Just a few weeks back I was running another of the popular off-camera flash workshops at Studio Blanco in Oxford. There was a good group of people in attendance and a mix of Nikon, Canon and Sony cameras.

One of the great benefits of doing these workshops is the feedback from the attendees…

Really enjoyed the workshop – you managed to pack a lot in and it gave me loads of new idea”

- Paul Lock, Oxfordshire

photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

Once again the lovely Jo Harris was the model for the workshop – she always brings elegance and patience, she also is pretty handy with holding reflectors just out of the shot too.

This Speedlite workshop has a mix of tuition and practical shooting both in the studio space and, if the weather allows, outside to really give participants a great grounding in off-camera flash techniques.

Of my total of around six pictures I took I did manage to get two pictures of Jo with simple light setups.

Single Speedlite in a silver umbrella directly over the top of me

Single Speedlite in a white umbrella directly over the top of the camera

Single Speedlite in Lastolite 54cm x 54cm soft box feathered towards the camera

Single Speedlite in Lastolite 54cm x 54cm soft box feathered towards the camera

EF 85mm f/1.8 USM on EOS 5D Mark III. 1/125s at f/5.6 ISO 200, Speedlite 600EX-RT in manual at 1/8th power.

By feathering the light towards the camera I could all but eliminate the light falling on the white background behind Jo. The Lastolite EzyBox with the recessed front makes it much easier to limit the spread of the light with a good clearly defined edge to the light. I almost always use a lens hood in the studio, in the is case it’s essential to avoid lens flare.

 

2015 Speedlite workshops at Studio Blanco

I am pleased to say that for 2015 I will be running two workshops in the Spring at Studio Blanco. Details and booking information will be posted shortly.

A Canon specific off-camera flash workshop – this is the one where you will learn how to make your flash work off-camera. It will go through the details of how to set the flash/camera as a master controlling other slave flashes. You will need to have a Canon camera & flash for this workshop and we will include both optical triggering and the radio triggering systems.

The Speedlite off-camera workshop – this is the workshop that I have just run at Studio Blanco, and for 2015 it will be back again by popular demand.

Behind the scenes pictures by Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

Sabel the owner of Studio Blanco arranged for his intern Elena to shoot some behind the scenes pictures from the workshop for me too.

Off-camera Speedlite workshop with Brian Worley at Studio Blanco

Battling with bright ambient light behind Jo and adding light with the soft box. photo ElenaCancelas / Studio Blanco

photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

Flash triggered with radio from Speedlite 600EX-RT. photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

Off-camera flash triggered from Sony mirrorless camera. photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco

We use more than just the studio space. photo: Elena Cancelas / Studio Blanco