Small flash lighting workshop Part 2

Small Flash Lighting Workshop

Photo instruction


Downtown Main St between University Ave and 9th St

Pedestrian mall in front of California Museum of Photography

Riverside CA 92501

Date: Sat June 23, 2018

Time: 3p to 7p

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

Early registration: $79

We take our speed lights on location in part 2 of the Small Flash Lighting workshop. After working indoors, this is where the actual fun begins.

As with Part 1, this is hands-on with models. I will be on hand to coach.

I encourage you to bring your own model because it will be a big advantage. You won’t have to worry about breaking the ice, establishing rapport with a model and trying to figure out your gear.

If you plan to attend, I highly recommend you have taken Part 1 of this workshop or have experience with off-camera flash techniques.

Also because I am planning to keep the photographer/model ratio low, I won’t be accepting walk-ins on the day. Keeping low photographer to model ration low is important for learning.


There is no requirement that you must have taken Part 1 of my workshop. But you must have  off-camera flash gear and know how to successfully make it trigger with your DSLR. You must also understand and know how to shoot on Manual Exposure mode on your camera.

But I will need everyone to complete the form at the bottom of this page. Why?

I need to know of potential conflicts since we’ll be using radio slaves and there are only that many channels available.

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

Articles I’ve written about flash photography and other general information

Read what previous workshop participants have said about this class


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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