Riverside workshop on using Speedlights for portraits

Small Flash Lighting Workshop

Small Flash Lighting workshop

A sampling of images taken by Peter Phun and students during the actual Small Flash lighting workshop.

[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_8222.jpg]57390©Javier Mercado
Photo by workshop participant Javier Mercado
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0056.jpg]57060©Martin Sesuca
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[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_img_0272.jpg]56660©Jina Jani
Photo by workshop participant Jina Jani
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0345.jpg]56840©Martin Sesuca
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_0793-edit.jpg]56480©www.peter phun.com/blog
Caitin lit by one Speedlite on the left and window light on the right
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0181.jpg]56060©Martin Sesuca
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[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0189.jpg]55950©Martin Sesuca
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[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_0824.jpg]55790©www.peter phun.com/blog
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[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_7836e-3.jpg]55960©Alan Sponholz
Photo by workshop participant Alan Sponholz
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_peterclassoutside001b.jpg]55630©Rigo Peña Photography
©peter phun
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_img_0674-edit.jpg]55510©www.peter phun.com/blog
Lindsey lit by one Speedlite (behind her and to the right) and one reflector on the left
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_img_2448.jpg]55530©peter phun
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_3453.jpg]55430
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[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_3447-edit.jpg]55380©www.peter phun.com/blog
Lizelle lit by one Speedlite behind her and one reflector on left.
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_img_0066.jpg]55320©www.peter phun.com/blog
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_img_0087.jpg]55200©Greg Matthews
Photo by workshop participant Greg Matthews.
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc1556.jpg]54980©Martin Sesuca
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[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_3477.jpg]54990©www.peter phun.com/blog
Colleen lit by one Speedlite in homemade beauty dish and one reflector
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_3476.jpg]55030©www.peter phun.com/blog
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_9976.jpg]55000©peter phun
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0302.jpg]54850©Marco Rodriguez
Photo by workshop participant Marco Rodriguez. Lizelle was lit by one Speedlight behind her and window light on the right.Speedlight was off-camera on a long cord behind her.
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_9539.jpg]54850©peter phun
Samantha lit by one Speedlite shot into umbrella.
[img src=http://peterphun.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/small-flash-lighting-workshop/thumbs/thumbs_mg_0118.jpg]54760©peter phun
Samantha lit by one Speedlite and lens was zoomed during the long exposure.


Tios Tacos Restaurant,corner of Chestnut St & Mission Inn Ave.

3948 Mission Inn Ave,

Riverside, CA 92501

Date: Sat Nov 15

Time: 11a to 4 pm

First, thanks for signing up for this workshop on small flash lighting.

Cost: $75

On this page, you will find resources on the various topics I will be covering.

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Contact me by phone 951-544-5024 if you have questions or post your questions as comments below.

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Canon calls them Speedlites, Nikon uses Speedlights. They are external flash units powered by 4 AA batteries. If you have other flash units that have power ratio i.e their output can be manually set for 1/2, 1/4 etc, then you’re all set. Even the old workhorse Vivitar 285HV will work.


  • Hard wire
  • Radio slaves
  • Infra-red or proprietary Nikon/Canon

Hard wire

Radio slaves

These usually consist of a transmitter and one or more receivers. Capable of triggering your flashes from big distances. Reliability depends on what you pay. The more expensive ones are better built and have multiple channels so you can choose one that works best if there is interference.

Proprietary Infrared Nikon or Canon are based on line-of-sight. These triggers work best indoors where the infra-red signal from the transmitter can bounce around an enclosed space. Outdoors or in bright lighting conditions, they are unreliable. Based on what is currently available as far as triggers, I don’t recommend these. The links provided below are just your knowledge.

Power Source

For fast flash recycling, obviously an external power source is needed. The lightest solutions are ones powered by AA batteries.

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