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Off-Camera Flash Photography

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Put your subjects in their best light no matter what the setting by taking your speedlight off-camera and creating fantastic portraits with Neil van Niekerk’s expert flash techniques.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable gear list and photography tips
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Neil van Niekerk
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Whether you’'re an aspiring professional or a passionate enthusiast, you'’ll gain valuable insights as Neil leads you through his shooting strategies in a variety of settings, both indoors and out. Learn the most effective methods of controlling your camera to prevent shake using remote flash with optical and radio sensors. See how to set your metering properly using both manual and through-the-lens (TTL) modes. You'’ll diffuse your light using soft boxes, umbrellas and other gear and get tips for positioning and directing your subject. With Neil'’s professional techniques and feedback, you’'ll soon have magazine-quality photos of your clients, family and friends!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Intro to Off-Camera Flash
Meet Neil and see great examples of effective use of off-camera flash photography, with a discussion of location and subject positioning.
2. Gear & Setup
3. Using a Speedlight
4. Exposure Metering Techniques
5. Perfect Portrait: From Speedlight Setup to Posing
6. Shooting Against Bright Light
7. Soft Light Outdoors
8. Harsh Light Outdoors
9. Using Two Speedlights

Taught by

Neil van Niekerk
Neil van Niekerk
Neil van Niekerk is a portrait, wedding and boudoir photographer based in the greater New York area. Originally from South Africa, he teaches workshops and seminars on photography and lighting and maintains a popular photography blog, Tangents. Neil has also written several books on flash and lighting techniques in photography that have been translated into Polish, Portuguese and Chinese.

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