? So, that'll be our first segment. Our next segment we're gonna get into modifiers, so the things like soft boxes and beauty dishes and snoots and grids and oh my. Do we need all this stuff? And I'll walk you through that. And all this time I'll be showing you example photos. So we'll be taking it here in the studio. I'll show you the difference between a beauty dish and a soft box. You can see it live on screen. In the afternoon that's when we get to our two lights and three-light set-ups. So, this is where we really start putting together everything we learned in the morning. I show you what can you do with two lights? And then we add a third one. What can we do with that third one? I've got probably five or six different arrangements that we'll shoot in each of those scenarios. And then, we end the class with four and five-light set-ups, which I think is probably the-- For most photographers these days, having four or five lights is probably the maximum that you'll ever have. So, I wanna show you what that would look like. You know, why? Why do we need five lights, or do you need five lights? Cause some people don't need five lights. I'm reminded of a photographer that I followed. He said when you think you need two lights, use one. When you think you need three lights, use one. There's some truth to that because sometimes simplicity matters. But, also there's times where you can't get the look that you're after unless you are using three or four or five lights. Today I'll be focusing mostly on these speed lights. So, I'm a Nikon shooter. I'll just get that out here initially. But today is camera agnostic. I'll be talking about Canon and Fuji and Sony, but I'll be demonstrating everything with Nikon. But everything I'm gonna demonstrate today, you'll be able to use no matter what camera system that you use.

Class Description

If you want complete control over the image you’re taking, you need to use multiple flashes. Mike Hagen will take what appears complex and explain how to make it achievable to help get your studio lighting to an elite level.

Mike Hagen will walk through how to build your lighting setup with two, three, four and even five flashes. If you're figuring out what lighting gear to purchase, this course will help by showing you:

  • Camera settings and sync modes to capture the best exposure
  • How to use the various trigger methods
  • The different roles each light plays in creating your image
  • How to shape the light for the most control over your final image
  • How to build your knowledge comfortably from 1-5 lighting setups

Whether you’re shooting portraits, buildings, or products - controlling all the light in your image can improve your photography from good to GREAT. Mike Hagen will teach you how to light and create every shadow and highlight by using multiple flashes in your photography.

Reviews

Marty Walker
 

This is really a fantastic class and at an even fantastic-er price. Well worth the money, and is a great help. The instructor does a very good job explaining the methods, light shapers, and effects they create. One of my favorite videos!

Jeph DeLorme
 

Mike Hagen does a great job of presenting what could be a complicated process in a way that makes it easy to understand and implement. Not only does he make it easy to follow along, he presents alternative solutions that don't break the budget. I have viewed several instructors and various classes at Creative Live and this would definitely be one of my favorites. I have to say, this class would be a bargain at 10x the price!

Tim Stapenhurst
 

What can I say about this class? Mike is great- not only does he give a thorough break down of all the equipment one could need but he also includes wide variety of price options for those just getting started. Aside from his thorough knowledge of gear, Mike provides an excellent and easy to follow bread down of how to build up the light for your subject. His lesson plan is super easy to follow and very concise as he slowly builds up from using 2 lights to 5 lights. He also demonstrate what I think is a much needed trait in a photographer and that is being cool under pressure, dealing with issues and not getting rattled and simply going back to the basics. Creative Live Nailed it with this class