Day 1 Pre-Show


Mastering TTL Flash


Lesson Info

Day 1 Pre-Show

And cody clinton, right here on creative live. My name is lorraine lobdell, and I will be your host along with the ever so lovely mallory mcdonald, how are you so good? I'm really excited about today? I know we're on location and a beautiful place called the hollywood schoolhouse out women ville washington and it is going to be a fun a couple of days here on creative live, and right now we're just going to have about ten minutes of pre show, and so those of you who are already logged into the chat rooms, if you wouldn't mind letting us know if you can see, see us and hear us and also shout down, let us know where you're joining us from from around the globe because we will give you guys a shout out here in just a couple of minutes, all right? It is my pleasure to be the first to say good morning to mike and cody. How are you guys doing? Good? Somewhat. Yes. Time changes. Still giving us? Yeah. Cody, you had a crazy couple of busy days. You were working all weekend. You shot a wedding, ...

you little from like the wedding, repacked your gear bags and came straight here to create a live yesterday, so was correct. You're working hard, so glad. The hard work of a working photographer awesome and then something else we were talking about yesterday with mike and cody was that you guys were saying that you're kind of like the pennant teller I never shut up so you'll figure out which one really when it hit tio internet audience let us now like my way yes yes all right so um along with all of you out there joining us from around the world we have enough awesome in studio audience here that are here to also represent you guys out there and so we're just going to take a couple of minutes to get to know them so mike we're going to start with you and if you wouldn't mind saying game website ray from and how people can find it online okay uh my name is michael keogh um my studio name is michel kilo photography sorry toe blow the collective minds of the internet by my original studio name ah you could find that michael keogh dot com that's k e o ah I just started twitter it's new to me because I'm old um it's flash junkies j u n k y s at twitter I guess and I'm from portland, oregon and I'm totally excited to be here so do I pass the mic over? I'm rest hendrickson I'm from corvallis, montana just formed just merged with my partner here on a new company called double exposure and our website is double exposure mt dot com and we're pretty excited to be here I am heidi's up nick and I'm from hamilton montana and like he said the website our twitter handle is double exposure m and really excited to be here good morning my name's christina ripley I'm from wouldn't bill um and what you can find me on the hands www dot be hands dot net slash c roupoli and I'm super excited to learn all of the flesh goodness that mike and cody have to share ofsome well, it's nice to have a local local in the house cassina we're surrounded where we are right now we're surrounded by all of these wineries and it's kind of attempting to take a little break and all of it and go blind tasting so christina is luckily lucky to live here and lives nicholas so beatty and line yesterday we were talking mike about how you guys started this relationship how you fell in love you met on dh I wanted to hear your love story like tell us about this you've been together for fifteen years just getting, you know, there's only a couple years difference and you know each other well, I think I was eighteen a young little man and basically I was shooting weddings and he I'm a retired crime scene investigator and he saw one of my photos that I've taken of one of his co workers kids playing soccer or something and called me up and we had a wedding that weekend and I brought him along and try coast was kind of form because five, six years of shooting weddings by yourself you didn't realize how hard it was by yourself until you had someone there so then you're only shooting half the wedding and it was it was really nice and since we have a mutual friend that we we're friends with how we met years before we already knew each other and it just happened to work out perfect so it was the long story was basically he called me up and said he had a boy his son named raymond basically I came across like you're saying it was in a co worker's office and I noticed one of his business cards and it's my fault photography or something another real original name like you might andi I looked at him like fulton and my friend is all yeah it's the same guy and I like what it means to saying that you know, it's just there's plenty of microbes that they all know the same guy and so I sort of looking at his car and I said, you know what that sucker he's he's getting rich with photography on us on the side business and everybody knows how true that is my get rich with argument so I call him up and this guy's my voice and acted like I was a potential client of his that was the biggest redneck in the world and unfortunately where we're from, there are a lot of red necks that don't speak very well english very well could be a real client, so I was trying to be as professional as possible and so is one of things where he didn't answer his phone right away so I left a message like that it's guys my voice and acted like I was a potential client but kind of a weirdo plan not somebody you really want and he never called me back and this went on for like, three days in a row, him not calling me and every time I would call and leave a message you would get I would amp it up more and more more make the message more ridiculous and more ridiculous and I thought it was a funny thing everybody ever I mean, if you heard it now, I'm sure would be just well, he was talking about this and saying his boy raymond needs a photograph, but you can't use flash because he was struck by lightning and it would mess him up, and so I was like, what in the world is this? No, no, this is back in the days when you couldn't save your message yeah so you know the cell phones with this big and everything else and so I again I was trying to be professional because it very well could be a client and my business was just really getting going and so I wanted to make sure if it was a pain climate to paying client no matter if his boy raymond was struck by lightning or not so about the third day into it I'm about to leave another message in this ring in the ring and I'm not expecting dancer by now because he hadn't answered yet and so I'm talking my friend kind of listen to the phone ringing and I was and he says hello because you recognize the number I've been calling in a and I go hey michael what are you doing because we knew each other but we weren't friends were more of acquaintances and so also explained him who I was and I'm not really don't we have a boy named raymond and stuff like that and I start asking photography questions so he turns on his snobs which automatically so yeah because he's already made me mad popular professional photographer and I only use professional equipment and I don't mess around with I think people like you and so I started quizzical about what kind of equipment you have he says we'll have gotto g x nine thousand seven turbo cameron that's like oh really I said I got on those two because what yeah what what what kind of lenses you got? I mean, what what you shooting with? Well, I only use the one especially made by hand fits on a really nice that's like I want those two the women who is this? Yeah, I had to go in the story again who exactly? I wass and like you said, we got to talking about it upcoming wedding and the following weekend and way show about their wedding together and we've been shooting ever since also it's so hard to find a great photography partner that can like read you you know your language while you're shooting too you know, in communicating we've had we've had our issues and then we definitely I know I know you just had a relationship building program here on creative life, but we definitely we definitely had our own relationship building issues and it's kind of funny way before we started teaching around the world from texas you can say he's my partner it's no big deal because everybody's your partner in texas and then when we go in different places as he was joking so many years people thought we were we were our significant others and we were married I think wrong with that? Yeah, and so it's it's been a learning experience for us and we've little have been in fistfights we've we've literally had the complete gamut of emotion in the tri coast and we get the and we just have a beer and and life is good, so well, maybe we'll witness one of these fights followed by happy ways happy hours coming we'll schedule. Oh, you know what? I had wanted a quick question for you on your video on creative live at the very end, cody you through a splash into the ocean, the water sacrifice the flash. It wasn't a dead flash or was it? No, it was it was introducing older flash that we don't we don't use anymore. We have about twenty flashes and so but it was actually working flash we want one that we used to. He used quite a bit. We sacrifice for the creative live video was worth the entertainment for the whole time. All right, so now is a cool time that mallory and I love to give you guys shout outs for joining us from around the world. We're just gonna take a couple of minutes to say welcome to everybody in the chat rooms we have kendra dupont to is joining in from indiana. You guys and we have a diana rucker from iowa, and we also have oskin, who is joining in from turkey, excellent welcome, everyone we've got cindy be from dallas on the six hours away she says, hey, though I don't know why I shouldn't say how do you not to be cliche, but you know well, I would expect a howdy just pushed all the all right horses. I know, right? I'm being completely stereotypical, but we actually way we've got otter rich readings from london at steve hamel from st albans in the uk and someone from shenandoah, iowa welcome awesome and a robert is joining and from the netherlands that is super cool and also images by b k is joining from morgan hill, california, and a silky photo is joining from wisconsin. Welcome. Ok, so there are so many people from around the world and everybody just like saying good morning, so glad there everyone super super excited to be learning from you guys just so you know, you already have lots of them except for wisconsin group. Maybe we could get some cheese curds, right? Right. And memphis is what's everybody I all right, everyone, it is nine o'clock here and it is time to get started with mastering tl flash here with mike fulton and cody clinton on creative live.

