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Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 48 of 61

Hybrid Flash System


Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 48 of 61

Hybrid Flash System


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Hybrid Flash System

Lets get on to the exciting part, because flash, okay a lot has changed since crazy stupid light. A lot of things have changed and flash technology is changing, and let me tell you a little bit about the, you know, what's out there now and the exciting things about it. So, I have some different types of, and I call it the hybrid flash, here's the standard flash, okay. A standard flash, you're gonna get about 100 full power flashes and the recycle speed, so if you set just a standard flash and you put it on full, it's gonna take about three or four seconds to recycle to be at full power again. That's not, when I'm shooting portraits, I'm shooting and adjusting and that's not too much of a thing, I can wait a few seconds, but it can be an issue on the recycle speed. And not all the time, quite frankly, do you shoot it at full power. Only in bright light. If you're in overcast or you're shooting in low light, it's definitely not at full power. Now, here's a hybrid flash, it's actually, wh...

at you saw here using the 850. I like this, because it uses a lithium battery. Now I have 600 flashes. And then this recycles at one-and-half seconds. What's the trade-off? It's a little bit more complicated to use. But, those features are great with it, because you can get 600 full power and so you could literally, you don't have to worry about bringing extra batteries with you. Now, these are the types of flashes that are coming out that are changing. That are changing, literally the lighting world. Look at the, can I bring that flash in? Okay, so here it is right here. It's almost the same size as a standard flash. So here's a standard flash and here's this. It's a little bit bigger. That's it. But, what's so special about this flash? This flash is the equivalent of three of these flashes on full, but it's almost the same size. Also, it has a lithium battery in here. This will give you 500 flashes on full power, and so you don't have to bring extra lighting with you, or anything like that. And so, it's so small... The but, you can't put it on your camera. It's not a, Oh, I'm gonna put this on my Hot Shoes. It's not like that, it always have to be off camera. Another thing is, I don't show it there, but it has these interchangeable heads, so it actually comes with a tube head that you can put on it that gives you a little bit extra power, but it spreads out the light a little bit faster, so if you put it through a softbox, or something like that, it's a little bit more diffuse, but I don't use it. The reason why is, is that when you are traveling around and you have those tube heads, which are like 40 bucks each, they break easily, and so I don't want to mess with that and have extra tubes and whatever. This is just durable and this is what I've been using pretty much all my career, the flash, and I haven't found that much of a, I mean it's not enough difference for me to change, quite frankly, so I don't. I just keep this flash head on it. So, those are the hybrid, those are the new flashes that are coming out very very powerful so when, but what is the advantage of that, only if you're shooting in super bright light situations. So, how many people plan their sessions at 12 noon with high sun? We only shoot in that situation when we have to and so it's not really the norm. It's usually the exception, shooting in those situations. And so, if you're not shooting in that, then a lot of times, you can get away with a lot less. Now, I'm gonna tell you the drawbacks too. When you're traveling, and let's say you used two different systems here, let's say you have a few of these and I have a few of these. The batteries are different, the chargers are different, so you're bringing more stuff with you. Oh, I gotta bring that charger, and that charger, then I have an extra battery for this and that. And so, it gets to be more stuff. Where you have a universal system. Let's say you just use these, then you just have to worry about the charger for that or just use double As, then you just, Ooh! I found something that you're gonna be excited about, if you're using double A flashes. I'm gonna share the world with this, okay. Does everybody know Ikea? Are you familiar with Ikea? Okay, they sell these white double A batteries there called, starts with a V, or Larda, Lordo, or something like that? Okay, they come in a pack of four, they're white, at Ikea, I think they're like $7. Those are the fastest recycling flashes on the, I mean power, on the market. So if you put those batteries in your flash, it will recycle it about one second faster. It is, and I've A-Bed them. You know those $20 or $30 batteries that are out there by Eneloop, or something like that, not the normal ones, but the super expensive ones. They, I don't know, but they could be the same battery. I don't know. I tried taking off the cover and seeing. (laughs loudly) But, there's a little tip for you. Go to Ikea, okay Ikea around the world are not gonna have any of those batteries. I went in there and I think they don't ship it to you, so you actually got to go in there, but just look online and see how many sets they have in that Ikea and then go to that one. But that is a huge find, if you're on the system, because it definitely recycles it faster. At least on my system, it did it by a second. Which is huge. Anyways, going on, those are the different types of flashes. These are the hybrids that are coming out and I just wanted to make sure that you're aware of this and this is coming in.

Class Description

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. 5 Shots That WOW
  3. Four Fundamentals of Photography
  4. Create a Visual Impact with Composition
  5. Importance of Foreground and Background
  6. Create Depth in Landscape Images
  7. Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
  8. Composition Practice Exercise
  9. Composition Critique of Student Images
  10. Keys to Posing
  11. Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
  12. Shoot: Modern Female Pose
  13. Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
  14. Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
  15. Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
  16. Seven Posing Guidelines
  17. Headshots Poses with Male Model
  18. Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
  19. Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
  20. Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
  21. Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
  22. Keys to Couples Posing
  23. Shoot: Couples Posing
  24. Couples Transitional Posing Overview
  25. Shoot: Transitional Posing
  26. Keys to Group Posing
  27. Accordion Technique with Groups
  28. Shoot: Accordion Technique
  29. Shoot: Best Buds Pose
  30. Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
  31. Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
  32. Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
  33. Shoot: Pod Method Pose
  34. Posing Critique of Student Images
  35. Introduction to Lighting
  36. Soft vs Hard Light
  37. Difficult Lighting Situations
  38. Bright Light Techniques
  39. Overcast Light Techniques
  40. Low Light Techniques
  41. Lighting Techniques Q&A
  42. Drama Queen Lighting
  43. Laundry Basket Lighting
  44. Make it Rain Lighting
  45. Smart Phone Painting with Light
  46. Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
  47. Choose the Right Lighting System
  48. Hybrid Flash System
  49. Innovative Accessories
  50. Gear Overview
  51. Theatrical Post-Processing
  52. Ten Keys to Post-Processing
  53. Essential Skills to Post-Processing
  54. Headshot Post-Processing
  55. Bright Light Post-Processing
  56. Flat Light Post-Processing
  57. Low Light Post-Processing
  58. Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
  59. Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
  60. Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
  61. Post-Processing Critique of Student Images


Vitor Rademaker

This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!


I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive


Another fantastic class with Scott Robert Lim! The combination of his knowledge, willingness to share, passion & entertaining personality makes him a top choice for photography education. Learning not only the "what", but the "why" & "how" can transform one's entire approach towards MAKING pictures. A constant inspiration to get better & better through practice.