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Flash workshop


The last of this season's workshops was held on Sat 22nd July, led by Anthony Baines and Martin Till. Katrina's brother, Alistair, kindly offered us access to his farm for the afternoon, with the ponds and woodland providing a beautiful backdrop.

We split into two groups (Nikon and Canon) so we could make use of compatible off-camera flash arrangements, working with ambient light in traditional fill-flash and also high speed sync modes. 

Martin's group

Below, you can see Martin acting as 'model' for Alex. Avril is holding a speedlite with a CTO (Colour Temperature Orange) filter in place. Behind Alex, at a low level, is another speedlight set to a lower power with no filter, to balance the lighting.

Here's one of the images from Alex's sequence: Manual exposure, 1/160th at f/6.3, ISO 100, 50mm focal length. Exposure compensation was set to -2 to darken the background and flash exposure compensation was used with each speedlite in its own group, and then balanced until the desired effect was achieved.

Anthony's group

Anthony seen here with Kalysha, Katrina and David; two speedlites are set up on light stands, ready to be controlloed and triggered from the camera.

Towards the end of the session, Alistair arrived with his two deer hounds and very kindly posed for a set of photographs.
Below is one from David: Manual exposure, 1/320th at f/6.3, ISO 400, 32mm focal length. This picture was taken using two speedlights in shaded woodland, with a small amount of dappled sunlight coming through. The subjects were lit with one speedlite at the front to camera right, the other was behind the subjects to camera left, diagonally across the subjects.
The light at the rear gives a slight rim light around the subjects, increasing their separation from the background. The two speedlites were on light stands, and were triggered by the camera's own pop-up flash acting as a commander.

Despite a few light rain showers, it was a successful afternoon, capped off by tea and biscuits back at Katrina's.

Thanks again to Alistair for being so kind to act as host and model!