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Film Photography with Strobe Lighting

with Sandra Coan

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   06 How To Use Your Camera With Strobes?


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About The Class

Use off camera flash with your analog film camera

To get the best portrait straight out of camera you need to control your light. Family and Newborn Photographer, Sandra Coan, walks through how easy it is to use lights with your film camera for the most control over how your image ultimately looks. In this course, Sandra will talk about how to approach your photo shoot by thinking about not only your subject but also the film and the light you want to create.

You’ll learn:

  • How to sync the flash with your film camera
  • How to meter for your subject and the light you’re adding to the image
  • How to choose the best film based off what you’d like the final image to look like

Throughout history, photographers have been using flash with film cameras. In this course, Sandra will cover everything to give you the knowledge to start taking portraits with your camera and strobes.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Why Strobes & Film?

  3. 03

    Using Sync Speed

  4. 04

    How To Avoid Ghosting

  5. 05

    Equipment Overview

  6. 06

    How To Use Your Camera With Strobes?

  7. 07

    Triggers & Receivers

  8. 08

    How To Set Up A Light Meter & Strobe Unit

  9. 09

    Demo: Equipment Set Up

  10. 10

    Create A Natural Light Look

  11. 11

    Light Modifiers

  12. 12

    Catchlight In The Eyes

  13. 13

    Metering Overview

  14. 14

    Meter With Strobe For Color Film

  15. 15

    Meter With Strobe For Black & White Film

  16. 16

    45 Degree Light Placement

  17. 17

    90 Degree Light Placement

  18. 18

    Backlight Placement

  19. 19

    Feathering Light

  20. 20

    Lighting For Groups

  21. 21

    Speedlights with Film

  22. 22

    TTL Vs Manual Mode

  23. 23

    Gear For Location Film Photography

  24. 24

    Set Up On Location

  25. 25

    Know Your Film Lab

  26. 26

    How To Find The Right Lab


Meet Your Expert

Sandra Coan

With over sixteen year’s experience working in both film and digital photography, Sandra Coan is a film photographer specializing in studio portraiture and family photography. ... read more

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  • pdf Discount Codes from Richard Photo Lab
  • pdf Studio Gear List
  • pdf Color Film Stock Exposure Tests
  • pdf Black & White Film Stock Exposure Tests
  • pdf Great Photo Labs
  • pdf Noritsu Frontier Comparison

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2018

    Wow! with a lot of online stuff out there one can become rather overcome with too much information, however, the way Sandra presents her courses is just perfect! Her honest and simple and easy to understand approach was just what I needed. Not once did I think she was just going through the motions, she really loves what she does and it shows. To be able to rewatch and rewatch was also a key for me. Since I have dyslexia I have to take things one half step at a. time. After completion of the class I had a new found confidence when using strobes. A must have.

  • Micah Hewett Images

    September 2017

    Out of all the classes I own on Creative Live, Strobe Lighting with Sandra is my FAVORITE! She is an incredibly kind and gifted teacher. She explains everything on a simple level and then gradually build to more complex issues. I am 100% happy with this course. Thank you Sandra!!

  • Gabby de Janasz

    September 2017

    Sandra Coan is a lighting genius! I loved watching her high-energy and super informative class. I learned way more about studio lighting than I ever thought was possible. I'd definitely recommend this class to literally any person in photography, not just studio photographers. Thanks Sandra!!

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