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Introduction to Flash for Children and Family Images

with Mike Hagen

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About The Class

Use Your Flash to Create Striking Images

When capturing images of families and children, you preserve memories for generations. Learning how to use flash opens up so many options, as you now longer have to be constrained by weather or location. Photographer Mike Hagen will help you incorporate flash into this genre of photography to create family heirloom images that also capture a moment in time.

In this class, Mike teaches you how to:

  • Create looks that wouldn’t be possible in natural light
  • Use your flash to freeze action
  • Use reflectors, modifiers and other lighting equipment to enhance your flash

Learn to harness the power of flash photography to make their memories last a lifetime. Give clients those special images by using flash photography to preserve their special moments.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    06:37
  2. 02

    Gear For Flash Photography

    19:00
  3. 03

    How to Use a Flash Meter

    13:57
  4. 04

    Shoot: Flash & Light Meter Single Subject

    10:42
  5. 05

    Setting Your White Balance

    13:35
  6. 06

    Light Modifiers & Backgrounds

    11:59
  7. 07

    Camera & Flash Settings

    03:00
  8. 08

    Lighting Approaches For Individuals & Groups

    11:13
  9. 09

    Shoot: With One Child

    23:58
  10. 10

    Shoot: With Two Children

    10:14
  11. 11

    Shoot: Create a Pure Black Background

    04:05
  12. 12

    Shoot: Freeze Action

    18:43
  13. 13

    Group Lighting & Posing Overview

    05:38
  14. 14

    Shoot: Flash with Mom & Children

    16:15
  15. 15

    Shoot: Flash with Dad & Children

    08:14
  16. 16

    Shoot: Flash With Family on Couch

    16:26
  17. 17

    Lightroom® Post Processing Overview

    13:01
  18. 18

    Lightroom® Post Processing For Family

    08:39
  19. 19

    Lighting For Black & White

    06:14
  20. 20

    Shoot: Black & White Child Portraits

    17:44
  21. 21

    Shoot: Etherial Child Portrait

    07:41
  22. 22

    Heirloom Portrait Overview

    05:04
  23. 23

    Shoot: Heirloom Portait

    09:46
  24. 24

    Black & White Post Processing

    22:50

Meet Your Expert

Mike Hagen

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer, author, and workshop leader. He's taught hundreds of workshops and thousands of students over the years on just about all photo topics including camera gear, studio lighting, Photoshop®, Lightroom®, landscape, travel, and digital workflow. ... read more

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  • pdf Children & Family Images Lighting Diagrams
  • pdf Gear List for $100 Budget
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100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Jayne Fletcher

    March 2018

    Amazing class! Lots of information

  • Martin

    Martin

    April 2018

    Love the natural way Mike has to explain and to work on the studio. Plenty of tips and clear knowledge transfer for me that I manage quite well natural light but that I still mess with the on-camera flash.

  • Robert Spencer

    Robert Spencer

    April 2018

    The class seems great, but my connection - even at 20MB still give me 20 seconds and then butts out for a minute :(

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