Class Description

Through-the-lens flash (TTL) is a powerful tool for every successful photographer — but it’s also an intimidating system if you don’t know how to use it correctly. Join creativeLIVE for a two-day workshop on simple, effective ways for using TTL and off camera flash to create studio lighting in any environment.

Veteran photographers Mike Fulton and Cody Clinton will teach you what TTL is, how a wireless flash works, and walk you through a wide variety of flash techniques. After two days of hands-on instruction, you’ll understand the science of metered light, how to troubleshoot both manual and TTL metering, and the basic concepts of “flash placement.”

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to elevate your on-location photography skills, transforming every location into a studio.


On the Mark Photography

[From intermediate hobbiest with moderate number of paid shoots]. I took the class because I knew nothing more about flash photography than slapping the flash on top of the camera, turning it on, and taking my chances. I could not have purchased a better class. Mike and Cody covered so much in such a clear way and with such great examples. Especially helpful are the shooting sessions where they work through the lighting situations, incorporating what is possible to do and what the client might want. I so appreciate their willingness to share what they do and how they do it. I now know some direction to take and what I need to acquire minimally to apply this to my work. Thank you!


Great experience and partially because of toned down Mike. I heard very few utterance of the word “idiot”. It is apparent that Mike loves to talk and is in a habit of repeating same thing again and again but I did see a better Mike and much useful content, all credit goes to you sir. Finally, a suggestion let Code talk when he holds the fort. He being behind the camera should get a chance to describe his vision. All in all very useful course and well executed. Thanks Mike & Code.