Thursday and Friday this week I lead two Speedlite flash workshops for EOS Magazine
Getting started with Speedlite flash
Thursday was a bigger group of folks and we started at the basics of how the flash system works. By the end of the first day every single participant was able to control a single flash both on and off-camera.To say this is a class where I see lightbulb moments is a bit of an understatement, I could see the lighbulbs flashing rather than dimly glowing.
Creative Speedlite flash
Friday was the more advanced creative flash day, designed to help people who have the desire to take their flash photography to the realms of multiple off-camera flashes. For me this is the fun workshop, the group was a little smaller, but equally focussed on learning how to use the flash system and how to use their own cameras and Speedlites with multiple slave lights.
As is often the case when I’m leading these workshops I focus on making sure that the participants are able to work with their kit, so I’m helping them learn to use the specific buttons and features of the cameras and flashes they own. I take few pictures myself, but I did manage a total of six pictures when testing out a light setup for the group.
The picture at the top of the post is the fifth of those six pictures. I added CTO gels to the flashes in the soft box during a tea break. The light looked a good deal warmer on the attendees cameras when they resumed shooting. But soon the white balance was pulled in to order.
I’ll be running some more of these workshops in 2016, check out my workshop calendar for the dates.
Speedlite 430EX III-RT
For the first time on a workshop I had one of the newly available Speedlite 430EX III-RT flashes with me and it did a good job. I used it as if it was just another Speedlite 600EX-RT, and the only problem was that it was worked harder than the 600EX-RTs so it tended to go in to overheat – red LCD display – before any of the other flashes. My lights get used as the slaves for the participants, so a big group of folks keen to take pictures mean lots of flashes in quick succession when there’s a model to photograph.